19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 16, 1914: Am as stiff as a poker, and feel worse than I don’t know what.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I’d feel stiff, too. I think that Grandma was getting paid by a neighbor to pick strawberries. The previous day she wrote that she was “working for wages.” It’s hard work to stoop and pick strawberries for hours on end.
I wonder if Grandma ate any of the berries. In 1912, she wrote:
This morning I picked berries and helped myself to some. I wonder if anyone saw me. . .