19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, July 23, 1914: Can still feel the results of yesterday.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Are you going to be okay? Your accident yesterday didn’t sound good—and I still think you should have gone to the doctor and the dentist. I hope that your father at least gave you the day off—and that you are lounging around the house.
Grandma hurt herself while loading hay or straw. She wrote:
I’m feeling awful sore in my lower region. Have a sore nose and two sore front teeth. Was loading hay this afternoon. While at work on the last load the train rounded the bend. I glanced in that direction. This next moment I was lying on the ground with the breath knocked out of me.
July 22, 1914
As I described yesterday, I think that hundreds of pounds of hay fell from a hay hook as it was being lifted into the barn.