Still Sore

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.

6 Responses

  1. I hope Helena got the day off too! :)
    Diana xo

  2. I think she may be sore for a while!

  3. She needs some liniment! When a nineteen-year-old complains of aches and pains you know it’s bad–they are usually so resilient!

  4. I wonder, did your grandma ever talk about the accident when she was telling stories about her life to you or her other grandchildren?

  5. I hope your Grandma healed from this accident and didn’t suffer any lifelong problems from it.

  6. Farm accidents are so scary. I’m sure Grandma was sore – there’s not much cushioning in your nose!

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