16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, August 8, 1911: Went over to see Carrie on an errand, but came back in about fifteen minutes as I had a rebellious heifer to keep out of the orchard.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The Muffly family seemed to have a lot of problems with the cows getting into places where they weren’t supposed to be. Twice during the summer of 1911 Grandma wrote about cows getting into the corn (July 10 and July 25), and on May 26 she wrote “I’m through watching cows for the present time—at least. That was my duty for one wk.”
I continue to think that the family would have used barbed wire to fence the pasture but maybe they didn’t. And, even if there were fences maybe the cows were able to escape (cows can be very adept at finding holes in fences).