17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, March 30, 1912: Had to put things in some kind of order. Mended some of the rips and tears. No one else wants the position.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Farm work is hard—and clothes often get torn.
Some things probably changed little between the time that Grandma was a teen and the time that I was a teen.
I have strong memories of there always being a pile of work clothes that need to be mended when I was growing up. On “slow” days it was common to do the mending.
One difference was that I used an electric sewing machine and Grandma would have used a treadle sewing machine.