17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, May 18, 1912: What a doleful calamity. I had to watch the cows this morning, I mean this afternoon. I’m afraid that this is only the beginning. They got into the wheat for me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I bet that Grandma’s father was upset with her for allowing the cows to get into the wheat field. The cows could have done a lot of damage as they tramped through the field and nibbled the lush green wheat plants.
I continue to be befuddled. It seems like the cows should have been safely enclosed in a field surround by barbed wire fence.