17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, October 12, 1912: Was busy hulling walnuts today. I estimated them to have amounted to about half a bushel. My work in that is not finished yet.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
A half- bushel of walnuts is a lot to hull (remove the outer layer)—though it’s going to be a lot bigger job to crack them after they dry.
I also gathered and hulled walnuts this fall—though I only gathered a couple pounds.
This year I wore plastic gloves when I hulled them. Last year I stained my hands while hulling them—and it took at least a week to get rid of the ugly brown stains.
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