17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, October 19, 1912: Had to pick taters this afternoon. Thought perhaps I’d get out of it because it rained last night, but didn’t get out of it any way.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It’s always dirty, difficult, back-breaking work to gather potatoes—and it must have been especially unpleasant if the field was muddy.
These potatoes probably were a long-season variety stored well.
I’m surprised that Grandma’s parents wanted to harvest potatoes if the ground was wet—it seems like the potatoes would have been a muddy mess.