Helping Pater

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, October 20, 1912:  Oh dear me, was helping the pater today.

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

The tone of the diary entry suggests that Grandma didn’t enjoy helping her father. What might he needed help with on a Saturday in late October?

Husking corn?

Gathering and storing potatoes for the winter?

Picking apples?

Bringing pumpkins, squash, and other winter vegetables in from the field?

Helping repair a piece of broken machinery?

Helping clean manure out of the stables before the weather got too cold?


Some Previous Posts on Fall Activities

Husking Corn

Harvesting Potatoes

Hulling Black Walnuts

How to Crack Black Walnuts

8 thoughts on “Helping Pater

      1. exactly, which is why I admire farmers then and today. Not to mention it taught them responsibility and hard work. I am also sure that the positive of living on a farm outweighed the bad.

  1. I wonder if your grandmother liked to write? Or is she doing this daily journal as a sort of promise to herself. Her brevity is so teenager-y, and I’ve mentioned that I love her droll way with words. But she certainly leaves a lot to the imagination!

    1. She does seem very self-disciplined and writes something even on days when she doesn’t really feel like it. I think that I ready somewhere that people often keep diaries for self-reflection.

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