17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, October 20, 1912: Oh dear me, was helping the pater today.
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?
Gathering and storing potatoes for the winter?
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?
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