17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, November 19, 1912: Poor little Jimmie got sick last night and had to miss his first day of school.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Poor Jimmie— He was Grandma’s 7-year-old brother. It’s no fun to be sick—especially when you’re little. I wonder what was wrong. It sounds like whatever it was came on suddenly. I’m leaning towards him having the stomach flu.
And, poor Grandma’s mother—
Grandma had written in her diary the previous day:
. . . I was afraid I’d have to miss school when Pa had his threshing done. They started today . . .
November 18, 1912
This suggest that the threshers were still there. Grandma’s mother was probably trying to prepare food and serve it to a threshing crew—while also taking care of a sick (vomiting?) child.