18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, May 20, 1913: Ruthie and me a nice little wooden wagon in which to haul milk over to the spring, and this would save us from breaking our backs for that can of milk is almost a dead weight.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma’s family had several milk cows. The milk from the cows was put into large cans. The cans filled with milk were then stored for a day or two until it was sold to a dairy or made into butter.
Spring houses were used in the days before electric refrigeration to keep the milk cold. A small building was built over a spring, and the milk cans were placed in the cool water that flowed through the building.
I’d have demanded a cart, too. Milk cans filled with milk were heavy. I don’t know where the spring house was located, but it probably was some distance away from the barn.
Did Grandma’s mother take the suggestion seriously—or did the request go in one ear and out the other?