18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, May 26, 1913: I haven’t got much to write about for today. At present I feel extremely sleepy.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Was Grandma so tired because she’d worked very hard on the farm all day?
Here’s an advertisement for a Philadelphia newspaper which appeared in the May 28, 1913 issue of the Milton Evening Standard that I thought you might enjoy.
Women as Farm Workers
One Result of the Labor Shortage in Pennsylvania
All of the farm, crop and market news of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware—what progressive farmers are doing.
Every day of the week, as well as on Friday, the PUBLIC LEDGER prints much of special interest to farmers, as well as all the news, local, foreign and domestic, tersely and interestingly told.
FRIDAY’S AGRICULTURAL SECTION
Present Condition of Garden Crops in the territory that feeds Philadelphia
Poultry-Meat Farming vs. Egg Raising by Michael K. Boyer
Making Alfalfa Pay in the East by D.C. Kauffmann of York
Read the PUBLIC LEDGER regularly. By carrier, daily and Sunday, 17 center a week.
By mail, outside of Philadelphia, daily, 50 cents a month, daily and Sunday, 75 cents a month.
News Agents for Milton, Pa.
W.A. REED B. GALBRAITH
J. BUOY A.H. KREBS
Independence Square Public Ledger Company
Philadelphia Cyrus H.K. Curtis, President
The Public Ledger was a Philadelphia newspaper which apparently hoped to expand its market into rural central Pennsylvania by including agricultural news.
Apparently it was controversial that women helped on their family farms—and articles which addressed these types of issues were seen as selling points for the paper.