18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, June 11, 1913: Besse came out this evening to stay overnight and take care of us for Pop was away.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Where did Grandma’s father go? . . . and why? Farmers generally stay pretty close to home—especially during the busy planting and harvesting seasons.
Besse was Grandma’s oldest sister. She was married and lived in the nearby town of Watsontown.
Why did the family need to be cared for when their father was gone? Grandma was 18-years-old and her mother probably was also at home (at least the entry doesn’t indicate that she went anywhere). Seven-year-old Jimmie was the only person who seems like he may have needed any care–but I don’t picture that her father was generally very involved in taking care of him.
You’d think that two adult women won’t need another one to take care of them.
Maybe what Grandma really meant was that Besse came out to help with all of the farm work. The diary entry two days ago said that Grandma’s sister Ruth had gone on a trip to Washington, DC, so the farm was short-handed by two people .