18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 17, 1913: A feeling of weariness creeps o’er me, as a result of too much stooping yesterday.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I bet that Grandma was picking strawberries again. This is the third June that I’ve posted Grandma’s diary. This post makes me realize how much I’ve gotten into the ebb and flow of her life. She can merely write that she was tired from stooping–and I immediately think, “It’s June so she was picking strawberries.”
Diary entries in previous years suggest that a neighbor raised strawberries for sale and that Grandma was hired to pick them.
On June 12, 1911 Grandma wrote:
Started to pick strawberries this morning. Of course it will mean some early rising and loss of sleep, but just look at what I can earn.
And, the following year on June 10, 1912 she wrote:
This morning I picked berries and helped myself to some. I wonder if anyone saw me. . .
And, on July 1, 1912 Grandma felt rich:
Stopped picking strawberries today. All my earnings, about $4.00 in all, I still have and expect to keep until I spend them.