18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, July 11, 1913: Went to Watsontown this morning. We were surprised today, when it was discovered that the little boy had run off.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Three days prior to this entry Grandma wrote:
Pa picked up a little boy who is going to work for him. I have to room with Ruth now.
I guess that the Muffly family again had to do all of the farm work. But my heart aches for the little boy. Why did he run away? . . . Was he homesick? . . . . Was he scared? . . .Was the work too hard? . . .