18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, October 6, 1913:
10/6 – 10/8: I’ve husked about ten loads of corn by this time. My hands are sore and roughened, but I didn’t care very much. I’m thinking of what I’m earning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah, Grandma. I’m glad that you’re happy about how much money you’re earning. Ten loads sounds like a lot.
I asked my resident expert (aka, my husband) how many bushels of corn the wagon in the picture would hold. He estimated that if it was 10 ft. long by 3 ft. high by 4 ft. wide that it would hold about 100 bushels of corn. So if Grandma husked about 10 loads of corn, she husked about 1,000 bushels.
Grandma probably actually wrote this entry on the evening of October 8, 1913. She started husking corn on September 25 (14 days prior to this entry). She did not work on either Sunday, and I think that she didn’t husk corn on the day that her father went to the fair—so I believe that it took her 11 days to husk 1,000 bushels. In other words, Grandma husked about 90 bushels a day.