19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, May 14, 1914: Had a job this afternoon, and it lasted quite a while, too.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm. .. Grandma—
You aren’t giving me much to go on here. What was the job?. . . cleaning the house? (I don’t think so , since you just completed the spring housecleaning a few days ago.). . . pulling weeds? . . . cleaning manure out of the barn? . . . doing laundry? . . .
I’m going to go with the laundry. . . Farmers clothes get very, very dirty; and it can be a lot of work to get the stains out of overalls and other work clothes.