19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, July 16 – Friday, July 17, 1914: Am having a hot time of it.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is probably a stretch—but could the Muffly’s be canning fruits or vegetables? . . . maybe cherries? . . . or green beans? Canning is a very hot job.
According to the August, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal:
Canning is the process of putting up fruits or vegetables in air-tight jars either with or without sugar. Preserving is the preparation of fruits with sufficient sugar to keep without fermentation whether air-tight or not. If possible do the canning on cool days. . .
Maybe the produce was at its peak . . . and they just couldn’t wait for a cool day like the magazine recommended.