19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, October 5, 1914: <<no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Since Grandma’s diary is not helping me come up with a topic for today’s post, I’m going to go off on another tangent–
Yesterday, I shared an article from 1914 which indicated (much to my surprise) that women could get hunting licenses a hundred years ago. Today, I’m sharing another 1914 article from the Milton (PA) Evening Standard that also touched on hunting—and the effects of over-hunting in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
It’s good to know that the wild turkey population was increasing, and that the state of Pennsylvania had passed laws which supported wildlife restoration—but it’s somewhat alarming that turkeys apparently were endangered in Pennsylvania and other states in the early 1900s. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency:
1840—Wild turkey “virtually eliminated” from New York
1881— Wild turkey gone from Wisconsin
1900— Wild turkey gone from Iowa
1900—Wild turkey “nearly silenced “ in Georgia
1900— Wild turkey gone from North Carolina
1910— Wild turkey gone from 2/3s of Virginia
1920 —18 of 39 state had lost their wild turkey population
An aside—I saw several turkeys on my way into work on Friday. Thank goodness the people who lived a hundred years ago worked to restore the wild turkey population so that we can enjoy them now.