I intended to compare Grandma Pfaff's August of 1905 with ours before it ended, but at least I got close. In August, when many of us try to stay out of the heat and under the AC, for Grandma and her family it was life as usual (and busy, busy, busy).
I think of the things she tells about, and then I think of all the necessities she didn't bother to mention, and I realize how strong the women of those days had to be, both in body and spirit. Here's Grandma:
Aug. 3-Hattie and Helen were out today. We quilted Mame's worsted quilt. It is going to be warm and very nice. (Hattie had given birth to three children by this time and the first baby had died, being one month old. Her sister Helen was staying with her to help her with the little ones and canning, etc.) Little Phillip is learning to walk, and can go about nine steps alone. Mame is going to a dance tonight at Randolf McCampbell's. Helen is going with Johnnie Swalzch.
Aug. 9-The girls washed this morning. I got dinner and then ordered ginghams from Guenther's for the children's school dresses, eighty-two yards in all. Went to town yesterday afternoon and to Mrs. Upton's to see Annie's baby. Little Virgie Louise Harkless is four weeks old and weighs twelve pounds. Took John to the barber and had his hair cut. He and Madge went to the restaurant with Mame and had ice cream sodas. Mame met Frank Johnson in town, and he came out to see her in the evening.
Aug. 25-One week ago John went to the circus in Sedalia with Hattie and Fred. He had looked forward to it for two weeks, and asked every morning, how many days now? He got home just about dark, dirty and happy. Hattie said he was a very good boy (John was 5). Mame has brought her wedding clothes and will be busy from now on getting them made. Hattie, Helen and the little ones were out to spend the day Wednesday. Phillip is the sweetest baby there ever was. We canned peaches this week and have fried a good many apples. I have also made five cheeses.
And so ends Grandma's entries for now, and I hope to visit her again in September. The "summer kitchen" was detached from the house to keep the iron cookstove from heating up the house. But you know it must have been super hot in there. And I wonder what Grandma and the girls wore at those hot times of cooking and canning.