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1918

Monday, January 21, 1918

Monday, January 21, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben walked to Renan this morning and got oil and coffee. Marvin loaded his waggon to go to Gretna tomorrow if nothing happens to hinder. I heard this evening that Anna Craddock was dead and will be buried tomorrow. I wish that the weather were so that I could go up there.

Josie got dinner to day. I made me a bonnett. I got a fall this evening the first time I have since the snow.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May 16, 1918

Thursday, May 16, 1918

A good day. We Mollie and I are at Willies.

Went down town early and Mollie bought some things then we started for the boat. Went on street car a mile or so then on the boat. Eat supper and had a berth. We had fish and steak cauiflowers and lettuce salid ice cream and cake and coffee for supper. Was all night and until seven next morning getting to Portsmouth.

This wrote the 17th. I could not find a pen or pencil last night.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October 11, 1918

Friday, October 11, 1918

A good day. The men folks plowed this morning. This evening Mr Owen raked pea vines. Ben went to Mr Bailiss. Josie and I stripped a little tobacco. We got our dinner this morning before we went to the barn cooked snaps and baked bread.

Come home at twelve and made coffee.

In the evening the tobacco dried out so we could not tie it. I picked up some apples and gathered some snaps. We went to Carries and strung our snaps. Come home. Josie got supper. I fed the chickens. Henry and I fed the hogs. We had to shuck the corn then I churned.

Ben has just got back from Bailiss and eat his supper.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, December  7, 1918

Saturday, December 7, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben worked on Owens house. It has bin a busy day with Josie and I. Josie ironed most all day.

I went down to the cook room 15 to four oclock made a fire washed the supper dishes then got breakfast. Called the rest of them then we eat. After breakfast I cut up two pumpkins and put them on to cook then put on some meat to cook fed two calves and brought a bucket of water then milked two cows and sloped the pigs put on a liver and face to make scrappel then churned. Josie made bread and coffee for dinner. I washed up a lot of things and took up the meat for dinner then eat dinner. Took up the pumpkins and meat for scrapple and made the scrappel. Janie Gravley and Lucius Muriel Gravley and Effie Brumfield stopped here a few minutes on their way home from Danville. Well I have not room for any more.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Wednesday, February 12, 1919

Wednesday, February 12, 1919

A good day. Ben finished stripping his crop of tobacco today. Jim & Owen and I and Josie helped him.

Josie got dinner. Marvin come to the barn a few minutes. He is very bad off with a colde. Josie and Franklin has a bad colde.

Tonight Ben and Jim has gone to Strait Stone. We was out of oil and coffee.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Sunday April 24, 1921

Sunday April 24, 1921

A beautiful day. Ben and family except Henry went to Mr Jim Powers and Rob Hubbards. Ben & Mr Mayhew & Richard Wooding went to Hubbards. Went to the fish trap but did not get any fish. They got home at dark.

I staid at home most of the day. I went to Marvins. They went to Kate Harveys. I went with them. Kate had company. Dr Wigginton and Pearl, Effie and Hellen Brumfield, Miss Virginia Moses, two of the Farmer children.

I come home and fed the chickens. Brought water and made coffee & baked bread.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday September  4, 1921

Sunday September 4, 1921

A good day most of the day. Had a little rain this evening. I am so glad that it rained what it did. Josie and I got dinner. We had peas and fried chicken and plenty tomatoes, butter & bread.

Henry went to Marvins. Ben and Josie went to Gretna to meet Jim. They got home at sun down. Josie made coffee and we had supper.

I milked and fed the chickens. To night Jim and Ben went to Marvins. Have not come home yet. Ben & Josie met Henry Blair on his way home from Georgie. I know they will be glad to see him.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday November 14, 1921

Monday November 14, 1921

A rainy morning. Henry went to school. Edna staid at home. Jim & Ben helped Marvin load on his tobacco & he helped Ben load his. They intend going to Gretna in the morning. Josie made Edna some pettie coats & the baby some gowns. I got up at five this morning and got breakfast. Had beef steak. I milked the cow & fed all of the cows. Fed the chickens. Put on to boil some beef and potatoes and peas. Toasted some coffee and churned. Made bread and coffee and finished dinner. This evening I went to Marvins. Kate Harvey come to Marvins and come here a few minutes. Reese was to take her home but he was so late getting home I guess she was gone.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday December 13, 1921

Tuesday December 13, 1921

A cool windy day. Jim & Ben shucked some corn. The wind blowed so that they could hardly shuck. I boiled some hogs ears for dinner. Josie made bread & coffee. I put feathers in Josies new bed tick this morning. This evening I went to the store and bought a few things. I walked up there & back. I brought back 7 pounds 6 of coffee & one of soda. I went to see Kate Harvey a few minutes. She was busy fixing up after hog killing. I come by Mollies. They were very busy abought their land & sausage. I did not stay to bother them long. I have bin working on a quilt. Tonight little Mabel is up yet. I hear her talking. 8:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Monday, January 19, 1920

Monday, January 19, 1920

A clear cold day. Ben went to Chatham for Jim. They got home at dark. They come by Letcher Craddocks and got some honey. Josie washed some. We eat a cold dinner except coffee. I kept the baby. I do the work that has to be done or keep the baby from before light until after dark. I am afraid that I can't hold out at it until spring. I feel so bad I don't see no way to help myself. 9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Neil Brumfield
Friday, May 21, 1920

Friday, May 21, 1920

A rainy morning. Did not rain long. The boys planted a little tobacco then fixed land to plant. Mr Owen went to George Blairs to buy corn. Did not get any. Josie ironed all the morning. I cooked some onions and made a bread pudding, fried ham, and made bread & coffee. Josie planted some beans this evening. I did not do any thing much. Edna and I planted 180 potato slips. My lady cow has bin sick all day.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, May 22, 1920

Saturday, May 22, 1920

A beautiful day. The men fixed tobacco land all day. Josie baked a cake this morning. We cooked rice and fried meat, made coffee, & baked bread. This evening Josie bathed all the children, cleaned up the dining room, moved the carpet off the floor. I went to Kate Harveys and Mollie Reynolds and Carries. I saw Lee Brumfield and several others. I have gone to sleep and bot[?]ed my book.

9 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, September  5, 1920

Sunday, September 5, 1920

A cloudy day. Jim staid at the barn. Ben brought a wheel barrow load of water mellons to the house. I got most of the dinner. Fried chicken and made coffee and bread. Josie baked a cake. Roy Smith was very sick this morning. They called in the Dr. He is better this evening. Josie & the children and I went up there this evening. Jim went to the barn tonight.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, November 20, 1920

Saturday, November 20, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim and Henry stripped tobacco. I got breakfast and milked the cows then made and baked bread for dinner and made coffee then dug bait. Reese carried me fishing. We went to White falls. Stopped at Mt Airy. I had a check cashed and bought a bucket of lard. I come home and churned, salted the butter, then got supper and yet I cant do enough. Ben in pertickler dont want to bother with me any wa[y]s. If he thought as much of me as he does of some others I would be glad.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Tuesday, January 17, 1922

Tuesday, January 17, 1922

A cloudy day. No weather.

Ben & Jim stripped some tobacco. Booker helped them. Ben went to the store. Bought some coffee. Caught a rabbit. The children went to school. A pedler come here today selling glassed. I have done most of the work today. Poor little Mable is sick and crying right now. I am so sorry for her & Ben & Josie two. The peice for Henrys gun come today. He is so glad that it fits right.

I do hope that the sick grand children will all be well soon.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Sunday, February 12, 1922

Sunday, February 12, 1922

A cloudy day. Rained a little. We all stayed at home but Henry. He went to Dr Owens and spent the day with Stewart. Ben went with Lee Brumfield to Steven Davis s late this evening to get his dog. They come home a bout dark. Josie and I baked breat & made coffee for supper. Today has bin one lonesome dreary day. The roads are so bad that no one cant get a bout much. Ben & Josie milked this morning & Josie milked by her self to night. I wish I could see Carrie & the children once more.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, March 25, 1922

Saturday, March 25, 1922

A beautiful day. Ben & Jim worked on their tobacco land. Henry went to Renan. Josie and I ironed all the morning. Mrs Car churned. Josie got dinner in 30 minutes. She had caned sausage made a dewberry pie had caned tomatoes boiled 14 egg made bread and coffee. Kate Harvey come & Carrie and all children. I was glad to see all of them. Kate & I worked button holes. Kate brought some sallit.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, April 25, 1922

Tuesday, April 25, 1922

A cool day some frost this morning Tim has plowed some. Ben has tried to work this evening. Him & Josie are some better of their cough. I do hope that they all may get well soon. Henry is not well tonight. I do hope that they all will soon be well. Edna and Franklin went to the store today for beef & salmon. Henry come by from school and got coffee & corn flakes. I wrote two letters and got one today.

I put out fifteen little chickens this evening. Franklin got out some nails that was in old paleings to build a coop to put the hen & chickens in.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, May 16, 1922

Tuesday, May 16, 1922

A cloudy day no rain. Jim and Ben worked on their Tobacco land all day. Henry and Edna went to school. Franklin staid with the men all day the first time in his life. I got dinner and [churn?]. Josie has lein sick all day. Mollie Reynolds come a while this evening. I was glad she come. I milked to night. Fanny Power made bread and coffee for supper. I had a letter from Carrie Smith to day. I wish I could hear from them every day

Last edit almost 7 years ago by LondonLibrary
Sunday, August 13, 1922

Sunday, August 13, 1922

A cloudy day and a little rain. We all staid at home all the morning. I got dinner. I cooked snaps & corn & chicken. Made apple dumplings and one damson pie. This evening Ben & the children and Mrs Car went to Mr Powers and to see Mrs Trent. She would not come with them home. I wanted her to come but dont think hard of her. I would not if I was in her position. Jim brought some fine water mellons to the house He cut two. They were very good. I made coffee & baked bread for supper. No one eat much.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Thursday, March 22, 1923

Thursday, March 22, 1923

A good day. Jim and John Ward shucked corn all day. Nellie washed a big washing of cloths and got dinner and churned. The children went to school. Henry went to Renan for coffee. Ben has not come home yet. Lizzie Bennett come. Gorden brought her. Edna and I got a letter from Mrs. Car today.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, May  9, 1923

Wednesday, May 9, 1923

A windy day and colde. The coldest that I ever saw for the time of year. I am a fraid that all green things will be killed. We had storm last night. Rain and wind. I am glad it was no worse. The men put in fertilizer this morning. It has bein so colde and windy that they have not done much of any thing this evening. Mabel got a note from her daddy this evening. I hope he may get home tomorrow. I have milked, cooked, and churned, parched coffee and done nothing all day. Daysie the dog is missing tonight. I am afraid some one has killed her.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, July 11, 1923

Wednesday, July 11, 1923

A good day and very hot. The boys plowed tobacco. Henry painted a little. The roof was so hot that he could not do much. My days work was a busy one. I washed dishes. Then got breakfast. Then milked the cows. I made some jellie. Parched coffee. Washed dished. Killed and dressed two chickens. Fried them for dinner. Baked bread and coffee. Then had dinner and washed dishes. Then rested a while. Then went and picked one gallon of berrie. Picked over and fixed them to make preserves. Fed the chickens. Then got supper and washed dishes. Now I am ready to go to bed.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, August  5, 1923

Sunday, August 5, 1923

A good day. Rain tonight. Nellie come home this morning. We were glad to see her. We all staid at home until after dinner. Floid Reynolds come for me to spend the evening with them. Howard Fergerson and family was there and Josie and family come. They had a nice dinner and ice cream. Mabel had all that she wanted. Josie brought us home. Nellie made coffee for supper and washed dishes tonight. Jim had some water mellons today. They were good ripe. Henry went with Floyd off some where this evening. Has not come home yet.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, October 12, 1923

Friday, October 12, 1923

A clear day. I was at home and cooked breakfast. Then I dressed and Christenia Reynols come for me on their big car. She carried the children as far as her house. Then they went to school. Then Mrs Owen drove the car as far as Gretna. Then Posie Reynols drove for us. Carried us to Danville. We eat dinner at Howard Fergersons. Julia gave us a good dinner. Than we went to the fair grounds. Saw lots of things. Staid unitl after nine o clock. We got a sand witch an a cup of coffee on the grounds. Then we come to Fergersons and eat a snack and come to Johnson Reynols. None of it cost me any thing. Mollie and Posie was good to me. I want to be thankful.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, October 18, 1923

Thursday, October 18, 1923

A good day. The men moved some tobacco and stripped some and loaded the waggon. Ben and Henry has started to Gretna tonight at nine oclock. I wish them good luck. Nellie did not hear from Evylin today. I went to Ren Worsham this evening. I walked to the gray soil road. Willie Hutcherson let me ride to the road that leads in to Ren's house. Then I walked to the house. I has a pleasant evening. Ren brought me home. Ethel and the baby come with us. Ren come by Renan. I got a [bucket?] of coffee.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, October 30, 1923

Tuesday, October 30, 1923

A good day. Jim and Ben went to Gretna with tobacco. They are very well pleased with the sales. They got off and I did not hear them. I got up about two oclock and made a fire and made coffee. Then called them and they were gone. John Ward went to Strait Stone and got a bag of flour. Henry and John shucked corn enough to feed tonight and in the morning. Claude [Fitch?] sent me a nice box of apples. I am glad of them. Ben brought a can of apple butter. Jim brought some chestnuts.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, November 16, 1923

Friday, November 16, 1923

A good day. The boys stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school. Henry and Joe Edmons went to Strait Stone tonight. Said they were going to pray[?] meeting. Henry went to Renan this evening for coffee. He drove the car. I sent to Denia for butter today. She sent me tow [sic] and a half pounds. I was glad to get it. I stay here and don't see any one and no one to talk to but Mabel. She is as sweet and good as she can be.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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