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1923

Tuesday, November 13, 1923

Tuesday, November 13, 1923

A colde disagreeable day. The children went to school. Heard yesterday there was a new baby at Clack Hubbands. Jim and Ben loaded the wagon with tobacco and started to Gretna today. I hope that they are at Marvin's tonight. It is so lone some here and they both gone. Heard today that Will King was hurt by his truck turning over on him. He was near Gretna. I don't know any thing to write. No one comes to see me and I can't go to see any body.

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Wednesday, November 14, 1923

Wednesday, November 14, 1923

A good day. The children went to school. Ben and Jim was at Gretna today. They staid at Marvin's last night and eat breakfast there this morning. They unloaded their tobacco last night. Marvin and Carrie was at Mc Laulin[?] until bed time. Mabel and I eat dinner by ourselves. Jim come at one oclock. Then I fixed dinner for him. He come with Mr. Booker. I was glad when he come. Ben come with the team about sun down. I was very glad when he come. Lelia come and got some salit this evening. Henry and Jo Edmons and Ben has gone hunting.

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Thursday, November 15, 1923

Thursday, November 15, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco most of the day. John Ward went to the mill with corn the first that has bin carried this fall. I am glad to get some new meal. The squirrel got out of his cage to day. Guess he wont be seen any more a bout here. Ben turned two opposomes loos today and gave John one. Henry got a letter from Julia Brumfield today. Mabel has bin sweet today. Lelia washed for us today. I wrote two letters today. Did not get any letters today. Hope we may hear from Nellie tomorrow.

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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.

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Saturday, November 17, 1923

Saturday, November 17, 1923

Saturday. A colde clear day. The men stripped tobacco all day. Henry hauled some wood tonight. Henry and Joe Edmons went to John Emersons to a social. Ben has gone to Johnson Reynols. He had a letter from Kate Harvey. She is visiting Virginia Thomson at Welch W. Va. I was surprised to hear that she was there. Franklin said I must write that Henry caught a hawk in his steel trap this morning. The children are all bathed and want to go to Marvin's tomorrow. I am a fraid the day will be so colde that they cant go.

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Monday, November 19, 1923

Monday, November 19, 1923

A good day. The men worked on tobacco all day. Ben went to Altavista and carried some tobacco. It solde low. He was not pleased with the sales. Thomas Callans died this morning from a lick that Will Dickerson hit him. I am very sorry that it happened. This evening after Henry come home from school all the children and I went to Strait Stone dealing. I could not get any land. Little Avis Emerson is staying with Edna to night. Ben has gone to Mayhews tonight. We are bringing all the water from the spring up in the field.

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Tuesday, November 20, 1923

Tuesday, November 20, 1923

A good day. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. Finished a cureing and loaded the car ready to start to Gretna in the morning. Thomas Callans was buried today. The children went to school. Edna went to Mr. George Emersons tonight. I think the Emerson girls are fine. Hattie Gilbert stoped here a few minutes today. She looks badly. I hope she may get well soon. Mabel is bad off with colde. I let her get out two much yesterday. I think Mr. Mayhew and the girls has come to play carrums[?]. I guess Ben and Henry are glad.

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Wednesday, November 21, 1923

Wednesday, November 21, 1923

A good day. We got up early this morning. Ben had gone to Gretna . I was surprised as I had not heard any thing about his starting up so early. Jim and John stripped tobacco all day. Ben come home by eleven oclock. Heard today that Bruce Reynols wife has a son. The Emerson children has a lot of school children with them tonight. Two of the Worsham children one Milam one Brumfield. Henry and Jo Edmons has gone down there to night. Jim sent off an ax helve today. I sent some goods to make Edna[she stopped in midsentence]

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Thursday, November 22, 1923

Thursday, November 22, 1923

A beautiful day. The men stripped tobacco. They are going to load the car tonight. Mabel and I went up to the barn this evening. I could not be any help so we come to the house. Had not bin here long when Millie Reynols come. I was so glad that she come. She brought a few apples. They were very good. The children went to school. Jim and I got a letter from Nellie. They were getting on fine from what she said. We had a foot washing here tonight Mabel Franklin and I. The children has gone to sleep. Mabel is much better of her cold today and I am so glad.

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Friday, November 23, 1923

Friday, November 23, 1923

A rainy morning. Ben had his car loaded ready to go to Gretna. Did not go until this evening. He went and come before sundown. He was pleased with the sales. Jim and John stripped tobacco all day. I sewed a little. Cooked three time and washed dishes and churned. I make all sorts of mistakes such as cross the wrong letter. The tobacco that Ben carried off today was mine and Johns. I was very glad to get my part of the advance. Mabel has bin cross part of the day. She is not well. The children went to school. Did not get wet much.

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Saturday, November 24, 1923

Saturday, November 24, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. I got dinner. Then Henry and Franklin and I went to Gretna. We done some shopping. Then went to see Carrie a little while. Found them well enough to be about. I was glad of that. We got home in good time to get water and wood and get supper. Henry drove the car very good I thought. I am so glad that he can drive the car. I hope that nothing wont happen to make me afraid.

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Monday, November 26, 1923

Monday, November 26, 1923

A clear morning. Cloudy this evening and rain tonight. Ben went to Gretna this evening with tobacco. Got home a while be fore night. Jim and John stripped all day. The children went to school. Mrs. Booker went to Lynch Burg yesterday. Come home this evening. Ray Booker come with Franklin home and staid until his mother got home. I have bin up all day but have not felt good all day. Ben got me a pair of shoes today. I got a card from Hellen Brumfield today wishing me a good Thanks giving day.

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Tuesday, November 27, 1923

Tuesday, November 27, 1923

A good day. Cleared up last night. The men has shucked corn all day. The tobacco was dry. I had cabbage for dinner. I stewed a pumpkin that Carrie gave me. Think I will make some pies for Thanks Giving dinner. Hattie made soap here today. I hope it will be good. The children went to school. I am a bout a sleep and git[?] and go to bed.

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Wednesday, November 28, 1923

Wednesday, November 28, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to the school house. They [sic] school broke up at noon. Some of the teachers li[?]ve a good distance. They went home for Thanks giving day. I dressed a hen for our turkey. Carrie gave me a pumpkin. I have cooked it. Guess they will work here. They can be as thankful at work as they could and not work. Ben and Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's to play games. Mabel had a bad cough. I wanted to go to see Kate Hubband this evening but did not get off. Henry come by Renan and got some meat.

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Thursday, November 29, 1923

Thursday, November 29, 1923

A cloudy day and rain this evening and tonight. Jim worked on his tobacco all day. Ben and John Ward and Henry cut and sawed wood this morning and stripped tobacco this evening. John Ward brought two little baskets here this morning. He made them for Carrie Smith. I cooked a hen for dinner and baked pies. Carrie gave me a small pumpkin, all that I have had this fall. We have got the water to drink from the spring up in the field. The Children hate to bring it so far. I hope that they will dig out the branch soon.

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Friday, November 30, 1923

Friday, November 30, 1923

A rainy day. Clear tonight. Ben moved the cureing of tobacco that was packed in the house that John Ward lives in. Put it in the barn ready to strip. They stripped what they could today. Mr. Mayhew and two of the children was here tonight. They played games. Mayhew said he heard that Will Dickerson had bin caught. I hope is the truth. They children has had a good time playing with paper dolls. Franklin tryed to tie tobacco. Jim got a letter from his folks. They were well.

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Saturday, December  1, 1923

Saturday, December 1, 1923

A beautiful day. They men stripped tobacco except Henry. Ben has gone some where tonight. I hope his car did not give him trouble. We think the children has [deletion] chicken pox. It is not hurting them much yet. Ben got a letter from Kate Harvey today. She is at Welch yet. I would be so glad to see her. Alma sent the baby dresses by mail today. They fit he[r] nicely and are very pretty. She wore one of them to the barn for her father to see. Well it is eleven oclock . I think I will go to bed.

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Tuesday, December  4, 1923

Tuesday, December 4, 1923

A clear morning. Rain this evening. They men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school. I was sorry for them coming home through the rain. I have spent what time I was not cooking or washing dishes mending the children's clothes. Henry and I was going on a trip to see if we could find some body that had butter to sell. The rain prevented. Mabel has bin very good today. Played with her paper dolls. She is a lot of trouble to look after but a sweet childe. I am glad that she is here.

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Wednesday, December  5, 1923

Wednesday, December 5, 1923

A very bad day. Rained all last night and most of to day. Edna and Franklin staid at home. Henry went to school. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. They want to kill hogs but can't. The weather is so bad. I killed a chicken for dinner. I wrote two letters. Got no litters today. Don't know any thing to write this time.

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Thursday, December  6, 1923

Thursday, December 6, 1923

A windy bad day. Jim finished stripping tobacco. This evening John Ward went to Strait Stone. Went on the wagon and carried his family. Mr. Booker come and got the scalding tub fixing to kill hogs. Henry come home to go to Strait Stone but I would not go because it was colde and windy. Mabel has bin very good today. Ben is not feeling well today. I am so sorry for him and can't do any thing to help him.

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Monday, December 10, 1923

Monday, December 10, 1923

A very warm day for December. Ben went to Gretna and got back before light. I did not know that he was gone until he got home. He eat breakfast and loaded and went back. He went to Danville today. He has just come home 8 o'clock at night. Jim went with him to Gretna. He solde his last tobacco today. He come home with Ren Worsham and Emmet Craddock. I was glad when he come home. He brought the children some apples and the baby a rubber camel. I fried meat and sausage and caned it. Hope it will keep. Made scraple. I have hardly set down today. Do hope it may get colde by morning.

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Wednesday, December 12, 1923

Wednesday, December 12, 1923

A beautiful day. The men cut wood in the woods and Ben hauled. They put some tobacco in the pit. The children went to school. I got a card announcing the birth of Virginia Thomson's baby. I have bin very busy today. I boiled meat and made scrapple. I brought some water, cleaned out the range, buried my pech seed. I could not get any way to plant them like I wanted to. Hope I may live and plant them. I want them to do some body some good. They were fine peaches. They come from Marvin's.

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Thursday, December 13, 1923

Thursday, December 13, 1923

A cloudy day. No rain to stop work. Ben hauled wood all the morning. Jim graded tobacco. They all worked on tobacco this evening. The children went to school. Henry went to Gretna to play basket ball. He has not got home yet. Ben worked on his chairs last night and is at work on them tonight. I will be glad when he gets them finished. Mabel and I have staid in the kitchen most of the day. I cooking and washing dishes. She cutting out paper dolls and coloring them with her pencils. Cutting paper is her daily work. Bless her little soul.

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Friday, December 14, 1923

Friday, December 14, 1923

The ground was covered with snow this morning. The first of real winter we have had. They stripped tobacco most of the day. A load of tobacco passed here this morning through the snow. They seemed to be making it fine. The children went to school. I think some of them has a colde from going in the snow. Henry got home last night some where a bout midnight. Said he eat supper at Aunt Caries. Said Reese fell and hurt his arms. I hope he may soon be well. Ben went to Mr. Allen's this evening. Will Allen and his wife moved to their selves to day.

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Monday, December 17, 1923

Monday, December 17, 1923

A beautiful day. Ben went to Gretna with tobacco. He staid about all day. We thought Jim would come home with him but he did not. I hope that there has not any thing happened to him. The had has bin a long one to me. Mabel and I here by our selves. She is broke out with chicken pox. Did not rest good last night. I do hope that she may sleep tonight. I had a card from Floyed and a letter from Alma. I am always glad to hear form any of them. Ben had his teeth worked on today. They are giving him trouble to night.

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