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1918

Monday, October 14, 1918

Monday, October 14, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen hauled pea hay this morning and plowed this evening. Paul and Josie and I stripped tobacco all day. Little Henry and Beatrice Owen tied this evening. Mr Dews come and got some apples and brough us some corn.

Ben went to Strait Stone and carried 4 chickens and 2 doz eggs. Bough soap and oil.

To night Ben and Paul and Owen are at the barn putting tobacco in the pit.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 15, 1918

Tuesday, October 15, 1918

A good day. Ben and Josie and I worked on tobacco this morning. Paul and Owen worked on the wheat land.

Rev. Paget and East come this evening selling Liberty Bonds. I let them have nearly all the money I had. I did not want to do it but did not know what to do.

Ben and Josie and Franklin went to Jim Powers this evening. Ben bought some oats from Power and some wheat from Jr Starkey. Jim Power come up here this evening eat supper here. He got some rye.

Last edit about 3 years ago by Trisha
Wednesday, October 16, 1918

Wednesday, October 16, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed wheat. Owen and Paul Josie and I stripped tobacco. Heard today that John McCormic died this morning. I never have heard of as many deaths and as much sickness as there is now.

The ware houses has closed for a while. Bruce Reynolds come home yester day. Mrs Cook is at Johnsons visiting.

Ben has gone to Mrs Starkeys for seed wheat. He went on his car.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, October 17, 1918

Thursday, October 17, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed wheat today. The rest of us tied tobacco most of the day.

Josie come home and got dinner. Carries boys was here this evening and had Hazel with them.

Henry fixed him a dumb bull today. He thinks it great. To night Ben and Josie went to Strait Stone for some thing to eat.

There is lots of sickness a round. Ben had a letter from Jim today he was well.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October 18, 1918

Friday, October 18, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed oats and some wheat.

The rest of us stripped tobacco. Ben Paul and Josie hauled some and put it in the pit. It was so dark they had the lanterns to work by.

We heard today that Chesley Edmons and Lucius Gravley got a call to go to camp.

Oh this awful time when will it be any better no one knows.

10 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 19, 1918

Saturday, October 19, 1918

A good day cool and windy. Ben went to Chatham this morning. Come home and hauled a load of wood.

Mr Owen went to the mill at White Falls did not get his grinding.

Posie Johnson has bin sick heard this evening that Posie Reynolds is sick.

Paul Josie and I stripped tobacco most of the day.

I finished digging the sweet potatoes and Paul hauled them home on the wheel barrow. Chesley Edmons come by here this evening to tell us good by he has got to go to training camp Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, October 21, 1918

Monday, October 21, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Chatham with Jim Emerson Lucius Gravley and Chesley Edmons and Faber Jefferson and lots of others had to start to training camp.

John Hutcherson disked Bens wheat land this morning for one dollar per acre.

We that was Paul and Owen and Josie and Henry Brumfield and Luke and Norman Owen all stripped tobacco. To night Ben and Paul has gone to the barn to rebulk some tobacco.

Josie gave me a nice lot of candy a present from Josie and Carrie. Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 72 years olde.

I thank them both. Mother.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 22, 1918

Tuesday, October 22, 1918

A good day. Paul and Owen Josie and I and the children finished stripping Pauls curing of tobacco this morning and commenced on Bens.

Josie come home to get dinner. She fried chicken and baked cocoanut pies. A bout twelve Gordon and Alma and Ola and Frances Bennett come for dinner. After dinner Bruce Reynolds and his mother come a few minutes. I was glad to see them all. Ben sowed wheat most of the day. This evening Nat Wooding phoned for Ben to come to Reynolds mail box and help him work on his car. Ben went. They could not fix it. They brought it here. Sidney Reynolds come after Nat and carried him home.

Paul finished sowing wheat. Mollie gave me a nice box of candy a birth day present. Marvin Smith paid our taxes this evening. Paul and Ben has bin at the barn to night hangin and putting tobacco in the pit.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October 23, 1918

Wednesday, October 23, 1918

A good day. There was a killing frost this morning. Ben worked on Nat Woodings car.

Nat come tonight and got his car. Ben went to Altavista this evening to see about getting some lumber a bout Mr Owens house.

The rest of us and Owen and two of his children helped to strip tobacco.

They put some tobacco in the pit to night.

Kate and Irvin Harvey come and got a few apples to day.

11 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, October 24, 1918

Thursday, October 24, 1918

A good day. We all except Ben stripped tobacco until dinner.

Ben shod the horses this morning. This evening he went to Level Run after lumber and carried it to Willie Hubbards planer. Never got home til after dark.

Paul Josie and Henry and I gathered up the peanuts and washed them. We made a nice lot of them. I finished the socks that I knit for Charley Harvey. Irvin come for them.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October 25, 1918

Friday, October 25, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain. Ben worked on his waggon this morning. This evening he went to Level Run for a load of lumber. Paul Bennett plowed and fixed rows for straw berries. Josie planted the vines.

Mr Owen and his crowd stripped tobacco. I helped a little before dinner.

Josie got dinner. She had to cut her wood to cook with. This evening Josie and I both helped on the tobacco.

We are out of flour. Ben has gone to Thompsons to night to get some. We have wheat at the mill but the miller is not well enough to grind it.

Henry has caught two rabbits in his traps. He is very proud of that.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 26, 1918

Saturday, October 26, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben hauled some stalks and put them on the wheat land this morning. All the rest of us tied tobacco. This evening Mr Owen went to the mill for flour. We had corn bread for breakfast this morning. I know we should be thankful for that but we have not bin used to it and do not like it.

We tied all the tobacco that was in the pit then I went to Carries and Ben and Paul went squirrel hunting. They killed nine squirrels.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening.

To night Ben has gone with Marvin to Strait Stone.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, October 28, 1918

Monday, October 28, 1918

A cloudy day no rain.

Ben Kate and I went by Java and on to Chatham. Kate put in a plea for Chesley Edmons to come home and strip his tobacco.

Josie milked the cows for me this morning. Paul and the Owens stripped tobacco and Josie helped what she could. Ben and I got back a bout dinner time. Eat dinner. Ben went to the saw mill. I tied tobacco got done be fore night. I went to Marvins a little while.

Heard today that Clifton Reynolds is very sick hope he may be better soon.

Had a Letter from Jim today. I am glad that he was well. Hope he may stay well.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 29, 1918

Tuesday, October 29, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain here. Ben just got in from Altavista. Says that it rained hard there. He went for a load of lumber. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. We finished a curing for Mr Owen and commenced one for Paul.

Heard today that Doris Brumfield broke her arm yesterday. I am so sorry for her and her mother. Would go to see her if it wont for there is so much sickness a bout.

Heard to day that Mr Charles Rorrer was buried to day. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

Carlton Trent carried the mail yesterday and to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October 30, 1918

Wednesday, October 30, 1918

A cloudy day and the wind is blowin to night.

Ben and Owen sawed logs to carry to the saw mill. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. Josie got dinner. Mr Lowel Witcher come and eat dinner with us. Henry Blair come and looked at the tobacco.

Ben and Josie and Paul and Owen put tobacco in the pit tonight. Henry is complaining of a sore throat to night.

It is raining to night hope it will quit soon.

8 30 oclock

Ben put shoes on Mr Bailiss's horse to day.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, October 31, 1918

Thursday, October 31, 1918

A good day. Ben got Marvins horses and hauled logs and worked four horses to the truck. Paul helped to load on the logs.

Paul carried Dr Owen to see Mr Dews this morning. He had Bens car. Willie Mayhew has a very sick childe the Dr was to see it today. Clifton is still very sick. Marvin and Carrie went to see Doris Brumfield this evening. Josie and I and the Owen children and Henry finished stripping a curing of tobacco for Paul. We finished a bout twelve. This evening Cordie Blair and Doratha Worsham and Ada Hutcherson come a while. Ellen Bailiss and Louise Hutcherson come to bring some patterns that Josie let Mamie have.

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, November  1, 1918

Friday, November 1, 1918

A good day colde tonight. Ben and Owen hauled logs.

Paul carried Edna and Henry and Reese and I to White Falls. I caught 4 fish and two eels. Josie got dinner. She went to Marvins a little while this evening. I tried to get some meat at Mt Airy this evening. Could not get it.

To night Ben and Owen and Paul went to the barn to put some tobacco in the pit.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, November  2, 1918

Saturday, November 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin has hauled logs and lumber all day today. Mr Owen and Paul shucked some corn this morning. This evening they put a load of tobacco on the waggons. William Gilbert helped them.

Josie sewed some. I got dinner except making the bread. Josie made that.

Late this evening I went to Carries. She was bathing the children and complaining of the toothache. We heard this evening that Mr Eujean Shelton died this morning.

To night Ben and Owen and Paul went to the barn to put on a load of tobacco. They intend going to Gretna Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November  4, 1918

Monday, November 4, 1918

A good day.

We got up this morning at two oclock. The men folks fed. Josie and I got breakfast and they eat and got off to Gretna with two loads of tobacco. There was so much tobacco at Gretna they could not sell.

They got home nine oclock at night. Josie got dinner then went to Marvins and stayed with Carries children while Marvin and Carrie went to Altavista. Carrie had some work done on her teeth.

I picked some dried beans. To night Josie and I shelled two buckets full. Before they were shelled Kate Harvey come a few minutes. She wanted to see Ben.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November  5, 1918

Tuesday, November 5, 1918

A good day. Ben is one of the Judges at Elections. He was at Renan all day. Mr Owen hauled some wood. We needed it mighty bad.

Josie and I and Reese put some tobacco in the pit. Josie staid at home and got dinner for her self and Edna and Franklin. Marvin carried Reese and Henry and I to Banister River to fish. We caught twenty one fish.

Carrie gave us a nice mess of steak we had it for supper.

Heard today that Max Creasy died this morning. I am sorry for the family.

I have shelled a few beans to night. Am most a sleep now. Heard today that Jessie Hutcherson is at home on furlow for 48 hours.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November  6, 1918

Wednesday, November 6, 1918

A good day. Ben and Mr Owen went to Gretna and solde their tobacco. It solde very well. They got home a while after twelve eat dinner then went to the saw mill and got a load of lumber.

Marvin and Carrie went to Altavista this evening. Mr Mayhew and Rena went with them also Virginia Harvey.

Josie went up there and kept the children. They left Hazel at home. Josie says that they done fine. I went up to Marvins a little while then come home. Henry come with me. We shucked corn enough to feed on to night and in the morning. Ben has gone up to Marvins to help hunt a mink that killed a chicken this morning.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, November  7, 1918

Thursday, November 7, 1918

A good day. Ben hauled lumber from the mill. He brough three loads. Josie sewed some to day. I went to George Blairs. There was no one at home but Denia. George had gone to Gretna with tobacco. The rest of them had gone to Max Creasys burial.

John Dalton was buried this evening. There is more sickness and deaths than I ever heard of in the same length of time. Heard today that Dick Wooding is very sick.

Tonight Ben and Josie has gone to Strait Stone for groceries.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November 11, 1918

Monday, November 11, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben commenced on a room for Owen to day. Josie went to the store and bough some things for Edna this evening.

The children started to school to day. Miss Sneed came to day to be [scratched out "principle"] at Harmony Grove.

Miss Janie Gravley stopped in here this evening.

Ben and Josie is at the barn working on tobacco to night. Marvin went to Gretna today and solde tobacco for a good price. Ben and Josie and Marvin has just come from the barn.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 18, 1918

Wednesday, November 18, 1918

Mostly cloudy today Had a thunder storm late. Ben and Owen shucked corn nearly all day. Josie and I stripped tobacco the Owen children helped.

Janie Gravley and Effie Brumfield are here to night I am glad to have them.

Had a letter from Thelma B to day. I am so anxious to hear from Jim Brumfield.

There is so much sickness I am a fraid he is sick.

Henry and Edna went to school to day. I am a shamed to make so many mistakes.

10 oclock

[This page is pasted over the original entry for November 16, which Julia had accidentally written on the page for November 18.]

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November 19, 1918

Tuesday, November 19, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood in the woods. Ben went to Strait Stone at twelve oclock.

Josie and I stripped tobacco Mrs Owen helped us this evening.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening. Marvin gave me some rasberry briars to day. I want to plant them in the morning.

Ben got a letter from Jim to day. He was well when he wrote.

I am in dread most all the time that some of us will have the dreadful disease that is going a round. There is two died to day not too far off from here.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 20, 1918

Wednesday, November 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood today.

Marvin helped us strip tobacco until twelve. Josie staid with the children while Carrie went to Altavista to have her teeth worked on.

Mrs Owen and I tied tobacco all the evening.

Ben and Mr Owen tied some tobacco to night and put some in the pit.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, November 21, 1918

Thursday, November 21, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen hauled wood. Josie sewed a little. I got dinner. This evening I went to George Blairs they were all well.

Ben loaded the waggon with tobacco. Owen and Josie helped him. Irvin Harvey brought a few sticks of tobacco to carrie to market. They put it on the waggon be fore they eat supper.

Ben got a letter from Paul Bennett this evening.

Marvin sent a load of wood to the school house to day. Lee B sent one yesterday.

Murphist Harvey finished his work at Marvins to day.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, November 22, 1918

Friday, November 22, 1918

Colde and cloudy.

Ben went to Gretna with a load of tobacco for Paul and him self and a little for Irvin Harvey. It all sold reasonably well. Josie sewed. I got a snack for dinner.

This evening I mended my sweater. Miss Janie and Mrs Gravley come in a few minutes on their way from school. Mr Layne come this morning to try to get his calf home. He could not manage him and he is here yet. Ben got home from Gretna about sundown.

I watered and fed some of the hogs be fore he got home.

8 o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, November 24, 1918

Sunday, November 24, 1918

A good day very colde.

Ben and Josie went to Mr Jim Powers. Mrs Carr came with them home.

The children and I staid at home. No one came to see us. Franklin is hoarse to night but hope that he will soon be better of his colde.

Mr Owen come down to see a bout putting tobacco in the pit. They did not put any in.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, December 30, 1918

Monday, December 30, 1918

A good day Ben & Owen hauled some stalks for the cows. Josie staid at home all day. I went with Marvin & Carie to Ren Worshams We had a very pleasant day Ethel had a good dinner and I certainly did enjoy it I am glad that Ren has a nice good house.

Ben & Josie has gone to Mr Mayhews to a party Virginia & Reubin Reynolds came by on their way to Mayhews. Hugh Brumfield is here to nigh it seems that they can't go to sleep.

I got a letter from Lottie Craddock I am always glad to hear from them

10 o'clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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