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1923

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.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December  8, 1923

Saturday, December 8, 1923

A beautiful day. Warm for December. We have worked on the cleaning up after hog killing. Lelia ward and I cut up the lard and sausage. I dried up the lard. Ben and Jim ground the sausage. I seasoned it. Ben made little bags and Edna and Ben filled the sacks. Ben washed off the table and washed the dished[?]. Henry and Franklin went to the mill at Cedar Forest. Got some corn meal. John Ward washed the chidlins and cleaned the faces and feet and that was a great help. Ben helped me get supper. I was glad.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, December  9, 1923

Sunday, December 9, 1923

A beautiful day. Jim and Henry and Franklin and I went to Marvin's today. Found them fixing to come to see us. Carrie gave me a nice cake for Xmas and some butter. I was glad of all that she gave me. She gave us a good dinner. Ben and the little girls staid here. Ben got dinner. I think they enjoyed getting their own dinner. We stoped at Mr. Rowland's and got some oil. The got on fine.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, December 11, 1923

Tuesday, December 11, 1923

A very warm day for December The [wen?] cut wood. for fine wood all day. The children went to school. I done all day what I could and noone could tell any thing had bin done.

Mollie & [Dessia?] come to see me I was very glad that they come it had bin a long time since [Dessia?] had bin to see us. She said she thought that Isla was feeling better than she had Mollie said that Bruces wife was in the Hospitle she had a tumor removed I hope she may get well soon

[Christaniy?] come for her mother on the car hope thay got home allright

Last edit about 7 years ago by rdrinkwater
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.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December 15, 1923

Saturday, December 15, 1923

A clear cold day. Jim started to Lynchburg to see his wife and daughter. I hope he may find them well and doing well. Henry drove the car to Gretna. Ben sawed some wood. Mr. Booker helped John Ward and Henry. They got what Ben had hauled. Mr. Booker eat dinner with us. I cooked hog chidlins. I was a shamed of it as Mr. Booker was here. Hope he did not find it out[?]. I have bin chilly and sick some this evening. Mrs. Booker sent me some butter by Ray this evening. I was very glad of it. Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, December 16, 1923

Sunday, December 16, 1923

A good day. Ben fixed heater in the dineing room. Henry went to Lee Brumfield's a little while tonight. He said he was going to Strait Stone. Edna and Mabel has the chicken pox. The baby has bin cross all day. I have bin most sick all day. Lelia come and washed dishes this morning. I made out to get dinner. Mr. Sam Owen come here this evening. Wanted Ben to go and see if he could do any thing for his car. Ben has not come back yet. Hope he can fix the car so he can run it. We miss Jim very much.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
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.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, December 19, 1923

Wednesday, December 19, 1923

A fine day. The boys shucked corn the most of they day. Hauled up one load. Oscar Brumfield com to see Ben a bout sawing their wood. Lee come for the saw. The horses got to the corn pile and eat a lot. I hope it won't hurt them. The children went to school. They had a game played against the Gretna boys. Renan beat. I got a new year book today from Lynchburg. Will and Effie sent it. It is very nice. I got a card from Ervin Harvey and Mrs. Kent. I am glad to be remembered.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, December 20, 1923

Thursday, December 20, 1923

A rainy morning. The men folks did not do any thing of any account until evening. They picked up some corn and put it in sacks. The children went to school. There is a play over there tonight. Ben and the children has gone all but Mabel. She is a bed and a sleep. Edna eat supper at John Hutcherson's tonight. [E]Ula Mayhew and Gladis Owen was there two. I wrote to Kate Harvey. Wrote part of one to Carrie Smith. Nat passed so early that I did not get it in the mail. Jim sent a box of turnip greens to Ruben's today.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December 22, 1923

Saturday, December 22, 1923

A very warm day for Dec. They cut some feed at Booker's and here. Did not finish. I got dinner. Though[t?] Mr. Booker would be here. He did not stay. After dinner Henry and I went to Gretna. I bought a pair of shoes and stockens. Come home and put them on. Ben and Jim went to Mt. Airy. Ben bought some paint. Henry and I come by by Marvin's and got some cakes that Carrie had made for me. Marvin's folks was going to a play at the school house. A part of the school building was burned last night.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, December 21, 1923

Friday, December 21, 1923

A good day. Very warm for December. The men hauled some stalks and cut some feed for Mr. Booker. The children went to school for the last time this year. This evening Henry went to Mt. Airy and played ball and got beat. Come home so mad that he cried. Then he went to Strait Stone to meeting at the church. He has not got back yet I don't think. Mr. Mayhew and some of the children come tonight to play games. They seam to enjoy them. I am glad for them to come. Ben and his children like to play.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, December 23, 1923

Sunday, December 23, 1923

A warm cloudy day. We all staid at home. We had a nice mess of turnip greens and did enjoy them. This evening Mrs. Booker and Ray come. Alma and Lonnie Bennett come. Alma brough[t] me a fruit cake and a box of candy and two pounds of butter. I am so glad of all of the things. We did not have any butter for several days. That is so little that we did not want to eat it. I am so glad to be remembered by the children. Wish I could see them all once more.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, December 24, 1923

Monday, December 24, 1923

A good day. Ben and the children and Jim went to Strait Stone this morning. Jim and Ben and Henry went to Renan tonight. I boiled a ham and dressed two chickens this morning. Ben swept the parlor and hall today. I got a cake and several packages in the mail and the children got several things. I am so glad to be remembered. Every one is so good to me. Jim gave me a pitcher. Aluminum. Very nice. I am invited to Ben Easts to dinner tomorrow. Guess I won't go. Would like to go but some one will have to stay here.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, December 25, 1923

Tuesday, December 25, 1923

A good day. The children had a good time with their dolls and toys. Ben gave me a nice bowl for a Xmas gift. Ben and the children went to Jim Powers today. I am sorry that it has turned colde on account of the children but hope that they may get home ok. Jim and I eat dinner and then we went to Mr. Booker's or near enough to see that they were not at home. I went to George Blains. They had all of their children and grand children and sons in laws and daughter in laws there for dinner. Mrs. Bar[k or b?]er and Mr. ??lleent and Mrs. Collen? ana [or and] H[or 4] okens come this evening.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, December 27, 1923

Thursday, December 27, 1923

A rainy day. Jim went from here this morning. He was going to see his people at Lynchburg. I have felt all day like something serious was the matter. I can't tell why. Jim went with the Edmons boys to Gretna. Ben's car is so out of fix that it won't go like he would like. Floid Reynols was here a few minute to day. He said that Julia Fergeson's baby was very sick. Reubin and his mother was going to Danville this evening to see the baby. I hope it is better by now. I got a nice box of candy from Clifton and Jane today. I have got more nice presents and cards this Xmas than I ever did be fore at Xmas. Ben is at work on a picture frame to night.

Last edit almost 3 years ago by New Test User
Friday, December 28, 1923

Friday, December 28, 1923

A good day. We have bin at home all day except Henry. Marvin and Carrie and all the children come this morning. I was glad to see them. All of them staid all night except Reese. Henry went with Reese home to feed and milk. Ben and Marvin went to Mr. Mayhew's tonight and have not come home yet. 10:30 o'clock. All the rest has gone to bed except myself and I will be in bed soon if nothing happens to stop me. Heard today that Caroline Fergerson was better. Reese and Henry went to Ren Worsham's a little while this evening.

Last edit over 2 years ago by Sara Brumfield
Saturday, December 29, 1923

Saturday, December 29, 1923

A beautiful day. Carrie and her family went home this evening. They went to Ren's this evening. There was no one at home so they went home. Henry and the other children went with them to Worsham's. Then we went to Ernest's and staid a while. Then went to Reynol's. Mrs. Reynols had not come home from Danville yet so we come home. Ben worked on a picture frame all the evening and tonight. We certainly did enjoy their visit. Carrie['s] children and Bens can have a good time playing together.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, December 30, 1923

Sunday, December 30, 1923

Cloudy all day. No rain yet. All the children and I went to Mag Brumfield's and spent the day. Mag had a nice dinner. Had the first turkey that I seen this Xmas. Ben staid at home all day. Mrs. Kellie was at Mag's. 11:30 o'clock Sunday night. Lee and Grace and Elsie East and two children and Hugh Brumfield come and have just gone. I was glad that they come. I enjoyed their company ever so much. Hildah staid with Edna tonight. Henry and Christenia Reynols and Doris Brumfield and Jamie and Delma Owen went to Ren Worsham's. None of them were at home.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, December 31, 1923

Monday, December 31, 1923

A cloudy day rain this evening and tonight. Lightning and thunder tonight. We all have bin at home all day. Ben cut the aspen that I wanted him to. The children carried most of the brush out for me. I washed some few things this morning. I had rain water to use. Hilda is here yet it was so bad she could not go home. They all have tried their [best]. Seven today had to stay in the house most of the time. Henry & Ben are at the dineing room tonight studying [puzzles?]. The last [entry]for this year. Mabel says she is glad Hilda did not go home.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
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