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1918

Wednesday, January  2, 1918

Wednesday, January 2, 1918

A colde snowy day. Has snowed nearly all day. We all set around the fire most of the day. I milked and churned and fed the chickens. Josie got dinner. She cooked some beans. The Edmons tried to have a dance to night. It is so bad I dont expect that they could get a crowd. Ben & Josie has gone down there. They walked. I feel uneasy about them and will until they come back.

Franklin has waked up and I will be glad when they get back.

10 30 oclock

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Tuesday, February 19, 1918

Tuesday, February 19, 1918

A cloudy day, Some rain. Ben went with Henry to Blairs this morning. Henry went to school. I have lost the smoke house key. Ben brought a key from Blairs but it would not unlock the door. Don't know what we will do about it yet. Ben and Owen went to the mill this evening with corn. Got their meal.

Josie sewed on her quilt. I got a snack for dinner churned and jobed a round most of the day. Ben went with Willie Mayhew to John Hutchersons to night. Josie and the children are all abed and I am going soon.

9 oclock

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Wednesday, April 10, 1918

Wednesday, April 10, 1918

A very rainy day.

Men folks could not do any thing out of doors.

Josie sewed some Mrs Carr knit.

I got dinner and churned then knit.

9 oclock

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Friday, April 12, 1918

Friday, April 12, 1918

The land was covered with snow this morning. To night it is all gone. Ben cut some wood this evening and ask hands to help rais a barn. I hemmed three quilts. Josie got dinner.

I churned and beat up the butter.

9 oclock

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Saturday, April 20, 1918

Saturday, April 20, 1918

A very rainy day. I dressed a hen for Kate and churned. I knit on Henrys stockins to night.

Nannie Kate and I got supper. Clack Hubbard was here at supper and staid all night. Mrs Martha Booker died to day so we heard over the phone.

11 oclock

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Saturday, May 11, 1918

Saturday, May 11, 1918

A good day. Just at night we had a shower.

Ben and Owen and Paul Bennett fixed up the fence this morning and plowed this evening.

Josie got dinner and churned. Marvin carried me and Henry and Denia Blair to Cedar Forest. We fished but did not catch anything. Reubin Reynolds come to see Paul to night. I am glad that he did.

9 oclock

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Monday, May 20, 1918

Monday, May 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked on tobacco land.

I got dinner and churned. Put ashes on the potatoes this evening. Went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Josie made her silk waist to day. The preacher come to see Paul this morning.

10 oclock

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Friday, May 24, 1918

Friday, May 24, 1918

A good day. We had a good rain last night. We planted tobacco all day. The men folks planted and Mrs Owen and I drawed plants. Josie got dinner and churned.

Some men come to see Ben about a school.

Ben put the pigs in a pen last night.

8 oclock

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Saturday, May 25, 1918

Saturday, May 25, 1918

A good morning. Rain this evening.

The menfolks planted tobacco all day. Mr Dews helped them this evening.

I went to Blairs this morning and got potatoe slips. Mrs Owen and I drawed plants part of the day.

Josie ironed this morning and churned and got dinner.

Kate Harvey solde her cow to day we guess. She passed here some one driving her.

8 oclock

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Saturday, June  1, 1918

Saturday, June 1, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen & Paul Bennett plowed corn. Got done a while before night then went to Cedar Forest. Carried some beans & eggs. The men went bathing. Josie and the children went with them to the store. Josie milked and churned and got dinner. Ren Worsham carried Isla & Cordie Blair and I to Mr Jessie Worshams Mill Pond to fish. None of us caught any thing to keep. Cordie and Isla caught a fish a peice but did not get them out of the pond. Denia went to see Lottie Craddock to day. Frank and George went to Danville to night.

10 15 oclock

Ben and two of the children & Josie has gone to the School House to a play.

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Friday, June  7, 1918

Friday, June 7, 1918

A good day.

Ben and Paul worked tobacco all day. I washed a little this morning. Josie churned and got dinner. Baked a cake. This evening she washed the dining room floor.

George Worsham come here this evening assessing property. I planted sunflower seed this evening.

Tonight Ben has gone to Marvins to try and mend the freezer. Hope he can get it mended.

10 oclock

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Tuesday, June 11, 1918

Tuesday, June 11, 1918

A clear day we need rain so bad.

Ben worked tobacco half of the day then cut wheat for Marvin this evening.

Josie got dinner. I churned and then worked the sweet potatoes and pea nuts

This evening I got up some of the onions.

Josie sewed all the evening. Carrie got Hazels pictures to day. She is not pleased with them. I am anxious to see them.

9 oclock

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Tuesday, June 25, 1918

Tuesday, June 25, 1918

A cloudy morning rain this evening. Ben and Paul and Owen plowed half the day.

Josie got dinner. I churned and worked some in the garden.

Ellen and Melvin Bailiss come and got milk and butter. I wrote a letter to Mary Brumfield this evening.

Heard this morning that Sam Carter was to be buried to day.

10 oclock

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Wednesday, July  3, 1918

Wednesday, July 3, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul plowed tobacco this morning. Ben plowed the sweet potatoes. This evening Ben mowed. Josie got dinner. I churned and worked some in the garden. Josie tried to find some black berries found enough for supper with cream.

Heard today that Posies baby is sick hope she may get well.

Mr Owen has bin sick to day. Hope he may be able to work by in the morning.

10 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, July 21, 1918

Sunday, July 21, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Mr Edmons this morning. He went with Marvin Smith all of the rest staid at home. Reese and Paul come and played with the children. Marvin and Carrie and the little children come a few minutes on the car and carried the boys home.

We had butter beans for dinner. Mrs Owen gave them to us. Josie got dinner. I got breakfast and milked and churned. I have not bin well today. Hope I may feel better by morning.

Josie is playing the piano and Ben the violin.

9 30 oclock

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Thursday, July 25, 1918

Thursday, July 25, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul and Owen finished dobbing the barns. The Hutchersons finished thrashing wheat.

Josie got dinner and churned and milked night and morning.

I went with George and Denia and Ethel and Henry to Mr John Reynolds to see olde Mrs Blair. Shes very feeble. Isla come with us home. We had a good trip nothing happened to the car.

Henry brought me home. I hope I am thankful for all the kindness that is shown me.

9 30 oclock

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Tuesday, August  6, 1918

Tuesday, August 6, 1918

A clear day and very warm. Ben finished curing his primings to night.

Paul suckered tobacco. Mr Owen went to the mill did not get his grinding. Josie washed the breakfast dishes and ironed and got dinner and washed the dinner dishes and ironed most of the evening. I got breakfast and called them to eat then I milked three cows and watered hogs at three different places then I gathered some butter beans and helped to shell them. Then fixed the milk ready to churn then cut a bucket of cucumbers then churned fixed to wash some.

After dinner I washed a bout 40 garments then put the cucumbers in brine and salted the butter and fixed it ready for use. Then rested a while then milked eat supper and helped wash dishes and ready to go to bed.

10 oclock

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Saturday, August 17, 1918

Saturday, August 17, 1918

A good day. Ben plowed up the potatoes and Josie picked them up. Ben sowed turnip seed to day. Paul tied some primings. Josie got most of the dinner. I churned went after some tomatoes. After dinner I put up three cans and killed two chickens and cut the cucumbers and put them in brine.

Paul and Thelma went to Dick Woodings to a stew to night. I hope they may have a nice time.

Julia and Henry and Edna are in my room and talk so much that I am in the hall writing.

Chesley Edmons cut a house of tobacco today.

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Saturday, August 31, 1918

Saturday, August 31, 1918

A good day. Clouds a bout but no rain here to speak of. The men folks finished cutting a house of tobacco.

Josie ironed this morning. Lizzie churned for me. I went to see Julia Fergerson this morning. She was at Carries. Marvin carried her home. Kate Harvey come a while this evening. Lizzie and Edna and Franklin walked with her some of the way home.

Ben and Owen is at the barns to night.

10 oclock

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Monday, September 16, 1918

Monday, September 16, 1918

A good day. The men folks moved two curings of tobacco and cut two rooms of green tobacco.

Josie picked up some apples and got dinner. I churned and picked some beans this morning. In the evening I went to Marvins a few minutes and picked a few more beans then went to the tobacco ground and helped to load the waggon and to the barn and helped to unload so as to hurry Ben and Paul. They wanted to go to Altavista and I did not want them to be late.

Josie had supper ready when we got to the house. While we were eating, Denia come and brought me a pan of light bread. I certainly was glad of the bread. Was sorry that Denia had so much trouble but I do appreciate it.

9 oclock

Ben and Paul and Josie are at Altavista tonight.

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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

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Friday, November  8, 1918

Friday, November 8, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen hauled a load of lumber from Davis's mill this morning and from Hubbards this evening.

Josie washed some this morning. I got dinner. This evening Grace and Hugh Brumfield and I went to White Falls fishing. Did not catch any thing. Grace carried me on the buggy. I did not get home until dark. I churned tonight. Josie washed dishes.

Ben caught a pig this morning and broke its leg. I hope it may get well.

8 oclock

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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

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1919

Monday, April  7, 1919

Monday, April 7, 1919

A good day. The men folks plowed until twelve then [?] this evening.

Josie got dinner.

I went to Owens. I churned and dodged a round most of the day. I went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Cordie & Nettie Blair and Ada Hutcherson come this evening. They said that Lottie Craddock has a daughter. Denia Blair has gone up there to see her.

Ben & Jim caught a turtle in the branch. I dressed it for Henry. The Owen boyes has bin here most all day.

9 oclock

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Saturday, April 12, 1919

Saturday, April 12, 1919

A good day. I went with Mr Dews to Cedar Forest. Mrs Lewis went also. Jim Brumfield carried me as far as Dews home. We then went on a waggon. Mr Mayhew & Robert went on Mayhews truck. I never saw as many people fishing on one day.

Nellie & Evylin come to day.

Mr. Owen went after guano. There was lots of people hauling fertilizer.

Wren come over to the river where I was and talked with me a while. I certainly did appreciate his comeing.

10 oclock

I left everything for Josie to do to day. Milkin and churning & cookin. I would like to do what I think is right a bout the work but cant do enough to suit them not if I stay at home and work all the time.

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Monday, May 26, 1919

Monday, May 26, 1919

A good day. The men folks planted tobacco all day. I drawed plants all the time that I could. Mrs. Owen drawed this evening.

Beatriss Owen went to Long Island to meet her cousin. She did not come.

Josie got dinner and churned. She picked straw berries for dinner.

Two of Carries children are sick. I am so sorry. Hope they may be well soon.

Paul Bennett commenced to work at Marvins to day. I do hope that they may make a good crop.

Cordie & Nettie Blair come here this evening. I did not see them.

9 oclock

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Saturday, July  5, 1919

Saturday, July 5, 1919

A good day. Ben & Owen and Jim plowed some to day. Jim helped John Hutcherson thrash wheat this morning and planted him some pink beans this evening after they got up the hay.

Ben worked his water mellons vines late this evening.

Josie ironed & got dinner. I churned and washed a few things this morning. This evening I worked some button holes and mended a few things.

Lucius Gravely come here tonight on his way to the lodge. He had forgot that last Sunday was a fifth Sundy.

10:30:oclock

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Monday, July  7, 1919

Monday, July 7, 1919

A cloudy day. This morning the fences washed down and away. I lost a 4 galons of milk besides lots of other damage. Josie got dinner. Nellie sowed some on Josies dress. Evylin straitened up the parlor. I churned. It was a hard matter to get a fire a bout eleven oclock.

Mr Glass and Mr Vonwagner come. They eat dinner here. Nell & Evylin went with them to Chatham.

The boys killed the bees in two hives this evening.

Jim & Ben and Mr Owen went to Renan this evening. There has bin three or four cars passed here today. The roads are very bad.

Josie & the children and I went to Marvins this evening.

Paul Bennett got the car in the creek and never got home until twelve to day.

10: o clock

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Wednesday, July 16, 1919

Wednesday, July 16, 1919

A clear morning. A hard rain this evening. The branch was all out of the banks a gain. Jim & Nellie started to the Island. They had got as far as Arch Moons when the rain began to fall. When [it] quit so that they could, they come back home.

Josie got dinner. I churned this evening. Josie made Henry a blouse. I went to Marvins.

Alma was makeing Carrie a dress. Marvin went to the mill this morning. Did not get his grain ground.

Jim brought the olde hog this evening.

10 oclock

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Monday, July 28, 1919

Monday, July 28, 1919

Clear this morning. A thunder sower this evening. The men folks plowed some this morning.

Josie got dinner & churned this morning. This evening she kept Eva Carries baby and Paul and Roy was here two. Mary Brumfield was here all the evening.

I went with Effie Brumfield to White Falls. We had Lees hors & buggy. We caught several fish. We got as far on our way home as Kate Harvey. Effie brought me as far on my way home as the forks of the road at Johnsons barns.

The Preachers come home with Marvin Smith tonight.

10:30 oclock

Kate Harvey comed my hair this evening while it was raining.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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