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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

Last edit almost 3 years ago by Sara Brumfield
Sunday, January  6, 1918

Sunday, January 6, 1918

A cloudy day rained some and sleeted. The ground is still covered with snow. Virginia staid all night here last night. This morning Jack and Irvin come a little while. Virginia went with them home.

I went to Marvins and Kate. Irvin come there. We all eat dinner there. Ben and Josie and the children staid at home all day. Carrie had custard at dinner and Josie had ice cream. We had some tonight at supper. I did enjoy it. Kate brought me a ball of yarn. I want to knit a pair of wristlets for Charles Harvey as soon as I get the kneedles to knit on.

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, January  8, 1918

Tuesday, January 8, 1918

A clear day. Ben cut wood in the woods to day. Josie has had the tooth ache all day.

I washed a little and got dinner.

Willie Mayhew come here to night. Him and Ben went to John Hutchersons to play cards. Snow is still on the ground and it looks to night like it might snow before day. I certainly do hope it wont. We have not got much wood at the wood pile. I cut out an apron to night and then I was too lazy to make it.

9 15 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, January 11, 1918

Friday, January 11, 1918

A bad day. It snowed the most of the day and to night it is raining. Ben helped Marvin strip tobacco this evening. I got dinner. Baked cracklin corn bread.

Josie pieced on her quilt. I finished two aprons that I had commenced. I wrote a letter to Ludy Pugh to night.

Henry has bin complaining all day. They are all a bed and sleep I guess.

8 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, January 14, 1918

Monday, January 14, 1918

A cloudy morning and little snow. Ben went to Renan. Come home by dinner. Worked some this evening. Tonight he went to John Hutchersons.

Josie got dinner and sewed some on her quilt. I made a pair of little pants then went to Marvins. Worked the button holes up there. Mr Hutcherson was there. He said that his folks was hauling guano.

I talked with Molly Reynolds this morning. She tolde me that Mr George Reynolds was dead. Died last night.

9 45 oclock

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

Friday, January 18, 1918

A good day but it is snowing to night. Ben and Tom and Edmons helped Ben cut a set of barn logs to day. They both eat dinner with Ben. We were glad to have them here to night. Ben has gone to Jim Powers to a dance. Josie was sick this morning but is feeling some better tonight.

I got most of the dinner. I sewed some this evening and then went to Marvins. Josie sewed on her quilt this evening. Lee Brumfield passed here and stopped a while. He was hauling a load of wood for the teachers. They are going to try and keep house at Kate Harveys. I am sorry for the girls.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, January 20, 1918

Sunday, January 20, 1918

Snowed this morning but it is clear tonight.

We all staid at home to day. Did not eat but twise.

Kate and Irvin Harvey come a little while. I was so glad that they come. They did not stay half long enough. The teachers commenced to board them selves today at Kates. Virginia was sick to day. I hope she may soon be well a gain. Dodson Bailiss come a little while today.

9 oclock

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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

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Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Snowed a gain to day. It snowed until a bout twelve oclock. It is clear to night. Ben has bin at home alday. He worked on a ground slide some. Marvin did not go to Gretna today. He came down and made pathes for us. Josie got dinner and brought water to night and fed the calves.

Ben milked for me this morning. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning the first time this year.

I got breakfast and washed dishes at breakfast and dinner. Certainly have enjoyed sitting by the fire the most of the time this winter. I have made a pair of gloves two night caps and pieced the top of a pillow to day.

10 oclock

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Tuesday, January 29, 1918

Tuesday, January 29, 1918

A bad day. Snow melting walkin very bad.

Ben went to see Dr Owen this morning. Got medicine for Henry he is mighty sick yet.

I got dinner to day. I finished a helmet for Bruce Reynolds to day.

I got two letters to day one from Julia Fergerson and one from Lottie Craddock.

Ben went this evening to Ren Worshams and paid for the guano to use this year. Ben is sleeping in my room to night. Edna is with him. Henry is with his mother.

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February  1, 1918

Friday, February 1, 1918

A cloudy day Snow & ice on ground and and trees. Ben went with Marvin to Strait Stone to day I got dinner Josie washed dishes after dinner I finished a quilt that I peiced for Josie Peiced it out of old peices Henry is right Sick yet the ?? is here now oh the awful weather hope it will get better soon

8 30 oclock

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Saturday, February  2, 1918

Saturday, February 2, 1918

Snowed nearly all day Ben Hauled a load of stalks and a little Straw to day Josie got dinner. I washed dishes after dinner

We both done as little as we could make out with Henry is some better off to night 8 oclock

Josie made the fire in the Stove this morning

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, February  3, 1918

Sunday, February 3, 1918

A warm day. Snow and ice melted very fast. Ben went to Renan and to see Charles. Kate Harvey come a little while. The weather is so bad that I have to stay in most of the time. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning. I got breakfast. Josie got dinner. She had a bowl of soup and chicken. Baked tea cakes. We all did enjoy it so much. I washed dishes after dinner. Josie fed the calves and chickens. We had tea cakes and cocoa for supper.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, February 11, 1918

Monday, February 11, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Altavista with Owen. They will stay allnight some where over there. Mr Mayhew went with them. Ben carried my calf. Frank Mays went to the Island for Ben.

Josie washed a big washing this morning. She finished a bought twelve oclock.

We all went up to Carries this evening.

A bout all of the snow has gone and it is so muddy that it is most impossible to travel at all.

8 40 oclock

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Friday, February 22, 1918

Friday, February 22, 1918

A clear colde day. It snowed a little this morning. Ben and Owen cut wood in the woods to day. Josie ironed some this morning. Josie got dinner. I ironed for while. She got it and after dinner I finished ironing.

Josie and Edna went up to Mr Owens this evenin then Josie went to Marvins a while and to night Ben and Josie went to Mr Edmons and have not come home yet.

Franklin staid a wake until half after ten. It is now eleven.

11 oclock

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Thursday, April 11, 1918

Thursday, April 11, 1918

A very bad day. It has snowed all the evening the ground is white.

The men could not do anything much.

Josie got dinner.

Mrs Carr knit some.

I finished a pair of socks for the Red Cross ladies. I have knit ten pair that is all the yarn that I have got.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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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1919

Friday, January  3, 1919

Friday, January 3, 1919

Snow and rain this morning.

Ben worked on Owens house all day. Josie sewed some. I got dinner. Boiled hogs feet. This evening Franklin fell out of the window. It hurt him very bad not to brake any bones. There is a dance at Dick Woodings to night. Ben & Josie and Virginia and Irvin Harvey has all gone down there. 9 oclock

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Sunday, February  9, 1919

Sunday, February 9, 1919

A cloudy day and a little snow. Jim and Sarah Emerson & two children went from here this morning. They went to Mrs Graveleys. Ben went to Marvins and while he was gone Willie Brumfield come. He eat dinner with us then Ben carried him by Robert Laynes and to Long Island on his way to Richmond. I was glad that he come that long.

After Ben and Willie went a way Josie and I and the children went to Marvins a while. Ben come home at dark to night.

8 30 oclock

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Friday, February 21, 1919

Friday, February 21, 1919

A bad day. There was more snow on the ground than had bin this winter. It is all gone to night.

Josie ironed this evening.

Jim & Ben went to Renan this evening. Mr. Owen & Board Dews went to Mr. Jessie Mays sale. Marvin Smith bought Kate Harvey two pigs to day. He bought them from Robert Starkey. I am so glad that he could get them.

Franklin is sick I am afraid. He is so cross.

Henry did not go to school to day.

9 oclock

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Friday, March 14, 1919

Friday, March 14, 1919

A cloudy cool day. Ben plowed. Jim fixed up the grape vines at the garage and plowed over his potatoe patch. Bettie Rosser ironed here today.

Mr Dews carried his car to Gretna this morning.

Ben had a letter from Josie. She wants to come home tomorrow. I wont be surprised if there is snow by morning.

Lee is in Danville with his last tobacco. Otie Kellie and several others went to Chatham today.

Edna & Franklin has bin in doors all day today.

9 oclock

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Monday, December 29, 1919

Monday, December 29, 1919

A cloudy morning & a little snow. Clear this evening.

Thelma & Mary and I went to Mag Brumfields and spent the day. Ben carried us and come after us. Mag had as nice a dinner as I ever set down to. Rees & Paul Smith and Hugh Brumfield was there.

Josie staid at home with the children. The baby is so cross that there is no doing anything with her. I am sorry for her & Josie two. Josie looks worn and tiered.

Charles Harvey was home today. Kate & Virginia Harvey come to Mags a few minutes this evening.

Tonight Ben & Thelma & Mary has gone to Graves Moses. They are haveing a party there tonight.

8 oclock

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1921

Sunday January  9, 1921

Sunday January 9, 1921

A cloudy morning. Rained a little. Hailed and snowed all day. I milked & churned and set by the fire most of the time. Josie got dinner & supper. She cooked white beans and baked a cake. Jim and Ben went to Marvins. this morning. Marvin come here this evening.

I want to go to see Mag & Kate and Grace when the weather is good. There is so much to be done I can't go. I am not well. I hope I will feel better soon.

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Monday January 10, 1921

Monday January 10, 1921

A bad morning. Snowed until twelve oclock.

Ben made the fire in the stove and the fire place for the first time this winter. Ben milked for me. I was glad as it was so bad. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco. Owen helped them some. Josie sowed some. Made three aprons and a blouse. I done what cooking was done. The children did not go to school.

Heard tonight that Kate Hubbards baby was some better. I hope he may get well. Ben has a bad colde tonight. Hope he may soon feel better.

Josie and some of the children has sore eyes.

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Tuesday January 11, 1921

Tuesday January 11, 1921

Cloudy most of the day. Snow on the ground yet. Jim & Ben & Owen stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school.

Josie got dinner and supper.

I did not do any thing much all day. I got breakfast and milked the cows. Brought up the water for tonight. Got up the eggs and fed the calf and watered her.

I have read to night until some one ought to of made me go to bed.

We heard to day that Mildred Fergerson is very sick. I do hope she may get well soon.

11 oclock

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Thursday January 13, 1921

Thursday January 13, 1921

A cloudy day. Snowed a little this evening. Ben & Jim shucked some corn this morning with snow on it then stripped tobacco. Mr Owen got some wood.

Josie and I washed some this morning. Josie got dinner & supper.

The children went to school. It has bin a very colde day.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday January 16, 1921

Sunday January 16, 1921

A clear day. Snow on the ground yet. We all was here at dinner. Jim went to Marvins this morning. Ben went to Owens late this evening. Owens baby is sick. Josie and I got dinner. We did not get any supper. I think now I will be so glad when I can go a round and not be colde. Mabel has woke up. She is one of the worst babys that I have ever seen.

I promised Ben 50 cts to carry the calf from the stable to the shop.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday January 25, 1921

Tuesday January 25, 1921

A good day and much colder. Jim and Ben helped strip tobacco. They loaded the waggon for the market. I am afraid it will be snowing.

Josie ironed today. I got dinner. This evening I went to see Mollie Reynols. Johnson finished stripping tobacco this evening and loaded it on the truck. Floid Reynols is bad off with colde. Mollie got a letter from Julia today. Mildred is a bout well a gain.

Kate Harvey come by Reynols on her way to see Carries. I did not see Carrie to day. If the weather and my health will admit I will go to see her tomorrow.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday January 26, 1921

Wednesday January 26, 1921

This morning the ground was covered with snow. It has bin cloudy all day but no weather. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. Mr Owen & Luke went to Gretna with a load of tobacco. It solde very well. I have felt sorry for them to be out in such weather. I hope it wont make them sick. Henry went to school. Edna had a colde and staid at home.

I got the most of the dinner. Josie sewed some on her quilt. I milked the cows and fed the calf and chickens. Brought 4 buckets of water and did not fall down. I am a fraid to do what I might. We did not see any of Marvins folks. Guess he is stripping tobacco all that he can fixing for market.

10:15 oclock

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Thursday January 27, 1921

Thursday January 27, 1921

Snowed a gain last night. This morning was very colde. Ben milked the cows for me and fed the calf. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. Henry did not go to school. He made pathes a round to several places. I fed the chickens and brought some water. I have 18 little chickens for the hawk I am a fraid. We cooked dinner in the dining room by the fire place. Wood is scarce for the range.

The little baby has bin very cross. She has a colde. I hope she wont get sick and they can all keep well. I beg for strength and patience to stand what I have to.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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