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1918

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
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 25, 1918

Friday, January 25, 1918

A clear day and some warmer. Ben has bin in the house all day but is some better off to day. Henry is sick tonight. I got breakfast and dinner. Josie got supper. Would not have got any but Mr Walter Carr come.

Josie ironed some. Josie fed the horses and hogs. I fed the cows. William Gilbert come this morning and split some wood for us. Marvin and John Smith went to Altavista to day. Mollie Reynolds come to Carries today. I got the yarn to knit for Bruce Sheppard sent it to day.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January 31, 1918

Thursday, January 31, 1918

A cloudy day the ground is covered with ice. Ben went to Renan this evening he walked. Tom Edmons come up here to day for Ben to cut his hair.

Marvin went to see Charles to day. I wish I could go.

Johnson Reynolds come to Marvins to change his phone.

Josie got dinner. I washed dishes after dinner. I sewed some on an olde quilt milked and then set by the fire most of the time.

Mollie sent this evening and got the knitting that I did for her. We hope that Henry is some better.

8 25 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February  8, 1918

Friday, February 8, 1918

A clear morning cloudy this evenin. Ben hauled some wood this morning.

Cut feed and sawed wood this evening. Marvin Smith and William Gilbert helped him. Josie swept the yard some and got dinner.

Some man passed here today and a greed to take the cow that I bought from Marvin. Johnson Reynolds colte is here tonight. He went to Gretna today. Have not heard how tobacco solde to day.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February 23, 1918

Saturday, February 23, 1918

A clear day. Ben went to see Charles this morning. He is very feeble.

Ben and Owen cut in the woods this evening. Josie staid at home all day. Miss Mayhan and Virginia Harvey come down here a while this evening. I went to Reynolds and staid all day.

They had killed hogs at Reynolds yesterday. Mollie gave me a mess of meat. They were all well up there. Ben has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge to night. All of our folks has gone to bed and I will go soon.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, March 31, 1918

Sunday, March 31, 1918

A good day.

Ben and family went to Jim Powers. I went to Johnson Reynolds. They brough me home on the car.

Dr Wiggonton and Pearl come to see Kate. She was not at home. She was at Marvins. They went to Ren Worshams.

A lot of the grand children went on the mountain to day. Miss Mayhan went with them.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, April 19, 1918

Friday, April 19, 1918

A cloudy [day]. Ben went to the Island for guano. I am at Johnson Reynolds to stay with the children. Johnson and Mollie started to Washington to see Bruce.

8 10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, April 22, 1918

Monday, April 22, 1918

A good day. Johnson and Mollie got home to day.

Will Brumfield come with them. I come home. Robbert brough me home. Will and Mollie and Reubin come with me. Found them all a bout at home.

12 o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, May  6, 1918

Monday, May 6, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen hauled manure this morning and plowed this evening.

Josie washed and got dinner. I went to Johnson Reynolds and eat dinner.

Rubin brought me home on their car. I thank them for every kindness shown to poor me. Paul Smith and Roy staid here some today with Henry and Edna. They have such good times.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 10, 1918

Friday, May 10, 1918

A good day until near night there was a thunder cloud and rain.

Ben planted a little corn this evening.

Josie got dinner.

I went to Carries and dressed the baby.

This evening Mrs John Hutcherson come and all the children. The first time she come on a visit this year.

I went to Carries a gain this evening. Mollie Reynolds was there.

We are talking of going to Richmond soon.

9 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, May 12, 1918

Sunday, May 12, 1918

A good day.

Ben and family went to Mr Jim Powers and spent the day. Paul Bennett went to Johnson Reynolds.

I staid at home most of the day went to Carries a while this evening.

Kate Harvey was there. She brought Hazel home.

We now intend starting to Richmond in the morning Mollie Reynolds and I.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, May 19, 1918

Sunday, May 19, 1918

A good day. Mollie and I come home to day.

Johnson and Robert and Christenia met Mollie.

Ben and Edna met me. We made the trip from Portsmouth home all right. Howard Ferguson come with us to the depot. Julia and Howard was just as nice to us as they could be.

I found them all as well as usual. Had two cows to come fresh while I was gone. I have bin well while I was gone. To night my tooth hurts me.

10 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May 23, 1918

Thursday, May 23, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Stevin Davis s to day and got a sack of ferterlizer. Finished Pauls tobacco land. He plowed in the garden and planted corn in the bottom. Josie and I planted pea nuts. I planted some Irish potatoes. Josie got dinner. Alma Bennett made Edna a dress this evening.

Ben carried Alma to Johnson Reynolds to night. Paul and Henry and Josie all went. I washed dishes while they were gone.

10 15 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, June  4, 1918

Tuesday, June 4, 1918

A good day.

Ben and Paul and Owen replanted tobacco until dinner then commence to work out the tobacco.

Josie washed. I got dinner. Killed the first young chicken to day.

We all went to Carries. I went to Reynolds. Kate Harvey come to Carries. Doris and Christenia Reynolds come here, They wanted my suitcase and got it.

Hazel is sick. Hope she may be better by morning.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, June 10, 1918

Monday, June 10, 1918

A good day.

Ben plowed the garden and potatoes this morning.

He cut his rye today.

Paul Bennett come home at twelve oclock.

Paul carried Josie and the children and I up to Renan. We went to see Kate Harvey and Mag Brumfield this evening. Johnson and Mollie Reynolds went to Charlottesville to day to see Clifton married. Julia and Howard Fergerson come to Reynolds yesterday.

10 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June 27, 1918

Thursday, June 27, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Strait Stone and Cedar Forest hunting peas to sow. He got some from Lee B. Josie washed a big washing this morning. I got dinner. This evening I went to Posey Reynolds to see the new baby.

There was a house full of company there.

Did not see Mollie Reynolds she was gone to Jim Thompsons.

We bough war stamps from Irvin Lewis to day. Tom Starkey come by here on his car and brough me home from Johnson's barn.

Paul has gone to the school house a gain to night.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July  2, 1918

Tuesday, July 2, 1918

A good bright day.

The men folks plowed in the corn. Marvin got up hay. Josie washed.

Mrs Owen and Mrs Winston and Hattie Gilbert all gave us a mess of snaps to day. We have got good neighbors.

This evening Henry and I walked to Mr Creasys fish pond. The water is so low that you cant fish in it to catch anything.

We come back by Kates. She was at home by her self. Virginia was at Reynolds's. 10 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Wednesday, July 10, 1918

Wednesday, July 10, 1918

A good day. Had a sprinkle of rain this evening.

Josie picked black berries this morning and made preserves this evening.

Johnson Reynolds had his wheat thrashed to day. Ben helped. They thrashed at Marvins this evening. I helped Carrie get supper. Mrs Carr was sick most of the day is better tonight.

10 oclock

I had a letter from Mary Brumfield.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, July 17, 1918

Wednesday, July 17, 1918

Rain most of the day.

Ben shod his colt this evening. Paul went to Johnson Reynolds and got a nice basket of peaches this morning. This evening he has gone to up in his olde neighborhood.

I went to Carries this evening and helped Carrie peal some peaches.

Josie was sick all the morning but is some better this evening. I wrote Jim a note tonight.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July 23, 1918

Tuesday, July 23, 1918

A good day here. There was clouds and rain a round and very hard thunder. Ben and Paul and Owen worked on the barns this morning. This evening Owen helped Hutcherson thrash wheat.

Josie got dinner. This evening she put strings around Bens water melon patch.

I went to Reynolds they were all at home except Johnson. I had a pleasant visit. I like Jane fine. Come back by Marvins they were getting on fine.

8 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, July 26, 1918

Friday, July 26, 1918

A good day. The men folks topped tobacco. Josie ironed most of the day.

This evening Paul carried Henry and Edna and Reese and I to White Falls to fish. We did not catch many fish. We walked up by Mr Johnsons house. Mrs Johnson was very nice to us. Marvin come after us. Carrie and all the children come with him. We had a pleasant evening.

We got home in good time to milk and feed the hogs. Josie had corn batter bread for supper and we did enjoy it.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Friday, August  2, 1918

Friday, August 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen and Paul pulled leaves to day. Marvin Smith and William Gilbert (col) helped them. Nearly all the children that was big enough handed leaves. This evening Fanny Emerson Josie and I helped some. Josie got dinner. She cooked snaps and beets and butter beans and corn. Mrs Owen sent her the corn.

To night Paul and Fanny has gone to meeting at St. Johns. (ink smear) Well I went to sleep I made my mark.

10:15

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, August  7, 1918

Wednesday, August 7, 1918

A very warm day some clouds and thunder but no rain. Josie washed and hemed the curtains.

Ben and Paul and Owen helped pull leaves at Marvins this evening.

Henry and Reese went to Johnson Reynolds this evening and got some nice peaches. Will have them to put up in the morning. I am very glad of them.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, August 11, 1918

Sunday, August 11, 1918

A good day. Clouds a round this evening but no rain here.

We all staid at home to day until about night. Ben went to Carries Thelma and Julia [went] to Reynolds. Mr Mayhew and Mr Dews come. Ben and them played croquet.

Carrie and the children come a few minutes. Marvin brought them on the car.

Mr Owens brother come to see him this evening. I got the first corn from the corn field to day.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, August 12, 1918

Monday, August 12, 1918

A good day. Clouds a bout this evening but no rain here. Paul suckered tobacco all day. Ben suckered four rows this morning and then went to Chatham. I went with him. We staid longer than Ben thought he would have to stay. We eat dinner at Mrs Woodings. She had a good plain dinner.

Mr John and Willie Baily and Mrs Hines come with Ben as far as their home.

Josie gathered some grapes this morning. We picked them off the stems to night.

Mollie sent over and got some grapes. Jane and Clifton come. I saw Alma and Lonnie at Chatham.

9 o clock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, September  1, 1918

Sunday, September 1, 1918

A beautiful day. The men folks staid at the barns most of the day.

Paul carried his mother home this morning. Josie staid at home and got dinner then went to Reynolds. Marvin carried Josie and Edna and Franklin Carrie and four of their children. I spent the day there. Posie and Nannie and baby was there. Julia and baby. We had a pleasant day. They had plenty of water mellons. Ben will have to stay at the barns to night.

8 35 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, September  9, 1918

Monday, September 9, 1918

A good day. Ben loaded the waggon this morning ready for market.

The men will stay at the barn to night.

Josie helped to load the waggon.

I got most of the dinner.

Julia Fergerson come a bout sundown. She got some snaps and butter. I got Paul to carry her home. Lizzie and Alma and Earl Bennett come down to Johnsons to night. Paul and Mary Brumfield and I went up there to night.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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