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1918

Monday, January  7, 1918

Monday, January 7, 1918

A cloudy day and some warmer. To night the wind is blowing. Ben went to Strait Stone. Marvin went to see Charles. He is some better off a gain. Josie has bin sick all day. I got dinner to day and sewed a little. Miss Smith sent the drugget home to day by Irvin Harvey and Robert Reynolds. I got a letter from Lottie Craddock to day.

7 30 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, January 12, 1918

Saturday, January 12, 1918

A clear colde day.

We had a storm last night. It thundered and rained and the wind blowed very hard. Ben mended his fire place this morning then went to Renan. He helped Marvin strip tobacco this evening. To night he has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge.

I got breakfast this morning. Ben milked. Josie got dinner and washed dishes fed the chickens and calves. I have not tried to do anything out doors to day. Was afraid I might fall. I got a nice letter from Effie to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, January 15, 1918

Tuesday, January 15, 1918

A colde windy day. It rained and we had a heavy sleet this morning. I got breakfast. Ben went with Marvin Smith to Strait Stone.

Josie got dinner and ironed some then cut out a dress for me.

I sewed some on my dress. Franklin has bin sick today. Hope that he may get well soon.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, February  4, 1918

Monday, February 4, 1918

A clear colde windy day. Ben cut some in the woods. I got dinner. Josie sewed on her quilt. This evening she went to Marvins a while. Come home and fed the chickens and calves. Brought water. I staid by the fire all the time that I could. I am hookin a mat don't know yet a bout finishin it.

Henry is still improving hope he will soon be well.

9 45 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February  6, 1918

Wednesday, February 6, 1918

Clear most of the day and warmer south wind blowin. Ben shod the horses this morning split wood some this evening. Josie got dinner. I killed a chicken this morning.

This evenin Josie fixed a box to be solde at Strait Stone School House. To night Ben and Josie went down there. I hope they may get on OK it is a dark and dreary lookin time to me.

I am here with the children. They are all a sleep now.

8 40 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February 15, 1918

Friday, February 15, 1918

A good day but windy. Ben and Owen burnt plant beds. Josie ironed.

I went to see Charles. He is very feeble.

I do hope he may get better yet. Frank Mays and Lee Brumfield and Irvin Lewis went to Chatham to day. Kate Harvey and Mrs Mayhew and Laura Mayhew was at Charles.

To day was the first time that I have bin to Renan this year. I hope to go a gain soon. Chesley Edmons commenced work at Kates to day. Hope he may finish his crop.

9 20 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February 26, 1918

Tuesday, February 26, 1918

A clear cool day. Had a wind and rain storm this morning be fore day. Mr. Bascome Carr died last night. Ben and Josie went down there started abough midnight.

Henry went to school. Edna and I staid here all day. Ben come home this evening. Owen done the feeding this morning. Irvin Harvey come this evening and got a rooster. Said his mother come home from Java to day.

8 40 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, March 10, 1918

Sunday, March 10, 1918

A clear windy day.

Ben and Josie and Edna and Franklin went to Mrs Carrs. Mr Owen and Ben went to Long Island to meet Owens brother and brother in law.

I went to Marvins and eat dinner and spent the evening. Henry went to Charley Hutchersons and eat dinner. They Reese and Paul Smith Fred and Irvin Hutcherson and Henry played with a calf nearly all day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, March 12, 1918

Tuesday, March 12, 1918

A cloudy windy day and rain tonight. Ben worked on his plant beds. Owen plowed until it rained.

Josie commenced washing but quit before she finished as the weather was so bad. I got dinner.

Josie commenced making bats for her quilt. To night I mended my gloves.

Franklin has a very bad colde.

9:10 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, March 14, 1918

Thursday, March 14, 1918

Cloudy all day. This evening there was a storm. Lightning and thunder wind rain and hail.

Ben and Owen helped rais a stable at Mr Woodings. Kate Harvey come here this morning. She brough some yarn for me to knit socks for the soldiers. I have commenced to knit.

Josie have not bin well to day. She made Franklin a dress this evening. I got dinner.

Edna went to Carries a while. Paul Smith and Roy come with her home. Henry went to school.

9:15 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, March 15, 1918

Friday, March 15, 1918

A cool windy day.

Ben and Owen cleared off place for a barn that they want to build this year. I went to Charles this morning. I stayed nearly all day. Walked home. I come by Kates & Mollies and Carries. Josie had milked and had supper ready when I got home.

I was glad I had nothing to do -- I was tired. I finished my first sock that I knit for the soldiers and commenced another one. Will be glad when I am done them.

9:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, March 25, 1918

Monday, March 25, 1918

A clear colde day the wind blowed most of the day. Ben and Owen and Marvin and William Gilbert hauled rock and laid the foundation of a barn.

Josie put in a quilt this morning we quilted on it some.

Kate and Carrie come a little while this evening. I commenced an other sock to night that will be 5 pair.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, March 26, 1918

Tuesday, March 26, 1918

A cool windy day.

Ben helped Marvin work on his barn. William Gilbert cut wood for Ben.

Josie washed.

I got dinner and staid with the children.

This evening Josie quilted I went to George Blairs. Denia was at home by her self. Isla and Cordia had gone to Wren Worshams. Nettie was at school. Nettie Blair and Bulah Brumfield and Virginia Harvey all went to Willie Mayhews this evening from school.

9:15 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May  1, 1918

Wednesday, May 1, 1918

A cool windy day.

Josie washed some this morning and scrubbed the kitchen floor this evening.

Ben and Owen and Marvin and William built fire boxes in the barn to day.

Tonight a dog passed and in a few minutes Tom Edmons and several other men come and said that the dog was mad.

Some one killed him over near Renan.

8 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, June 22, 1918

Saturday, June 22, 1918

A good day cool and windy. Had a good shower last night. Josie staid at home and ironed and got dinner. Paul thinned corn. Ben went to the meeting of the School Board. Henry and Edna and I went to White Falls fishing caught several fish.

To night Ben has gone to Strait Stone to the Lodge. Paul has gone to the school house the rest of them has gone to bed.

10 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Monday, July  1, 1918

Monday, July 1, 1918

Rain in the night. Clear to day and wind blowin. Josie got dinner. She cooked cabbage and potatoes made ice cream. Ben went to Strait Stone for the ice. Ben and Owen and Paul plowed in the corn finished laying by Bens and commenced on Owens. Josie went to see Nannie Reynolds and the baby. Went over to see Mollie and Jane.

Virginia and Delma Owen come this evening. The children and I chopped the grass out of the path this evening.

11 oclock

Last edit over 9 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 over 10 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
Saturday, November  9, 1918

Saturday, November 9, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen and Marvin helped Mr Dews rais a shed for a pit. I put two panes of glass in the window at the pit. Henry and I shucked two shocks of corn. Josie ironed and got dinner. She baked potato biscuit to night. She baked corn batter bread. I did enjoy it.

Miss Willie Wooding come a while this evening. Richard and Jane Wooding are both sick.

Carrie has two children sick. Marvin loaded his waggon to day intends going to Gretna Monday. Earnest and Lottie Craddock come to Blairs to day.

Ren Worsham and Ben Brumfield has gone to Lynchburg to night. Dont know when to look for them back.

Josie is ironing yet.

7 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, December  3, 1918

Tuesday, December 3, 1918

A colde windy day. Ben carried a load of wood to the school house this morning and then helped shuck corn at Kates. They got done by twelve.

This evening Ben and Josie and Marvin went to Altavista.

Josie washed this morning. I kept Franklin all day. I got a letter from Effie Brumfield today and got Fanny and Julia Emersons picture.

Tonight Doris Brumfield and Christine Reynolds is here. They come with the children from school. Miss Janie Gravley did not teach to day.

I am not well tonight. Hope I may feel better by morning.

8 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, December  4, 1918

Wednesday, December 4, 1918

A colde windy day.

Marvin killed his hogs. Ben helped him. Mr Dews shucked corn. Owen helped him.

I went to Carries and staid a while. Frances Callans (col'd) helped Carrie to day. Josie staid at home with Franklin. She sewed some.

Heard to day that Willie Mayhew went to Danville for Steven Davis and they looked for him home last night and he had not come yet tonight. I feel uneasy a bout him. I do hope that nothing serious has happened to him. He is one of our best neighbors.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, December  6, 1918

Friday, December 6, 1918

A clear windy day. Mr Power and Carr was here this morning. Ben worked on the house this evening.

Josie got dinner. She fixed steak and made potato sallid this evening. I went to Carries. Mollie and Johns was there.

Henry and Edna went to school. Two of the teachers went to the teachers meeting at School field.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

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

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January  9, 1919

Thursday, January 9, 1919

A cold windy day. Ben went to Glenland this morning to the meeting of the School Board. This evening he worked on Owens house. Jim Brumfield helped him today on the house. Josie and Virginia made some candy today. They got dinner. I worked some button holes in Hazel Smith's dresses and mended some things. Late this evening Edna and I went to Carries.

Virginia is here tonight.

Alma Bennett sent me a present today, a dress ready to wear. I am glad of it.

10 oclock and the wind is blowing hard and it is very cold.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January 23, 1919

Thursday, January 23, 1919

A rainy day. Ben and Jim finished at Owens house then stripped tobacco the rest of the day. I helped strip until twelve then I knit most of the evening.

Josie got dinner. She had a good dinner.

I had a card from Alma Bennett this evening.

Ben & Jim and Josie are playing cards tonight. All of the children are asleep I think I will go to bed soon. Today has bin warm for the time of the year. Now the wind has commenced to blow I think it will get colde by morning.

9 o'clock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January 30, 1919

Thursday, January 30, 1919

A good day but windy. Ben & Josie and Jim went to Chatham. Willie Mayhew & Owen went to Danville and have not got home yet. Henry & Edna and I staid at home most of the day. Henry & Edna went to Marvins this evening. I done a little washing and sweeping.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February 14, 1919

Friday, February 14, 1919

A clear windy day. The men folks worked on tobacco all day. I did not helpe them.

Josie sewed some working on her dress. I got dinner.

Josie & Edna and Franklin are all complaining , all got colds. Henry went to school.

Have not heard from Marvins today.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February 15, 1919

Saturday, February 15, 1919

A colde windy day. We stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben is complaining of sickness so much he has not worked much today. Jim and Owen put up the heater at Owens house this evening. Charlie Hutcherson loaded his truck with tobacco for Marvin & Ben this evening. Josie got dinner. She is nearly sick. Jim has gone to Marvins tonight has not got back yet.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, February 16, 1919

Sunday, February 16, 1919

A clear day and the wind did blow. Most every one is feeling bad. Jim & Ben staid at home all day and rambled a round the fields. I got the dinner except making the bread. We had chicken and cream pie.

I went to Marvins a while this evening. They have nearly all got bad colds.

There was a crowd of boys here this evening, the Owens & Dews Mayhew & Edmons

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February 22, 1919

Saturday, February 22, 1919

A very rainy day. Owen hauled two loads of wood. Had to quit it rained so hard. Jim cut some wood this morning. Ben went to Glenland to a trustee meeting.

Josie got dinner. Irvin Harvey come and brought us some chicken. We certainly did enjoy it.

I made me an apron and mended some things. I cut and sewed some rag strings to night. Edna wound the ball for me. She loves to wind the balls.

There is a thunder cloud to night. Josie made some candy this evening.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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