Julia Brumfield Diaries

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1923

Tuesday, September 18, 1923

Tuesday, September 18, 1923

A good day. Henry fired the barns all day. Ben mowed the peas. Jim and John sawed some wood. I got dinner. I fried two chickens and had potatoes sweet and Irish. I went to Mr. Bookers. They was not at home. I got some snaps any way. I got a letter from Julia Furgerson. She was getting on ok. Hear tonight that Thomas Thomson is able to work a gain. His father went to see him. I let the three little children carrie a hen a peice to the pear patch this evening.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, September 19, 1923

Wednesday, September 19, 1923

A good dasy. Ben mowed today. Henry staid at the barn. Jim and John Ward sawed some wood in the woods. Nellie ironed some. Evylin has not felt well today. I got dinner. Reuban Reynols and Edwin Bumfield come here tonight. Are here now ten oclock. I wrote to Carrie today, I am anxious to hear from them. Ben Shotwell and Reynols come here today. They wanted to know some a bout how much tobacco they tended this year. I have shell a half gallon of peas for tomorrow.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, September 21, 1923

Friday, September 21, 1923

A good day. They finished cutting tobacco.The tobacco that was planted the first of July. Johnson Reynols put some in the barn with them. Cardie and Nettie Hendrix and Louise the[y] come and went back this morning. Nellie and I got dinner. We cooked turnip salit and corn bread. We did enjoy it. Louise and Herbert and Margaret Hutcherson come and played with the children a while. Ben and Henry has gone hunting tonight. Evylin is at the [kitchen?] tonight. Said she was going to wash [?]. I went to Mr. Booker's for snaps this evening.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, September 22, 1923

Saturday, September 22, 1923

A cloudy day and rain this evening. The men moved some tobacco and have fires under most all the barns. The tobacco is high in order. Nellie and I got dinner. The children and I pulled grass from among the turnips. This evening Evylin and I walked over to Blains. We had a pleasant evening. There was no one at home but Denia. She was as pleasant as could be. I got two pounds of butter. Sallie and Isla and Cordie was at Ernest's to see Lottie.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, September 28, 1923

Friday, September 28, 1923

A good day. I come home from Marvin Smiths. Carrie and all the children come with me. Kate Harvey come with us home. I was glad to have them come. We found them well and doing well. The boys had built a hog house while I was gone. Lee come here at dinner time. He had bin to dinner. Ben went with him home to help write up the books. They will have to be turned in Monday. Nellie went with Carrie home. She was going to Chatham. I do hope they got home safe. Would be glad to know. The teachers had a teachers meeting today so we had the children at home all day.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, October  9, 1923

Tuesday, October 9, 1923

A good day. Some frost this morning. Not enough to kill things. Jim stripped tobacco. John plowed. Ben went to the Island for gu[a]no. Mr Mills worked on the road by here. He worked on it all day in sight of the house. Nellie got a letter from Evylin to day. I have fixed some rowes in the garden and planted some onions. I could of waited and they would of plowed the land for me but I would not wait. I planted them last year and they made the finest that we every made. The men folks are tying tobacco thnight. Preaching is going on at Strait Stone.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, October 12, 1923

Friday, October 12, 1923

A clear day. I was at home and cooked breakfast. Then I dressed and Christenia Reynols come for me on their big car. She carried the children as far as her house. Then they went to school. Then Mrs Owen drove the car as far as Gretna. Then Posie Reynols drove for us. Carried us to Danville. We eat dinner at Howard Fergersons. Julia gave us a good dinner. Than we went to the fair grounds. Saw lots of things. Staid unitl after nine o clock. We got a sand witch an a cup of coffee on the grounds. Then we come to Fergersons and eat a snack and come to Johnson Reynols. None of it cost me any thing. Mollie and Posie was good to me. I want to be thankful.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, October 16, 1923

Tuesday, October 16, 1923

A good day. Ben and John Ward worked sewing wheat. Jim graded tobacco all day. They are all tying tonight. The children went to school.

Some one worked the road near the school house today. Ben did not help. I am sorry that he could not help. Henry has gone to church tonight. I washed a few things today. Nellie washed some for the baby. Three of our children has bad colds. Tonight I feel bad. Think I am taking colde. Lelia Ward come today.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October 17, 1923

Wednesday, October 17, 1923

A cloudy morning. Clear tonight. We need rain. Ben finished sowing wheat today. Jim and John worked on tobacco. Ben has gone to Strait Stone with Henry tonight. Henry looked for Stuart Owen to come by and take him. I got dinner. Nellie washed dishes for me. The baby has a bad colde. I hope it will soon be well. Marvin and McLau[gh?]lin come to Norman Bookers for a stove that Marvin left there. I wish I could of seen Marvin. Mabel and I went to the barn this evening.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, October 18, 1923

Thursday, October 18, 1923

A good day. The men moved some tobacco and stripped some and loaded the waggon. Ben and Henry has started to Gretna tonight at nine oclock. I wish them good luck. Nellie did not hear from Evylin today. I went to Ren Worsham this evening. I walked to the gray soil road. Willie Hutcherson let me ride to the road that leads in to Ren's house. Then I walked to the house. I has a pleasant evening. Ren brought me home. Ethel and the baby come with us. Ren come by Renan. I got a [bucket?] of coffee.

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Saturday, October 20, 1923

Saturday, October 20, 1923

A good day. The men folks moved some tobacco this morning. This evening Jim graded some. They have gone to tie it up. Tonight Thomas Brumfield come to spend the night. He has gone with them to the barn. Ben carried all the children and I to Mr. Jessie Worsham's pond. I fished. None of the others did not try to catch any thing. I caught 9 fish. One a very nice one. Nellie staid at home with the little baby. She expects to go to Lynchburg in the morning and carrie the baby.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, October 22, 1923

Monday, October 22, 1923

A cool windy day. Jim stripped tobacco. Ben made two trips to Renan school house. Thomas Brumfield has fixed up the gutters and commenced to paint the roof of the house. Ben had to help him get things so he could work. They was most of the day getting ready. The children went to school. Mabel and I got on fine. Today was my birth day. I am 77 years old. I am well as I could expect. My hip hurts when I try to walk. Mollie is all of the children that said any thing to day about it.

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Tuesday, October 23, 1923

Tuesday, October 23, 1923

A very bad day. Rained and the wind blowed. The folks could not keep warm and strip tobacco. The children went to school. If [sic, she may have meant "but"] it was so bad Jo Edmons brought them home on his car. I was glad as the walking was so bad. Thomas Brumfield painted one side fo the roof and it nearly all washed off. It will be [tode?] a gain. I have staid in the house nearly all the time. Mrs. Car sent Mabel two peticoats. Mabel was very glad of them. I cut two shirts for Franklin today.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, October 26, 1923

Friday, October 26, 1923

A beautiful day. The men worked on tobacco all day and are tying tonight. Henry has started to Straight Stone tonight on a car his first trip by him self. I hope that nothing may happen to him. Kate Harvey went from here this morning. I am so glad that she come to spend the night with us. I picked up all of the walnuts today. The men and the children Edna and Franklin put them in the buggy house up stairs. Henry come by the store tonight. He got a piece of meat and matches.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, October 29, 1923

Monday, October 29, 1923

A beautiful day. Jim and Ben finished stripping their curing and loaded the wagon ready to start to Gretna in the morning.

I was mending Henrys coat this morning when Jim come to the house and said that Johnson and Mollie was going to [John?] Craddocks and that I could go with them. I got a snack to eat and got Mabel and my self ready. Ben carried us to Reynolds?]. Johnson went with us. We got some honey and got home by dark.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October 31, 1923

Wednesday, October 31, 1923

A rainy morning. Cleared up by night. The men stripped tobacco all day. Tonight we all went to the school house to a play. I think the play was fine. Some of the boys behaved badly hoo[t?]ing and hollowing and hoo[p?]ing. Jim stayed at home. He had a fire for us to warm us and we needed it. I met with several of my children and grand children and friends. They tried to rais funds to pay for the school house. The clock has struck eleven and we all should go to bed.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, November  2, 1923

Friday, November 2, 1923

A cloudy colde day. Ben went for Thomas Brumfield. He painted the roof of the house. Ben helped him some. Ben carried Thomas to Gretna this evening. We paid 12 1/2 dollars to get the house roof painted. Jim graded tobacco. John Ward tied. He brough [sic] several gaskets full of potatoes to the house and put them up. I got dinner and played with Mabel the most of the evening. Edna is at home. I was glad to see her back. Jim and Ben has colds and coughs. I hope they may be well soon.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, November  3, 1923

Saturday, November 3, 1923

Ednas birth day [written at the top of the page] A cloudy morning. Clear this evening. Jim stripped tobacco all day. John Ward tied. Kates Harveys sale was today. Ben went to the sale. Things sold low. Effie Brumfield carried her mother to Levelrun store and Hugh and I to Mr. Worshams pond. I did not catch a fish. Effie and Hugh caught five. We stoped at Level Run store. Effie and Hugh patched a tire. The children staid at the barn all the evening. Ben and Henry has gone a hunting tonight.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, November  7, 1923

Wednesday, November 7, 1923

A cloudy windy day. The men stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben carried Mr. Elders calf home this morning. He got to the corn and eat all that he could. Hope it won't hurt him. The children went to school. Edna and Franklin come home complaining of tooth ache and head ache. I hope they may be better by morning. Mabel has a bad cough. Ben has gone to the school house to night to a meeting of the committee. They want to make some way to pay for the school house. I hope that they may. I made Mabel a dress today.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, November  8, 1923

Thursday, November 8, 1923

To day is Bens birth day

A disagreeable day. Colde and windy. Ben went to take a load of furniture to Java for Kate Harvey. He has not come home and we think he will stay all night over there. I hope he may. Jim stripped some tobacco. The children went to school. The three youngest are all most laid up with colds. Jim had a letter from Nellie today. She said that they were all bad off with colds. I have done a little sewing today. The children was late getting in from school. They had a ball game over at the school house this evening.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, November 22, 1923

Thursday, November 22, 1923

A beautiful day. The men stripped tobacco. They are going to load the car tonight. Mabel and I went up to the barn this evening. I could not be any help so we come to the house. Had not bin here long when Millie Reynols come. I was so glad that she come. She brought a few apples. They were very good. The children went to school. Jim and I got a letter from Nellie. They were getting on fine from what she said. We had a foot washing here tonight Mabel Franklin and I. The children has gone to sleep. Mabel is much better of her cold today and I am so glad.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, November 28, 1923

Wednesday, November 28, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to the school house. They [sic] school broke up at noon. Some of the teachers li[?]ve a good distance. They went home for Thanks giving day. I dressed a hen for our turkey. Carrie gave me a pumpkin. I have cooked it. Guess they will work here. They can be as thankful at work as they could and not work. Ben and Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's to play games. Mabel had a bad cough. I wanted to go to see Kate Hubband this evening but did not get off. Henry come by Renan and got some meat.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, November 30, 1923

Friday, November 30, 1923

A rainy day. Clear tonight. Ben moved the cureing of tobacco that was packed in the house that John Ward lives in. Put it in the barn ready to strip. They stripped what they could today. Mr. Mayhew and two of the children was here tonight. They played games. Mayhew said he heard that Will Dickerson had bin caught. I hope is the truth. They children has had a good time playing with paper dolls. Franklin tryed to tie tobacco. Jim got a letter from his folks. They were well.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December  1, 1923

Saturday, December 1, 1923

A beautiful day. They men stripped tobacco except Henry. Ben has gone some where tonight. I hope his car did not give him trouble. We think the children has [deletion] chicken pox. It is not hurting them much yet. Ben got a letter from Kate Harvey today. She is at Welch yet. I would be so glad to see her. Alma sent the baby dresses by mail today. They fit he[r] nicely and are very pretty. She wore one of them to the barn for her father to see. Well it is eleven oclock . I think I will go to bed.

Last edit about 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 about 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.

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