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1923

Monday, July 30, 1923

Monday, July 30, 1923

A good morning. Rain this evening. Ben worked on the truck most of the day. He went to Srait Stone for some bolts. He let all of the children go. Jim sowed some turnip seed and got up some potatoes. Alma got most of the dinner. We had snaps and butter beans and corn. The first that we have had this season. Alma made me two aprons this evening and changed Ednas dress. Alma went to Blains this evening to spend the night. I will miss her so much when she goes home and she intends going soon. Franklin has bin complaining all the evening.

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Saturday, August 11, 1923

Saturday, August 11, 1923

A good day a while. Then it rained. The men suckered tobacco a little while this morning. Then they quit work. Ben carried me and the children to White Falls. I caught several fish. Then we eat dinner. By that time it was a bout ready to rain. We started home and got as far as Jim Thomsons. Ben got in a ditch and could not get out with out help. Johnson Reynolds was in the mud two after the rain. Some men come and got them out. The children and I went to Thomson's house. Mrs. Thomson was as nice as could be. I wore one of Mrs Thomson's dresses home. I hope I did not soil it. She was so kind. Nellie got dinner.

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Tuesday, August 14, 1923

Tuesday, August 14, 1923

A good day. The men worked on the barns and hauled two loads of lumber from the mill. Nellie and I got dinner. I went to Reynolds. Floid brough me home. He drove nice and steady. I brought some beautiful flowers home with me. Mabel was sick tonight but is better now. Hope she will soon be well a gain. I miss Edna so much. Do hope that she be [stay?] well.

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Saturday, August 18, 1923

Saturday, August 18, 1923

A cloudy day. No rain. The men suckered tobacco all day. Norman Booker helped them a while. This evening Nellie and I got dinner. Nellie bathed the children. I killed two chickens and dressed them. I wanted to go to Marvins but could not get off. Hope it may be good enough that we can go in the morning. Floid Reynols and Stuart Owen come here tonight to see Henry. I reckon we have lots of water mellons now. I gathered a basket of tomatoes this evening. I think that the children are feeling better today.

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Sunday, September  9, 1923

Sunday, September 9, 1923

A beautiful day. Jim and Ben both staid at the barns all day. Nellie and I got dinner. Henry went with Joe Edmons to Cedar Forest. I went to George Blairs. Otho and Sallie was there. They [sic] Denia and Isla and Cordie and Sallie and I went to Earl Bennet. Otho drove the car for us. Mrs Anderson and Jennie come over there. I was glad to be with them. Earl was cureing tobacco for the first time on Sunday. I cant think it so much harm as somethings that they do. Edna and Mabel and Franklin come to Georges but there was no one at home. Otho brought me home.

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Thursday, September 13, 1923

Thursday, September 13, 1923

A beautiful day. I come home this morning and found the men cutting tobacco. Nellie was getting dinner. I did not do any thing much a bout dinner. This evening I wormed tobacco. Lelia Ward helped me. The worms is trying to eat up the late tobacco. Evylin helped unload some tobacco this evening for the first time in her life I guess. Lelia Ward washed for me today. I went to Mr Bookers and got some snaps for tomorrows dinner. Mr Layne was hunting his hog. Franklin tried to help him drive it home.

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Wednesday, September 12, 1923

Wednesday, September 12, 1923

A good day. They moved and cut tobacco all day. I got dinner. Nellie sewed for the baby. This evening I went to Kate Harveys. Pearl Wiggington was there. They were making Virginia a dress. Thomas Thomson was hurt Sunday in an automobile and is in the hospitle. Ervin finished cutting tobacco today Mollie Reynols come to see us yesterday. I was glad that she come. Mr and Mrs Kent carried me as far as Renan. I was glad of the ride. I spent a pleasant night with Kate. I certainly do hate for to have to leave the place where she is. She is well fixed.

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Saturday, September 15, 1923

Saturday, September 15, 1923

A cloudy and some rain[sic]. Very cool tonight. Ben cut some tobacco. Filled up the barn. Jim fired his all day. Nellie washied some. This evening she dried her clothes and ironed some. I got dinner. Mr. Booker was here for dinner. He helped them about the tobacco. Edna has bin complaining some today. Henry went to the store this evening. He walked over there. I had hoped to go fishing this evening but I could not go it is so colde. I did not want to go if I had the chance. Heard today that Mr. Walter Car is sick. Jim will stay with his barn to night.

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Wednesday, September 26, 1923

Wednesday, September 26, 1923

A good day. I am at Marvins. Carrie washed this morning. I got dinner. I cooked butter beans, baked sweet potatoes, fried chicken,fried apples. This evening after school Reese carried his mother and all of the children and I to Tim Bennetts. Lizzie and Alma had their hands full. They had three of Olas children to take care of. Ola has a new baby born the 19 of Sept. Alma had a very bad colde. I hope she may soon get well. We made the trip o.k. I dreaded the road but Reese drove it alright.

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Tuesday, October  2, 1923

Tuesday, October 2, 1923

A good day. Jim and John Ward cut corn. Ben plowed for wheat. Mr Booker borrowed Prince to plow. Today the children went to school. Kate Harvey come this morning. She brought some butter beans. They were very nice. She went by Mr Bookers on her way home. I and Mabel went with her as far as Mr Bookers. Mrs Booker had bin to Renan. Drove the car her self. Nellie helped get dinner. We cooked butter beans and chicken and potatoes. I washed a little today. Guess Lelia will wash for me tomorrow. Ben is at work on his swing tonight.

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Thursday, October 11, 1923

Thursday, October 11, 1923

A good day. Ben worked on the drill all the morning. Got it work [sic] so he could make it do. He finished [?] the field around the straw stacks. Jim stripped tobacco. All of them are tying tonight. The[y] put some on Mr Bookers waggon this evening to go to Gretna in the morning. The children went to school. Nellie nursed most of the day. I got dinner. I cooked turnip salit and potatoes. I gathered some butter beans this evening and dug and washed some sweet potatoes. Tonight I have bathed thinking I may to to Danville in the morning with the Reynolds.

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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.

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Monday, November  5, 1923

Monday, November 5, 1923

A cloudy morning and some rain. I think it rained most all night. The men stripped tobacco. The children went to school. Joe Edmons brought them home. I was glad for them. I cut three pair of drawers for Mabel and made one. They are two large for her. I have bin thinking of Kate to day. It was so rough that Ben could not haul a load for her. I hate so bad for her to have to leave the neighborhood. I had a letter from Carrie today. Was glad to hear but sorry that the children are sick.

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Tuesday, November  6, 1923

Tuesday, November 6, 1923

A cloudy bad day. Ben went to Renan. He was one of the judges of the election. Jim stripped tobacc [sic] most of the day. Lee B. come for me and Jim went with us to Renan. Mr Kent brought us home. Mrs Kent voted. Mabel and I fixed to go if any one should come. I bought some cloth to make Mabel some dresses of. Kate was at the store. I was glad to see her. Ben has not come home yet. I am anxious to hear from the elections. The chimney burnt out tonight. It scared the children some. It is raining hard now.

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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.

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Friday, November 16, 1923

Friday, November 16, 1923

A good day. The boys stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school. Henry and Joe Edmons went to Strait Stone tonight. Said they were going to pray[?] meeting. Henry went to Renan this evening for coffee. He drove the car. I sent to Denia for butter today. She sent me tow [sic] and a half pounds. I was glad to get it. I stay here and don't see any one and no one to talk to but Mabel. She is as sweet and good as she can be.

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Saturday, November 24, 1923

Saturday, November 24, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. I got dinner. Then Henry and Franklin and I went to Gretna. We done some shopping. Then went to see Carrie a little while. Found them well enough to be about. I was glad of that. We got home in good time to get water and wood and get supper. Henry drove the car very good I thought. I am so glad that he can drive the car. I hope that nothing wont happen to make me afraid.

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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.

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Thursday, November 29, 1923

Thursday, November 29, 1923

A cloudy day and rain this evening and tonight. Jim worked on his tobacco all day. Ben and John Ward and Henry cut and sawed wood this morning and stripped tobacco this evening. John Ward brought two little baskets here this morning. He made them for Carrie Smith. I cooked a hen for dinner and baked pies. Carrie gave me a small pumpkin, all that I have had this fall. We have got the water to drink from the spring up in the field. The Children hate to bring it so far. I hope that they will dig out the branch soon.

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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.

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Saturday, December  8, 1923

Saturday, December 8, 1923

A beautiful day. Warm for December. We have worked on the cleaning up after hog killing. Lelia ward and I cut up the lard and sausage. I dried up the lard. Ben and Jim ground the sausage. I seasoned it. Ben made little bags and Edna and Ben filled the sacks. Ben washed off the table and washed the dished[?]. Henry and Franklin went to the mill at Cedar Forest. Got some corn meal. John Ward washed the chidlins and cleaned the faces and feet and that was a great help. Ben helped me get supper. I was glad.

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Saturday, December 15, 1923

Saturday, December 15, 1923

A clear cold day. Jim started to Lynchburg to see his wife and daughter. I hope he may find them well and doing well. Henry drove the car to Gretna. Ben sawed some wood. Mr. Booker helped John Ward and Henry. They got what Ben had hauled. Mr. Booker eat dinner with us. I cooked hog chidlins. I was a shamed of it as Mr. Booker was here. Hope he did not find it out[?]. I have bin chilly and sick some this evening. Mrs. Booker sent me some butter by Ray this evening. I was very glad of it. Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's.

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Monday, December 24, 1923

Monday, December 24, 1923

A good day. Ben and the children and Jim went to Strait Stone this morning. Jim and Ben and Henry went to Renan tonight. I boiled a ham and dressed two chickens this morning. Ben swept the parlor and hall today. I got a cake and several packages in the mail and the children got several things. I am so glad to be remembered. Every one is so good to me. Jim gave me a pitcher. Aluminum. Very nice. I am invited to Ben Easts to dinner tomorrow. Guess I won't go. Would like to go but some one will have to stay here.

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