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1918

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 about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, April 13, 1918

Saturday, April 13, 1918

A cloudy day.

Ben had a barn raisin had plenty help and got done before night.

Ben has gone to Strait Stone to night to the lodge.

Josie got most of the dinner. Kate Harvey come and made most of the bread and helped wash dishes and that was a job. Mrs Carr is here yet. Edna hurt her toe right bad to night bringin in some wood and dropped a piece on her toe.

Oh I am so glad the barn is raised. I thank all that helped.

10 oclock by the new time

Last edit over 9 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
Sunday, September 15, 1918

Sunday, September 15, 1918

A good day. Ben and family went to Rob Hubbards. Paul went with Marvin to Sunday School. He eat dinner at Marvins. Paul and Frank Blair went some where on Georges car. George and Denia was at Marvins this evening. Ren Worsham and family was at Marvins. Nat Wooding and family and Miss Alice Wooding was there two.

I staid at home til three oclock then I went to Marvins. I had bakers bread and cheese for dinner. Carrie sent them to me.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, September 16, 1918

Monday, September 16, 1918

A good day. The men folks moved two curings of tobacco and cut two rooms of green tobacco.

Josie picked up some apples and got dinner. I churned and picked some beans this morning. In the evening I went to Marvins a few minutes and picked a few more beans then went to the tobacco ground and helped to load the waggon and to the barn and helped to unload so as to hurry Ben and Paul. They wanted to go to Altavista and I did not want them to be late.

Josie had supper ready when we got to the house. While we were eating, Denia come and brought me a pan of light bread. I certainly was glad of the bread. Was sorry that Denia had so much trouble but I do appreciate it.

9 oclock

Ben and Paul and Josie are at Altavista tonight.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October 11, 1918

Friday, October 11, 1918

A good day. The men folks plowed this morning. This evening Mr Owen raked pea vines. Ben went to Mr Bailiss. Josie and I stripped a little tobacco. We got our dinner this morning before we went to the barn cooked snaps and baked bread.

Come home at twelve and made coffee.

In the evening the tobacco dried out so we could not tie it. I picked up some apples and gathered some snaps. We went to Carries and strung our snaps. Come home. Josie got supper. I fed the chickens. Henry and I fed the hogs. We had to shuck the corn then I churned.

Ben has just got back from Bailiss and eat his supper.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 26, 1918

Saturday, October 26, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben hauled some stalks and put them on the wheat land this morning. All the rest of us tied tobacco. This evening Mr Owen went to the mill for flour. We had corn bread for breakfast this morning. I know we should be thankful for that but we have not bin used to it and do not like it.

We tied all the tobacco that was in the pit then I went to Carries and Ben and Paul went squirrel hunting. They killed nine squirrels.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening.

To night Ben has gone with Marvin to Strait Stone.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, November  2, 1918

Saturday, November 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin has hauled logs and lumber all day today. Mr Owen and Paul shucked some corn this morning. This evening they put a load of tobacco on the waggons. William Gilbert helped them.

Josie sewed some. I got dinner except making the bread. Josie made that.

Late this evening I went to Carries. She was bathing the children and complaining of the toothache. We heard this evening that Mr Eujean Shelton died this morning.

To night Ben and Owen and Paul went to the barn to put on a load of tobacco. They intend going to Gretna Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 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
Saturday, December  7, 1918

Saturday, December 7, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben worked on Owens house. It has bin a busy day with Josie and I. Josie ironed most all day.

I went down to the cook room 15 to four oclock made a fire washed the supper dishes then got breakfast. Called the rest of them then we eat. After breakfast I cut up two pumpkins and put them on to cook then put on some meat to cook fed two calves and brought a bucket of water then milked two cows and sloped the pigs put on a liver and face to make scrappel then churned. Josie made bread and coffee for dinner. I washed up a lot of things and took up the meat for dinner then eat dinner. Took up the pumpkins and meat for scrapple and made the scrappel. Janie Gravley and Lucius Muriel Gravley and Effie Brumfield stopped here a few minutes on their way home from Danville. Well I have not room for any more.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

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, April  5, 1919

Saturday, April 5, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim shucked some corn this morning & hauled some stalks this evening.

Ben carried Henry & Edna and I the Moons Mill. We fished some. Did not catch any thing that was worth having.

Josie got dinner. She baked light bread. Boiled over some molasses.

Jim & Ben & Franklin come after us. Reuben & Paul come a few minutes. Reubin drove up the cows for me. He brought me his picture. I was glad to see the boys.

Ren Worsham & 4 of the children was at Strait Stone. He would of brought us part the way home if Ben had not come as soon as he did.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Friday, April 25, 1919

Friday, April 25, 1919

A clear day and very colde for this time of the year. The men folks worked on their corn land all day.

Josie got some plant bed salit for the first time this year. She bake some ginger cakes this morning. Light bread this evening. I washed some today. Hived a swarm of bees this evening. They were so colde they could hardly fly.

I am a fraid that there will be a killing frost to night.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October  4, 1919

Saturday, October 4, 1919

Partly cloudy and a few drops of rain today Ben & Jim worked on the olde pit Miss Alice Wooding came to see Josie

Carrie bathed Edna & Franklin this evening I went to Carries a few minutes this evening Marvin went to Altavista this evening he bought me some loaf bread & chees

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 21, 1919

Tuesday, October 21, 1919

A cloudy day. No rain to do any good. The men folks plowed some. They say the land is so hard that they cant get it in order.

Two men come here trying to sell shares in a mine.

Mr Haynes come to look at the cattle. He bought two.

Dr Womack come to see the boys. He is seeking office so they did not get much done.

Ben went to Lees and got a few apples. Nellie made light rolls for supper. Mrs Car went home tonight. Fletcher Car come to see her this evening.

I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. Carrie was working on a pretty coat for me. I hate to be a trouble to any one but cant help my self.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Thursday March 24, 1921

Thursday March 24, 1921

A rainy day most of the day. Mrs Reynols was buried this evening. Ben went to the burial with Marvin. Jim staid at home all day. Josie got dinner. She baked a molasses pudding. It was fine.

I went to Georg Blairs. Lottie Craddock and her children was there. Isla was sewing. Denia & Cordie was makeing Edieth a doll. Denia was bakeing light rolls.

Willie Hutcherson and his mother went to Mrs. Reynols burial.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday March 30, 1921

Wednesday March 30, 1921

A cloudy evening and rain tonight. We had a killing frost this morning. I am sorry but that was something that powerful man could not help.

Ben went to the island for guano. Josie washed this morning. I got the dinner. Jim come home today. We were very glad that he did.

I went to Johnson Reynols. There was no one at home but Mollie when I got there.

I went by Marvins. Carrie was makeing Eva a dress. Denia sent Josie some yeast to make her some light bread.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday March 31, 1921

Thursday March 31, 1921

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim cut wood all day. Josie made Mabel a dress. Josie got supper. She baked light rolls. They were fine. Henry & Edna went to school. I went to Marvins and worked button holes in Hazels and Evas dresses. I set a hen this evening. I wrote two letters this morning.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday April  1, 1921

Friday April 1, 1921

A clear cool day. Jim and Ben cut some wood for flue wood. Josie ironed and sowed some. She made light rolls for supper. They were very nice.

I went to Marvins. I mended Floid Reynols coat. Henry and Edna went to school.

I gess I have burnt over a hundred papers today. Lizzie put them a way for her father. I though some one would burn them. If I did it would not trouble no one else and the children would not let them alone and Josie did not care.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday April  6, 1921

Wednesday April 6, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim plowed all day. Josie and done a round[?] as usual. We went to Marvins this evening. Carrie was makeing Roy a suit. Josie worked button holes in Franklins clothes while she was at Carries. Josie baked light bread for supper.

Mollie Reynols & Julia Fergerson come from Portsmot to day.

Mrs Walter Mills was buried this evening. Henry & Edna went to school to day. Paul Smith & Henry Brumfield traded a type writer for and organ to grind. Jim made hot bed today.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday April 15, 1921

Friday April 15, 1921

Cloudy most of the day but no rain. Jim worked in the garden most of the day. Ben went to the island for guano. Carried a log to the saw mill. Henry went with him. Josie got dinner and supper. She baked light rolls for supper. I ironed all the morning. Tonight John come to see us. I am glad that he come.

9:30 oclock

Jim has a very bad colde. I am sorry for him.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday April 24, 1921

Sunday April 24, 1921

A beautiful day. Ben and family except Henry went to Mr Jim Powers and Rob Hubbards. Ben & Mr Mayhew & Richard Wooding went to Hubbards. Went to the fish trap but did not get any fish. They got home at dark.

I staid at home most of the day. I went to Marvins. They went to Kate Harveys. I went with them. Kate had company. Dr Wigginton and Pearl, Effie and Hellen Brumfield, Miss Virginia Moses, two of the Farmer children.

I come home and fed the chickens. Brought water and made coffee & baked bread.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday April 30, 1921

Saturday April 30, 1921

A cool windy day. Ben sawed stove wood this evening. He broke his saw and borrowed Mr Bob Starkeys to saw his wood. Mr Woodall and Reese Smith helped him. They had preaching at Strait Stone this evening. Marvin went for the preacher.

Josie baked rools for supper. I have staid at home all day today. I am a fraid that the frost will kill all tender things tonight.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday September  4, 1921

Sunday September 4, 1921

A good day most of the day. Had a little rain this evening. I am so glad that it rained what it did. Josie and I got dinner. We had peas and fried chicken and plenty tomatoes, butter & bread.

Henry went to Marvins. Ben and Josie went to Gretna to meet Jim. They got home at sun down. Josie made coffee and we had supper.

I milked and fed the chickens. To night Jim and Ben went to Marvins. Have not come home yet. Ben & Josie met Henry Blair on his way home from Georgie. I know they will be glad to see him.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday November 14, 1921

Monday November 14, 1921

A rainy morning. Henry went to school. Edna staid at home. Jim & Ben helped Marvin load on his tobacco & he helped Ben load his. They intend going to Gretna in the morning. Josie made Edna some pettie coats & the baby some gowns. I got up at five this morning and got breakfast. Had beef steak. I milked the cow & fed all of the cows. Fed the chickens. Put on to boil some beef and potatoes and peas. Toasted some coffee and churned. Made bread and coffee and finished dinner. This evening I went to Marvins. Kate Harvey come to Marvins and come here a few minutes. Reese was to take her home but he was so late getting home I guess she was gone.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday December 13, 1921

Tuesday December 13, 1921

A cool windy day. Jim & Ben shucked some corn. The wind blowed so that they could hardly shuck. I boiled some hogs ears for dinner. Josie made bread & coffee. I put feathers in Josies new bed tick this morning. This evening I went to the store and bought a few things. I walked up there & back. I brought back 7 pounds 6 of coffee & one of soda. I went to see Kate Harvey a few minutes. She was busy fixing up after hog killing. I come by Mollies. They were very busy abought their land & sausage. I did not stay to bother them long. I have bin working on a quilt. Tonight little Mabel is up yet. I hear her talking. 8:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Friday, January 23, 1920

Friday, January 23, 1920

A cloudy day. The boys could not do much work. Kate come down here. She wanted to see Jim & Ben on business.

Josie got dinner. She baked some nice corn bread.

I sowed on my quilt. I got breakfast and milked and fed the chickens and churned.

Tonight Jim & Ben has gone to Renan. The children went to school.9 oclock

Last edit 8 months ago by Sara Brumfield
Saturday, April 10, 1920

Saturday, April 10, 1920

A clear cool day. Ben plowed for Mr Mayhew. Jim planted some things in the garden. Owen plowed this evening. Josie & I done one thing an other all day. I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. Carrie made Hazels hat last night. it is very pretty I think. Josie baked a cake and I killed a chicken for Sundays dinner. Mrs Owen sent us some light bread for supper. It is very nice.

9 oclock

Jim made a hot bed to day.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, May 21, 1920

Friday, May 21, 1920

A rainy morning. Did not rain long. The boys planted a little tobacco then fixed land to plant. Mr Owen went to George Blairs to buy corn. Did not get any. Josie ironed all the morning. I cooked some onions and made a bread pudding, fried ham, and made bread & coffee. Josie planted some beans this evening. I did not do any thing much. Edna and I planted 180 potato slips. My lady cow has bin sick all day.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, May 22, 1920

Saturday, May 22, 1920

A beautiful day. The men fixed tobacco land all day. Josie baked a cake this morning. We cooked rice and fried meat, made coffee, & baked bread. This evening Josie bathed all the children, cleaned up the dining room, moved the carpet off the floor. I went to Kate Harveys and Mollie Reynolds and Carries. I saw Lee Brumfield and several others. I have gone to sleep and bot[?]ed my book.

9 15 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
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