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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
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 about 6 years ago by dy957
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  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

1919

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
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
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
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
Monday, June  7, 1920

Monday, June 7, 1920

A good day. Jim & Mr Owen finished plant tobacco. Ben replanting his. Marvin and his crowd went to Kates and helped Irvin finish planting his crop. I drawed a few plants. Josie got dinner and made Ben a shirt. We cooked turnip salit for dinner and had corn bread. I did enjoy it. I got an invatation to the school at Charlottsvill. Bruce Reynolds sent it. 9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, August 17, 1920

Tuesday, August 17, 1920

A very hot day and a hard cloud tonight. Kate staid here all day. Julia B and I went to town. I bought a hand pocket. [?] Willie Brumfield went to Norfolk to day. Said he would come home to night. Effie had her washing done to day. Effie had rools for supper. I have not felt so well today. Hope I will feel better by morning.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, September  5, 1920

Sunday, September 5, 1920

A cloudy day. Jim staid at the barn. Ben brought a wheel barrow load of water mellons to the house. I got most of the dinner. Fried chicken and made coffee and bread. Josie baked a cake. Roy Smith was very sick this morning. They called in the Dr. He is better this evening. Josie & the children and I went up there this evening. Jim went to the barn tonight.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, November  7, 1920

Sunday, November 7, 1920

A good day. Jim staid at home all day. Lizzie came to see us today. Carrie come and bathe the baby. She cried all she could. I am so glad she done it for me as the baby hates bathing so bad. Ben went to the hospittle. Found Josie as well as he could expect. I do hope she may get well soon. Franklin went to Mr Owens to day. We had a big hunt for him. Carrie made the bread for supper. Lizzie set the table.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, November 10, 1920

Wednesday, November 10, 1920

A cloudy day and rain tonight. Ben went to the mill. Jim is at Chatham this evening. Ben went to Jim Powers to see the children tonight. There was to be a lecture at the school house. Henry went. He has not come home yet. Carrie and the little children come. I was glad. She made bread for our supper. Guess Bulah was married today. I sowed some on my quilt. Ben heard from Josie. She is getting on ok I hope.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, November 20, 1920

Saturday, November 20, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim and Henry stripped tobacco. I got breakfast and milked the cows then made and baked bread for dinner and made coffee then dug bait. Reese carried me fishing. We went to White falls. Stopped at Mt Airy. I had a check cashed and bought a bucket of lard. I come home and churned, salted the butter, then got supper and yet I cant do enough. Ben in pertickler dont want to bother with me any wa[y]s. If he thought as much of me as he does of some others I would be glad.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Tuesday, April  4, 1922

Tuesday, April 4, 1922

A good day. Ben plowed some with a double plow. Jim plowed some in the garden. Norman Booker helped them some today. The children went to school all but Mabel and she cried most of the morning. Tonight she was good. Josie starched her clothes. I got a snack except make the bread. Josie done that. Josie milked this morning and tonight we both quilted some. Ben quilted some tonight. I have bin reading when I should of bin in bed. I am olde eneough to do better.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, May 16, 1922

Tuesday, May 16, 1922

A cloudy day no rain. Jim and Ben worked on their Tobacco land all day. Henry and Edna went to school. Franklin staid with the men all day the first time in his life. I got dinner and [churn?]. Josie has lein sick all day. Mollie Reynolds come a while this evening. I was glad she come. I milked to night. Fanny Power made bread and coffee for supper. I had a letter from Carrie Smith to day. I wish I could hear from them every day

Last edit over 6 years ago by LondonLibrary
Wednesday, May 24, 1922

Wednesday, May 24, 1922

A good day. The men folk worked on tobacco land all day Mrs. [Car-?] and Ela spent the day with Josie. Mr Sam Hubbard came for Ella. Miss Anna and little [Louise?] Hubbard came with him. Miss Anna brought Josie some light bread. Mollie Reynolds came late this evening we had the cabbag that Mrs Kent brought and lettice and ham for dinner. I got a letter from Carrie today. I am always glad to hear from her.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by tim-somers
Tuesday, June  6, 1922

Tuesday, June 6, 1922

A good morning rain this evening. Mrs. Lewis & [Ansel] come this morning. Mr. Tower & wife and Raymond come this morning and Nellie & Evylin Brumsfield and Mr. & Mrs. Gyer & Baly. We had dinner enough for all and I was glad that we did. Denny & George Blair come a few minutes. They brought us some light bread & some soap. I was glad of it. Christenia Reynolds & Gladis Brumfield come for cherries. Gladis brought some peas. Miss Ada Hutchenson brought some cabbage & some peas. I am glad of every thing that is gave to me.

Last edit about 6 years ago by jmcloone - UTSA
Wednesday, June  7, 1922

Wednesday, June 7, 1922

A good day. Ben went to [Gretna?] for medicine. Jim plowed we had lots of company most of the day [and] got dinner [...] washed [...] Mrs [Trent?] got in the clothes

I milked Nellie. Baked light rolls for supper Mrs [Dews?] sent me cabbages & peas * apples [every?] one is so good to us.

This is wrote Thursday. I went to sleep and did not write when I should of done it. Mrs [Edmonds?] and Kate [H?] was here today.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mia
Friday, June  9, 1922

Friday, June 9, 1922

A good day. Jim & Ben sowed some peas this evening. Nellie picked some berries this morning. I canned & preserved them this evening. Nellie & Evelin went home went with John & [Jema?] as far as [G--?] Grace was with John Mrs. Albert [Everson?] & Miss Jamie Gravely come to see Josie today. Irvin Harvey come today and brought Josie some light rolls they were very nice. Hallie Gilbert made soap here this evening Edna & [Louise?] went to the [?] and Franklin

Last edit almost 6 years ago by CameTheDawn419
Tuesday, June 13, 1922

Tuesday, June 13, 1922

A good day. Ben went to Gretna this morning for repairs for the reaper to go to cutting wheat. They cut all evening. Got in walk. Irvin helped to shock. Mrs. [Freid] picked some berries. This morning Edna helped her. [Mrs. Freid] caned nine quarts. Hattie's children picked three gallons.

This evening I intend to make jellie of them. Mrs Wooding sent Josie some light bread today. Mabel is sick today. Josie is suffering bad tonight. I am so sleepy that I can't stay awake. Mrs. Booker gave us a mess of [books] today. They willed the [easel lastnig]

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June 22, 1922

Thursday, June 22, 1922

A good day. Jim & Ben and Mr. Booker got up with hay all evening. Henry & Jim plowed until noon. Mrs. Dews sent us some apples today Mrs. Trent [ironed?] all the morning. I got dinner. Kate come this evening and brought Josie some light bread. Johnson & Mollie and Julie Fergerson come to see Josie this evening. Mrs. Mamie Hutchenson come and brought us some snaps. I am diapointed that Carrie did not come to see me this evening.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by gutterpeach
Friday, June 23, 1922

Friday, June 23, 1922

A good day. The men folks got up hay & mowed some. Mrs. Edmons send us a bucket of snaps ready to put in the pot and a bag of apples. Mrs. Hutchenseon sent some light bread. [D__?] Blair come to see us to day. Mrs. Booker come. to day [Lula? Mayhen?] & Elsie [Carter?] come and played with the children a while. The red cow have hurt her self so that she can't hardly get about. I want to see Carrie so bad. I cant hardly stay at home and cant go

Last edit almost 6 years ago by gutterpeach
Sunday, June 25, 1922

Sunday, June 25, 1922

A good day. We all staid at home. Mr. Trent & I got dinner. We cooked snaps & [potatos?] and beets friend chickens made apple dumplings Mrs. Anderson & Denia Blair come to see Josie. Miss Janie and Anna Hubbard and Rob & Ella and Mr. Sam all come to see Josie. Mrs. Lewis sent her some nice peaches. Miss Anna brought her a box of tomatoes & some light bread. Charley Harvey brought Carrie here a few minutes. I was so glad she come. I had thought of her all day.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by gutterpeach
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