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1918

Thursday, January  3, 1918

Thursday, January 3, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben and Josie come home a while after 1 oclock this morning. They said that they had a fine time at Mr Edmons. Ben went to Renan and to see Charles this morning. Charles is feeling some better now. Hellen & Brumfield & Virginia Harvey come today. They are here now. I got breakfast and milked the cows. Josie got dinner. I sewed some made me three boddices. I have finished 8 little waists for Carries children. I worked the button holes and sewed on the buttons tonight.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, January  4, 1918

Friday, January 4, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben moved the stove from the barn to the cabbin in the woods and cut wood fixin for a dance. Josie baked some cakes. I killed and cooked two chickens. Josie made sand witches and carried up there. Hellen and Virginia has bin here all day. Elsie and Bulah come in here. Elsie gave me some candy and Bulah gave oranges. Virginia gave me a box of candy.

I hope they may enjoy the dance. I had rather they had not had it but nothing else would not do. I am a fraid that there is so many there that they cant have a good time. I am so sleepy that I hardly can write.

11 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, January 14, 1918

Monday, January 14, 1918

A cloudy morning and little snow. Ben went to Renan. Come home by dinner. Worked some this evening. Tonight he went to John Hutchersons.

Josie got dinner and sewed some on her quilt. I made a pair of little pants then went to Marvins. Worked the button holes up there. Mr Hutcherson was there. He said that his folks was hauling guano.

I talked with Molly Reynolds this morning. She tolde me that Mr George Reynolds was dead. Died last night.

9 45 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, January 16, 1918

Wednesday, January 16, 1918

Warmer and cloudy.

Ben cut tier poles for a barn this morning. This evening he went to Renan.

Josie got dinner. Josie and Edna went to Marvins this evening. I staid with the baby and Henry. I finished making me a dress the first one that I have made in several years. Heard this evening that Ernest and Lottie Craddock was at George Blairs last night. Franklin is bad off with cold yet. Hope he will soon be well a gain.

9 40 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January 17, 1918

Thursday, January 17, 1918

A clear day and warmer. Ben went to a sale at Walter Murphy_s on George Blairs land. Marvin Smith went to the mill at White Falls.

I got dinner to day killed a chicken.

Josie sewed on her quilt. Finished one ready to quilt. I made an apron this evenin. Ben Franklin is feelin some better to night.

Edna is complaining to night. Hope she will soon be well a gain.

9 45 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, January 21, 1918

Monday, January 21, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben walked to Renan this morning and got oil and coffee. Marvin loaded his waggon to go to Gretna tomorrow if nothing happens to hinder. I heard this evening that Anna Craddock was dead and will be buried tomorrow. I wish that the weather were so that I could go up there.

Josie got dinner to day. I made me a bonnett. I got a fall this evening the first time I have since the snow.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Snowed a gain to day. It snowed until a bout twelve oclock. It is clear to night. Ben has bin at home alday. He worked on a ground slide some. Marvin did not go to Gretna today. He came down and made pathes for us. Josie got dinner and brought water to night and fed the calves.

Ben milked for me this morning. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning the first time this year.

I got breakfast and washed dishes at breakfast and dinner. Certainly have enjoyed sitting by the fire the most of the time this winter. I have made a pair of gloves two night caps and pieced the top of a pillow to day.

10 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February  2, 1918

Saturday, February 2, 1918

Snowed nearly all day Ben Hauled a load of stalks and a little Straw to day Josie got dinner. I washed dishes after dinner

We both done as little as we could make out with Henry is some better off to night 8 oclock

Josie made the fire in the Stove this morning

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, February  3, 1918

Sunday, February 3, 1918

A warm day. Snow and ice melted very fast. Ben went to Renan and to see Charles. Kate Harvey come a little while. The weather is so bad that I have to stay in most of the time. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning. I got breakfast. Josie got dinner. She had a bowl of soup and chicken. Baked tea cakes. We all did enjoy it so much. I washed dishes after dinner. Josie fed the calves and chickens. We had tea cakes and cocoa for supper.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February  5, 1918

Tuesday, February 5, 1918

A clear and very colde morning. Some what cloudy tonight. Ben cut in the woods in the morning.

He went to Strait Stone this evening. Josie went with him. They went on the waggon and carried some chickens. Marvin Smith went to see Charles. Said he was feeling some better than he had bin. I do wish that the weather would get good so that I could get out some.

Josie made the fire in the stove this morning. I got breakfast. Josie got dinner.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February  9, 1918

Saturday, February 9, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben finished sawin wood this morning. Josie ironed most of the day. She got dinner and supper. I sewed a little.

Made up the bleach that I got from Charles Williams Store.

Ben has gone to Strait Stone to night.

Henry is well enough that he has gone to bed in my room a gain.

10 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February 13, 1918

Wednesday, February 13, 1918

A good day. Ben went for a load of plunder for Owen. They got home a bout three oclock in the evening. He brought his cow. Ben went to Mr Laynes this evening to pay some money that Charles owed him. They are fixin to have a gatherin at the School House to morrow. Carrie and Josie made candy this evenin. They had good luck with it. I do hope they may do well with their sales.

Marvin bough him a cow to day.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, February 14, 1918

Thursday, February 14, 1918

A good day very warm for the time of year.

Ben helped Richard Wooding shuck corn. Josie made sandwichs and her and Edna went to the School House and carried them. They went by Carries and got the candy that Josie and Carrie made yesterday and sand witchs that Carrie made yesterday. Josie drove Prince was gone two hours. Did not take the harness off the horse at night. Ben and I and Henry went to the School House. I think they solde a bout all that they had to sell. There was a small crowd there. The roads are very bad yet.

I could not find my glasses so this is wrote 9 15 Friday morning.

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, March  6, 1918

Wednesday, March 6, 1918

A warm clear day. A thunder cloud to night and a little rain. Ben and Chesley Edmons and Kate Harvey and I went to Chatham this evening. Irvin Craddock bought a cow here this morning. We passed them twice to day on their way home.

Josie staid at home today. She made her a dress.

We saw Jim and Evylin and Nellie Brumfield to day.

8:50 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, March 13, 1918

Wednesday, March 13, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Ben and Owen and some of the neighbors worked the road that the mail carrier travels. To night Ben has gone to stay at Charles Brumfields. He [is] very sick.

Josie washed this morning and made Edna a dress this evening. To night she is sick. I got dinner. I went to Marvins this evening. All four of the school teachers went to spend the night at Mr Willie Mayhews.

Marvin Smiths plum tree is white with bloom. I am a fraid that the fruit will get killed.

8:45 oclock

Last edit over 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 about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, April  1, 1918

Monday, April 1, 1918

Some rain to day not enough to stop work. Ben helped Marvin Smith cover his barn. Mr Owen plowed.

Josie got dinner and colored some eggs for the children and made some bats for her quilt.

Carrie and the children was here a while this evening. The children had a time hunting eggs. I sowed a few seed in the garden to day.

Eleven oclock by the new time.

Last edit over 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 about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, April 26, 1918

Friday, April 26, 1918

A cloudy morning and commenced raining a bout 9 in the morning. Ben and Owen had commenced to plow but had quit. Tom Edmons come at twelve for Ben to cut his hair the[n] he helped Ben chink the barn until they got done.

I got dinner.

Josie made Edna a dress then we both picked beans and finished them.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May  7, 1918

Tuesday, May 7, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen plowed some. Ben plowed in the garden.

I got dinner.

Josie made Ernest Lovelace a dress. Paul Smith and Roy staid here nearly all day.

They all did so well that we enjoy having them.

Josie went and bathed the baby this morning.

Mr Dews come this morning and got a pig. He paid $7.00 for it.

Paul Bennett come here today and went to work. He thinks he will make a crop of tobacco.

I hope he may stay and do well.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, May 19, 1918

Sunday, May 19, 1918

A good day. Mollie and I come home to day.

Johnson and Robert and Christenia met Mollie.

Ben and Edna met me. We made the trip from Portsmouth home all right. Howard Ferguson come with us to the depot. Julia and Howard was just as nice to us as they could be.

I found them all as well as usual. Had two cows to come fresh while I was gone. I have bin well while I was gone. To night my tooth hurts me.

10 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, May 20, 1918

Monday, May 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked on tobacco land.

I got dinner and churned. Put ashes on the potatoes this evening. Went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Josie made her silk waist to day. The preacher come to see Paul this morning.

10 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May 22, 1918

Wednesday, May 22, 1918

A good day. Ben finished his tobacco land to day now he is ready for rain.

Mrs Edmons come this morning and staid a few hours.

Alma Bennett come here last night. She made Paul two shirts to day. Josie and I both had a hand in the dinner.

We planted two rows of tomatoes this evening.

I got one doz aster plants today. Effie Brumfield sent them from Richmond.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May 23, 1918

Thursday, May 23, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Stevin Davis s to day and got a sack of ferterlizer. Finished Pauls tobacco land. He plowed in the garden and planted corn in the bottom. Josie and I planted pea nuts. I planted some Irish potatoes. Josie got dinner. Alma Bennett made Edna a dress this evening.

Ben carried Alma to Johnson Reynolds to night. Paul and Henry and Josie all went. I washed dishes while they were gone.

10 15 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, June  3, 1918

Monday, June 3, 1918

Some rain this morning it was badly needed.

Ben and Paul replanted tobacco. Mr Owen was at his brothers near Altavista. He brought a calf home this evening. Josie made Edna a dress to day.

Mrs Bailiss come and got some butter. I worked in the garden a while this evening. Eula Mayhew come and got a few tomato plants and Josies cards to make bats for a quilt.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, June 30, 1918

Sunday, June 30, 1918

A good day and very warm. Ben and the children went to Strait Stone to Sunday School. Josie and I staid here and got dinner. Ben brough ice from Mr Thompsons. Josie made cream. Marvin and Carrie and all the children come and brought custard ready for freezin. The[y] made two freezers full. It was all good and we all enjoyed it so much. While we were eating Mr Mayhew and Dews and Owen and Board Dews all come. We had a plenty for them all.

Some of them played croquet.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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 about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, July  5, 1918

Friday, July 5, 1918

A good day. Ben stacked his oats to day and finished plowing corn for him self and Owen. Plowed some in the garden. Josie ironed and got dinner most all of it. I got a new dress. Alma Bennett sent it this evening by mail.

I went to Carries a while and then to Posie Reynolds. I carried Mrs Rice a bonnett that Alma Bennett made the bonnett. Carrie Smith furnished the material and gave it to Mrs Rice. Posie and his mother was gone to Chatham.

I had a letter from Ola (Bennett) Jefferson .

We are having some rain to night and need it two.

11 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July  9, 1918

Tuesday, July 9, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul and Owen plowed in their tobacco. Josie washed I got dinner. We got the first snaps out of our garden today and I burnt them so that we could not eat them. I had fried chicken and that was all. This evening Ben carried Henry and Edna and I to White Falls. Very much a gainst his will.

I caught enough fish to make a dish for supper. Mr Carrington Hubbard was here a while this evening. I did not meet him [ink mark] Well I went to sleep and made my mark.

10 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, July 10, 1918

Wednesday, July 10, 1918

A good day. Had a sprinkle of rain this evening.

Josie picked black berries this morning and made preserves this evening.

Johnson Reynolds had his wheat thrashed to day. Ben helped. They thrashed at Marvins this evening. I helped Carrie get supper. Mrs Carr was sick most of the day is better tonight.

10 oclock

I had a letter from Mary Brumfield.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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