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1918

Thursday, April  4, 1918

Thursday, April 4, 1918

A cloudy day some rain this evening.

Ben went to the mill this morning. Mr Owens plowed. Josie ironed some and got dinner. Finished quilting her quilt this morning. I went to see Mag this evening. Edna went with me. Found them all well. Odie and Lottie and Miss Jessie Kellie was there. I come by Kates. Kate Reynolds was there.

The red hogs pigs came today.

10 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 24, 1918

Friday, May 24, 1918

A good day. We had a good rain last night. We planted tobacco all day. The men folks planted and Mrs Owen and I drawed plants. Josie got dinner and churned.

Some men come to see Ben about a school.

Ben put the pigs in a pen last night.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, September  3, 1918

Tuesday, September 3, 1918

A good day. Ben fired tobacco all day and is at the barn now. Paul suckered his tobacco this morning. This evening he helped Mr Dews tie leaves.

Josie washed this morning. This evening she cut off apples. Marvin come this evening and got two pigs.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 12, 1918

Saturday, October 12, 1918

Cloudy today and some rain. Ben got up part of his pea hay and part got wet. We got dinner when we got breakfast thought we would strip tobacco. It was so dry that we could not handle it. Josie sewed some.

I dug some potatoes.

Reese and Henry helped me and we built a pig pen and got up the pigs and they got out.

Ben and Owen went a squirrel hunting. Killed four. Ben kept 2 and then would not skin them. So I did it.

Heard to day that Alma and Lonnie are sick. Had a letter from Mary Brumfield. They were well when she wrote. Hope that they may stay so.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November 16, 1918 (original)

Monday, November 16, 1918 (original)

A cloudy morning.

Before we finished eating breakfast Mr Layne come to get his calf. I got him in the stable and Ben tied him but they could not carry him home he was so stubborn. Ben and Owen lost about two hours time then they went to work.

Ben put a yoke in the cow this morning. Henry and I worked on the fence nearly all the morning. The calves was in the pasture to night. Ben worked on his pigs to day. Doris Brumfield and C Reynolds come a while this evening. Josie planted some hyacinths bulbs to day.

I brought in my daghlia roots this evening.

I put on a pair of new shoes to day. I went up [ink mark]

Well I went to sleep and made a mark.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 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
Saturday, December 21, 1918

Saturday, December 21, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben worked on Owens house. Josie baked a cake this morning and got dinner then went to Marvins a little while then Ben and Josie went to Strait Stone come home and made some pickle.

I washed a little this morning. Ben found Bell with five little pigs this morning.

Henry is complaining to night.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, January 27, 1919

Monday, January 27, 1919

A good day. The men folks moved Owens tobacco out of the pit and put some of Bens in then commenced to build a hog pen. Josie & I got dinner. Nellie and Evylin Brumfield went to Blairs this morning. Come home by twelve, eat dinner, then Ben carried them to Johnson Reynolds, from there they went home.

Josie has not been well to day. I went to Marvins this evening.

Eva was sitting on the floor; the first time that I ever saw her on the floor. I finished a cap[?] that Josie commenced to night.

Every one is a bed but I so I will go soon.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, January 28, 1919

Tuesday, January 28, 1919

A good day. The men folks finished the hog pen this morning and stripped tobacco this evening. Josie washed this morning & went to Marvin's this evening. Mollie & Christenia Reynols was there. I helped strip tobacco this evening.

Miss Snead come to Lee Brumfields to night. I don't know what she will do about board. I am so sorry a bout the way the school has bin this winter. I am afraid it won't do any good this time.

I commenced knitting Mary Brumfield cap[?] this morning. Want to finish it soon.

10: oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February  5, 1919

Wednesday, February 5, 1919

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim put tobacco in the pit this morning. Ben & Owen helped Marvin kill hogs then worked on a plant bed. I went to Marvins and staid with the children while Carrie got dinner and made her sausage.

Marvin got 4 little pigs for him self and one for Wren Worsham. I have wrote a letter to Lottie Craddock to night. I am so sleepy I can't keep my eyes open.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, February 20, 1919

Thursday, February 20, 1919

A colde cloudy day.

Owen plowed. Jim cut wood.

Ben come from South Boston this evening. He his is not feeling well tonight. He solde Pauls tobacco to day. I don't know what it brought. He has not tolde me. Irvin Lewis come this morning and got my calf. I paid him one dollar to carrie it.

Marvin carried Kates chickens to Long Island this morning. Virginia went with him. Marvin brought Jims pigs from Renan this evening. Lewis brought them from Gretna

I went to Kates today and to see Mag. She was not at home. I come home with Marvin on the car.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February 21, 1919

Friday, February 21, 1919

A bad day. There was more snow on the ground than had bin this winter. It is all gone to night.

Josie ironed this evening.

Jim & Ben went to Renan this evening. Mr. Owen & Board Dews went to Mr. Jessie Mays sale. Marvin Smith bought Kate Harvey two pigs to day. He bought them from Robert Starkey. I am so glad that he could get them.

Franklin is sick I am afraid. He is so cross.

Henry did not go to school to day.

9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, March 15, 1919

Saturday, March 15, 1919

Cloudy all day & rain tonight. The men folks shucked some corn this morning & hauled up the stalks this evening.

Ben & Jim went to the Island. Jim went on to Chatham. Ben went to meet Josie. He phoned home that she had not come to Cedar Forest. He is down there somewhere now. Henry went to Marvins this evening. He come home & got in the wood for to night.

We fed the horses & cows & pigs and calves & chickens & dogs. Edna & Franklin has bad colds tonight and I am very sorry a bout it. Denia come to see me this evening. I was glad that she come but was sorry to see [her]go home in the rain.

I am so afraid that something bad has happened to Mrs Car or Josie or both.

9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, July 23, 1919

Wednesday, July 23, 1919

Cloudy most of the day but no rain. Ben went to Strait Stone this evening and got roofing for the barns and ice cream freezer. Owen went some where and got some pigs.

Josie got dinner. I went to Johnson Reynolds. Julia Fergerson was there and Cliftons wife & baby came this evening.

Mollie Reynolds went to see Mrs Hutcherson. She is mighty feeble. Paul Bennett come from Chatham to day. Marvin did not come. Kate went to Strait Stone this evening. Reese Smith carried her. I walked to Reynolds and walke most every where else that I can.

Oh that I could help my self.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September 18, 1919

Thursday, September 18, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim and Owen put tobacco in the pit this morning. This evening they covered the hog pen. Henry went to Renan this morning and to Charley Hutcherson this evening. He paid for some meal that I bought and carried the sack home.

Josie and I got the dinner. Josie made Edna a pink dress. She is very glad of it.

Beatrice Owen come this evening. Paul & Roy and Rees was here a little while to day. Mrs. Owen put in a quilt to day. She had Mrs Dews quilting frames. I cant find two of mine.

9:30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, September 20, 1919

Saturday, September 20, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben hauled up a little corn. Jim hauled some rails and made his hog pen larger, then they stripped tobacco. Mr. Owen finished a cureing to day.

Josie and I commenced to wash. Josie got sick and had to quit. I finished. They got dry. Josie ironed some this evening.

Johnson Reynolds passed here this evening at work on the phone line.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, December 15, 1919

Monday, December 15, 1919

A clear colde day. The boys hauled & shucked some corn. Mr Jim Doss got three pigs from here today.

Josie done a big washing. She washed at the house.

I got dinner.

Edna did not go to school to day. She has a very bad colde.

Mr Mayhew & his son Robert come tonight to play cards.

The baby is cross tonight. Josie is in Henrys bed a sleep with her.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, December 28, 1919

Sunday, December 28, 1919

A good day. Ben & family and Thelma & Mary went to Jim Powers and spent the day. Mrs Car gave them several new presents.

I staid at home all day. Swept the floors, fed the pigs, milked the cows, got in wood, fixed a little custard, and eat by myself.

I guess I would of went to some of their homes but thought I might be in the way. They might be going some where and I would be a bother. Be sides I did not feel like walkin far.

Miss Janie Gravely & Mr Aubra Hendricks come here tonight to see Thelma & Mary. They were gone to Lee Brumfields. Jack Harvey come after them.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Memoranda (iii)

Memoranda (iii)

Ben solde a load of tobacco in Danville Febuary the 14th 1919 for $3:86 dollars.

February the 19th 1919 Marvin Smith solde a curing of tobacco for Ben for $2:19 dollars.

Bells pigs came June the 2nd 1918.

Lucys calf came December the 2nd 1919.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Thursday February 10, 1921

Thursday February 10, 1921

A very bad day. Rained about all day and raining now. Jim & Ben stripped tobacco. Marvin helped them. Josie got dinner and supper. I ironed some. Finished a quilt. Mended some.

Henry went to school.

One of the pigs got hurt some way this evening. I hope it will get well.

8 oclock

Ben milked this morning.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday September 24, 1921

Saturday September 24, 1921

A good day. Ben went to Eanes to work. Jim plowed. Ben come home and went for the teacers. Miss Fergerson & Miss Treer & Effie Brumfield. The proffesor did not come. John Brumfield come this evening. I am glad that he come. Ben carried the ladies home. Josie went with him. Josie cooked supper for them.

Marvin went to John Smiths this evening. Carried all the children. I went as far as Mr Johnsons. Paul Smith and I staid at the river. Marvin bought four pigs from Mr John Smith. Hope he may have good luck with them.

11 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1920

Sunday, May 23, 1920

Sunday, May 23, 1920

A good day. Jim & Ben staid at home until twelve. Ben & family went to Mr Powers this evening. Earl Bennett come this evening and got three pigs. Lizzie Anderson was with him. Marvin & Carrie and three children went to Strait Stone to preaching. I went with them. I was glad to see so many of my acquantances and enjoyed the sermond. I come home for dinner. We had fried chicken & straw be Carrie gave me a [?] of berries and cake.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Wednesday, March 15, 1922

Wednesday, March 15, 1922

A rainy morning. Clear tonight. Jim & Ben worked on the garden this evening.

Henry & Edna went to school. Josie and [?] finished Josies quilt and put one in the frames. I quilted a little tonight.

Mrs Car is quite sick yet. I do hope she may be better by morning.

Jim found five little pigs yesterday morning. We are very glad of them & hope to rais them.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, April  8, 1922

Saturday, April 8, 1922

A good day. Ben went to the Island to Pat Woodings for two pigs for Kate Harvey. He come home by eleven oclock. Jim & Henry shucked corn. They finished shucking & hauled it to the corn house. It was dark when they come with the last of it. Ben has gone to Strait Stone tonight. Josie and I got dinner. We had fresh fish for breakfast & dinner. Josie baked pies for dinner tomorrow. I killed a hen. We hope that Marvin's folks will come. I am a fraid it will be raining.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Saturday, May  5, 1923

Saturday, May 5, 1923

A good day. The men folks plowed and worked on the land until twelve oclock. Then Ben carried the children and I to White Falls fishing. We did not catch any thing any acount. Had a good trip any way. Tonight Ben carried the children to Strait Stone to a show. Mabel is a sleep now. While I was gone Kate and Irvin Harvey come. I wish I had not gone. Jim worked in the garden some. They moved the pigs to a new lot today. I did not milk the cows tonight. I had early supper.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
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