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1918

Saturday, January 12, 1918

Saturday, January 12, 1918

A clear colde day.

We had a storm last night. It thundered and rained and the wind blowed very hard. Ben mended his fire place this morning then went to Renan. He helped Marvin strip tobacco this evening. To night he has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge.

I got breakfast this morning. Ben milked. Josie got dinner and washed dishes fed the chickens and calves. I have not tried to do anything out doors to day. Was afraid I might fall. I got a nice letter from Effie to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, January 13, 1918

Sunday, January 13, 1918

A clear colde very colde [day]. We have all staid at home. Ben milke for me to day. I fed the chickens and got dinner.

I have wrote two letters to night one to Effie Brumfield one to Lottie Craddock.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, March  7, 1918

Thursday, March 7, 1918

A good day. Ben and Tom and Chesley Edmons and Owen sawed barn logs.

I went to see Charles Brumfield. I eat dinner with Kate Harvey. Josie staid at home and fixed for company to night. Effie and Hellen Brumfield and Lillian Peak come here from school. Tom and Chesley Edmons come they are playing cards.

To night there is a light in the north. I wrote on the wrong page a few nights ago. Mrs Kellie was at Renan. She said that Otie Kellie was gone to get him a new car.

Henry and Edna is in the parlor to night.

9 o:clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May  8, 1918

Wednesday, May 8, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul pulled weeds out of the plant bed. Owen plowed.

I went to Marvins this morning. Josie got dinner. I chopped some in the garden and a round the potatoes. Marvin sent his calf down here to day. Ben went to mill this evening.

I got a letter from Effie Brumfield to day. Paul and Roy staid here all day to day.

9:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May 14, 1918

Tuesday, May 14, 1918

A rainy morning clear this evening. Effie Brumfield Mollie Reynolds and [I] went in town this evening. Went to see the moving pictures. We went a gain to night. Willie and Mary went with us.

I think Richmond a mighty pretty place.

We went in the green house and looked a round. There is lots of pretty plants there.

This is wrote May the 15th in the morning before breakfast.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May 15, 1918

Wednesday, May 15, 1918

A good day done nothing all morning

Willie Effie and three children Mollie and I went went to College Hill Park and saw a merry go around and dip to dip. Will and the children rode a round I don't like to look at them. We are all at Willies to night

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 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 almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, June 19, 1918

Wednesday, June 19, 1918

Cloudy but no rain. Ben and Owen hauled up wheat today.

Paul plowed.

Josie washed. I got dinner. I planted some beans.

Effie and [ink smudge] Cordie Blair will spend the night here. I when see that I cover[unclear]

Done the 19th I went to sleep last night and did not finish my writing and dropped a drop of ink.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 18, 1918

Wednesday, November 18, 1918

Mostly cloudy today Had a thunder storm late. Ben and Owen shucked corn nearly all day. Josie and I stripped tobacco the Owen children helped.

Janie Gravley and Effie Brumfield are here to night I am glad to have them.

Had a letter from Thelma B to day. I am so anxious to hear from Jim Brumfield.

There is so much sickness I am a fraid he is sick.

Henry and Edna went to school to day. I am a shamed to make so many mistakes.

10 oclock

[This page is pasted over the original entry for November 16, which Julia had accidentally written on the page for November 18.]

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November 25, 1918

Monday, November 25, 1918

A clear colde day.

Ben killed a beef this morning. Mr Owen helped him. They both cut wood at Mags this evening. Josie washed some this evening. I stewed pumpkins to day.

I went to Carries this evening. I did not stay but a few minutes.

Janie Gravley and Effie Brumfield come here to night.

Mr Owen and Luke come in a few minutes. Mr Owen played the fiddle a little while. Ben and Josie and Janie and Effie are playing cards now.

10 : o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 27, 1918

Wednesday, November 27, 1918

A good day. Ben sawed some wood for Marvin. Broke his saw and could not finish.

Josie done a big washing. I got dinner. Mrs Carr heard to day that Max Carr is at Mr Powers to night and will leave tomorrow morning.

I went to Carries this evening. Janie Gravley is here tonight.

Heard that Effie Brumfield went from school sick today. Hope she may be well by tomorrow.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, December  2, 1918

Monday, December 2, 1918

A good day. Owen had a corn shucking had a few hands and finished his corn.

Josie sewed some. I got a snack for dinner.

I went to George Blairs this evening found them all able to be up. Heard that Nellie and Evelyn Brumfield is sick. I am so sorry. I got a box of yarn from Richmond to day guess Effie sent it hope I will hear from her soon.

Josie and I sewed some to night the first time this fall.

8 o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, December  3, 1918

Tuesday, December 3, 1918

A colde windy day. Ben carried a load of wood to the school house this morning and then helped shuck corn at Kates. They got done by twelve.

This evening Ben and Josie and Marvin went to Altavista.

Josie washed this morning. I kept Franklin all day. I got a letter from Effie Brumfield today and got Fanny and Julia Emersons picture.

Tonight Doris Brumfield and Christine Reynolds is here. They come with the children from school. Miss Janie Gravley did not teach to day.

I am not well tonight. Hope I may feel better by morning.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 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
Tuesday, December 17, 1918

Tuesday, December 17, 1918

A cloudy day most of the day. Ben and Owen killed hogs this evening. Josie baked a cake. Carrie came down here a few minutes this evening.

I finished knitting for Thelma to night.

Have wrote to Effie to night.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, December 18, 1918

Wednesday, December 18, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin went to Kates and killed her hogs. Josie and I worked on our lard and sausage. Josie ground and made the sausage and dried up some of the lard.

I worked at the wash house and she at the house.

Ben brought some things at Renan to day.

I got a piece of flanel from Chatham by mail to day. Josie sent Effies knitting to day.

9 oclock

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Wednesday, December 25, 1918

Wednesday, December 25, 1918

A good day. The roads is very muddy. Ben hunted some today. He killed four rabbits gave two of them to William Gilbert.

Josie and I staid at home.

Kate and Irvin Harvey come and eat dinner with us. They drove Prince home and Irvin brought him home. I had a letter from John and Effie Brumfield.

Mary Brumfield sent me a book to write in the coming year. Hope I may be able to write in it. Dick Woodings folks gave a party to night.

The children had a good time to day playing with the things they got this morning.

I got several presents was glad of them.

8 oclock

Josie gathered a bunch of violets in the garden to day

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, March 17, 1919

Monday, March 17, 1919

A partly cloudy day Ben & Owen hauled tobacco stalks and shucked two shocks of corn. Ben went to the mill got home after dark.

Kate Harvey come down here a while. I went to Carries a few minutes then cut some salit.

Josie staid at home all day. Franklin tried to ride the tricicle nearly all day. Miss Salie Strange and Effie Brumfield went to Mr Willie Mayhews tonight. Edna went to school to day. 9 oclock.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, April  8, 1919

Tuesday, April 8, 1919

A good day. The men folks worked on the branch.

Josie comenced washin this morning. Bettie Rosser come and finished washin and washed some of the floors.

There was a demonstration of machinery at Mr Hutchersons to day. None of us went.

Henry & Edna and I went to Creasys fish pond this evening. Ben carried us. We walked home. We caught some little fish. Mrs Millam and Giles was there most of the time that we were. I was glad to be with her.

9:15 oclock

Got a letter from Effie Brumfield to day.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, April  9, 1919

Wednesday, April 9, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim & Owen worked on the branch to day.

Lovel Witcher come here to day.

I went to Mr. Owens this morning.

Effie Brumfield and Hugh and I went to White Falls. We had Lee Brumfields horse and buggy. I was glad to get to go.

Josie got dinner and went to Marvins. Josie went to Posie Reynols's for turnip greens this mornin. We enjoy them so much.

Posie & Nanie intends startin to see Julia Ferguson tomorow.

I got a letter from John to day.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June  5, 1919

Thursday, June 5, 1919

A very rainy day. The branch was out of the banks. The men plowed in the corn a little while this morning. I was here by my self except Henry in and out.

I got potatoes for dinner. The calf got in the corn this evening. Henry and I got it out & mended the fence. I wrote a letter to Effie this evening.

10:30 ocl

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July  8, 1919

Tuesday, July 8, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben fixed up the fence that washed down Sunday night. This evening Jim went & helped George Blair thrash wheat. Ben and Owen hauled up wheat. Josie got dinner. She cooked cabbage and potatoes & symblings.

This evening Marvin carried Gladys and Effie Brumfield to White Falls fishin. We caught several small fish. They finished mending the race & commenced grinding new wheat.

I droped my knife in the river. The water was mudy so that I could not see it. I got down and felt for it and found it. I know it is foolish to to write about it but I keep thinkin a bout the surprize that I found it.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Monday, July 28, 1919

Monday, July 28, 1919

Clear this morning. A thunder sower this evening. The men folks plowed some this morning.

Josie got dinner & churned this morning. This evening she kept Eva Carries baby and Paul and Roy was here two. Mary Brumfield was here all the evening.

I went with Effie Brumfield to White Falls. We had Lees hors & buggy. We caught several fish. We got as far on our way home as Kate Harvey. Effie brought me as far on my way home as the forks of the road at Johnsons barns.

The Preachers come home with Marvin Smith tonight.

10:30 oclock

Kate Harvey comed my hair this evening while it was raining.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, September 15, 1919

Monday, September 15, 1919

A good day. Jim stripped tobacco. Ben worked on Dews's car this morning. This evening he painted on the cow shed & hen house roofs.

Josie got dinner.

Effie & Beaula Brumfield come to see a bout getting schools. I went to Worshams pond. Isla Blair went with me. We did not catch any fish. We drove Bens hores.

Paul Bennett went from Marvins this morning. Henry Blair carried him to Gretna.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Wednesday, October  8, 1919

Wednesday, October 8, 1919

Cloudy most of the day but no rain yet. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. Ben went to the store just at night. Charles Harvey come and staid a while. Marvin solde his car this morning.

Kate come this evening a few minutes. Carrie come and brought me some peas. I shelled them tonight. Mr. Owen did not come home from Boston to day.

Lee Brumfield went to Danville to day. Effie & Beaulah commenced teaching school to day.

9: oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 25, 1919

Saturday, October 25, 1919

A cloudy day. The men stripped tobacco to day. Josie got dinner and supper. Nellie brough the water.

This evening Ben carried Henry and I to White Falls. I caught 30 fish. Henry caught five. Ben killed two squirrels.

I got three letters to day. One from Effie, John, & Julia Fergerson. I am always so glad to get letters.

I dug the bait to fish with. Edna helped me get them. She is a good help when she will.

8 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Sunday, November  2, 1919

Sunday, November 2, 1919

A good day. I got breakfast and milked the cows then Ben carried Cordie and I to Long Island. We come on the Virginian R-R to Alberta. The[re] we had to wait for a train until dark then we came to Richmond. Willie & Julia met us at the depot. We come on a street car to Willies house. Effie had a good supper. I am so glad that we got here ok.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November  3, 1919

Monday, November 3, 1919

A good day. Effie, Cordie, and I went to see Alma Bennett. She is in the hospitle in Richmond. Found her feeling good considering that she cant walk a step.

I wrote to Lizzie Bennett this evening. I went and looked at the pretty flowers at the green houses.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November  4, 1919

Tuesday, November 4, 1919

A good day. Did not see Alma today. Effie had company to day, a Mrs Lavender. She had a nice dinner. Served it in three courses. William had a head ache last night and was sick this morning. Could not go to school. He was better this evening. William, Cordie, and I went to Windensburg [?] Pond. We saw the prettiest flowers over there. Great beds of cannas in bloom. We walked over there and come back on the street car.

Will & Jack Harvey are talking a bout their dr books. It is dry stuff to me.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 1919

A good day. Effie has bin very busy all day. We went to the store late this evening. Effie treated us to ice cream.

We come home on street car so crowded that several had to stand up. We did not buy anything.

Will Brumfield has blowed his horn most of the time until bedtime. Thelma & Mary has bin studieing to night. Effie has bin sewing tonight on babie [?] pants. I think she is about finished them.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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