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1918

Wednesday, June  5, 1918

Wednesday, June 5, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked tobacco. Kate Harvey and Josie found a swarm of bees in the orchard yesterday.

Ben hived them this morning. I hope that they may do well. Josie got dinner. I worked some in the garden. Planted some muskmellon seed and few pea nuts. I planted a few pumpkin seed.

I went to Blairs late this evening. They were all well. Sallie Blair was there. Did not see Cordie or Nettie. They were at Ren Worshams.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June  6, 1918

Thursday, June 6, 1918

A good day most of the day. Had a little rain this evening. Ben and Paul still working tobacco. Josie ironed. I got dinner. I planted some cucumber and pumpkin seed.

Josie and Ben went to Strait Stone this evening and got some things. Among them were 4 tin buckets.

Mr Dave Layne and his son [ink smear] Walter and got a cow [smear] and calf.

Edna and Franklin are sick. If anyone wonders why this page is so blotted, I went to sleep.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 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 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
Monday, December 23, 1918

Monday, December 23, 1918

A good day and warm for the time of the year. Ben worked on Owens house this morning and went to Cedar Forest this evening. Josie ironed to day and got dinner.

Johnson Reynolds sent us some oysters. We had them for dinner and supper. I stewed pumpkins boiled meat and made scrapple boiled beets.

Then went to Marvins a little while. Ben had a letter from John to day heard from Jim. He has bin complaining with rheumatism. I do hope he may get well soon.

Franklin got slippers to day. He was so proud of them.

9 10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Friday January  7, 1921

Friday January 7, 1921

A good day. Jim and Owen stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben sawed wood for Lee Brumfield. Tonight Jim & Ben has gone to the school house to a farmers meeting.

Josie and I ironed most of the day. I stewed pumpkin today the last that we have. I went to Marvins a few minutes. Carrie was ironing. Marvin and William was getting up corn.

Kate Hubbard baby is very sick. I hope he may get well a gain.

Jim & Ben has got home.

10 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday January  8, 1921

Saturday January 8, 1921

A cloudy day. No rain yet. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. Mr Owen helped a little. I got dinner. I boiled the last hog face and baked the last potatoe pumpkin. Josie made Edna a dress and Mabel two caps. I think that Mabel was quieter than she has ever bin since she could walk. Carrie come a few minutes. She brought some apples. They was highely appreciated.

Jim & Ben went to Strait Stone tonight. I went to sleep and dropped my book. Josie and Henry and Edna are playing cards.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday November 22, 1921

Tuesday November 22, 1921

A very good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco. Josie helped to tie some this evening. Josie got dinner and scrubed the dining room floor. Marvin moved two loads of hay to his home near Gretna. I went to Johnson Reynolds this evening. Mollie was sewing. Lizzie Bennett come here this evening and as I was not at home she come to Johnsons. She eat supper there. I thought I would stay until bed time but Ben come for me. I was glad to ride home. Lizzie brought me two nice pumpkins. I am so glad of them. Mollie gave me some turnip greens. I glad of that. Hope to enjoy them.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday December 16, 1921

Friday December 16, 1921

A partly day. Jim & Ben hauled up some corn stalks this morning. This evening they cut wood for Norman Booker. Tonight Ben & Josie went to Strait Stone. Did not stay long. Mabel staid up until they come home. Marvin Smith come today. He eat dinner with us. Josie ironed most allday. I got dinner except make the biskit. Josie done that. I stewed pumpkin the most of the day. Lizzie Bennett and Lee Brumfield gave me a pumpkin. We did not make one this year. Eleck Gilbert hauled and put wood under shelter to day. I am glad of it. The children went to school.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Thursday, October  7, 1920

Thursday, October 7, 1920

7th day Ben and Jim covered the hog pen and dug the sweet potatoes. Ben got up the pumpkins. Josie ironed and helped get dinner. We cooked beans and pumpkin for dinner. Josie made Franklin a union suit. I went to Marvins. Kate Harvey was there. Hazel is not well. They carried her to see the Dr this evening.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, October 12, 1920

Tuesday, October 12, 1920

12th A good day. Jim plowed all day. Ben went to Gretna with primeings[?] Franklin went with him. Roy Smith went to school to day for his first time. Josie has bin sick all day. I got dinner. I baked a potatoe. Pumpkins the first this fall. Grace Brumfield and went to Cedar Forest fishing. Did not have any luck.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, November 15, 1920

Monday, November 15, 1920

A rainy day and colde. Ben did not come home. He phoned he would come tomorrow. James stripped tobacco. I ironed most of the day. I churned this evening. I baked a pumpkin for dinner. Henry went to school. Edna & Franklin fussed most of the day. Heard to night that a house burned at Gretna tonight. I am about asleep.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, November 19, 1920

Friday, November 19, 1920

A very good day. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco to day. Bettie Haley washed here to day. Miss Willie Wooding and Denia Blair and Mollie Reynols come to see Josie this evening. I stewed and baked pumpkins for dinner. I killed two chickens this evening for in the morning. Henry went to school. He is complaining of the tooth ache. Mrs Car and Mabel has gone up stairs. Josie come down stairs to dinner today. We were so glad that she could come.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, December  3, 1920

Friday, December 3, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim hauled and sawed some wood to day. Ben tied my calf this morning and carried her to the spring. We will put her in the shop when it rains. Mrs Car was sick this morning and suffered very much but is better tonight. I ironed some to day. Stewed pumpkin and killed a chicken. Henry did not go to school today. He had no shoes fit to wear except his Sunday best and it was so muddy he would of ruined them [?]

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, December  9, 1920

Thursday, December 9, 1920

A cloudy morning. The trees was covered with ice that is all gone to night. Jim is in Chatham we think. Ben worked on Henrys bycicle then split a little wood. Went rabbit hunting late this evening. Did not kill any thing. I have bin busy all day. I got breakfast, milked the cows, cut up two pumpkins, put them on to cook, cleaned a hogs face, put that and haslet on to cook then got dinner then churned, put on some spar ribs to boil, watered the calf, changed the water that chidlins was in. By that time my hogs face was done. Picked the bones out and made scrapple. Took up my pumpkin and washed up the things that I used. Brought in some wood. Went to the spring twice. Josie got supper. Mrs. Car and Josie washed dishes.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1923

Thursday, May  3, 1923

Thursday, May 3, 1923

A good day. Ben planted corn this morning. Jim worked in the garden. This evening Ben and I went to the school house. They had a play over there. The school closed today. I think they had a good school. I have not heard anyone find fault with the principle. Mr. Booker brought Edna Franklin and I home on his machine. Mabel went to school today for her first time. She wanted to come home with her dady on the buggy. There was was a lot of my folks there. I was glad to see all of them. Jim planted beans today and pumpkin seed.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, November 27, 1923

Tuesday, November 27, 1923

A good day. Cleared up last night. The men has shucked corn all day. The tobacco was dry. I had cabbage for dinner. I stewed a pumpkin that Carrie gave me. Think I will make some pies for Thanks Giving dinner. Hattie made soap here today. I hope it will be good. The children went to school. I am a bout a sleep and git[?] and go to bed.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, November 28, 1923

Wednesday, November 28, 1923

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to the school house. They [sic] school broke up at noon. Some of the teachers li[?]ve a good distance. They went home for Thanks giving day. I dressed a hen for our turkey. Carrie gave me a pumpkin. I have cooked it. Guess they will work here. They can be as thankful at work as they could and not work. Ben and Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's to play games. Mabel had a bad cough. I wanted to go to see Kate Hubband this evening but did not get off. Henry come by Renan and got some meat.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, November 29, 1923

Thursday, November 29, 1923

A cloudy day and rain this evening and tonight. Jim worked on his tobacco all day. Ben and John Ward and Henry cut and sawed wood this morning and stripped tobacco this evening. John Ward brought two little baskets here this morning. He made them for Carrie Smith. I cooked a hen for dinner and baked pies. Carrie gave me a small pumpkin, all that I have had this fall. We have got the water to drink from the spring up in the field. The Children hate to bring it so far. I hope that they will dig out the branch soon.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
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