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1918

Tuesday, June 11, 1918

Tuesday, June 11, 1918

A clear day we need rain so bad.

Ben worked tobacco half of the day then cut wheat for Marvin this evening.

Josie got dinner. I churned and then worked the sweet potatoes and pea nuts

This evening I got up some of the onions.

Josie sewed all the evening. Carrie got Hazels pictures to day. She is not pleased with them. I am anxious to see them.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, July  3, 1918

Wednesday, July 3, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul plowed tobacco this morning. Ben plowed the sweet potatoes. This evening Ben mowed. Josie got dinner. I churned and worked some in the garden. Josie tried to find some black berries found enough for supper with cream.

Heard today that Posies baby is sick hope she may get well.

Mr Owen has bin sick to day. Hope he may be able to work by in the morning.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 19, 1918

Saturday, October 19, 1918

A good day cool and windy. Ben went to Chatham this morning. Come home and hauled a load of wood.

Mr Owen went to the mill at White Falls did not get his grinding.

Posie Johnson has bin sick heard this evening that Posie Reynolds is sick.

Paul Josie and I stripped tobacco most of the day.

I finished digging the sweet potatoes and Paul hauled them home on the wheel barrow. Chesley Edmons come by here this evening to tell us good by he has got to go to training camp Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Thursday, May 29, 1919

Thursday, May 29, 1919

A good day. The men worked tobacco this morning. Jim worked in the garden this evening and planted sweet potatoes. I went to Reynols's and got some slips. Josie went to John Hutchersons twise to day after meal. She got some this evening.

Josie made some pickle this morning and washed up her floor this evening.

Henry worked all day in the tobacco. Edna & Franklin was at Carries all the evening. I have not seen Paul Bennett yet. I begin to want to see him.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, August 18, 1919

Monday, August 18, 1919

A good day. Rain at night. Ben & Jim & Henry suckered tobacco until twelve oclock then Ben went to Renan and got fruit jars and tops and rubbers.

Jim and Ben hauled a lot of olde boards to the wood pile.

Josie and I worked on grapes most of the day. This evening I picked a few dried beans and got some sweet potatoes, the first that we have had of this years crop. Josie gathered some snaps & strung them and got Irish potatoes for dinner, tomorrows dinner.

Prince is much better than he was yesterday.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, August 20, 1919

Wednesday, August 20, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben cut a house of tobacco for Jim.

Josie got dinner. She had snaps and chicken, potatoes. Nellie made some preserves of damson that Mrs Edmons gave her.

This evening Miss Tredway and Miss Creasy & Tucker come to see Evylin. Did not stay but a few minutes.

Nellie & Josie gathered snaps and tomatoes for tomorrows dinner.

Carries baby is sick. I do hope that she will soon be well. Tonight Henry went to the barn by him self after dark. Edna has a bad colde tonight. Hope she may soon get over it.

I got a basket of sweet potatoes for Franklin. Brought them home & washed them.

Clock not runing.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, August 25, 1919

Monday, August 25, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim moved some tobacco.

Josie got dinner. She baked pies. Evylin & Edna and I went to Worshams pond. Josie fixed our dinner. We went on a buggy and drove Jake, Bens horse. Nellie caned some tomatoes. Denia & Kate come to see us this evening.

I am sorry that I was not at home.

Nellie dug some sweet potatoes.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, August 30, 1919

Saturday, August 30, 1919

Cloudy but no rain to speak of. We need rain.

Jim staid at the barn all day and is there yet.

Ben & Owen and the boys cut tobacco. They finished Owens and Jims. They are at the barn now stringing leaves.

Josie got dinner.

This evening I went and got some sweet potatoes and washed them.

I went to Marvins a little while late this evening. Carrie was makeing Roy a blouse. I brought it home with me and have finished the button holes & sewed on the buttons. Marvin had finished tieing Hatties tobacco & commenced on Paul Bennetts.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, September  7, 1919

Sunday, September 7, 1919

A good day. Ben & Edna & Josie and Franklin went with Mrs. Car home at Mr Powers. Henry went with Uncle Marvin to Sunday school at Strait Stone church. He come home and we eat our dinner. Then Henry went to Marvins. Reese & Paul Smith and Henry Brumfield went to Mag Brumfields.

I went to the sweet potatoe patch and dug a basket full of sweet potatoes & washed them this evening. I churned and gathered some snaps & strung them.

I went to Marvins a while this evening. Willie Mayhew was here this morning to look at Bens tobacco.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, September 23, 1919

Tuesday, September 23, 1919

Cloudy most of the day and some rain.

Jim & Ben stripped tobacco the most of the day.

Mr. Owen went to the island for guano. William Gilbert (col) went for Kate Harveys guano with Marvin Smiths team.

Jim B is helpin Henry with his lessons. Ben has gone possum hunting.

Josie made Edna some under pants to day.

I went this evening and got some sweet potatoes and washed them ready to cook. I ironed some this morning. Josie got most of the dinner.

Ben found Mr. Owens cow with a little calf to day.

8:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday December 14, 1921

Wednesday December 14, 1921

A windy day. Very disagreeable. Ben and Ben hauled some leaves and put in the stable. Alcie Callands washed here today. The clothes most blowed a way. I got them this evening. I have staid at home all day to day. We had turnip salid for dinner and sweet potatoes. Tonight there is two men here say they are Mormon preachers. We dreaded them but they are very pleasant. The children went to school. Josie commenced to change her dress this evening. I comenced to make some sheets. Tonight I have read. Did not try to work any. It is now nearly ten oclock and I must go bed. Oh how I miss Carrie.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Sunday, April 25, 1920

Sunday, April 25, 1920

A good day. Cloudy tonight. All of us stayed at home all day except Ben. He carried Mr Feris and an other man over to [?]. Hugh & Aubra Brumfield come and staid with Henry today. Marvin and family was here this evening. Kate & Charley Harvey was here a little while this evening. Josie and [I] got dinner. We cooked the last sweet potatoes that we had.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, October  6, 1920

Wednesday, October 6, 1920

6 day Jim gathered apples and made some cider. Ben went to Long Island for guano. He bought shoes and put them on the horses him self. He was gone most of the day. Josie got dinner. I picked peas this morning. This evening I washed a little. Put out the things that Betty left in the tubs. I went and dug a basket of sweet potatoes.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
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 over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, October  8, 1920

Friday, October 8, 1920

8th A good day. Jim went to the mill at Galveston. Ben picked up the sweet potatoes and put them in sacks. Josie got dinner. This evening Ben carried Josie and the baby and Franklin and I to Cedar Forest. I fished in the Creek. The rest of them went to Jim Powers. Hazel has been sick all day. Ben & Henry gone hunting.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, October  9, 1920

Saturday, October 9, 1920

9th A good day. Jim and Ben plowed some and hauled up the sweet potatoes. Josie and I got dinner. Josie pulled weeds in the yard. I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. Reese and Henry and I went to White Falls. Come by Kates. She was not at home. Gordon Bennett & Frances come this evening.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Saturday, August 19, 1922

Saturday, August 19, 1922

A good morning. Rain this evening very hard. The branch was out of its banks. Ben went to the Cork Mill this evening. He got his wheat ground. Got home at dark. Henry and Franklin went with him. Thelma went from here this evening and walked through the mud. I went to the snap [pa.els] and got some snaps and some sweet potatoes. Think I will make some pies in the morning. Thelma ironed some this morning.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Sunday, August 20, 1922

Sunday, August 20, 1922

A good day. We all staid at home until twelve. Hugh & [?]& Ernest Brumfield come to see Henry there. Dave Booker come he was on a car. They all got on it and went to Lees. I got dinner. I cooked snaps and chicken baked sweet potatoes made pies. The first potatoes of this season. No one come to see us today. [I] would of bin glad for some one to come. This is a plentiful year of vegetables and fruit I have had some thing to cook that is nice most evry day. I want to be thankful.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, August 30, 1922

Wednesday, August 30, 1922

A good day. The men cut tobacco all day. They are hoisting some now & at night. No one come today. Josie suffered most of the day. I got snaps & butter beans for denner. I went and gathered peas and got some sweet potatoes this evening. I went to the water mellon patch for the first time since it was planted. Hatties children come for apples. Say they will dry some. They may.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, September  6, 1922

Wednesday, September 6, 1922

A good day. Jim & Ben carried some apples to John Hutchersons and ground them for cider. Jim made a hog trough this evening. Corn is out at our house. Nellie worked on some waists for Franklin today. Fanny made Edna some bloomers yesterday. A col[oured] girl and I got dinner. Nellie made the bread for supper and milked with Edna's help. Daisy the col[oured] girl and I picked a few peas this evening. Mabel has bin as well as usual to day. I got some nice sweet potatoes today.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, September 26, 1922

Tuesday, September 26, 1922

A good day. Jim & Ben worked on their grain land all day. Robbert Hubbard & wife went from here this evening. Carrie & the children come this evening. I was glad to see them. I hope they got home safe. Lizzie and I and the col girl shelled some corn to dry out to send to the mill. We want corn bread. Lizzie and I went to the [?] house to get potatoes and peas for dinner. I went to the barn to get sweet potatoes. Mr Kent carried the children part way to school.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, October  5, 1922

Thursday, October 5, 1922

A good day. Ben made a box for William Gilbert to bury his baby in. Jim got up the sweet potatoes and pop corn. I got dinner. Betty ironed some & washed some. This evening I went with Mr & Mrs Edmons to church. I am very glad for any one to take me with them. Mr Archer Thornton & Mrs Rufus Car & children come to see Josie this evening. Carrie & the children & Kate come a few minutes. I was glad to see them. Henry went with Mr Edmons folk to Strait Stone to night.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, October 17, 1922

Tuesday, October 17, 1922

A cloudy day but no rain. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day & tonight they tieing. I and Mabel went to Mr Booker. They were at the Barn at work on their tobacco. Josie has bin feeling some better today. Nellie & I got dinner. Mr Lipscome & Mrs Lipscome come to see Josie this evening. We finished putting up the sweet potatoes today. Queen washed here today.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, December 16, 1922

Saturday, December 16, 1922

A cloudy bad day. No rain to hinder work. Ben & Jim sawed wood for Mr Booker. They eat dinner there. Ben said he did enjoy the beans. I cooked some big sweet potatoes. Boiled hogs feet. The children got in some wood. Henry went to the store & got a can of oil. Heard today that Mrs Hurcherson is very sick. Also heard that Mrs Compton & Mr Compton are sick. I hope they all may be better soon. Ben & Jim hunted just at night. Ben killed one rabbit.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Friday, January 19, 1923

Friday, January 19, 1923

A good day. Jim and John Ward burned a plant bed. Ben come from Gretna. He solde his last tobacco today. he is very well pleased with the price. He staid at Marvin Smiths last night. Kate and Irvin come a little while this evening. Nellie sewed on Evylin's aprons this evening. Edna brought water tonight. Mrs Carr got a good mess of salit today. We certainly did enjoy it. I baked sweet potatoes for the children to eat when they come home from school. Ben brought some apples from Gretna.

Last edit over 2 years ago by Sara Brumfield
Tuesday, February 27, 1923

Tuesday, February 27, 1923

A cloudy morning and some rain. No rain this evening. Ben and Jim went to Renan this morning. This evening they cut and mauled. Ben got hurt. The wedge hit him in the face and cut his lip and a gash in his face. He went to the Dr. and had it fixed up. I hope it will not get bad. Nellie and I got dinner. I churned and printed the butter. Nellie sewed some. I cut pieces for Kate to put together. I went to Norman Bookers a while this evening. Mrs Booker gave me some sweet potatoes as nice as I ever saw. I am so glad of them.

Last edit almost 3 years ago by Trisha
Friday, March  9, 1923

Friday, March 9, 1923

A good day. The men worked on the pasture fence. Ben went to Lee's to a [cutting mach?]. We had [creasy salit] for dinner. The land was frozen this morning. The children went to school. I churned and baked some sweet potatoes. Afther the children come home, we shucked two shocks of corn. Henry brought it to the corn house. Mr. Mayhew and Eula and Harold come and they played games.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, June 16, 1923

Saturday, June 16, 1923

A good day. Ben finished cutting wheat this morning. This evening they fixed some tobacco land. Jim plowed some sweet potatoes. I wanted to go to the river but did not go. I mended overalls yesterday and to day. Lelia Ward sent the clothes home done up nice. I am glad of that much help. We had new Irish potatoes and last years butter beans and apple pies. I killed two chickens for dinner tomorrow. I made a mess of my book. Nothing but carelessness. I am ashamed of it but cant help it now.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, September  8, 1923

Saturday, September 8, 1923

A good day. No rain. Jim fired on his tobacco all day. Ben cut on his. He filled the barn and started fires under the tobacco. Lelia and I finished suckering Bens tobacco. I got the most of the dinner. Nellie dug some sweet potatoes this evening and gathered some peas. Edna worked in the field all day of her own chois. No body ask her to. Mabel has bin very good. Evylin made some candy. It was very good. Amont them they eat it be for supper and wanted more. Jim and Ben will stay at the barns tonight. I am sorry for them.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Tuesday, September 25, 1923

Tuesday, September 25, 1923

A good day. Marvin Smith cut corn. The children went to school. Carrie fixed to wash. Before she commence Mrs McLaulin come to spend the day. She had her little boy with her. He is a fine little fellow. When she went home Carrie and I walked with her nearly home. It is not far but a steep hill to clime. I am very glad that Carrie has her for a neighbor. She seems to be a fine woman. Carrie had snaps and butter beans and sweet potatoes and cake. I have set a round today and rested. Would like to know what they are doing at home.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
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