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1918

Tuesday, June 18, 1918

Tuesday, June 18, 1918

A good day. Ben planted some beans this morning then they plowed corn for Mr Owen. Josie got dinner. Mrs Owen gave us some scraple so she knowed what to cook. I washed a few things this morning. Henry and Edna helped wash some guano sacks.

I finished getting up the onions this evening. Henry and I thinned the corn on the branch. Beatrice Owen brought a dress for Josie to make this week.

Paul Bennett has gone to the school house to night.

10 o clock

Last edit about 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 almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, December 16, 1918

Monday, December 16, 1918

A bad day. Rained most of the day.

I was sick this morning. I got breakfast but could not eat. Ben and Josie milked. Josie boiled meat and made scrappel and finished drying out the lard.

I have knit most of the day.

Miss Snead come to see Ben. Something about the schools. Gladys Brumfield come with her. I did not meet her.

Josie went to Marvins a while this rainy day. They were all well at Marvins.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 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 about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Tuesday, December 23, 1919

Tuesday, December 23, 1919

A good day. Ben sawed wood at Lee Brumfields. Got home at dark. He went over to the school house. Edna went with him. Henry was over there. They got home at 10 oclock.

Josie ironed nearly all day and until 9 oclock to night.

I made scrappel and press meat. I went to Marvins and got a boiler to cook in. To night I worked some button holes and hemed a table cloth.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Tuesday February 15, 1921

Tuesday February 15, 1921

A good day. Jim and Ben burnt a plant bed. Jim finished the bed. Ben carried some chickens to Mt Airy for me and then started to Gretna. Was going to Danville tonight. Grace Brumfield went to Danville today.

John Tucker carried some tobacco for Ben & Lee today. Mr Owen carried his cows from here today. Josie ground the sausage and seasoned it. Today I made scrapple. I went to Marvins this evening. Henry and Edna went to school.

I sent 4 roosters and 4 hens to the store.

I have a rooster that John Smith raised. I am to pay three dollars for him.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday December  9, 1921

Friday December 9, 1921

A beautiful day. Jim Brumfield went with Normon Booker to Mr Dave Bookers to get his cows. They got back home a bout twelve oclock. Ben did not get home until dark. Him and Lee Brumfield helped Marvin to fix up his things. Jim mended up the toy house that Marvins children did have. Kate Harvey come a little while. Oh how she will mis Marvins folks. I have felt all day like something bad had happened. Josie went up to Mr Booker a few minutes this morning. Mrs Booker was very busy. I boiled meat and made scrapple today. The children went to school. Reece and Paul come with Ben home. They will carrie a load of plunder home tomorrow if nothing happens to hinder.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Friday, November  5, 1920

Friday, November 5, 1920

A good day. The boys stripped tobacco all day and tieing yet 8 tonight. Ben heard from Josie today. She is getting on very well. Carried bathed the baby this morning. She brought me some meat and scrapple. Marvin went to Gretna & Altavista today. Carrie went to Altavista. I am willing to work all that I am able but the staying so close and studieng how to get every thing done is killing me but I cant help myself.

Last edit over 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 over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, December 14, 1920

Tuesday, December 14, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the spring. Helped it very much. I cooked all the morning. Boiled three sqirrels and back bone, hogs face and liver. Made scrapple, baked a tung [?] Josie and Ben started to Danville. I hope that they made the trip ok. They got to Gretna allright. I talked with Grace this evening. I am always glad when she answers the phone. The baby has done very well so far. Hope she will let me sleep some to night. Henry went to school. Jim helped load the waggon this evening for Owens.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Friday, December 15, 1922

Friday, December 15, 1922

A bad day. Rained most all day. The children went to school. Ben & Jim did not do much of anything. Nellie ironed some. I got dinner except make the bread. I boiled meat & made scrapple. Jim carried the things home that we had borrowed. I am glad that is done. Josie got Ednas & Mabels dresses that she had ordered. They are very pretty. Ben bought goods to make Edna some gowns. I have rocked little Mabel to sleep and put her in bed. she is so petted that she dont know what to do with her self.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Monday, December 18, 1922

Monday, December 18, 1922

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim shucked some corn. Hunted a little then went to Strait Stone & home before night. Nellie made Edna two gowns. She is sleeping in one tonight. Nellie washed two hams this evening one for me & one for her self. I cooked meat & made scrapple this evening. I boiled the chidlings at the wash house today. Denia Blair come to see us this evening. Carlton Daniels & Rufus Car come up here to see Mrs Car this evening.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Wednesday, February 14, 1923

Wednesday, February 14, 1923

A windy day but clear. Jim and Ben cut some wood. Ben Went to Strait Stone and carried some chickens. I cooked meat and made scrapple. Churned and made three pints of butter. Nellie cut Jim some shirts. Mabel has been very good today. Heard that the sick was getting on very well. Mrs. Farmer come to Kates yesterday. Edna got a cake from Emily for a valentine.

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Nathani
Monday, December 10, 1923

Monday, December 10, 1923

A very warm day for December. Ben went to Gretna and got back before light. I did not know that he was gone until he got home. He eat breakfast and loaded and went back. He went to Danville today. He has just come home 8 o'clock at night. Jim went with him to Gretna. He solde his last tobacco today. He come home with Ren Worsham and Emmet Craddock. I was glad when he come home. He brought the children some apples and the baby a rubber camel. I fried meat and sausage and caned it. Hope it will keep. Made scraple. I have hardly set down today. Do hope it may get colde by morning.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, December 12, 1923

Wednesday, December 12, 1923

A beautiful day. The men cut wood in the woods and Ben hauled. They put some tobacco in the pit. The children went to school. I got a card announcing the birth of Virginia Thomson's baby. I have bin very busy today. I boiled meat and made scrapple. I brought some water, cleaned out the range, buried my pech seed. I could not get any way to plant them like I wanted to. Hope I may live and plant them. I want them to do some body some good. They were fine peaches. They come from Marvin's.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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