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1918

Saturday, March 30, 1918

Saturday, March 30, 1918

A good day. Ben and Josie planted potatoes this morning and some peas this evening. I got dinner.

This evening Ben carried Josie and the children and I to Cedar Forest. Henry and I stoped at the creek and fished. Did not get but three fish.

Mrs Car left her home to day to live a mong her children. She gave Josie several things.

I bought her cow paid $50 for her.

Marvin is here to night. I think he is ordering some things for his car.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Friday, April  5, 1918

Friday, April 5, 1918

A clear cool day. Frost was plentiful this morning. Ben and Josie went to Cedar Forest this morning. Marvin carried them. Ben brough the cow home. Mrs Carr come with Josie home.

Josie ironed this evening.

I went to see Carrie a little while all was well.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, April 15, 1918

Monday, April 15, 1918

A good warm day.

Ben went to Cedar Forest brough the things that Mrs Carr gave them.

Bought roofing for the barn. Got home about 2 oclock.

Josie done a big washin. I got dinner.

Josie and Edna and Franklin went to Carries this evening. Earnest Lovelace come to Carries this morning to work.

Mrs Carr has a head ache to night.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, April 24, 1918

Wednesday, April 24, 1918

A clear morning some rain tonight. Ben and Owen hauled in some feed. Owen plowed this evening.

Ben carried Josie and I to Cedar Forest. Josie went to see Mrs Powers. Ben & Henry and Edna and I went to the creek and fished.

Caught a few fish.

Ben got stalled and had to have help to get a way. Josie got dinner. I picked beans. Mr Farthings cows come here to day. Ben put them up. They got them this evening. Marvin worked on his fence to day.

9 oclock

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Saturday, May 11, 1918

Saturday, May 11, 1918

A good day. Just at night we had a shower.

Ben and Owen and Paul Bennett fixed up the fence this morning and plowed this evening.

Josie got dinner and churned. Marvin carried me and Henry and Denia Blair to Cedar Forest. We fished but did not catch anything. Reubin Reynolds come to see Paul to night. I am glad that he did.

9 oclock

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Saturday, June  1, 1918

Saturday, June 1, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen & Paul Bennett plowed corn. Got done a while before night then went to Cedar Forest. Carried some beans & eggs. The men went bathing. Josie and the children went with them to the store. Josie milked and churned and got dinner. Ren Worsham carried Isla & Cordie Blair and I to Mr Jessie Worshams Mill Pond to fish. None of us caught any thing to keep. Cordie and Isla caught a fish a peice but did not get them out of the pond. Denia went to see Lottie Craddock to day. Frank and George went to Danville to night.

10 15 oclock

Ben and two of the children & Josie has gone to the School House to a play.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, June 26, 1918

Wednesday, June 26, 1918

A cloudy day no rain. The men folks replanted tobacco this morning. Josie got dinner. She went to the mill this morning and to Renan. She carried the children with her to Renan.

This evening Ben carried Henry and I to Cedar Forest fishing. I caught three cat fish.

Turned them in the branch at home.

Paul has gone to the school house to night.

9 30 oclock

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Thursday, June 27, 1918

Thursday, June 27, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Strait Stone and Cedar Forest hunting peas to sow. He got some from Lee B. Josie washed a big washing this morning. I got dinner. This evening I went to Posey Reynolds to see the new baby.

There was a house full of company there.

Did not see Mollie Reynolds she was gone to Jim Thompsons.

We bough war stamps from Irvin Lewis to day. Tom Starkey come by here on his car and brough me home from Johnson's barn.

Paul has gone to the school house a gain to night.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, July 18, 1918

Thursday, July 18, 1918

A good day. Some rain tonight. Ben helped Marvin fix his pump a gain this morning.

Paul has not come home yet. Mr Owen went to the mill this morning did not get his grinding. Josie got dinner.

Ben went to Cedar Forest and carried Henry and I with him. We did not catch any fish to speak of. He got his flue eyes for the new barn.

Josie and Edna and Franklin went to Marvins a while this evening.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Monday, July 29, 1918

Monday, July 29, 1918

A little rain today. Ben and Paul topped tobacco this morning. Paul suckered tobacco this evening.

Josie sewed some this morning. I got dinner. This evening Ben and Josie went to Strait Stone and Cedar Forest and Grit. Jane Reynolds come a little while this evening. She was horse back. I think she is a good little woman.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August  1, 1918

Thursday, August 1, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked getting tobacco sticks all the morning. This evening they went to Cedar Forest for flues. Got two sets cost $44 got home with them OK. Josie washed this morning. This evening Reese and Henry and I went to Cedar Forest fishing did not catch anything.

To night Fanny Emerson is here. I was glad to see Fanny.

10 oclock

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Monday, December  9, 1918

Monday, December 9, 1918

A good day warm for the time of year. Ben worked on Owens house. I went up to Owens this morning a few minutes.

I boiled the last of our beef today. Josie fried dougnuts. We heard that Kate Harvey is sick. I do hope that she may not be sick long.

Think now that I will go to Danville to morrow with Mollie Reynolds.

Ben and Josie and Miss Janie Gravley has all gone to Cedar Forest tonight to get things for a fruit cake.

8 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 almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, January  6, 1919

Monday, January 6, 1919

A clear colde day

Ben and Owen hauled some feed and wood this morning. This evening Owen went to Strait Stone and Cedar Forest. Ben went to Lee Brumfields after some lumber. I sowed some. Josie got dinner. Finished the edge on Ednas petticoat.

Some of Lees folks is mighty sick.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 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 almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, March 16, 1919

Sunday, March 16, 1919

A cloudy day. No rain.

Ben went to Cedar Forest this morning to meet Josie. She staid at Altavista last night on her way from W Va. I think she had a good time and was glad to get home. The children was so glad to see her and all the rest of us was glad. There has not bin much traveling as the roads is so bad.

I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. Carrie was complaining of the head ache. Hope she will be well soon.

8:30

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, April 10, 1919

Thursday, April 10, 1919

A good day. The men hauled in the pea hay this mornin and hauled manure this evening. Commenced to use the spreader this evening. Josie helped to get dinner to day and has got the dinner for ten days she says. I went to Mr Owens and dressed the baby.

While we were eating dinner Marvin called me and ask if I wanted to go fishing. Of course I said I wanted to go so he carried me to Cedar Forest. I did not catch many fish.

I was glad of the trip.

I got a letter from Alma this evening. Ben & Jim has gone to Willie Mayhews to night to get him to haul a load of guano.

10 oclock

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Saturday, April 12, 1919

Saturday, April 12, 1919

A good day. I went with Mr Dews to Cedar Forest. Mrs Lewis went also. Jim Brumfield carried me as far as Dews home. We then went on a waggon. Mr Mayhew & Robert went on Mayhews truck. I never saw as many people fishing on one day.

Nellie & Evylin come to day.

Mr. Owen went after guano. There was lots of people hauling fertilizer.

Wren come over to the river where I was and talked with me a while. I certainly did appreciate his comeing.

10 oclock

I left everything for Josie to do to day. Milkin and churning & cookin. I would like to do what I think is right a bout the work but cant do enough to suit them not if I stay at home and work all the time.

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Monday, April 28, 1919

Monday, April 28, 1919

A good day and warmer.

Ben & Jim & Owen worked on some corn land all the morning. This evening Ben carried Josie and Henry and I to Cedar Forest. Josie done some dealing at Mrs Hendricks then went to Jim Powers. I fished. Did not catch any much. Ben paid Ren Worsham for the guano this evenin. Josie got salit for dinner. I went to Mollies this morning. Guess we will go to Portsmoth tomorrow.

The olde hog eat my hen today that had some little chickens. I am so sorry that she will eat chickins.

10 oclock

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Thursday, June 26, 1919

Thursday, June 26, 1919

A rainy day. The branch was as high as it most ever gets. It has rained three nights nearly all night. We had fried apples and eggs for dinner.

Jim & Ben went to George Blairs this morning. They had to wade the branch to get a cross.

Jim bought some butter from Sallie Blair. He would insist on going home so Ben carried him to Long Island. When Ben got to the creek at Cedar Forest it was up so that he would not cross with the buggy. He put his horse up at Mr Johnsons and come over on a boat and walked home. He brough some mail for several people. The carrier did not make his round on account of high water. I am very glad that things are not worse than they are.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, June 27, 1919

Friday, June 27, 1919

Some rain to day.

Ben went to Cedar Forest for his horse that he left yesterday. The river did not get very high. Not like it was expected to. Ben come to Strait Stone and helped to sein some. Brought home 4 nice cat fish.

Josie cleaned up the cupboard some. I got dinner. Potatoes & peas and beets.

Mr. Owen went to see his brother to day.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, July 14, 1919

Monday, July 14, 1919

A shower this morning. Clear this evening. The men commenced to plow but the rain stoped them.

This evening Ben carried me and Henry & Reese to Cedar Forest. We caught a few fish. Stoped at Strait Stone and got a few things.

Nellie come today. Her & Jim picked black berries all the evening.

Kate come this evening. Ben & Jim went with her home.

Virginia went to Brookneal this morning. She went to Ed Harveys to visit.

Alma Bennett come to Carries yesterday. She is doing some sewing. I want to go and see her soon.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September  4, 1919

Thursday, September 4, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim is at the barn. They ground apples to day to make cider. This evening Ben went to Cedar Forest to see some parties a bout a school house. Henry and Edna and I went two.

While we were gone Kate Harvey come. Also Janie Gravely & Evylin Edmons. I would of bin glad to see them. Mollie Reynolds come a little while before I went a way from home.

Josie got dinner. I washed the dishes after dinner.

I have just finished working button holes in Roy Smiths pants.

9:30 oclock

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Friday, September  5, 1919

Friday, September 5, 1919

A good day. Jim is at on [sic] the tobacco. Henry went to drive the horses up this morning and Pomp kicked him. Did not hurt him very bad. We are all so glad it is no worse.

Ben went to Cedar Forest this morning a bout the school work. Mrs Car come with him home. I am glad that she came to see Josie.

This evening Henry & Reese and I went to White Falls and I fished. The children played. Jim cut some corn this evening.

Carrie & the children come down here a while this evening. Jack Harvey eat supper here tonight and will stay at the barn tonight.

10: oclock

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Thursday, October 16, 1919

Thursday, October 16, 1919

A good day. Ben carried Lady cow to Odie Kellies the went to Cedar Forest to see [?] Patrick. He let me go with him and fish. I caught several cat fish.

Willie Mayhew brought our tobacco to Gretna from Danville.

I got supper tonight after dark. The children had made a fire and brought water.

8:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, November 13, 1919

Thursday, November 13, 1919

A rainy morning. Clear this evening. I come from Richmond to day. There was no one to meet us so a Mr Davis brought us to Cedar Forest and Marvin brought us home. Found them all well. I am glad that I am at home.

Ben & Jim is helping Marvin stripping tobacco. I am talkin so much that I cant write like I ought.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Saturday January 29, 1921

Saturday January 29, 1921

A good morning. Cloudy this evening and some hail. The men stripped tobacco most of the day. Shucked some corn just at night.

Josie and Henry went to the store this evening at Cedar Forest. The baby has bin very good for her all evening. The children has very bad coughs. The olde hog caught one of my chickens to day. Miss Carter taught school today to make up a lost day. Irvin Harvey got a phonagrapt from the Island today for Virginia Harvey. Hope she may be pleased with it.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday March 15, 1921

Tuesday March 15, 1921

A good day. Ben shucked corn about all day. Jim until dinner. Then he went to the mill at White Falls. He carried Franklin with him. Josie commenced a dress for herself to day. I went to Cedar Forest. Elsie East carried me. She had a horse and buggy. We fished a while. Did not catch any thing worth anything. We had a good time any way.

Henry has commenced to sleep up stairs.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Sunday April 10, 1921

Sunday April 10, 1921

Rain this morning. Clear and very colde this evening. Ben & Josie went to Cedar Forest this morning. We all went to Strait Stone this evening except Jim. He staid at home all day. A Mr Upshaw lectured this evening to a large crowd. His talk was fine I thought.

There was a lot of people there that I know but I did not speak to many of them.

Today was Jim Brumfield birth day. Josie had a cake filled with pine apple. It is fine.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday April 25, 1921

Monday April 25, 1921

A good day. Ben went to meet Jim. Jim come from Chatham. The men that will put in the lights come today.

Marvin went to the island. He got his washing machine today. Carrie and the children and Edna went to Cedar Forest. I went with Johnson Reynolds to the island. Beaula and I fished. Did not catch any thing.

I eat dinner at Mr Peaks. They are all so good to me. I am ashamed to impose on them. I thanked Johnson for takeing me to the island. Got stuck in the mud between Marvins and the gray soil road. Marvin and Mr Hutcherson helped to push his truck out.

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