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1918

Tuesday, August  6, 1918

Tuesday, August 6, 1918

A clear day and very warm. Ben finished curing his primings to night.

Paul suckered tobacco. Mr Owen went to the mill did not get his grinding. Josie washed the breakfast dishes and ironed and got dinner and washed the dinner dishes and ironed most of the evening. I got breakfast and called them to eat then I milked three cows and watered hogs at three different places then I gathered some butter beans and helped to shell them. Then fixed the milk ready to churn then cut a bucket of cucumbers then churned fixed to wash some.

After dinner I washed a bout 40 garments then put the cucumbers in brine and salted the butter and fixed it ready for use. Then rested a while then milked eat supper and helped wash dishes and ready to go to bed.

10 oclock

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

Monday, September 16, 1918

A good day. The men folks moved two curings of tobacco and cut two rooms of green tobacco.

Josie picked up some apples and got dinner. I churned and picked some beans this morning. In the evening I went to Marvins a few minutes and picked a few more beans then went to the tobacco ground and helped to load the waggon and to the barn and helped to unload so as to hurry Ben and Paul. They wanted to go to Altavista and I did not want them to be late.

Josie had supper ready when we got to the house. While we were eating, Denia come and brought me a pan of light bread. I certainly was glad of the bread. Was sorry that Denia had so much trouble but I do appreciate it.

9 oclock

Ben and Paul and Josie are at Altavista tonight.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 22, 1918

Tuesday, October 22, 1918

A good day. Paul and Owen Josie and I and the children finished stripping Pauls curing of tobacco this morning and commenced on Bens.

Josie come home to get dinner. She fried chicken and baked cocoanut pies. A bout twelve Gordon and Alma and Ola and Frances Bennett come for dinner. After dinner Bruce Reynolds and his mother come a few minutes. I was glad to see them all. Ben sowed wheat most of the day. This evening Nat Wooding phoned for Ben to come to Reynolds mail box and help him work on his car. Ben went. They could not fix it. They brought it here. Sidney Reynolds come after Nat and carried him home.

Paul finished sowing wheat. Mollie gave me a nice box of candy a birth day present. Marvin Smith paid our taxes this evening. Paul and Ben has bin at the barn to night hangin and putting tobacco in the pit.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 29, 1918

Tuesday, October 29, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain here. Ben just got in from Altavista. Says that it rained hard there. He went for a load of lumber. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. We finished a curing for Mr Owen and commenced one for Paul.

Heard today that Doris Brumfield broke her arm yesterday. I am so sorry for her and her mother. Would go to see her if it wont for there is so much sickness a bout.

Heard to day that Mr Charles Rorrer was buried to day. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

Carlton Trent carried the mail yesterday and to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, October 31, 1918

Thursday, October 31, 1918

A good day. Ben got Marvins horses and hauled logs and worked four horses to the truck. Paul helped to load on the logs.

Paul carried Dr Owen to see Mr Dews this morning. He had Bens car. Willie Mayhew has a very sick childe the Dr was to see it today. Clifton is still very sick. Marvin and Carrie went to see Doris Brumfield this evening. Josie and I and the Owen children and Henry finished stripping a curing of tobacco for Paul. We finished a bout twelve. This evening Cordie Blair and Doratha Worsham and Ada Hutcherson come a while. Ellen Bailiss and Louise Hutcherson come to bring some patterns that Josie let Mamie have.

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Friday, July 18, 1919

Friday, July 18, 1919

A rainy day. It has rained some for five days. Every thing is nearly drowned. The men folks has not done anything much to day.

Josie got dinner. Nellie washed and dried and ironed some of her clothes this evening.

I milk and churn.

Josie sewed some this evening.

Tom Edmons has cured a house of primings, the first that has bin cured a bout here.

9:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, August 10, 1919

Sunday, August 10, 1919

A good day. Jim fired tobacco all day. Quit at night. Has cured two houses of primings. Edwin staid here all day. Paul Bennett & Loney come a little while this morning. Paul got his hair cut this evening. Ben and family went to Jim Powers and Rob Hubards.

I milked & got supper and Jim, Edwin, and I eat before they got home. I have not heard from Marvins to day.

Edwin finished reading Philo Gubb to day & slept two hours.

I read some in the land mark & [?].

10:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, August 15, 1919

Friday, August 15, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the tobacco all day. Owen has a barn full that they are curing.

Josie went to Jim Powers to day. Henry & Franklin went with her. Edna staid with me until dinner. Then she went to Marvins and staid all the evening. I made a few pear preserves.

Prince the horse has been sick all day. He got to some wheat and eat two much. Heard that one of the Lees horses got its leg broke yesterday and they killed him. I am very sorry a bout it.

Josie got peaches & damsons to preserve and can. Guess we will be very busy tomorrow but we are that a most every day.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, August 24, 1919

Sunday, August 24, 1919

A good day. The men staid at home all day. Mr. Owen was fireing tobacco. Jim & Ben helped him some. They are at the barn now.

Nellie & Evylin and Edna and Franklin went to Mr Ned Walkers this morning. Josie and I got dinner this evening. Marvin & the little children and Paul Bennett come a wile.

Edna is complaining of head ache tonight. I hope she may soon be well a gain. Henry went to Ren Worshams this evening. Reese went to Dr Owens.

Heard today that Ann Layne is very sick.

10:30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, September  6, 1919

Saturday, September 6, 1919

A good day. Ben is at work curing his last tobacco. Jim went home this evening. Ben carried him to Gretna.

Josie got dinner. I went fishing. Reese & Henry went with me. We come by Georg Blairs. Heard to day that Letcher is worse off. I am so sorry.

We fi[sh?]

Jim went home this evening.

[?] Thomson sent us 20 pounds of sugar to day. Mr Owen went after Bens paint.

I am so near a sleep that I cant write like it should be done.

9: oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Saturday, September 20, 1919

Saturday, September 20, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben hauled up a little corn. Jim hauled some rails and made his hog pen larger, then they stripped tobacco. Mr. Owen finished a cureing to day.

Josie and I commenced to wash. Josie got sick and had to quit. I finished. They got dry. Josie ironed some this evening.

Johnson Reynolds passed here this evening at work on the phone line.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Memoranda (iii)

Memoranda (iii)

Ben solde a load of tobacco in Danville Febuary the 14th 1919 for $3:86 dollars.

February the 19th 1919 Marvin Smith solde a curing of tobacco for Ben for $2:19 dollars.

Bells pigs came June the 2nd 1918.

Lucys calf came December the 2nd 1919.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Monday January 24, 1921

Monday January 24, 1921

A good day. Jim & Ben helped Mr Owen strip tobacco. They finished a cureing for him today and put it in the pit tonight. The children went to school. Josie washed some then went to Marvins a little while. Come home and got supper.

I ironed some and got dinner. Mr Owens baby has got a bout well again. Have not heard from Mrs Edmons to day. If the weather stays good I think I will go around some soon.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday February  1, 1921

Tuesday February 1, 1921

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. Finished a cureing for Jim. Josie and I got dinner.

This evening Josie made starch and starched the clothes. Denia and Cordie Blair come this evening. I was glad that they come.

Marvin solde his last tobacco at Gretna. He was well pleased with the sale. Nat Wooding got two pounds of butter from here this evening.

Last edit about 2 years ago by Trisha
Friday February 11, 1921

Friday February 11, 1921

A windy day and colde. Tonight Ben & Jim and Marvin stripped tobacco. Finished one of Bens cureings. Josie helped a while this evening. Henry and Edna went to school today.

Mr Wesley Cothran come and got a cow today, the cow that I bought from Mrs Car. I ironed some today and mended some tonight.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday August 21, 1921

Sunday August 21, 1921

A good day. Oh how we need rain. We all staid at home. Lizzie Bennett and little Cary Jefferson was with us today.

Earl Bennett come for them tonight. They have not bin gone but a few minutes. Hope that they will get home safe. Carrie & her family come a while this evening. I am always glad for them to come.

Jim went to Mr Edmons barn when he was cureing tobacco this evening. I know that Jim is lonesome some times.

Julia Fergerson went to Portsmoth today. I know her mother will miss her.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday August 25, 1921

Thursday August 25, 1921

A clear dry day. Jim finished cutting a cureing of tobacco this morning and hauled some wood.

Josie the most of the day. This evening she gathered some snaps and strung them.

I went to White Falls. Reese carried me & Paul & Roy. I think they had a good time batheing. Kate Harvey come & Mollie & Johnson come a while. I caught several fish. I peiced one block for my quilt.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday August 26, 1921

Friday August 26, 1921

A clear day. Jim has worked on his tobacco all day trying to get it to yellow.

Ben went to Jim Powers this morning and brought Fletcher Car and family up here. He has 6 children. We have not bin lonesome today. This evening Nellie and Evylin come. I was glad that they come.

Carley[?] Harvey & Virginia Moses was married this morning at Gretna. Reese Smith carried Kate & Virginia Harvey to Gretna. Marvin and some others met at Richard Woodings and cut some tobacco for him. Ben & Henry helped some.

I am going to sleep in the hall to night.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday November  1, 1921

Tuesday November 1, 1921

A cloudy day. No rain today. The land is good we for the first time in a bout five months.

The boys stripped tobacco. They finished a cureing for Jim.

Ben has bin complaining all day of head ache.

Marvin went to Gretna with tobacco. It solde very well. The children went to school. I killed and dressed an opossome. The first one that I ever killed.

Josie helped move a cureing of tobacco. Mrs Car shelled peas. We sent to Otho Blairs and got two pounds of butter. Paid 35 cts a pound. That is the first that we have bought this year.

This writing was done at three oclock Nov the 2nd. I forgot to write last night.

Last edit about 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday November 12, 1921

Saturday November 12, 1921

A colde windy day. Ben stripped tobacco. He finished a curing. Henry tied all the time that Ben was sorting and Josie part of the time. Jim went to Chatham. Today was Nellies birth day. Reese Smith carried Jim and Paul and I went. I bought several things. Reubin and Robbert Reynols come with Reese as far as their home. They had bin to Black Stone to play football and was on their way back to Chatham. Josie ironed to day and got dinner and supper. I went to Marvins this evening. Carrie was ironing. Henry & Ben went to Renan late this evening. Ben bought a peice of beef for Sundays dinner.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday November 23, 1921

Wednesday November 23, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. They finished a cureing. Marvin went to Gretna hauling feed. Carrie and the little children come here. It was the first time that the new baby was a way from home. I hope it wont hurt her. Hazel & Eva was very good to day. Kate Harvey come this evening. I was glad for her to come. Was sorry for her to have to take such a long walk. Hope it wont hurt her. The children went to school to day. Alcie washed here to day. I have peiced one square for a quilt. 9:30 oclock

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

Saturday December 10, 1921

A clear colde day. Ben & Jim helped Marvins boys load on some things this morning then moved a cureing of tobacco. Then they sawed some wood. Finished what they had at the wood pile and moved the engine to night. Ben & Jim and Norman Booker went to Strait Stone. Jim come home about nine oclock. Ben and Norman has come in at eleven oclock. Josie caned some meat this evening. I think we brok about five cans. Mrs Booker staid with us tonight while the men was gone. I think I will like her fine but no one can fill Carries place. I can hardly stay at home I mis Marvins folks so much. Franklin and Edna is going to bed. 11 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Sunday, August 22, 1920

Sunday, August 22, 1920

A good day. Kate and I come home from Richmond to day. Willie come with us. We come home on the Virginian. Ben & Edna and Franklin met us at Long Island. Found all well as ususal. The boys is curing tobacco. They had plenty of water mellons. Nellie and Evylin are here. Josie & Nell had caned a lot of tomatoes. 9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, August 30, 1920

Monday, August 30, 1920

A good day. The men moved [?] a curing of tobacco & cut a cureing. They will stay with a barn tonight. Josie and I washed a big washing and got dinner. This evening we went to Marvins a little while. Josie & Carrie picked some snaps. Josie and I strung ours to night.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, September  6, 1920

Monday, September 6, 1920

A good day. The men folks rehung two cureings of tobacco and moved them and hauled some sticks. Mabel has bin sick all day. They carried her to the Dr to night. I hope she may be better by morning. I got dinner and went to Marvins a few minutes. I gathered some snaps and dried beans and butter beans. Jim has gone to Marvins to night.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, September 11, 1920

Saturday, September 11, 1920

A good day. Ben & Henry went to the mill. Staid and got the grinding. Got home after dark. Mr Owen finished fireing two cureings. To night Jim will stay with his barn tonight. Josie & Franklin are both sick tonight. I went to Reynols to day to see Julia. They had a lot of company mostly their own folks. Robert brought me home. I went by Marvins. Carrie was finishing washing. I pittie the young house keepers.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, September 12, 1920

Sunday, September 12, 1920

A good day. Ben had three loads of wood [?] to finish cureing. Some tobacco. Jim staid at the barn all day. Josie and I got dinner this evening. Ben & family and I went to Jim Powers. Had a pleasant evening. Come home. I milked. Josie got supper.

Marvin went to Strait Stone. Thought there would be preaching. There was none. 8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, December 13, 1920

Monday, December 13, 1920

Cloudy all day. Rain to night. Ben out a little to day. He killed three sqirrels. He dressed them. I cooked chidlins to day at the wash house. I washed some. Josie washed and pressed some goods to make Franklin a suit of clothes. Jim come home to night. Carrie sent a new dress that she had made. Sent it by William Gilbert. Mr Owen finished a cureing of tobacco this evening. Mrs Owen got my cards to make some bats for a quilt.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Thursday, August 24, 1922

Thursday, August 24, 1922

A good morning rain tonight. Ben moved two cureings of tobacco. Jim is fineing his. Queen Callans ironed here today. Ellen Lewes & Lilly washed here today. Kate Harvey come this evening. She brought Josie some sanwitches[sic]. Josie has bin feeling bad all day. Kate carried some goods to make Franklin some [...ants]. I have not felt well today. I kept up but it was all that I could do. I gathered some snap for dinner tomorrow.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, October  7, 1922

Saturday, October 7, 1922

A rainy morning. The rain was badly needed. Jim & Ben & Henry stripped tobacco all day finished Jim's cureing and loaded it on the waggon. Mr Booker & Jim put their tobacco on Mr Bookers waggon. Ben & Jim has gone to Renan & Dr Owens for medicine. I went to see Mrs Hutcherson this evening. She is very sick but feeling some better. Denia was there. Ada & Denia was sheling peas. Miss Ada brought me home on Mrs Hutcherson's car. I was glad to get home so easy. Mabel has had a good time today.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
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