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1918

Friday, January  4, 1918

Friday, January 4, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben moved the stove from the barn to the cabbin in the woods and cut wood fixin for a dance. Josie baked some cakes. I killed and cooked two chickens. Josie made sand witches and carried up there. Hellen and Virginia has bin here all day. Elsie and Bulah come in here. Elsie gave me some candy and Bulah gave oranges. Virginia gave me a box of candy.

I hope they may enjoy the dance. I had rather they had not had it but nothing else would not do. I am a fraid that there is so many there that they cant have a good time. I am so sleepy that I hardly can write.

11 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, January  5, 1918

Saturday, January 5, 1918

A clear day and colde. Ben and Josie and Hellen and Virginia come to the house half past two oclock this morning. We have bin a drowsy crowd to day. Ben went to the mill this morning. This evening he moved the stove and all the things that they had at the cabbin back where they belong.

Josie got dinner. She baked a pudding that we all enjoyed. To night Ben and Hellen and Virginia has gone to Mr Mayhews to a party. Josie and the children are all a sleep.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, February 10, 1918

Sunday, February 10, 1918

A clear nice day. We all staid at home most of the day. Just at night Ben went to Charless to get his team to go to Long Island after guano.

Mr Owen come to day wants to move to morrow. He will move in the house that Mr Bailiss moved from.

Kate Harvey come to see us to day. Josie got dinner. She fixed every thing very nice. I think all of us enjoyed dinner.

I have not seen any of Carries folks to day. Paul sent me his gloves to mend. I guess I will mend them tomorrow if nothing happens.

9 40 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February 12, 1918

Tuesday, February 12, 1918

A good day. Some clouds but no rain. Ben moved Sam Owen here today. Mr Mayhew brought one load for him. Ben is up at the cabbin now helpin fix up his things.

Carrie and Paul, Roy and Hazel was with her. Reese was at school. They intended to make some candy but could not get what they wanted to fix it with and did not make any. Some man come today and got the Wooding cow. Hope he wont be sorry that he got her.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, March  9, 1918

Saturday, March 9, 1918

A cloudy day.

Ben and Owen hauled and cut feed this morning and cut wood for Marvin Smith this evening. To night Ben has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge.

Josie got dinner and moved the dog house and cleaned up the yard and ironed some. I washed a little. Henry and Edna and two of the Owen children played all evening had a good time.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, April 23, 1918

Tuesday, April 23, 1918

A clear day. A cloud to night and some rain.

Ben and Owen split up the olde barn logs and moved the fence. Josie washed. I got dinner and picked beans.

George Blair come over here for some vinegar.

Beatrice Owen come for some eggs for Mrs Dews. I went to Carries a while this evening.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, August 28, 1918

Wednesday, August 28, 1918

A day that the men folks could work most of the time. They moved tobacco and scattered sticks ready for cutting. We all tied primings and finished. Josie got dinner.

I went to the tomato patch this evening. Could not get many tomatoes. Brought a water mellon home. We cut it. It was fine.

It is raining now hope it may stop soon. Ben went to Ren Worshams this evening and to Strait Stone this morning. Paul carried his mother to Lee Brumfields this morning. Guess she is at Kate Harveys to night.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September  5, 1918

Thursday, September 5, 1918

A good day. Just at dark it rained a shower. It was badly needed. The men folks got out at three oclock this morning and moved some tobacco and cut some this evening. Josie and [I] helped them some this evening. We picked some beans this morning.

This evening Cordie and Nettie Blair and Lizzie Anderson come. Kate and Virginia Harvey come. Virginia wants to learn to knit and knit a sweater.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, September  6, 1918

Friday, September 6, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Ben moved some tobacco and cut some. Josie and I helped to move and Josie helped to unload the waggon with green tobacco.

I went to Carries a little while this evening.

Mollie Reynolds come and got some snaps.

I got a letter from Mary Brumfield this evening.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, September 13, 1918

Friday, September 13, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen moved some tobacco and cut some. I helped to unload the waggon. Ben had Mags Grey and Jake. Paul had Prince and Pomp. Carried some primings to Gretna. He went to Chatham on Henry Blairs car. Josie ironed this morning and was sick all the evening. Mr Owen went to the mill to day but did not get his grinding. Will have to go a gain.

9 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
Saturday, November 30, 1918

Saturday, November 30, 1918

A good day. John Brumfield was here. Ben did not do much work. He moved the fence so the cows could go to the straw stacks.

Josie got dinner. She had baked chicken and beef steak. I think we all enjoyed the dinner. Mrs Carr has a bad colde.

This evening Ben carried John to Gretna. I went with them. Tenia met John at Gretna. He said that he would go back to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Willie Mayhew carried his family to Chatham to day on his truck. Gasoline gave out and he got some from Ben to get the truck home.

8: o clock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, January 27, 1919

Monday, January 27, 1919

A good day. The men folks moved Owens tobacco out of the pit and put some of Bens in then commenced to build a hog pen. Josie & I got dinner. Nellie and Evylin Brumfield went to Blairs this morning. Come home by twelve, eat dinner, then Ben carried them to Johnson Reynolds, from there they went home.

Josie has not been well to day. I went to Marvins this evening.

Eva was sitting on the floor; the first time that I ever saw her on the floor. I finished a cap[?] that Josie commenced to night.

Every one is a bed but I so I will go soon.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August 21, 1919

Thursday, August 21, 1919

A good day. The men folks moved some tobacco & cut some for Mr. Owen.

Jim & Ben will stay at the barn tonight. Henry is with Jim now. Edna is bad off with colde. Carries baby is not well.

Josie got dinner with a little help. Nellie caned some tomatoes this morning. This evening she went to Mr. Woodings and got some grapes. Miss Willie Wooding & Miss Annie Carter come with her home on a buggy.

I went to George Blairs. Lottie Craddock & her little baby is over there. Miss Alice Hubbard & Ada Hutcherson and Susie Hutcherson was there. They had water mellons & peaches and grapes.

10 oclock

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
Friday, August 29, 1919

Friday, August 29, 1919

Cloudy most of the day but no rain. Ben & Owen moved tobacco this morning and cut this evening. Jim staid at the barn. Is there now.

Josie sewed most all day. This evening Mag Brumfield and Doris & Janie and little Charley come to see us. Rees Smith carried his mother to Strait Stone this evening.

I got a letter from Evylin this evening. I am always glad to hear from any of the kindsfolks.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, September  1, 1919

Monday, September 1, 1919

A good day. Ben & Owen moved tobacco all the morning. This evening they pulled leaves in Bens tobacco. Tonight they will stay with Owens tobacco. Jim has bin at the barns all day.

Josie sewed some this morning. This evening she went to Marvins. Today is Paul Smiths birthday. He is seven years olde.

This evening I went to George Blairs. Isla & Cordie was at home. Denia was at Ren Worshams. Beatris & Gladis Owen was there. The girls gave us some peaches & mellons. They were as nice to us as they could be.

Marvin was stripping tobacco but it dried out so he quit. Ben & Marvin has gone to Strait Stone to night.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, September  9, 1919

Tuesday, September 9, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim and Jack Harvey moved some tobacco this morning. Franklin fell out of the waggon in the wheel and got hurt right bad. This evening Jim went to White Falls to the mill.

Ben & Jack finished painting the roof of the house.

Josie washed a good washing for her to do.

Carrie and all the children but Reese come down here. I killed & dressed a chicken and dug some potatoes and went to the orchard and got a basket of apples.

I am counting on going fishing in the morning.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957

1921

Monday February  7, 1921

Monday February 7, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim burned a plant bed. Ben went to see a man about cutting some wood. Josie went with him. Mr Owen finished stripping tobacco. I went to Marvins a little while. Kate Harvey was there. She did not stay long.

William Gilbert moved to Mr Billie Lewis's to day. We will miss William.

Henry & Edna went to school today.

8:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday February 14, 1921

Monday February 14, 1921

A good day. Jim & Ben and Marvin killed a hog for Ben. Mr Sam Owen moved from here today. I felt sad to see them go but I hope he has bettered him self. He moved to Mr George Allens.

Henry and Edna went to school.

Josie got dinner and supper. I fixed up after hog killing.

Josie went to Marvins this evening. She carrie[d] Franklin and Mabel. Mollie Reynols was there a while. I would of like to see them all. I would be glad to see all of the children. I may never see them all any more.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday February 28, 1921

Monday February 28, 1921

A good day. Jim and Ben cut some in the woods to day. Ben loaded on his tobacco on John Tuckers truck this morning. Ben intends going to Danville in the morning. Josie got dinner. She got turnip salet. The first that we have had this year. I ironed some. I went to Marvins this evening. While I was there a man came and bought a cow from him.

Clack Hubbard moved to Renan today. I hope he may do well and it will be for Kates good two. I am so anxious to know how every one is getting on. It keeps so colde that I cant get out much yet.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday September 30, 1921

Friday September 30, 1921

A good day. Some clouds but no rain here. Jim & Henry moved some tobacco. Ben went to the saw mill. Carried two logs one this morning and one this evening.

I ironed some this morning. Josie got dinner and ironed this evening.

Reese and Roy and I went to White Falls. Did not catch many fish. Paul Smith stuck a nail in his foot today. I hope it wont hurt him long.

Reese & I stoped at Mt Airy and at Renan. We bought a few things at both places.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday October 17, 1921

Monday October 17, 1921

A beautiful day. No sign of rain. Jim & Marvin moved some tobacco this morning. Ben went to Chalk Level to get some peices sawed to make a roller to roll their wheat land. They worked on the roller all evening and did not finish it. Josie sewed some on a dress for Edna.

I went to Marvins this evening. They are getting on very well there. Tonight Marvin & Ben has gone hunting.

We heard this morning that Mr Taz Wooding died last night. Will be buried tomorrow.

Last edit over 8 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
Thursday December  8, 1921

Thursday December 8, 1921

A cloudy day. No rain until a bout night. Marvin moved his family to Gretna today and Norman Booker moved to the place that he moved from. Ben went with a load. Lee Brumfield & Johnson Reynolds and Willie Mayhew all carried a load. The family went on the car. Nellie Brumfield went with them on her way home. William Gilbert and Reese Smith carried the cows. Alcie Callender washed here today and helped me clean the hog faces. I cleaned the feet myself. Virginia Harvey come today. Josie and Virginia made some candy. Josie fried sausag and caned some. She got dinner & supper. Jim helped Norman Booker put up his range this evening. I hope they all will be pleased with the change they made.

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

Saturday, May 22, 1920

Saturday, May 22, 1920

A beautiful day. The men fixed tobacco land all day. Josie baked a cake this morning. We cooked rice and fried meat, made coffee, & baked bread. This evening Josie bathed all the children, cleaned up the dining room, moved the carpet off the floor. I went to Kate Harveys and Mollie Reynolds and Carries. I saw Lee Brumfield and several others. I have gone to sleep and bot[?]ed my book.

9 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 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
Tuesday, August 31, 1920

Tuesday, August 31, 1920

Driscoll Hotel [written in a different ink from the rest of the entry] A good day. The men folks moved and cut tobacco. Ben finished cutting Bens tobacco his crop. Josie caned nine cans of tomatoes & corn. Carrie & the three little children come here a little while this evening. West Wooding run his car over Bens dog. She dont eppear to be much hurt. They will stay with tobacco to night.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, September  1, 1920

Wednesday, September 1, 1920

A good day. The men moved and cut tobacco to day. Ben fired tobacco. Chanler Harvey and Dodson Bailiss come to the barn. Henry B and Cordie B come a few minutes this evening. Josie ironed some. Bettie Haley washed here today. Jim brought a barrel of flour from Marvins today. I picked a few butter beans today. I am going to shell some beans to night. 9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
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