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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
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

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 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
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
Saturday, September  4, 1920

Saturday, September 4, 1920

A good day. The men folks moved tobacco. Josie helped them all the evening. Josie got dinner. She cooked snaps and turnip salit. I went to see Mr Owens baby this morning. They called the Dr to see it. He is very sick. I went to see Sarah Emerson this evening. Henry & Hellen Brumfield went. Reese Smith carried us. He is a good driver. I eat supper with Carrie to night. Jim is at the barn tonight.

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
Wednesday, September  8, 1920

Wednesday, September 8, 1920

A good day. Cloudy tonight and looks like rain. The men folks cut tobacco and moved some to the grainry. Jim and Ben has gone to mowing. The baby is sick yet. We hope she is better than she was last night. I have done the work at the kitchen today. I went to Marvins a few minutes to day then picked some peas. Roy is better. Marvin & William was cutting tobacco.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, September 16, 1920

Thursday, September 16, 1920

A good day. Clouds a round but no rain here. The men folks moved tobacco all day. Ben has gone to Marvins tonight. Josie got dinner. She cooked turnip salit. We did enjoy it. I picked beans most of the day. Went to Carries a few minutes and to the pea patch. Picked a basket full and what I could cram in my apron. Josie has a colde and cough. 8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, October 29, 1920

Friday, October 29, 1920

29th A good day. Cool. Some frost this morning. Jim moved some tobacco this morning. Jim hauled some wood. Ben went to hunt some one to cook. Did not get any one but got the promice of help. Carrie come a few minutes. Johnson killed a beef this morning. We got some of it. I am so anxious a bout Josie. So a fraid she will never come home.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, November  3, 1920

Wednesday, November 3, 1920

A beautiful day. Jim & Ben stripped and moved tobacco all day. Today was Ednas birth day. She talked about it a great many times. Mrs Car gave her some money. Aunt Carrie gave her a nice piece of rbbon and a cake. I killed a chicken and made pies. Ben did not hear from Josie to day. He is troubled about not hearing. The baby has bin better to day than usual. Carrie come this evening and bathed the baby. I am so glad that she will attend to her.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Sunday, March 26, 1922

Sunday, March 26, 1922

A good day. Ben fixed the gate to the flower garden. We were glad to have it made so we could go in the garden. Jim moved his pig to the pasture today. Mrs Car went home this evening. Ben & Josie and all the children went. They did not go in at Mr Powers. Most all of the Powers people are sick. I heard a gun shot tonight. We heard that a mad dog was killed. S[h]ot near Lee Brumfields.

There has bin more passing a bout today than any Sun[day] since Xmas. Looks like rain now.

Chris Tenigs Reynols was here today.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, August 10, 1922

Thursday, August 10, 1922

A cloudy day but no rain. Jim & Henry suckered tobacco. Ben carried me to Marvin's this morning. He come home. Marvin carried me to Galilee to the assosiation. After preaching Lizzie & Lonny[?] and Earl and wife Marvin and Carrie & the children and I went to the place we moved from. I was glad of the trip. Marvin sent me home. Russ[?] & Paul come home with me. Kate come to keep house from Mrs Car was getting dinner. Kate milked to [.......] we come by [Liz?] well I am a sleep.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
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 almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Monday, August 28, 1922

Monday, August 28, 1922

A good day. The men folks moved some tobacco & cut some. They cur Henry's crop. Miss Anna Hubbard and Mrs Ella & Baby come to see Josie today. They got here a bout eleven o'clock. I am glad that they come to see Josie. I got the dinner. I went and gathered snaps for dinner tomorrow. Some of them strung them. Well I am a sleep. Will go to bed soon.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, September  7, 1922

Thursday, September 7, 1922

A good day. Ben moved some tobacco this morning. This evening Ben carried three of the children and I to White Falls. I caught 28 fish. Henry drove the team to the mill except the hill leading to the mill at the cork mill. We had a good time. The children done fine for them. Grace & May Brumfield and two children come while I was gone. I would of bin glad to see them. I am glad that they come to see Josie anyway. Daisy the col[oured] girl and I went to washing this morning. Queen Callans come to wash. I let her & Daisy wash a [beg?].

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, December 20, 1922

Wednesday, December 20, 1922

A cloudy dreary day but no falling weather. Jim stayed a round home most of the day. Ben moved in a hand. John Ward. He was until dark getting home. Then he carried Fanny Power and the children to the school house to a play. Nellie baked two cakes & Fanny one and made some pies. Fanny ironed some/ The cloths was not dry eneough to iron good. I mended Edna's coat this morning & churned and fixed up the butter this evening. Josie has suffered bad today. I had a letter from Carrie today. It is very colde tonight too.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, December 21, 1922

Thursday, December 21, 1922

A colde clear day. A little rain last night and a sleet this morning. Ben went to Gretna. He carried a barrel of things for Jim to ship to Evylin at Charlottesville. Nellie started to see Evylin this morning. Ben carried Fanny home this evening. We will miss them very much. Heard tonight that Mrs Hutcherson is very sick. Ernest Craddock & family moved to this neighbor hood today. I hope they will never regret it. Jim went to Gretna with Ben this evening. He put up the fence a round the hog lot.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
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