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1918

Thursday, January 10, 1918

Thursday, January 10, 1918

A clear day.

Ben sawed wood and cut feed to day. Marvin Smith and William Gilbert helped him. This evening he went to see Charles and went to Renan.

Josie got dinner and supper to day. She cut some quilt pieces.

I sewed some.

9 30

Henry is not well tonight.

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, January 25, 1918

Friday, January 25, 1918

A clear day and some warmer. Ben has bin in the house all day but is some better off to day. Henry is sick tonight. I got breakfast and dinner. Josie got supper. Would not have got any but Mr Walter Carr come.

Josie ironed some. Josie fed the horses and hogs. I fed the cows. William Gilbert come this morning and split some wood for us. Marvin and John Smith went to Altavista to day. Mollie Reynolds come to Carries today. I got the yarn to knit for Bruce Sheppard sent it to day.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February  8, 1918

Friday, February 8, 1918

A clear morning cloudy this evenin. Ben hauled some wood this morning.

Cut feed and sawed wood this evening. Marvin Smith and William Gilbert helped him. Josie swept the yard some and got dinner.

Some man passed here today and a greed to take the cow that I bought from Marvin. Johnson Reynolds colte is here tonight. He went to Gretna today. Have not heard how tobacco solde to day.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February  9, 1918

Saturday, February 9, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben finished sawin wood this morning. Josie ironed most of the day. She got dinner and supper. I sewed a little.

Made up the bleach that I got from Charles Williams Store.

Ben has gone to Strait Stone to night.

Henry is well enough that he has gone to bed in my room a gain.

10 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, March 25, 1918

Monday, March 25, 1918

A clear colde day the wind blowed most of the day. Ben and Owen and Marvin and William Gilbert hauled rock and laid the foundation of a barn.

Josie put in a quilt this morning we quilted on it some.

Kate and Carrie come a little while this evening. I commenced an other sock to night that will be 5 pair.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, March 26, 1918

Tuesday, March 26, 1918

A cool windy day.

Ben helped Marvin work on his barn. William Gilbert cut wood for Ben.

Josie washed.

I got dinner and staid with the children.

This evening Josie quilted I went to George Blairs. Denia was at home by her self. Isla and Cordia had gone to Wren Worshams. Nettie was at school. Nettie Blair and Bulah Brumfield and Virginia Harvey all went to Willie Mayhews this evening from school.

9:15 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, April 22, 1918

Monday, April 22, 1918

A good day. Johnson and Mollie got home to day.

Will Brumfield come with them. I come home. Robbert brough me home. Will and Mollie and Reubin come with me. Found them all a bout at home.

12 o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, April 25, 1918

Thursday, April 25, 1918

A cloudy day.

Ben and Owen and Marvin and William hauled rock to the barn. Josie ironed. I picked beans. Denia Blair & Kate Harvey come in the evening. I walked with them as far as Marvins.

This is wrote the 26 at eight oclock. I could not find my ink last night.

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May  1, 1918

Wednesday, May 1, 1918

A cool windy day.

Josie washed some this morning and scrubbed the kitchen floor this evening.

Ben and Owen and Marvin and William built fire boxes in the barn to day.

Tonight a dog passed and in a few minutes Tom Edmons and several other men come and said that the dog was mad.

Some one killed him over near Renan.

8 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, May 13, 1918

Monday, May 13, 1918

A good morning rain this evening.

Marvin brought Mollie Reynolds and I to Altavista this morning. We staid at Lynchburg until after three oclock then come to Peters Burg and from there to Richmond.

Willie come after us at the depo. It thundered and rained all the evening.

Some young man helped us with our suitcases I will remember him with pleasure.

11 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May 14, 1918

Tuesday, May 14, 1918

A rainy morning clear this evening. Effie Brumfield Mollie Reynolds and [I] went in town this evening. Went to see the moving pictures. We went a gain to night. Willie and Mary went with us.

I think Richmond a mighty pretty place.

We went in the green house and looked a round. There is lots of pretty plants there.

This is wrote May the 15th in the morning before breakfast.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May 15, 1918

Wednesday, May 15, 1918

A good day done nothing all morning

Willie Effie and three children Mollie and I went went to College Hill Park and saw a merry go around and dip to dip. Will and the children rode a round I don't like to look at them. We are all at Willies to night

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May 16, 1918

Thursday, May 16, 1918

A good day. We Mollie and I are at Willies.

Went down town early and Mollie bought some things then we started for the boat. Went on street car a mile or so then on the boat. Eat supper and had a berth. We had fish and steak cauiflowers and lettuce salid ice cream and cake and coffee for supper. Was all night and until seven next morning getting to Portsmouth.

This wrote the 17th. I could not find a pen or pencil last night.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 17, 1918

Friday, May 17, 1918

A cloudy day. Come off boat this morning. Willie left us at landing. Henry Brumfield met us and went with us to Howard Fergersons.

We eat breakfast and dinner at Fergersons then went to Va Beach and Cape Henry. Saw lots of things new to us. Fergersons went with us to night. Three ladies Julias friends come also Henry Brumfield.

We had a pleasant time.

This is wrote Sat morning.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, August  2, 1918

Friday, August 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen and Paul pulled leaves to day. Marvin Smith and William Gilbert (col) helped them. Nearly all the children that was big enough handed leaves. This evening Fanny Emerson Josie and I helped some. Josie got dinner. She cooked snaps and beets and butter beans and corn. Mrs Owen sent her the corn.

To night Paul and Fanny has gone to meeting at St. Johns. (ink smear) Well I went to sleep I made my mark.

10:15

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, September  7, 1918

Saturday, September 7, 1918

Cloudy all day rain this evening. Ben and Paul and Owen cut tobacco. They filled four houses.

Mr Dews and the boys helped them.

Josie helped to unload every time in the morning. She baked three chocolate pies for Sundays dinner. We are looking for Mary and Bill Brumfield to morrow. Hope it will not rain so they wont come.

9 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, September  8, 1918

Sunday, September 8, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Ben and Paul made fires under the tobacco this morning. Josie and [I] got dinner.

Josie went to Mr Powers this evening. Henry Blair brought Mary and Bill from Long Island to Mrs Hendricks and Josie brought them here. Miss Alice Wooding and Mrs Winston come this evening. Carrie and the children come a few minutes.

Dews and Mayhew and George Hutcherson come and played croquet.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September 12, 1918 (revised)

Thursday, September 12, 1918 (revised)

A good day. Ben carried Mary and William Brumfield to Long Island to day on their way home. I do hope they are at Richmond to night. Mr Will Motley was buried this evening. He was an odd Fellow.

Marvin carried Carrie and I to Altavista to a show. Josie and Kate Harvey kept the children.

Tonight Ben and Josie and Paul have gone to see the show. I am here with the children. Hope they will be pleased with it.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, September 22, 1918

Sunday, September 22, 1918

A good day. There was some frost this morning.

Ben finished firing his tobacco this morning. Ben and family went to Jim Powers to day. I went to George Blairs. They were all gone to Strait Stone to preaching. They had a good dinner and I enjoyed it.

Carrie and Marvin and the three little children come over there. I come with them back on the car.

Josie and Ben was at home when I got here. Tonight Marvin and William Gilbert are here filling out Williams questionaire. I hope he may never have to go to the war.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October  8, 1918

Tuesday, October 8, 1918

A good day. Ben Owen and the children cut corn. William Gilbert helped half of the day.

This evening Ben went to see a bout some lumber that he bought from Mrs Berger. Josie ironed this morning and picked peas this evening. I picked some beans. I went to Marvins a while this evening. Carrie was canning apples.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, October 27, 1918

Sunday, October 27, 1918

A cloudy day most of the day and very warm for the time of the year.

We all staid at home til twelve. Paul went a way this evening I don't know where. Ben and Josie and the children went to Marvins.

There has bin very little passing here today. There is so much sickness and death in the country I think every one ought to stay at home all that they can.

William Baily was buried today.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, November  2, 1918

Saturday, November 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin has hauled logs and lumber all day today. Mr Owen and Paul shucked some corn this morning. This evening they put a load of tobacco on the waggons. William Gilbert helped them.

Josie sewed some. I got dinner except making the bread. Josie made that.

Late this evening I went to Carries. She was bathing the children and complaining of the toothache. We heard this evening that Mr Eujean Shelton died this morning.

To night Ben and Owen and Paul went to the barn to put on a load of tobacco. They intend going to Gretna Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, November 16, 1918 (revised)

Saturday, November 16, 1918 (revised)

A cloudy day. Mr Layne was here early this morning after his calf that was here. They caught it and then could not carrie it home. It was so sullen they could not make it go. Ben and Owen lost a bought two hours with it. Ben put a yoke on one of the cows here this morning.

Doris Brumfield and Christenia Reynolds come a while this evening. I went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Ben and Josie has gone to Lee Brumfields to night.

William Gilbert brough the clothes that Hattie washed after they was gone.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, December 13, 1918

Friday, December 13, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben has bin complaining all day.

Mr Owen and Marvin and William Gilbert killed two hogs for Ben this evening.

Josie got dinner. I cleaned up the smoke house then I took he fat off the intrils and cleaned the feet of the hogs.

Ben carried Miss Janie home and got Mr Jim Emersons tining tools. He wants to cover Owens house soon.

Henry and Edna went to school to day. Floyd Reynolds come by here this evening and got a few eggs. He was on his bycicle. I feel like I know he broke them.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, December 25, 1918

Wednesday, December 25, 1918

A good day. The roads is very muddy. Ben hunted some today. He killed four rabbits gave two of them to William Gilbert.

Josie and I staid at home.

Kate and Irvin Harvey come and eat dinner with us. They drove Prince home and Irvin brought him home. I had a letter from John and Effie Brumfield.

Mary Brumfield sent me a book to write in the coming year. Hope I may be able to write in it. Dick Woodings folks gave a party to night.

The children had a good time to day playing with the things they got this morning.

I got several presents was glad of them.

8 oclock

Josie gathered a bunch of violets in the garden to day

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Front

Front

This Book was given me By the Brumfields in Richmond this wrote the first day of January 1919

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, January 24, 1919

Friday, January 24, 1919

A good day. The men folks finished stripping Owens tobacco this morning. They sawed a little wood this evening. I got dinner. Josie ironed this morning. Josie & Henry went to Strait Stone this evening.

Tonight Isla and Cordie & Frank and George Blair and Jessie and William Hutcherson all come and staid until bedtime. The boys played games. I finished Marys scarf tonight.

11 o'clock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February  4, 1919

Tuesday, February 4, 1919

A rainy day. Jim made him a tomato bed. Josie ironed and got dinner.

Ben come home from Danville tonight. He sold tobacco there today. Mayhew carried it on his truck.

Henry went to school today. I went to Carries a while this evening.

Jim hung up the meat this morning.

We heard to day that Willie Brumfield went to Robert Laynes. We thought that he would come to see us but he did not come.

9 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, February  9, 1919

Sunday, February 9, 1919

A cloudy day and a little snow. Jim and Sarah Emerson & two children went from here this morning. They went to Mrs Graveleys. Ben went to Marvins and while he was gone Willie Brumfield come. He eat dinner with us then Ben carried him by Robert Laynes and to Long Island on his way to Richmond. I was glad that he come that long.

After Ben and Willie went a way Josie and I and the children went to Marvins a while. Ben come home at dark to night.

8 30 oclock

Last edit over 4 years ago by ScarletB
Friday, April 11, 1919

Friday, April 11, 1919

A rainy day. Ben & Jim could not do much of any thing.

Josie ironed. I helped some and helped a bout the dinner & washing the dishes.

Got nearly wet attending to my chickens. It has bin a bad day on them. Mrs. Dews intended to go fishing and take me but it was so bad she did not go.

Mr. Lewis sent Ben five nice fish by William Gilbert. Don't know what they will cost him.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
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