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1918

Saturday, December 14, 1918

Saturday, December 14, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Josie and I made sausage and dried up some lard.

Denia Blair and Jim Brumfield come to see us this morning. I was glad to see them. Ben has not bin well to day. I think he was very glad to see Jim. Willie Mayhew and Robert is here to night. They are playing cards.

9 oclock

There was a thunder cloud to night.

Ben found Lucy the cow with a calf to night.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, December 16, 1918

Monday, December 16, 1918

A bad day. Rained most of the day.

I was sick this morning. I got breakfast but could not eat. Ben and Josie milked. Josie boiled meat and made scrappel and finished drying out the lard.

I have knit most of the day.

Miss Snead come to see Ben. Something about the schools. Gladys Brumfield come with her. I did not meet her.

Josie went to Marvins a while this rainy day. They were all well at Marvins.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, December 18, 1918

Wednesday, December 18, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin went to Kates and killed her hogs. Josie and I worked on our lard and sausage. Josie ground and made the sausage and dried up some of the lard.

I worked at the wash house and she at the house.

Ben brought some things at Renan to day.

I got a piece of flanel from Chatham by mail to day. Josie sent Effies knitting to day.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Thursday, December  4, 1919

Thursday, December 4, 1919

A cloudy day most of the time. Ben & Jim killed hogs. Ben had four & Jim two. Marvin Smith and Sam Owen and William Gilbert (col) helped them.

Betty Haley (col) helped me. We got on fine.

Josie got dinner. She dried out some of the fat.

Jim & Ben went to Renan to night.

The children are playing domminoes to night.

7:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, December  5, 1919

Friday, December 5, 1919

A day that all could work. Jim & Ben and Mr Owen sawed wood then went to Marvins and cut some feed.

Josie got dinner. She made the sausage for Jim and her self. Bettie Haley (col) helped to cut the fat up and grind the sausage. I dried up the lard and strained it out. Bettie wshed the faces and feet.

Heard to day that Mrs Richard Wooding has a son.

Sallie Blair taught school in Miss Smiths room today.

Mrs Car sent Bessie Callans (col) a ring. She got it today.

Mr Owen went to the mill today. Brough me some brand. Jim & Ben & Josie played cards to night.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, December 12, 1919

Friday, December 12, 1919

A cloudy day and some rain and sleet this morning.

I went to Marvins and helped Carrie a bout her hog killing. I dried up the lard. We got through by night. Nellie & Josie stayed at home and kept house.

Josie made some mince meat.

Ben & Jim could not do much any way.

Jim is very much complaining to night. Jany Graveley gave a dance tonight. None of our folks went.

8 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Tuesday December  6, 1921

Tuesday December 6, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim killed their hogs, 6 in number. They were very fat. Marvin and Claud Edmons and a darkey Booker Callands. Alcie Green helped me. We got on fine I thought. Nellie Brumfield come this morning. Mr. Fretwell[?] brough her down. Martha Miller worked on lard for Carrie most all day. Marvin Smith & Ben Brumfield went to Gretna late this evening. They have not got home yet. I am so near a sleep I cant write much

I have counted the times that I have bin fishing this year. I have bin thirty nine times.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday December  7, 1921

Wednesday December 7, 1921

A good day. Ben helped Mr Edmons kill hogs. Jim helped to grind sausag and carrie the lard to the spring then shucked some corn. This evening Jim & Ben helped to load the waggons for Marvin. They intend to move away tomorow. I hope they may have a good day. Josie and Nellie ground sausag and seasoned it and got dinner & supper. I staid at the wash house and dried up the lard. We made a good lot of lard. The children went to school. Oh how we all will miss Marvin and all of the family. I think it may be the best thing that he can do. Time will tell them that lives to see.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Saturday, May  8, 1920

Saturday, May 8, 1920

Rain this morning and a little this evening. Clear tonight. Ben carried Jim to Chatham. Carried caned fruit and lard. Ben get home before dark. Josie ironed some and got dinner. I milked and churned and went to the plant bed for salit. I went to Carries a few minutes this evening. Edna & Franklin went to Mr. Edmonds to play with Franklin Edmond.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, November 20, 1920

Saturday, November 20, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim and Henry stripped tobacco. I got breakfast and milked the cows then made and baked bread for dinner and made coffee then dug bait. Reese carried me fishing. We went to White falls. Stopped at Mt Airy. I had a check cashed and bought a bucket of lard. I come home and churned, salted the butter, then got supper and yet I cant do enough. Ben in pertickler dont want to bother with me any wa[y]s. If he thought as much of me as he does of some others I would be glad.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, December  7, 1920

Tuesday, December 7, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim helped Marvin kill hogs. Nellie put up her sausage and cut the meat for mine. Josie seasoned for us both. Vinie the colored woman fried out the lard for us. Reese went for Martha Miller this morning to help Carrie. Mr Rob Hubbard and Ella and two business men come to see Mrs Car. They did not stay for dinner.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Tuesday, February 14, 1922

Tuesday, February 14, 1922

A cloudy day. Rain tonight & hail. Jim & Ben cut in the woods today. Josie got dinner. I got breakfast & churned and washed dishes. Marvin come today. He eat dinner with us. He got his meat from Bookers and lard from here. I am glad for him that it is at home. He said that his folks was bad off with colds. I do hope that they may soon be well. I got a letter from Julia Fergerson today. Was glad to hear from her. Henry & Edna went to school. Franklin got a valentine.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Tuesday, February 13, 1923

Tuesday, February 13, 1923

A rainy morning. Ben started the engine. We have elect tonight. The first time in a long time. Jim shut up the chickens tonight. He wants to sell some of them soon. Ben went to Renan this evening. Kate is getting on well so they say. There is a lot of sickness yet. I got a letter from Elsie East today.

Mr. Thomson sent here for some butter today. They are all sick except for one or two. Nellie and Jim ground the sausage and made it . I was at the wash house. [??iled] up the lard and cleaned the heads and feet. It was a nasty mean job. The lard is so full of water. It can't be any wetter. I got a valentine today.

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December  8, 1923

Saturday, December 8, 1923

A beautiful day. Warm for December. We have worked on the cleaning up after hog killing. Lelia ward and I cut up the lard and sausage. I dried up the lard. Ben and Jim ground the sausage. I seasoned it. Ben made little bags and Edna and Ben filled the sacks. Ben washed off the table and washed the dished[?]. Henry and Franklin went to the mill at Cedar Forest. Got some corn meal. John Ward washed the chidlins and cleaned the faces and feet and that was a great help. Ben helped me get supper. I was glad.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
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