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A good day. The children went to school. Ben and Jim was at Gretna today. They staid at Marvin's last night and eat breakfast there this morning. They unloaded their tobacco last night. Marvin and Carrie was at Mc Laulin[?] until bed time. Mabel and I eat dinner by ourselves. Jim come at one oclock. Then I fixed dinner for him. He come with Mr. Booker. I was glad when he come. Ben come with the team about sun down. I was very glad when he come. Lelia come and got some salit this evening. Henry and Jo Edmons and Ben has gone hunting.
A good day. The men stripped tobacco most of the day. John Ward went to the mill with corn the first that has bin carried this fall. I am glad to get some new meal. The squirrel got out of his cage to day. Guess he wont be seen any more a bout here. Ben turned two opposomes loos today and gave John one. Henry got a letter from Julia Brumfield today. Mabel has bin sweet today. Lelia washed for us today. I wrote two letters today. Did not get any letters today. Hope we may hear from Nellie tomorrow.
A good day. The boys stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school. Henry and Joe Edmons went to Strait Stone tonight. Said they were going to pray[?] meeting. Henry went to Renan this evening for coffee. He drove the car. I sent to Denia for butter today. She sent me tow [sic] and a half pounds. I was glad to get it. I stay here and don't see any one and no one to talk to but Mabel. She is as sweet and good as she can be.
A good day. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. Finished a cureing and loaded the car ready to start to Gretna in the morning. Thomas Callans was buried today. The children went to school. Edna went to Mr. George Emersons tonight. I think the Emerson girls are fine. Hattie Gilbert stoped here a few minutes today. She looks badly. I hope she may get well soon. Mabel is bad off with colde. I let her get out two much yesterday. I think Mr. Mayhew and the girls has come to play carrums[?]. I guess Ben and Henry are glad.
A beautiful day. The men stripped tobacco. They are going to load the car tonight. Mabel and I went up to the barn this evening. I could not be any help so we come to the house. Had not bin here long when Millie Reynols come. I was so glad that she come. She brought a few apples. They were very good. The children went to school. Jim and I got a letter from Nellie. They were getting on fine from what she said. We had a foot washing here tonight Mabel Franklin and I. The children has gone to sleep. Mabel is much better of her cold today and I am so glad.
A rainy morning. Ben had his car loaded ready to go to Gretna. Did not go until this evening. He went and come before sundown. He was pleased with the sales. Jim and John stripped tobacco all day. I sewed a little. Cooked three time and washed dishes and churned. I make all sorts of mistakes such as cross the wrong letter. The tobacco that Ben carried off today was mine and Johns. I was very glad to get my part of the advance. Mabel has bin cross part of the day. She is not well. The children went to school. Did not get wet much.
A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to the school house. They [sic] school broke up at noon. Some of the teachers li[?]ve a good distance. They went home for Thanks giving day. I dressed a hen for our turkey. Carrie gave me a pumpkin. I have cooked it. Guess they will work here. They can be as thankful at work as they could and not work. Ben and Henry has gone to Mr. Mayhew's to play games. Mabel had a bad cough. I wanted to go to see Kate Hubband this evening but did not get off. Henry come by Renan and got some meat.
A beautiful day. They men stripped tobacco except Henry. Ben has gone some where tonight. I hope his car did not give him trouble. We think the children has [deletion] chicken pox. It is not hurting them much yet. Ben got a letter from Kate Harvey today. She is at Welch yet. I would be so glad to see her. Alma sent the baby dresses by mail today. They fit he[r] nicely and are very pretty. She wore one of them to the barn for her father to see. Well it is eleven oclock . I think I will go to bed.
A good day. We all was at home for dinner. Then Henry and I went to Johnson Reynols. They were not at home. Then we went to Clack Hubbands. I was glad to go. I had wanted to go for some time. They seemed to be getting on fine. They have a fine little baby. He is not named yet. Mr. Booker come while I was gone. I would of liked to see her. Think I will go to see her soon. I am so glad that Henry can run the car.
A good day. Ben and Jim got up this morning at 4 o'clock loaded the car. Henry and Ben loaded Ben's car and Mr. Booker and Jim loaded Mr. Bookers. They eat breakfast and started to Gretna. They went and unloaded and was back by nine o'clock. Loaded and went back by twelve o'clock. Ben got home by ten[?]. They are stripping on Jims last cureing. I talked with Effie B. this evening. She has bin to Black Burg. She said that Willie B[a?]rns was sick. I am so sorry. Hope se may get well soon. Mabel and [I] went to Mr. Bookers.
A clear morning. Rain this evening. They men stripped tobacco all day. The children went to school. I was sorry for them coming home through the rain. I have spent what time I was not cooking or washing dishes mending the children's clothes. Henry and I was going on a trip to see if we could find some body that had butter to sell. The rain prevented. Mabel has bin very good today. Played with her paper dolls. She is a lot of trouble to look after but a sweet childe. I am glad that she is here.
A windy bad day. Jim finished stripping tobacco. This evening John Ward went to Strait Stone. Went on the wagon and carried his family. Mr. Booker come and got the scalding tub fixing to kill hogs. Henry come home to go to Strait Stone but I would not go because it was colde and windy. Mabel has bin very good today. Ben is not feeling well today. I am so sorry for him and can't do any thing to help him.
A good day. Jim and Ben and Norman Booker killed hogs. They killed 7 hogs. Lots of others killed today. It is most two warm but I hope that it will keep. Mabel and I eat dinner here today by our selves. The men folks eat at Mr. Bookers. Mrs. Booker had help and I have none. I took the fat off the entrails by my self. We did not get any mail today except the news.
A very warm day for December. Ben went to Gretna and got back before light. I did not know that he was gone until he got home. He eat breakfast and loaded and went back. He went to Danville today. He has just come home 8 o'clock at night. Jim went with him to Gretna. He solde his last tobacco today. He come home with Ren Worsham and Emmet Craddock. I was glad when he come home. He brought the children some apples and the baby a rubber camel. I fried meat and sausage and caned it. Hope it will keep. Made scraple. I have hardly set down today. Do hope it may get colde by morning.
A cloudy day. No rain to stop work. Ben hauled wood all the morning. Jim graded tobacco. They all worked on tobacco this evening. The children went to school. Henry went to Gretna to play basket ball. He has not got home yet. Ben worked on his chairs last night and is at work on them tonight. I will be glad when he gets them finished. Mabel and I have staid in the kitchen most of the day. I cooking and washing dishes. She cutting out paper dolls and coloring them with her pencils. Cutting paper is her daily work. Bless her little soul.
A good day. Ben fixed heater in the dineing room. Henry went to Lee Brumfield's a little while tonight. He said he was going to Strait Stone. Edna and Mabel has the chicken pox. The baby has bin cross all day. I have bin most sick all day. Lelia come and washed dishes this morning. I made out to get dinner. Mr. Sam Owen come here this evening. Wanted Ben to go and see if he could do any thing for his car. Ben has not come back yet. Hope he can fix the car so he can run it. We miss Jim very much.
A beautiful day. Ben went to Gretna with tobacco. He staid about all day. We thought Jim would come home with him but he did not. I hope that there has not any thing happened to him. The had has bin a long one to me. Mabel and I here by our selves. She is broke out with chicken pox. Did not rest good last night. I do hope that she may sleep tonight. I had a card from Floyed and a letter from Alma. I am always glad to hear form any of them. Ben had his teeth worked on today. They are giving him trouble to night.
A rainy morning. The men folks did not do any thing of any account until evening. They picked up some corn and put it in sacks. The children went to school. There is a play over there tonight. Ben and the children has gone all but Mabel. She is a bed and a sleep. Edna eat supper at John Hutcherson's tonight. [E]Ula Mayhew and Gladis Owen was there two. I wrote to Kate Harvey. Wrote part of one to Carrie Smith. Nat passed so early that I did not get it in the mail. Jim sent a box of turnip greens to Ruben's today.
A rainy day. Jim went from here this morning. He was going to see his people at Lynchburg. I have felt all day like something serious was the matter. I can't tell why. Jim went with the Edmons boys to Gretna. Ben's car is so out of fix that it won't go like he would like. Floid Reynols was here a few minute to day. He said that Julia Fergeson's baby was very sick. Reubin and his mother was going to Danville this evening to see the baby. I hope it is better by now. I got a nice box of candy from Clifton and Jane today. I have got more nice presents and cards this Xmas than I ever did be fore at Xmas. Ben is at work on a picture frame to night.
A cloudy day rain this evening and tonight. Lightning and thunder tonight. We all have bin at home all day. Ben cut the aspen that I wanted him to. The children carried most of the brush out for me. I washed some few things this morning. I had rain water to use. Hilda is here yet it was so bad she could not go home. They all have tried their [best]. Seven today had to stay in the house most of the time. Henry & Ben are at the dineing room tonight studying [puzzles?]. The last [entry]for this year. Mabel says she is glad Hilda did not go home.