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1918

Tuesday, September 17, 1918

Tuesday, September 17, 1918

A good day. Just at night we had thunder cloud and a little rain. The men folks cut tobacco. Mr Dews and the boys helped them this evening. Josie staid at home and got dinner. Marvin Smith carried Gladys Brumfield and I to Mr Jessie Worshams mill pond. I caught one nice fish. We had it cooked it for supper.

Ben and Paul will stay at the barns tonight. I got a letter from Lottie Craddock this evening.

9:30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, September 18, 1918

Wednesday, September 18, 1918

Cloudy this morning and some rain. The folks finished cutting tobacco this evening. Josie helped to load and unload the last load.

Josie and I both got dinner.

Paul Bennett went a way from here this evening. Ben carried him. Josie went two.

Kate Harvey was here a few minutes this evening.

Chesley Edmons had a sale to day. Solde every thing that he had. Ben did not go he was so busy with his tobacco.

Ben and Josie has not come home yet.

8:40 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, September 27, 1918

Friday, September 27, 1918

A good day. We are at Letchers. We eat dinner here and then went to see Elender Bennett and Ola Jefferson. I gathered some apple blossoms this morning.

The men here cut tobacco to night. They are getting some honey ready for me to take home. Letcher has bin complaining today.

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October  4, 1918

Friday, October 4, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut corn and the children helped some. Josie ironed and baked a cake. I went to White Falls. Grace went with me. We drove Prince. We caught several fish. Stopped at Mount Airy a while. Kate thinks I am awful a bout going fishing. I know it is foolish but I cant help but want to go.

I try to pay for all my trouble. I work all I am able and not all for my self. I try to not disgrace them in any way but I know that some of the children are ashamed of me.

10 oclock

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Monday, October  7, 1918

Monday, October 7, 1918

A good day. The men folks cut corn this morning. Ben mowed peas this evening. The rest of them cut corn all day. Little Henry and the Owen boys worked at it all day. Josie sewed some this morning. This evening we picked peas. Mrs Owen and Beatrice picked all the evening. Mrs Dawson come after some apples and got them.

Carrie cooked the first meal on her new range this morning. Tobacco was so dry that we could not strip this morning. We had turnip salit for dinner and cornbread.

10 oclock

Last edit about 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 about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October  9, 1918

Wednesday, October 9, 1918

A good day there was frost this morning. The men finished cutting corn. Henry and Luke finished the corn while the others shocked. Josie got dinner.

I picked a few beans this evening. Josie sulphered some apples and made some pickle.

I dug a few potatoes and cut the sun flowers. To night Ben and Marvin has gone to Strait Stone for plow points.

8 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, October 25, 1918

Friday, October 25, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain. Ben worked on his waggon this morning. This evening he went to Level Run for a load of lumber. Paul Bennett plowed and fixed rows for straw berries. Josie planted the vines.

Mr Owen and his crowd stripped tobacco. I helped a little before dinner.

Josie got dinner. She had to cut her wood to cook with. This evening Josie and I both helped on the tobacco.

We are out of flour. Ben has gone to Thompsons to night to get some. We have wheat at the mill but the miller is not well enough to grind it.

Henry has caught two rabbits in his traps. He is very proud of that.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November 19, 1918

Tuesday, November 19, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood in the woods. Ben went to Strait Stone at twelve oclock.

Josie and I stripped tobacco Mrs Owen helped us this evening.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening. Marvin gave me some rasberry briars to day. I want to plant them in the morning.

Ben got a letter from Jim to day. He was well when he wrote.

I am in dread most all the time that some of us will have the dreadful disease that is going a round. There is two died to day not too far off from here.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 20, 1918

Wednesday, November 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood today.

Marvin helped us strip tobacco until twelve. Josie staid with the children while Carrie went to Altavista to have her teeth worked on.

Mrs Owen and I tied tobacco all the evening.

Ben and Mr Owen tied some tobacco to night and put some in the pit.

9 oclock

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Monday, November 25, 1918

Monday, November 25, 1918

A clear colde day.

Ben killed a beef this morning. Mr Owen helped him. They both cut wood at Mags this evening. Josie washed some this evening. I stewed pumpkins to day.

I went to Carries this evening. I did not stay but a few minutes.

Janie Gravley and Effie Brumfield come here to night.

Mr Owen and Luke come in a few minutes. Mr Owen played the fiddle a little while. Ben and Josie and Janie and Effie are playing cards now.

10 : o clock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, December 31, 1918

Tuesday, December 31, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben & Marvin cut feed at Marvins & at home. Marvin eat dinner with Ben. I went to Marvins and spent the day. Kate Harvey was there two. Carrie had a nice dinner. I went with Kate home to spend the night. Virginia & Irvin went to school. Irvin got a helmet that they called a German helmet. Charles Harvey sent it to him. Heard to day that Mrs. Pleas Worsham is dead. It is with a sad heart that I write for the last time in my little book.

8 o clock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, January 13, 1919

Monday, January 13, 1919

A good day. Ben went to Altavista after lumber and got it. Jim cut some wood in the woods.

Josie got dinner and made Franklin a dress & then went to Marvins.

I washed some.

I got a box of yarn from Richmond to day from Mary Brumfield to knit for her.

All are well and I want to be thankful.

10 o'clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February 18, 1919

Tuesday, February 18, 1919

A clear colde day. Ben plowed all day. Jim cut wood. Owen come from Altavista this morning. Perry Dews went to meet him at the Island. Josie washed this morning and went to Marvins this evening. Marvin stripped tobacco the last he has. Henry went to school.

10 o clock

I had a letter from Julia Ferguson to day.

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February 19, 1919

Wednesday, February 19, 1919

A beautiful day.

Willie Mayhew and Ben Brumfield started to South Boston this evening with Paul Bennetts tobacco and some for Marvin Smith. That is all the tobacco that they have to sell.

Jim cut wood all day. Owen plowed this evening.

Josie went to see Mollie Reynolds this evening.

Franklin has been feeling bad to day. Janie Brumfield come with Henry home to night from school. They are having a big time tonight.

I had a letter from John Brumfield to day.

8:30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, February 20, 1919

Thursday, February 20, 1919

A colde cloudy day.

Owen plowed. Jim cut wood.

Ben come from South Boston this evening. He his is not feeling well tonight. He solde Pauls tobacco to day. I don't know what it brought. He has not tolde me. Irvin Lewis come this morning and got my calf. I paid him one dollar to carrie it.

Marvin carried Kates chickens to Long Island this morning. Virginia went with him. Marvin brought Jims pigs from Renan this evening. Lewis brought them from Gretna

I went to Kates today and to see Mag. She was not at home. I come home with Marvin on the car.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, February 22, 1919

Saturday, February 22, 1919

A very rainy day. Owen hauled two loads of wood. Had to quit it rained so hard. Jim cut some wood this morning. Ben went to Glenland to a trustee meeting.

Josie got dinner. Irvin Harvey come and brought us some chicken. We certainly did enjoy it.

I made me an apron and mended some things. I cut and sewed some rag strings to night. Edna wound the ball for me. She loves to wind the balls.

There is a thunder cloud to night. Josie made some candy this evening.

9:10 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, February 24, 1919

Monday, February 24, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim & Owen cut and hauled some wood and sawed it this evening. Edna has bin sick to day. Josie has a bad cough. I got dinner.

I went to Marvins this evening. Kate Harvey was there. She was pieceing a bed quilt. Brought sewing she had done for Carrie.

Well I am a sleep. Well qu [sic]

8 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February 26, 1919

Wednesday, February 26, 1919

A clear good day. Ben started to Richmond this morning. I have felt disapointed all day but I think it is best that I did not go. Josie is bad off with colde so she cant hardly go. Jim cut wood all day. Owen went to the mill this morning.

I have done most of the work today. Sallie Blair commenced to teach school to day. Mr Lewis carried Ben to Gretna. I heard from my calf to day. It brought me $20 12/cts.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, February 27, 1919

Thursday, February 27, 1919

A good day. Jim & Owen cut wood this morning. Hauled some hay this evening. Ben is in Richmond I guess. Hope he may have a good time. Josie is still bad off with colde.

Jim went to the store to night.

Posie Reynolds brought Nellie from Chatham this evening. She got here just after dark.

Odie Kellie come today and got a box to send some chickens to market.

I finished knitting Ella Hubards cap to night.

Jim has just come home.

11 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, February 28, 1919

Friday, February 28, 1919

Rain to day. Jim & Owen cut some. The fox hunters caught a fox this evening near Mr. Edmons's. They run it all day.

There is a party at the school house selling boxes. Henry went with Mr Mayhew & Owen.

Ben got home from Richmond to night. Marvin met him at Mr. Bailiss.

Josie is feeling some better to day.

Nellie has bin sick to day.

Henry has not come home yet to night.

9 oclock

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Saturday, March  1, 1919

Saturday, March 1, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim cut wood all day. They have gone to the store at Renan to night. Mr Mayhew come here tonight but did not stay as the boys was gone. Josie is some better off at this time. Nellie was sick to day. Josie baked pies for dinner today.

Henry & Reese went to Renan this morning. Josie sent for Salmon. This evening they went to the school house after Sophia the dog. I went to Marvins a while this evening. They were all well. Eva has commenced cralling.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, March  3, 1919

Monday, March 3, 1919

A good day. Ben & Owen cut half the day in the pines. Ben went this evening to a cutting match at George Blairs. Jim worked on the orchard all day & did not finish it. Josie is feeling some better of her colde. Bettie Rosser washed for Josie to day. She washes fine. Heard to day that Elsie East has a new boy. I hope they get on well.

8 oclock

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Tuesday, March  4, 1919

Tuesday, March 4, 1919

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood this morning & shucked some corn this evening.

Jim worked on the orchard all day.

Josie got dinner and went to Carries this evening. Henry went to school, got knocked in a mud hole, and had to come home to change his clothes.

Tonight Tom & Claud Edmons come up here a few minutes to see Jim and talk a bout West Virginia.

Jim & Ben has gone to Renan.

8 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, March  6, 1919

Thursday, March 6, 1919

Cloudy most of the day. No rain yet. The men folks cut wood in the woods.

Josie ironed. I got dinner. Kate Harvey come and eat with us. She worked some button holes in Reese Smiths waists

I made a canvas for Jim. Henry and Edna went to school.

I got a letter from Fanny Emerson this evening.

9 15 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, March  8, 1919

Saturday, March 8, 1919

A cloudy day and raining to night. The men folks cut until twelve then Jim & Ben hauled some stalks and corn.

Josie & Ben and Franklin went to Jim Powers. Henry & I staid at home all the morning then Henry went to Marvins and I went to Owens.

To night Ben & Marvin has gone to the lodge at Strait Stone I know they will get wet. Josie says she has never seen the roads as bad as they were today. Reese Smith has bought him a bycicle.

Johnson Reynolds has gone to Norfork to see Julia Fergerson. I feel like I know how glad she will be to see him. I hope he will see John B.

10: oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, March 10, 1919

Monday, March 10, 1919

A good day. The men folks cut wood until twelve. Ben carried Josie to Long Island this evening, Her mother met her and they started for W Virginia Max Carr was going with them part of the way. Edna & Franklin went to Marvins this evening. I went and come with them back.

Henry went to school.

Ben says that the roads is very bad. Johnson and Christinia Reynols come from Norfork this evening. Reubin met them at the Island

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Neil Brumfield
Tuesday, March 11, 1919

Tuesday, March 11, 1919

A cool windy day the men folks put on the canvas for their plant beds this morning and cut & mauled this evening.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes to day. She eat dinner with us. She brought me some homony. I went with her part the way home. I carried Edna & Franklin to Marvins and Carrie looked after them while I went to Posie Reynolds and got some turnip salit.

We heard to day that Tom Lumpkins and Tom Johnson was dead, one of them at Danville and one at New Port News. Johnson Reynolds went to Danville to be at Lumpkins burial.

Jim got a letter from Nellie telling him that Mr Walker is very sick.

Jim & Ben walked over to the store at Renan to night. Mr Lewis was not there so they come home soon and went to bed.

10 oclock

I finished pickin the 1919 crop of cotton to night.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, March 28, 1919

Friday, March 28, 1919

A clear colde day. Jim cut. Owen hauled some. Ben went to Willie Mayhews and cut some wood and to Tom Peaks. To night Ben & Jim has gone to Lewis's Store.

Josie got dinner. I sowed on a quilt that I commenced some time a go. I finished to day.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this morning. She come on Mrs Owens car & walked home. Josie went to Marvins a little while this evening.

Henry cut his finger to night and fainted while his mother wrapped it up.

9:10 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, March 29, 1919

Saturday, March 29, 1919

A bright cool day. Ben sawed wood for Mr Peak. Jim set up wood in the woods. Mr Owen plowed. Josie got dinner. I set by the fire.

Reese & Paul Smith come and ask Ben to cut their hair. Gladis Brumfield and Myrtle Shelton come and got some flowers.

Ben put a yoke on the cow this evening. I hope she wont kill her self with it.

9 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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