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1918

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 about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, June  9, 1918

Sunday, June 9, 1918

A good day.

Mr Turner staid here last night. I like what I know of him fine. Paul Bennett went to Whittles today. Henry Blair carried Mr Turner to Long Island this morning. Ben and family and I went to George Blairs this evening. They had a lot of company. Earnest and Lottie was there. Lizzie and Earl and Lonnie Bennett come while I was there. Denia was sick. Ethel and Wren and family was there. To night Ben has a head ache. Hope he will be better by morning.

9 oclock

Last edit over 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 about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, September 13, 1918

Friday, September 13, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen moved some tobacco and cut some. I helped to unload the waggon. Ben had Mags Grey and Jake. Paul had Prince and Pomp. Carried some primings to Gretna. He went to Chatham on Henry Blairs car. Josie ironed this morning and was sick all the evening. Mr Owen went to the mill to day but did not get his grinding. Will have to go a gain.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, October 30, 1918

Wednesday, October 30, 1918

A cloudy day and the wind is blowin to night.

Ben and Owen sawed logs to carry to the saw mill. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. Josie got dinner. Mr Lowel Witcher come and eat dinner with us. Henry Blair come and looked at the tobacco.

Ben and Josie and Paul and Owen put tobacco in the pit tonight. Henry is complaining of a sore throat to night.

It is raining to night hope it will quit soon.

8 30 oclock

Ben put shoes on Mr Bailiss's horse to day.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, December 15, 1918

Sunday, December 15, 1918

A cloudy bad day. Jim and Ben spent the day walking around. Jim went home this evening. Henry Blair carried him to Gretna. Josie walked over to Kate Harveys this evening for Virginias [calf? cap?]. I staid with Franklin.

Henry and Edna went to Marvins a while this evening.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Sunday, January 12, 1919

Sunday, January 12, 1919

A good day we all staid at home until evening.

Jim & Ben and I went to Marvins. Reese & Paul and Roy come here a while this evening. Today was Henry Brumfields birth day. He was born January the 12th 1833.

If he could of lived he would be 86 years olde.

I am glad that them that is living are well at this time. There is so much sickness that I am in constant dread that some that is dear to me will have the dreadful disease and die as so many others has that was dear to some one.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, February 2, 1919

Sunday, February 2, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben went to Lee Brumfields this evening & Henry.

Josie went to Rob Hubbards this morning. Edna & Franklin and I staid home all day.

Paul Bennett come a while this evening. I am all ways glad to see Paul.

Lucius Gravely passed here to day. He said he would take the school at Renan for a while so I guess the children will start to school in the morning.

9 oclock

Last edit about 7 years ago by kyle
Friday, February  7, 1919

Friday, February 7, 1919

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A good day. Ben & Jim and Owen hauled some feed for the cows then stripped tobacco until twelve after dinner. They tramped a plant bed. Ben mended his fire place then we all stripped tobacco. Josie got dinner and ironed. The children Henry and Edna went to school. Franklin come to the barn to tell us dinner was ready. Reese come this morning & brought me some little aprons to work the button holes in. Mr Mayhew come at twelve to get Ben to phone for the doctor for Mrs Mayhew. Tonight Ben and Josie has gone to a dance at Mrs Gravelys. To night a pedlar come and wanted to stay all night. Ben would not let him. I was sorry for him.

9: o'clock

Last edit about 7 years ago by Andrea
Tuesday, March 18, 1919

Tuesday, March 18, 1919

A good day. Had a hard rain last night. Ben went to meet Jim this morning. They helped Marvin raise a stable this evening. We all was at Marvins this evening. Mollie Reynols was there. Kate Harvey sent me some turnip salit by Irvin.

Emmit Brumfield come with Paul Smith home this evening. Henry Blair is here tonight. They are playing cards. Edna has a bad cough.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, April 29, 1919

Tuesday, April 29, 1919

A good day. I was at home this morning. Mollie & Mrs Farmer and went to Portsmoth. Had a good trip. Julia Fergerson met us at the station. Howard met us at the boat.

John & Henry Brumfield met us at Howards. I was glad to see them.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, April 30, 1919

Wednesday, April 30, 1919

A cloudy day and some rain. Julia and the baby. Mrs Farmer and Mollie and I went to the citty park. It rained so that Julia & the baby staid under a shelter. The rest of us looked a round. There was a lot to look at. Fowls & flowers & animals. We got back to Howards and eat supper. John & Henry Brumfield come. Then we went to a picture show. While we were waiting for a car the fire bell rang. We went to see them throw water with their pump It is all a show for them that dont live in town. I certainly do wish that Ben & Josie & Carrie could be there and hear & see for a while. Julias baby cried a heap. I am a fraid it is not well.

This is wrote Thursday evening. I for got to write last night. Having such a big time.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May  1, 1919

Thursday, May 1, 1919

A cloudy day and a hard rain this evening. We went to Norfork shopping did not get wet. John and Henry come again to night. John brought some candy. Mrs. Barker kept Julias baby. This is wrote Friday morning.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May  2, 1919

Friday, May 2, 1919

A good day. We are at Julias to night.

We have bin to Norfolk to see a show. We have bin to Virginia Beach to day. Julia went with us. We had a nice time. John treated us to ice cream. Henry did not come to night.

I don't know what time it is.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, May  3, 1919

Saturday, May 3, 1919

A good day. I staid at Howard Fergersons all day. Mollie & Mr Farmer went over to Norfolk to day. All three of us went to see Mrs Barker this evening. Mr Lewis Johnson come with John Brumfield to see me to nigh. Henry was here two.

Little Mildred has cried a lot to day.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, May  4, 1919

Sunday, May 4, 1919

A good day. Mrs Farmer and Mollie & Julia & I and John & Henry all went to Williams Burg. We saw lots of things that was curiosities to us. It was a tiresome trip but we enjoyed it so much. I hope that we may get home all right.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 16, 1919

Friday, May 16, 1919

A good day. The men worked on tobacco land until twelve. Ben went to Gretna to meet Nellie Brumfield. Franklin & I went with him.

Irvin Lewis carried my calf to Gretna this morning. Henry Blair was up there.

10 clock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, June  4, 1919

Wednesday, June 4, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim plowed in the corn. Ben carried Josie & Edna and Franklin to Jim Powers at twelve. Henry & I went as far as the crossin at Starkeys.

We fished until Ben come back then come home. Then I went to where Booker Callums lives on Mrs Haleys land. Mollie Reynolds and I hunted strawberries. Did not find many. I milked by lantern light to night.

We had new Irish potatoes for dinner to day. They was fine. I made a few preserves this morning.

10:15 oclock

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Wednesday, August 13, 1919

Wednesday, August 13, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim suckered some tobacco. Ben went to Strait Stone and got some roofin. John & Edwin finished covering the barn and helpe work in the tobacco a while.

Ben carried Edwin & Christenia and Henry & Edna and I to White Falls. The river was two full & mudy. So we soon come home. I come by Johnsons. Mollie was makin grape jellie. Julia was washin some meal that she had bought. Kate Hubbard was taken sick today. I hope she will soon be well a gain. I come by Carries. She was pickin grapes.

10:10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, September 15, 1919

Monday, September 15, 1919

A good day. Jim stripped tobacco. Ben worked on Dews's car this morning. This evening he painted on the cow shed & hen house roofs.

Josie got dinner.

Effie & Beaula Brumfield come to see a bout getting schools. I went to Worshams pond. Isla Blair went with me. We did not catch any fish. We drove Bens hores.

Paul Bennett went from Marvins this morning. Henry Blair carried him to Gretna.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Saturday, October 11, 1919

Saturday, October 11, 1919

A good day. The men stripped tobacco all day.

Mrs Mamie Hutcherson come to see Josie this evening.

I went with Robert & Christenia Reynolds to Long Island to meet Henry Brumfield. He is on a visit from Norfolk.

I stopped at Mr Thomsons store and bought a few things. Robert brought me home. I saw Henry Blair at Strait Stone. He is lookin well.

Jim & Ben have gone to Strait Stone to night. It is lodge night.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 14, 1919

Tuesday, October 14, 1919

Cloudy but no rain today. They are still on tobacco. To night Jim is at the barn by him self. Ben & Marvin and Lucius Gravely has gone a hunting.

Mrs Hutcherson come to see Josie. I was glad that she come.

Henry Brumfield come to see us today. He eat dinner with us. I was glad that he come. He said that he would start home in the morning.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Thursday March 31, 1921

Thursday March 31, 1921

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim cut wood all day. Josie made Mabel a dress. Josie got supper. She baked light rolls. They were fine. Henry & Edna went to school. I went to Marvins and worked button holes in Hazels and Evas dresses. I set a hen this evening. I wrote two letters this morning.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday April 13, 1921

Wednesday April 13, 1921

A good day. Jim staid at home and worked. Ben went to Gretna for some eggs. Turkey eggs for Josie and hens eggs for Jim. Henry & Franklin and I went with him.

We come home. Josie had dinner a bout done. We eat and Ben carried Henry & Edna & Franklin and I to White Falls to fish. I did not catch any thing. Henry caught one fish.

Josie made Edna a dress this evening. Mrs Wooding went to see Carrie this evening. I know I had better stay at home and help do the work but am so trifling that I dont do what I should do.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Monday April 18, 1921

Monday April 18, 1921

A bad day rained most of the evening and still raining. Jim went to Chatham Marvin carried him. Ben went for [Guave] carried a log to the mill. Henry went with him. John went to see Corrie a [] this morning John and henry went to Strail Stone this evening. They went horse back. We had fried chicken for dinner. The first that we had killed this spring. To night is a [??ny] bad time on little chickens hope it will quit raining soon.

Last edit over 6 years ago by leo.v.s
Monday June 20, 1921

Monday June 20, 1921

A clear day. Ben carried Willie & Bill to Long Island. Josie and Franklin & Mabel went with him.

Jim come home. Henry Blair brought him from Chatham. Lee & Ben cut some of Kate Harveys wheat this evening. Henry and I went with Ben to Renan. Heard this morning that Julia Fergerson has a little daughter born this morning. I am glad. I have not seen Carrie to day. I certainly did want to see her.

Well things dont go like I want them to but I cant help my self. Will try and do the best that I can. That is all I can do.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday August  3, 1921

Wednesday August 3, 1921

A good day. Sprinkled rain a few times. Not enough to do any good. Jim & Ben and Henry worked in the tobacco all day.

Josie washed a big washing. I helped some. We had corn & caned beef for dinner. This evening Isla & Cordie come to see Mrs Car. I was glad to see them if they did not come to see me. Trinkle was elected yester day. We are all sorry.

I have not seen any of Marvins folks today. Reese would of carried me to White Falls but I was a fraid there would be a cloud. I am sorry that I did not go.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday October  8, 1921

Saturday October 8, 1921

A rainy morning. Soon cleared up and the wind blowed the rest of the day and it is colde tonight. Guess there will be frost in the morning.

Kate Harvey & Pearl Wiginton come to see us a while this evening. Ben carried them home. He was going to Renan if they had not come. Josie went to Reynols's to see Clifton and Jane. She never will for get them. They were kind to her when she was in the hospital.

Ben & Josie, Henry and Edna went to the school house to night to play or something of the sort.

Come home colde. I staid with Franklin & Mabel.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday November 10, 1921

Thursday November 10, 1921

A good day. Jim & Ben stripped tobacco. Josie helped to tye this evening. I stayed at the house and mended some overalls. Franklin & Mabel went to the barn but did not stay long. Josie got dinner. I ironed some this morning. Ben got the light engine to start at twelve oclock. We was all glad that it started with out a trip to Gretna. Henry & Edna went to school. I have not seen any of Marvins folks today. Oh how I am going to miss them when they are gone if I live to see that time. Jim & Ben have not come from the barn yet. 10 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday November 12, 1921

Saturday November 12, 1921

A colde windy day. Ben stripped tobacco. He finished a curing. Henry tied all the time that Ben was sorting and Josie part of the time. Jim went to Chatham. Today was Nellies birth day. Reese Smith carried Jim and Paul and I went. I bought several things. Reubin and Robbert Reynols come with Reese as far as their home. They had bin to Black Stone to play football and was on their way back to Chatham. Josie ironed to day and got dinner and supper. I went to Marvins this evening. Carrie was ironing. Henry & Ben went to Renan late this evening. Ben bought a peice of beef for Sundays dinner.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
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