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1918

Sunday, January  6, 1918

Sunday, January 6, 1918

A cloudy day rained some and sleeted. The ground is still covered with snow. Virginia staid all night here last night. This morning Jack and Irvin come a little while. Virginia went with them home.

I went to Marvins and Kate. Irvin come there. We all eat dinner there. Ben and Josie and the children staid at home all day. Carrie had custard at dinner and Josie had ice cream. We had some tonight at supper. I did enjoy it. Kate brought me a ball of yarn. I want to knit a pair of wristlets for Charles Harvey as soon as I get the kneedles to knit on.

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Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, January 12, 1918

Saturday, January 12, 1918

A clear colde day.

We had a storm last night. It thundered and rained and the wind blowed very hard. Ben mended his fire place this morning then went to Renan. He helped Marvin strip tobacco this evening. To night he has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge.

I got breakfast this morning. Ben milked. Josie got dinner and washed dishes fed the chickens and calves. I have not tried to do anything out doors to day. Was afraid I might fall. I got a nice letter from Effie to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, January 15, 1918

Tuesday, January 15, 1918

A colde windy day. It rained and we had a heavy sleet this morning. I got breakfast. Ben went with Marvin Smith to Strait Stone.

Josie got dinner and ironed some then cut out a dress for me.

I sewed some on my dress. Franklin has bin sick today. Hope that he may get well soon.

9 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, January 27, 1918

Sunday, January 27, 1918

A bad day rained some and turned colde. Ben and Jim went to see Charles this evenin. He is mighty feeble yet. They come by Kates and Marvins.

Mr Carr is here yet.

Josie and I got dinner did not get any supper. Heard to day that all of the Dews has small pox. I am sorry for them.

Henry is right sick to night. I do hope that he may be better by morning.

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, March 12, 1918

Tuesday, March 12, 1918

A cloudy windy day and rain tonight. Ben worked on his plant beds. Owen plowed until it rained.

Josie commenced washing but quit before she finished as the weather was so bad. I got dinner.

Josie commenced making bats for her quilt. To night I mended my gloves.

Franklin has a very bad colde.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, April  9, 1918

Tuesday, April 9, 1918

A very bad day. Rained all day and still raining. We finished quilting Josies quilt. Josie got dinner.

Henry did not go to school. There was to be a moving picture show at the school house to night but it is so bad I guess there will not be any one to see it.

9 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 about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, July  4, 1918

Thursday, July 4, 1918

A good day. Ben got up hay this evening. Ben and family and Paul Bennett went to Clover Bottom to a Red Cross meeting. It rained down there I wish it had of rained here.

Josie raked hay. I finished dinner.

11 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September  5, 1918

Thursday, September 5, 1918

A good day. Just at dark it rained a shower. It was badly needed. The men folks got out at three oclock this morning and moved some tobacco and cut some this evening. Josie and [I] helped them some this evening. We picked some beans this morning.

This evening Cordie and Nettie Blair and Lizzie Anderson come. Kate and Virginia Harvey come. Virginia wants to learn to knit and knit a sweater.

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Thursday, September 26, 1918

A good morning. Rain this evening.

Denia and I staid at Letchers until dinner then went to see John Craddocks sister. Mary Towler went with us. Found them well.

While we were there it rained. When we started home the creek was up so that we could not cross where we did when we went over there so we crossed on a fence and crossed two branches on poles and rails. None of us fell or got wet. We come by the grave yard and got to Letchers OK.

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 29, 1918

Tuesday, October 29, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain here. Ben just got in from Altavista. Says that it rained hard there. He went for a load of lumber. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. We finished a curing for Mr Owen and commenced one for Paul.

Heard today that Doris Brumfield broke her arm yesterday. I am so sorry for her and her mother. Would go to see her if it wont for there is so much sickness a bout.

Heard to day that Mr Charles Rorrer was buried to day. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

Carlton Trent carried the mail yesterday and to day.

8 30 oclock

Last edit about 11 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

1919

Thursday, January  2, 1919

Thursday, January 2, 1919

A very rainy day the children did not go to school. Ben worked on Owens house.

Josie & sewed a little today was Carries birth day. I had thought I would go to see her but it rained so that I could not go. I had a letter from John was glad to hear from him and wish I could hear from the rest of them.

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Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, February 13, 1919

Thursday, February 13, 1919

A rainy day. Ben commenced to cut feed but it rained so that he had to quit.

Josie got dinner. I sewed some, finished two garments. Nearly all has colds. Edna has such a cough that I dont think she will sleep much to night. Jim & Ben and Josie are playing cards to night for pastime. It is raining hard now.

8 30 o clock

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
Tuesday, February 25, 1919

Tuesday, February 25, 1919

A very bad day. Rained a bout all day. Some fox hunters come by here this morning. They hunted all the morning. I don't know a bout there catching anything or not. I guess they got wet.

Jim & Ben and Owen and Marvin all played cards this evening a while.

The boys fix up the olde cotton gin and gined some cotton. I had intended going to Richmond to morrow but will not go. It has rained so much that we could hardly get to the depo.

I comenced a cap for Josie that she intends to give to Ella Hubard. Josie is bad off with a colde.

8 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, March 27, 1919

Thursday, March 27, 1919

A rainy day most of the time clear tonight and the wind is blowing. Ben carried Virginia and Helling & Nettie as far as Kates. It rained so hard they stopped at Kates.

Josie and I got dinner and set by the fire all that we could. Mrs Mayhew came this evening and wanted Ben to saw some wood for him. I do hope the wind won't blow to hard all night.

8 o'clock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, April  4, 1919

Friday, April 4, 1919

A cloudy day and rain all the evening. Ben and Jim worked on the branch until it rained so they had to quit or get wet. Mr Owen plowed some this morning and went to the mill this evening. Guess he got wet.

Josie got dinner. I went to Mr Owens and bathed the baby.

Miss Willie Wooding come a few minutes this morning. She looks feeble.

The school at Renan closed to day. I think most every one was glad.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 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 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, June 21, 1919

Saturday, June 21, 1919

A good morning. It rained a nice shower this evening.

Ben finished cutting wheat at Lees this morning. Oscar Brumfield brought the binder home this evening.

Ben carried Jim a part of the way to Gretna. Mr John Ramsey carried him to Gretna. Ben did not go to the Lodge tonight.

Josie gathered some dew berries this morning. Caned them this evening.

I was at Carries a few minutes this evening.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June 26, 1919

Thursday, June 26, 1919

A rainy day. The branch was as high as it most ever gets. It has rained three nights nearly all night. We had fried apples and eggs for dinner.

Jim & Ben went to George Blairs this morning. They had to wade the branch to get a cross.

Jim bought some butter from Sallie Blair. He would insist on going home so Ben carried him to Long Island. When Ben got to the creek at Cedar Forest it was up so that he would not cross with the buggy. He put his horse up at Mr Johnsons and come over on a boat and walked home. He brough some mail for several people. The carrier did not make his round on account of high water. I am very glad that things are not worse than they are.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, July 13, 1919

Sunday, July 13, 1919

A good day. It rained this morning at two oclock this morning. We all staid at home until after dinner time.

Ben & family went to Rob Hubards. Come back to Jim Powers. They got supper there. They had ham and ice cream.

I went to Marvins. Ethel Worsham and all of her family. They have a nice lot of children.

Dr Owens son and Mr Ruckers son was there. I come home & milked the cows and got supper for Jim and I.

11 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July 15, 1919

Tuesday, July 15, 1919

A good morning. Rain this evening and tonight. The branch has bin out of the banks and washed a way the foot bridge the third time in the last month.

Ben & Jim & Owen plowed in their tobacco this morning.

Nellie made preserves and caned berries all the morning.

Josie got dinner. I milked two cows and Josie one. She helped me milk.

Wren Worsham carried me & Henry and Isla Blair to Worshams pond to fish. I caught 4 small carp. I was glad to get them. We got back as far as George Blairs before it rained. George Jr brought us home. I am glad that they are so good to me. I eat dinner with Wren & Isla at a good spring on the hill.

Suiter? Blair and wife & son come to George Blairs this evening. I wanted to see Denia but she was at Ethels. I milked the cows after supper.

10:30 oclock

Last edit about 3 years ago by Trisha
Thursday, July 17, 1919

Thursday, July 17, 1919

A rainy day. We could not get any water out of the spring that would do to use until nearly night. The men folks cant do anything in the crop.

Ben went to Mr Dews to play croquet. It rained so hard that they had to quit.

We had fried chicken for dinner. Did not try to get vegetables.

Josie sowed some. Made Henry a shirt. Nellie worked some button holes in Franklins clothes. Henry & Edna went to George Blairs this evening. They are trying to learn to recite some pieces.

9: oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, July 18, 1919

Friday, July 18, 1919

A rainy day. It has rained some for five days. Every thing is nearly drowned. The men folks has not done anything much to day.

Josie got dinner. Nellie washed and dried and ironed some of her clothes this evening.

I milk and churn.

Josie sewed some this evening.

Tom Edmons has cured a house of primings, the first that has bin cured a bout here.

9:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, July 20, 1919

Sunday, July 20, 1919

A rainy morning. Has not rained so much to day. We all staid at home until after dinner.

Ben went to Mayhews. Jim went to Marvins. George Blair come this evening. I was so sorry that the boys was not at home.

Josie got dinner. She cooked corn & butter beans and made a pudding. We all enjoyed our dinner.

10 oclock

Heard tonight that Jack Harvey & Bob Booker got home this evening.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, July 21, 1919

Monday, July 21, 1919

Rain a gain to day. The boys toped some tobacco this morning.

Josie washed some this morning and went to Carries this evening.

I went to see Mag this evening. They were all well. Doris & Fannie had gone to Mrs Kellies. I come by Kates to see Jack but did not see him. Irvin & Jack had gone to Lee Brumfields for some aples.

I started to walk up there. I went by Marvins. Reese wanted to take me and they let him. I am mighty glad that they did as it rained so hard that I could of hardly got home. Cordie & Nettie was at the store.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, July 31, 1919

Thursday, July 31, 1919

A good day but a hard thunder cloud and hard rain tonight. Jim plowed a little to day. Ben went to Greenfield & Chalk Level this evening. Mr. Owen went to Strait Stone to preaching this evening.

Josie staid at home and got dinner. She cooked snaps and potatoes and corn. I certainly did enjoy my dinner.

Marvin carried Mary & Edna Brumfield and I to Worshams pond. I caugh one nice fish.

Mary went to Preaching this evening. To night she is at George Blairs. Paul Bennett carried her. I am so glad that Ben got home before it rained.

9:30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August 14, 1919

Thursday, August 14, 1919

A good morning. Rain this evening. Jim & Henry suckered tobacco all day.

Ben went to Chatham. John & Edwin and Christenia went and Kate Harvey. John gave them all dinner at the hotel. Kate & Ben was in the rain comeing home. Josie ironed some. We both got dinner. I caned five cans of tomatoes.

Edna and Franklin went to George Blairs. Josie got uneasy a bout them, a fraid they would be in a hard cloud but they got home before it rained.

I thought that Julia Fergerson would come but she did not. Don't know what is the matter.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November 11, 1919

Tuesday, November 11, 1919

A rainy day. We are still at Richmond. They expected to have a parade here to day but it rained so they did not have it. There is all sorts of side showes and merry go rounds in the city. We that is Effie Brumfield and all of her children, Cordie Blair & I went to the city.

We went to see Alma Bennett. She is in the best of spirits. They have taken off the cast that they had on her leg. She has a room mate that has a baby. Alma says that she likes her fine. Willie & Jack are away yet.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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