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1918

Thursday, January 31, 1918

Thursday, January 31, 1918

A cloudy day the ground is covered with ice. Ben went to Renan this evening he walked. Tom Edmons come up here to day for Ben to cut his hair.

Marvin went to see Charles to day. I wish I could go.

Johnson Reynolds come to Marvins to change his phone.

Josie got dinner. I washed dishes after dinner. I sewed some on an olde quilt milked and then set by the fire most of the time.

Mollie sent this evening and got the knitting that I did for her. We hope that Henry is some better.

8 25 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, April 20, 1918

Saturday, April 20, 1918

A very rainy day. I dressed a hen for Kate and churned. I knit on Henrys stockins to night.

Nannie Kate and I got supper. Clack Hubbard was here at supper and staid all night. Mrs Martha Booker died to day so we heard over the phone.

11 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August  8, 1918

Thursday, August 8, 1918

A clear hot day. The men folks helped Marvin save primings this evening. Josie and I handed leaves and Josie tied some.

Josie got dinner. We pealed the peaches that Mollie give us. Had peaches and cream for dinner and snaps and corn all cooked good and I did enjoy my dinner.

Talked with Denia Blair to night over the phone. She said that Cordie was going to Richmond tomorrow. I certainly do hope she may have a good time and [be] benifited by going.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 22, 1918

Tuesday, October 22, 1918

A good day. Paul and Owen Josie and I and the children finished stripping Pauls curing of tobacco this morning and commenced on Bens.

Josie come home to get dinner. She fried chicken and baked cocoanut pies. A bout twelve Gordon and Alma and Ola and Frances Bennett come for dinner. After dinner Bruce Reynolds and his mother come a few minutes. I was glad to see them all. Ben sowed wheat most of the day. This evening Nat Wooding phoned for Ben to come to Reynolds mail box and help him work on his car. Ben went. They could not fix it. They brought it here. Sidney Reynolds come after Nat and carried him home.

Paul finished sowing wheat. Mollie gave me a nice box of candy a birth day present. Marvin Smith paid our taxes this evening. Paul and Ben has bin at the barn to night hangin and putting tobacco in the pit.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Tuesday, January  7, 1919

Tuesday, January 7, 1919

A clear colde day

Ben worked on Owens house most of the day. Josie done a big washin. I staid with the children and got dinner this evening. Ben and Josie went to Jim Powers Rufus and Max Car is visiting their mother

Miss Snead left Lee Brumfields to day. Charley Hutcherson carried her to Gretna. That is what Lee tolde Josie over the phone

8 30 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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 almost 8 years ago by Andrea
Saturday, March 15, 1919

Saturday, March 15, 1919

Cloudy all day & rain tonight. The men folks shucked some corn this morning & hauled up the stalks this evening.

Ben & Jim went to the Island. Jim went on to Chatham. Ben went to meet Josie. He phoned home that she had not come to Cedar Forest. He is down there somewhere now. Henry went to Marvins this evening. He come home & got in the wood for to night.

We fed the horses & cows & pigs and calves & chickens & dogs. Edna & Franklin has bad colds tonight and I am very sorry a bout it. Denia come to see me this evening. I was glad that she come but was sorry to see [her]go home in the rain.

I am so afraid that something bad has happened to Mrs Car or Josie or both.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, June 24, 1919

Tuesday, June 24, 1919

A very rainy day. Ben & Jim got out a few peas this morning.

Josie sewed. Made Franklin some under waist and drawers and Edna a pair of drawers. I phoned to night to hear from Mrs. Edmons & Miss Alice Wooding. They are very sick yet. I want to go to see them soon.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, September 20, 1919

Saturday, September 20, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben hauled up a little corn. Jim hauled some rails and made his hog pen larger, then they stripped tobacco. Mr. Owen finished a cureing to day.

Josie and I commenced to wash. Josie got sick and had to quit. I finished. They got dry. Josie ironed some this evening.

Johnson Reynolds passed here this evening at work on the phone line.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November 18, 1919

Tuesday, November 18, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. I got dinner. Bessie the colored girl washed.

This evening Franklin & I went to Marvins. Carrie was washing. She finished while I was there.

We heard to night over the phone that Ludia Barnett was killed by a train today. That is so bad. Her folks will miss her so much.

Josie made Edna a cap and a box. Had good luck with both.

7:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, November 23, 1919

Sunday, November 23, 1919

Clear this morning. Some rain tonight. Ben & Jim and Josie & the children all staid at home to day.

I went to see Kate Harvey this morning. I had not bin there long before they phoned me that Lizzie Bennett had come. I started home. I met Ben at Posies mail box with the car. Kate walked with me that far and then turned back. She would of come home with me but she was lookin for Dr Wigginton & Pearl.

Lizzie went to George Blairs and I went with her. I staid until 8 oclock. George Blair Junior brought me home. Isla come with me & went back with George. I thank them for their kindness.

8:30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday January 12, 1921

Wednesday January 12, 1921

A cloudy day but no weather yet. The wind is blowing to night. Jim and Ben stripped tobacco today. Mr Owen helped. The children went to school. Josie pieced on her quilt.

I done as near nothing as I could. I heard today that Mrs Jack Kellie is very sick. I hope she may get well. There is a lot of sickness a bought. I have not seen Carrie this week. She is bad off with colde. Josie and Carrie talk over the phone.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday May 10, 1921

Tuesday May 10, 1921

A beautiful day. Jim and Ben tobacco land all day. Josie and I washed this morning. Josie got dinner this evening.

Mrs Car and I and Edna and Reese Smith went to White Falls. Mrs Car and I fished a little. By the kindness of Marvin and Carrie I got to go. They are very good to me. Mrs Car and I stoped at Mount Airy and Renan. I paid up for the phone this evening.

Edna has come to go to bed.

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957

1920

Monday, November 15, 1920

Monday, November 15, 1920

A rainy day and colde. Ben did not come home. He phoned he would come tomorrow. James stripped tobacco. I ironed most of the day. I churned this evening. I baked a pumpkin for dinner. Henry went to school. Edna & Franklin fussed most of the day. Heard to night that a house burned at Gretna tonight. I am about asleep.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, December 14, 1920

Tuesday, December 14, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the spring. Helped it very much. I cooked all the morning. Boiled three sqirrels and back bone, hogs face and liver. Made scrapple, baked a tung [?] Josie and Ben started to Danville. I hope that they made the trip ok. They got to Gretna allright. I talked with Grace this evening. I am always glad when she answers the phone. The baby has done very well so far. Hope she will let me sleep some to night. Henry went to school. Jim helped load the waggon this evening for Owens.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Friday, January 13, 1922

Friday, January 13, 1922

A colde day. Ben & Jim burnt and sowed a plant bed. Henry & Edna went to school. Josie mended some stockings. I got dinner. I churned this morning. We heard over the phone that Cordie Blair is no better. We have to stay at home now that the weather is bad that I dont know any thing to write. Little Mabel has bin sick today. I hope she may be well in the morning. Ena let the cows out of the stalls tonight for me.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, February 21, 1922

Tuesday, February 21, 1922

A cloudy day but no rain. Ben & Jim helped Johnson on the phone line. They eat with Johnson. Josie got dinner here. Edna ironed a little. I have set by the fire all day. I have a bad cold. Mrs Hutcherson & Denia Blair come this evening. The come on a buggy. I was glad that they come. I had bin wanting to see some of our folks so long.

Today 57 years ago I was married. Henry went to school. Tonight he has gone to Norman Booker. Two of Less Bookers children is there.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, February 22, 1922

Wednesday, February 22, 1922

A good day. The best that has bin this year. Ben & Jim worked on the phone line a gain today. Henry and Edna went to school. Josie got dinner. I have helped a round some today. Hattie & Elic washed here today. George Blair Jr. come here this morning for his mothers over shoes. Carrie & her children except Paul come a few minutes We were glad to see them. The baby has fattened up and is so pretty. I miss them more than i can tell. I do hope that the roads may get good soon. The boys have some tobacco to market yet.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, February 23, 1922

Thursday, February 23, 1922

A warm cloudy windy day. Jim Helped on the phone line. Ben shucked some corn & worked to get the wire from Owens garden. Josie washed some. Did not hang out her clothe. I ironed some. Churned and fixed up the butter. Henry & Edna went to school. A car passed here today. The first one in some time.

Ben & Josie milked this morning & tonight.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Friday, February 24, 1922

Friday, February 24, 1922

A good day. Jim worked on the orchard. Ben Helped work on the phone line. Henry & Edna went to school. Josie got dinner. Kate Harvey come and eat dinner with us. We was glad to see her. Franklin & Mabel is not well. I would be so glad for them to get well a gain

Kate and I worked on some button holes for Carries children.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Friday, June  2, 1922

Friday, June 2, 1922

A rainy day. They finished planting tobacco here today had plenty of plants that was good ones. Josie has bin some better today. I got dinner. Mrs. Car churned and washed dishes. This evening I went to the curant bushes and cheries trees. There was a lot ripe. I phoned Mollie that she could get some currants. Christenia and Millie come but it rained so that they could not gather them. We had beets that was raised this year for dinner today. I will be so glad when we can get vegetables a plenty.

Last edit over 6 years ago by kleind
Thursday, July  6, 1922

Thursday, July 6, 1922

A good day. The men [?] tobacco. Miss Sally [?]. Nellie picked and caned some berries. I got dinner. Mrs. [?] was sick. She is better tonight. This evening [?] Blair come to see Aunt Effie. [?] & Kate come to see Josie. Mrs. Bates & Mrs. White & three children come to see Effie. Got a [phone?] message this evening that my brother Letcher dies this morning at 8 oclock. I am very sorry to hear of his [deth?] He will be missed by his children. I want to go to the burial if any one will take me.

Last edit about 6 years ago by gutterpeach2
Thursday, October 19, 1922

Thursday, October 19, 1922

A clear cool day some frost this morning. Ben & Jim loaded the waggon with Bens & Henrys tobacco and Ben went to Gretna this evening. Josie has bin bad off all day. Mr Power phoned that Fannie would come here if Ben would come after her. Ben was gone so we though we would get Mr Booker to go for her. Mr Kellie was at Mr Booker and said he would go and he went made a quick trip. I am so glad she is here. Late this evening Mrs Hutcherson & Lottie Kellie & Ehel Worsham & Denia Blair come and staid a little while.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Friday, January 12, 1923

Friday, January 12, 1923

A good day. Ben & Jim hauled some wood and cut it with John Ward and Mr. Booker helped them. Mollie Reynolds come this morning and again this evening. She brought cake and pickle. I boiled two hams to day and had two hens cleaned. Lillian Kent come to see Josie today. Josie has bin very bad all day. Nellie washed and dressed Mabel (?) today. She has bin good today. Today the children went to School. Heared today over the phone that Ola Jefferson's boy was very sick. I am so sorry for them. I never heared of more sickness in my life. I don't think it is God's will. I wish they all could get well.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Friday, March 30, 1923

Friday, March 30, 1923

A good day. Ben and Jim plowed some. They finished hauling up the corn. John Ward planted his garden. Nellie finished making the bayby two dresses and bloomers. I worked the button holes. Nellie washed all the evening. the post office in [Gretna?] come to see Nellie today. Henry and Edna has bin sick all day. Edna is some better tonight. Franklin has followed the men most of the day. Our phone has gone dead. Today we cant her over it so as to under stand any thing that is said. Ben went to Norman Bookers tonight to get them to phone Johnson Reynolds to come and fix it.

Last edit about 7 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, March 31, 1923

Saturday, March 31, 1923

A windy day. The ground was frozen this morning. They plowed some here today. Johnson come and fixed the phone. Edna is feeling fine a gain. Henry is not so well. Nellie finished Ednas dress today. She has made the baby two dresses and Edna one this week. I dont do any thing that counts but keep busy most of the time. John Ward and family went visiting this evening. I guess they got very colde. Mabel seemed to have a colde. I am so sorry for her to be sick. Ben worked in his garden some this evening. I do hope it may get warmer tonight. Guess the fruit is killed.

Last edit about 7 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, April  4, 1923

Wednesday, April 4, 1923

A cloudy day and rain this evening. The men plowed this morning. Nellie comes to Gretna & phoned for someone to meet her it rained so hard that Ben did not go. I will be glad when she comes. The children is all complanning and cant help me much and there is so much to be done. I have bin neading Brownies to(?) tonight mrs Booke lent it down here.

Last edit over 7 years ago by krishna
Thursday, June  7, 1923

Thursday, June 7, 1923

A good day but no rain. There was a little shower last night. The men watered and planted some tobacco to day. I had a letter from John Brumfield. He is in Washington at work. Heard to day that Mrs. Bunny [?ne?] has a fine boy. There is a Sunday school meeting going on at Strait Stone. Denia come to see me this evening. She did not find me. Then she went to Mr Bookers. Mrs Booker phoned me that she was there so Mabel and I went up there. I have brought more water to day than I have for a long time. Edna dropped plants.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, June 29, 1923

Friday, June 29, 1923

A good day. Cloudy most of the day. No Rain. Ben finish mowing today and they hauled and put the hay in the house. This evening Ben carried me and three children to Gretna. I bought several things. I would of liked to go to see Carrie but did not have time. Mollie Reynols come while I was gone. I am sorry not to have seen her. Will go and see her soon if nothing happens. We met[?Alma] and Lizzie comeing this way. Don't know where they went. I phoned to hear from Lottie Craddock. She think she will have company Sunday.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, July 19, 1923

Thursday, July 19, 1923

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