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1918

Monday, March 18, 1918

Monday, March 18, 1918

A good day. I am still at Charles. He is very sick. Frank Mays started to Danville this morning with the last of Charles crop of tobacco. Mollie Reynolds and Kate Harvey come to Charles s.

Kate had bin down to Marvin Smiths.

9 40 oclock

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Saturday, June  1, 1918

Saturday, June 1, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen & Paul Bennett plowed corn. Got done a while before night then went to Cedar Forest. Carried some beans & eggs. The men went bathing. Josie and the children went with them to the store. Josie milked and churned and got dinner. Ren Worsham carried Isla & Cordie Blair and I to Mr Jessie Worshams Mill Pond to fish. None of us caught any thing to keep. Cordie and Isla caught a fish a peice but did not get them out of the pond. Denia went to see Lottie Craddock to day. Frank and George went to Danville to night.

10 15 oclock

Ben and two of the children & Josie has gone to the School House to a play.

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Wednesday, December  4, 1918

Wednesday, December 4, 1918

A colde windy day.

Marvin killed his hogs. Ben helped him. Mr Dews shucked corn. Owen helped him.

I went to Carries and staid a while. Frances Callans (col'd) helped Carrie to day. Josie staid at home with Franklin. She sewed some.

Heard to day that Willie Mayhew went to Danville for Steven Davis and they looked for him home last night and he had not come yet tonight. I feel uneasy a bout him. I do hope that nothing serious has happened to him. He is one of our best neighbors.

8 oclock

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Saturday, December  7, 1918

Saturday, December 7, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben worked on Owens house. It has bin a busy day with Josie and I. Josie ironed most all day.

I went down to the cook room 15 to four oclock made a fire washed the supper dishes then got breakfast. Called the rest of them then we eat. After breakfast I cut up two pumpkins and put them on to cook then put on some meat to cook fed two calves and brought a bucket of water then milked two cows and sloped the pigs put on a liver and face to make scrappel then churned. Josie made bread and coffee for dinner. I washed up a lot of things and took up the meat for dinner then eat dinner. Took up the pumpkins and meat for scrapple and made the scrappel. Janie Gravley and Lucius Muriel Gravley and Effie Brumfield stopped here a few minutes on their way home from Danville. Well I have not room for any more.

9 oclock

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Monday, December  9, 1918

Monday, December 9, 1918

A good day warm for the time of year. Ben worked on Owens house. I went up to Owens this morning a few minutes.

I boiled the last of our beef today. Josie fried dougnuts. We heard that Kate Harvey is sick. I do hope that she may not be sick long.

Think now that I will go to Danville to morrow with Mollie Reynolds.

Ben and Josie and Miss Janie Gravley has all gone to Cedar Forest tonight to get things for a fruit cake.

8 oclock

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Tuesday, December 10, 1918

Tuesday, December 10, 1918

A cloudy day but no rain. Ben worked on Owens house. Josie staid at home and worked all day.

Ben carried me to Johnson Reynolds be fore light this morning. I went with them to Danville. We was at Spring Garden be fore it was light good. We saw lots of pretty things. I did not by much. Eat supper at Mollies and enjoyed it. The boys Robert and Floyd got them a bycicle to day.

I am at home to night O K. Miss Janie is here to night. I enjoy having her.

8 oclock

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1919

Thursday, January 16, 1919

Thursday, January 16, 1919

A clear day.

Ben & Jim worked on Owens house. Josie got dinner and straitened up the cook room. Washed & filled up the lamps and made some candy.

I went to see Mollie this evening they were all well up there. They had heard that Clifton was sick. I hope that he may be well soon.

Josie started to Danville while I was there.

Marvin pulled down his olde barn today. Ben & Josie was asked to a dance tonight. They did not go.

Jim and Ben & Josie are playing cards tonight. I think they had better go to bed.

9 o'clock

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Wednesday, January 29, 1919

Wednesday, January 29, 1919

A good day. Ben carried Miss Snead to Gretna this morning. Jim & Mr. Owen stripped tobacco. The children and I helped.

Josie got dinner. I washed dishes. Josie & Carrie went to Strait Stone, thought that the Ladies Aid Society would meet, there was no one there.

Willie Mayhew loaded his truck with Mr. Owen's tobacco this evening, wants to start to Danville in the morning.

I have finished knitting Mary Brumfield's cap.

Jim & Ben and Josie are playing cards.

9 oclock

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Thursday, January 30, 1919

Thursday, January 30, 1919

A good day but windy. Ben & Josie and Jim went to Chatham. Willie Mayhew & Owen went to Danville and have not got home yet. Henry & Edna and I staid at home most of the day. Henry & Edna went to Marvins this evening. I done a little washing and sweeping.

10 oclock

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Friday, January 31, 1919

Friday, January 31, 1919

A good day. The men folks stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben went to Greenfield Church to a meeting of some sort. Grace Brumfield & Kate Harvey spent the day with us. Carrie and the childen come this evening.

I sent Mary Brumfield's knitting home to day. Mr Owen got home last night at one oclock from Danville. He sold his last tobacco.

Ben & Jim are at the barn to night tieing tobacco.

9 30 oclock

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Monday, February  3, 1919

Monday, February 3, 1919

Cloudy most of the day, Ben & Mayhew loaded Mayhews truck and started to Danville. Jim & Owen burned a plant bed & sowed it tonight. Jim and Marvin has gone to Strait Stone.

Josie come home this evening. Mrs. Hubbard died yesterday. Lucius Gravely commenced to teach school at Renan this morning. Henry Brumfield went to school. Edna & Franklin and I staid here all day. Gladis Brumfield come with Henry home.

9 30 oclock

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Tuesday, February  4, 1919

Tuesday, February 4, 1919

A rainy day. Jim made him a tomato bed. Josie ironed and got dinner.

Ben come home from Danville tonight. He sold tobacco there today. Mayhew carried it on his truck.

Henry went to school today. I went to Carries a while this evening.

Jim hung up the meat this morning.

We heard to day that Willie Brumfield went to Robert Laynes. We thought that he would come to see us but he did not come.

9 15 oclock

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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.

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Friday, March 14, 1919

Friday, March 14, 1919

A cloudy cool day. Ben plowed. Jim fixed up the grape vines at the garage and plowed over his potatoe patch. Bettie Rosser ironed here today.

Mr Dews carried his car to Gretna this morning.

Ben had a letter from Josie. She wants to come home tomorrow. I wont be surprised if there is snow by morning.

Lee is in Danville with his last tobacco. Otie Kellie and several others went to Chatham today.

Edna & Franklin has bin in doors all day today.

9 oclock

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Wednesday, September 24, 1919

Wednesday, September 24, 1919

A beautiful day. The men stripped tobacco until dinner then they loaded the waggon ready to start to Gretna in the morning. John Hutcherson loaded his truck for Marvin. They are going to Danville.

Josie got the dinner.

Henry and Edna went to school. I ironed some this morning and mended some things this evening.

Jim ask me to wake him at three in the morning.

8 oclock

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Thursday, September 25, 1919

Thursday, September 25, 1919

A good day. Jim and Owen went to Gretna with the tobacco today. Ben went to Gretna with the car. He bough roofing for the hen houses.

Carrie spent the day with Josie.

Lee Brumfield and I went to the river. Lee caught one fish. I did not catch any thing. I was glad to go with him. I bought 10 pounds of sugar from Oscar Booker. I stopped at Mr Dillards while Lee & Dillard gathered some chinquapins.

Marvin went to Danville today. Reese went with him.

8 oclock

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Wednesday, October  8, 1919

Wednesday, October 8, 1919

Cloudy most of the day but no rain yet. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. Ben went to the store just at night. Charles Harvey come and staid a while. Marvin solde his car this morning.

Kate come this evening a few minutes. Carrie come and brought me some peas. I shelled them tonight. Mr. Owen did not come home from Boston to day.

Lee Brumfield went to Danville to day. Effie & Beaulah commenced teaching school to day.

9: oclock

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Wednesday, October 15, 1919

Wednesday, October 15, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben loaded their tobacco on Mr Mayhews truck ready for Danville.

Josie come down to dinner to day.

I went to Marvins a little while this evening. Mr McCray come and was going to stay all night at Marvins.

Dr Owen examined Ben this evening. He is going to take insurance.

We heard to day that John Hutcherson is very sick. We are all sorry to hear it.

I woun a tangled hart to night.

11:45 oclock

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Thursday, October 16, 1919

Thursday, October 16, 1919

A good day. Ben carried Lady cow to Odie Kellies the went to Cedar Forest to see [?] Patrick. He let me go with him and fish. I caught several cat fish.

Willie Mayhew brought our tobacco to Gretna from Danville.

I got supper tonight after dark. The children had made a fire and brought water.

8:30 oclock

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Memoranda (iii)

Memoranda (iii)

Ben solde a load of tobacco in Danville Febuary the 14th 1919 for $3:86 dollars.

February the 19th 1919 Marvin Smith solde a curing of tobacco for Ben for $2:19 dollars.

Bells pigs came June the 2nd 1918.

Lucys calf came December the 2nd 1919.

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1921

Tuesday February 15, 1921

Tuesday February 15, 1921

A good day. Jim and Ben burnt a plant bed. Jim finished the bed. Ben carried some chickens to Mt Airy for me and then started to Gretna. Was going to Danville tonight. Grace Brumfield went to Danville today.

John Tucker carried some tobacco for Ben & Lee today. Mr Owen carried his cows from here today. Josie ground the sausage and seasoned it. Today I made scrapple. I went to Marvins this evening. Henry and Edna went to school.

I sent 4 roosters and 4 hens to the store.

I have a rooster that John Smith raised. I am to pay three dollars for him.

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Wednesday February 16, 1921

Wednesday February 16, 1921

A good day. Jim worked on a plant bed. Ben was in Danville. Solde some tobacco. Missed the train that he aimed to come on but got to come on a car. We was all very glad that he got home. He was not pleased with the sales of his tobacco.

Josie washed a big washing of clothes today.

Carrie and the children come this evening. I was glad that they come. Henry & Edna went to school today.

I got a letter from Ola Jefferson. I was glad to hear from her.

Jim has gone to Marvins to help him burn a plant bed to night.

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Monday February 28, 1921

Monday February 28, 1921

A good day. Jim and Ben cut some in the woods to day. Ben loaded on his tobacco on John Tuckers truck this morning. Ben intends going to Danville in the morning. Josie got dinner. She got turnip salet. The first that we have had this year. I ironed some. I went to Marvins this evening. While I was there a man came and bought a cow from him.

Clack Hubbard moved to Renan today. I hope he may do well and it will be for Kates good two. I am so anxious to know how every one is getting on. It keeps so colde that I cant get out much yet.

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Tuesday March  1, 1921

Tuesday March 1, 1921

A beautiful day. Jim and Marvin went to Gretna. Marvin carried his cow to Mr Scrugs and solde him the calf. He had started to ship the calf. Jim carried a box of meat to send to Chatham for his folks.

Ben solde the last of his tobacco in Danvill to day. Ben and Josie went to Danville. They bought several things. Got home at dark. I am so glad that they are all at home and all are well.

I staid here with Edna & Franklin and Mabel. I ironed until twelve oclock. Charles Harvey come in a few minutes this morning. I do want to see Kate Harvey so bad. I will go over as soon as I can.

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Monday May  2, 1921

Monday May 2, 1921

A cloudy cool day. Ben sawed wood at Marvins. Jim worked on his tobacco ground. Josie wet a lot of gingham this morning and ironed it this evening. I went to Mags this evening. Mr Padget even taken me and gave me a ride. I was glad of it. Found all well at Mags. I come by Renan. Hubbard was plowing. Kate Hubbard was freezing cream. I then come by Reynols's. There was no one at home but Julia and children the rest of them was gone to Danville. Kate Harvey went with them. I come by Mr Farthings. Mrs Farthing has nice little girl a week olde. Her name is Elsie May. They had a lot of company. I then come by Marvins and then home. Josie had supper a bout ready.

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Thursday November 17, 1921

Thursday November 17, 1921

A good day. Warm for November Jim worked on tobacco. John Hutcherson went to Danville. He had tobacco for Mr Kent & Marvin and Ben. I do hope it may sell so that they will be paid for carrieing it to Danville. Alcie Callant[?] washed for Josie today. Josie and I got dinner. This evening Cordie Blair come to see us this evening. The chldren went to school. Ben is in Danville to night if they had no bad luck.

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Friday November 18, 1921

Friday November 18, 1921

A good day. Very warm for Nov. Jim stripped tobacco all day and tonight. Henry went to the barn tonight. Ben went to Danville yesterday. He has just come home tonight. He solde tobacco today. Solde very well for what it was. So sorry. Josie ironed a big pile of clothes today and raked on the yard some. I got dinner. I churned. This evening I went to Marvins. I guess they will call the baby Julia. I am glad of it. Mabel has bin good today for her to be. All of the rest of the children went to school.

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Tuesday November 29, 1921

Tuesday November 29, 1921

A good day. Ben and Jim shucked some corn and loaded Jims tobacco on John Hutcherson truck. John & Jim started to Danville. I hope they got there ok. This evening Ben & Marvin went to the school house and helped to put a pump in the well that has bin bored there. They staid late. The children come home with them. Josie had supper ready when they got home. I cut peices and sewed on my quilt most of the day. Hope to finish the squares tomorrow if I work on it. I wanted to go to Marvins this evening but would not leave Josie Mabel.

Last edit about 5 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1920

Sunday, January  4, 1920

Sunday, January 4, 1920

A cold day. Snowed some to night. The wind is blowing and very cold. I got up this morning and made two fires and went to the spring then got breakfast. Ben carried Thelma & Mary to Long Island this morning on their way to Richmond. I hope they are there now. Josie staid at home and got dinner. I went to George Blairs. They had a nice dinner. Kate Harvey spent the day at Carries. Marvin carried Virginia to Gretna on her way to school. 9 o clock. A fire in Danville last night.

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Thursday, April  8, 1920

Thursday, April 8, 1920

A clear colde windy day. Ben went with Johnson and Mollie and Christena to Danville. Jim and Owen plowed this evening. Josie washed this morning. I staid with Franklin & Mabel. Roy & Hazel Smith come and got some flowers this evening. Carrie & the children come a few minutes. Heard to night that the guano is at the Depot. Ben has gone to Mr Mayhews to see if he wont haul for them. Jim has gone to Marvins. Henry & Edna went to school. Dr [?] come over there.

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