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1918

Wednesday, January  2, 1918

Wednesday, January 2, 1918

A colde snowy day. Has snowed nearly all day. We all set around the fire most of the day. I milked and churned and fed the chickens. Josie got dinner. She cooked some beans. The Edmons tried to have a dance to night. It is so bad I dont expect that they could get a crowd. Ben & Josie has gone down there. They walked. I feel uneasy about them and will until they come back.

Franklin has waked up and I will be glad when they get back.

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Thursday, January  3, 1918

Thursday, January 3, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben and Josie come home a while after 1 oclock this morning. They said that they had a fine time at Mr Edmons. Ben went to Renan and to see Charles this morning. Charles is feeling some better now. Hellen & Brumfield & Virginia Harvey come today. They are here now. I got breakfast and milked the cows. Josie got dinner. I sewed some made me three boddices. I have finished 8 little waists for Carries children. I worked the button holes and sewed on the buttons tonight.

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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.

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Sunday, January 13, 1918

Sunday, January 13, 1918

A clear colde very colde [day]. We have all staid at home. Ben milke for me to day. I fed the chickens and got dinner.

I have wrote two letters to night one to Effie Brumfield one to Lottie Craddock.

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Saturday, January 19, 1918

Saturday, January 19, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben got home this morning at 5 oclock from Jim Powers. Said he had a good time. Josie got dinner today and sewed on her quilt some. I got breakfast and milked the cows and set by the fire nearly all day. I sewed a little finished a under waist for Edna to night.

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Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Tuesday, January 22, 1918

Snowed a gain to day. It snowed until a bout twelve oclock. It is clear to night. Ben has bin at home alday. He worked on a ground slide some. Marvin did not go to Gretna today. He came down and made pathes for us. Josie got dinner and brought water to night and fed the calves.

Ben milked for me this morning. Ben made the fire in the stove this morning the first time this year.

I got breakfast and washed dishes at breakfast and dinner. Certainly have enjoyed sitting by the fire the most of the time this winter. I have made a pair of gloves two night caps and pieced the top of a pillow to day.

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Monday, January 28, 1918

Monday, January 28, 1918

Rain and hail this morning. The ground is so slick I am a fraid to go out doors.

I milked and that is all that I have done out of doors. Josie got dinner and supper. Ben has bin in doors most of the day.

Henry is sick yet I hope he is some better that he was last night.

Jim Brumfield and Walter Carr went from here this morning I certainly did hate for them to go in such weather.

I have bin knitting on a helmet for Bruce Reynolds. Hope I can finish it tomorrow.

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Wednesday, January 30, 1918

Wednesday, January 30, 1918

Rain and hail nearly all day one of the worst days this winter. I got dinner and milked and fed the chickens. I was most a fraid to put my foot out of doors. Mr Bailiss come over a little while. Tonight Tom and Chesley Edmons come and staid until bed time. We had soup for dinner. We grown ups enjoyed it fine. Henry is still right sick.

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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.

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Friday, March 15, 1918

Friday, March 15, 1918

A cool windy day.

Ben and Owen cleared off place for a barn that they want to build this year. I went to Charles this morning. I stayed nearly all day. Walked home. I come by Kates & Mollies and Carries. Josie had milked and had supper ready when I got home.

I was glad I had nothing to do -- I was tired. I finished my first sock that I knit for the soldiers and commenced another one. Will be glad when I am done them.

9:30 oclock

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Sunday, April 14, 1918

Sunday, April 14, 1918

A good day.

Ben and family and Mrs Carr staid at home all day. I went to George Blairs. They were all well but Cordie. She had a bad colde and did not go to Sunday School. Otho and Sallie come with them home from school. Claud Hendrix and Nathaniel Marshal was there. Marvin Smith and Paul Smith went to Sunday School.

Reese was not well enough to go. I come home early and fed my chickens and milked the cows.

We eat colde supper.

Mrs Carr is here yet.

9 oclock

Ben cut Henrys hair tonight.

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Tuesday, April 30, 1918

Tuesday, April 30, 1918

A cloudy morning and rain this evening.

Josie washed this morning did not hang out the clothes. She put in a quilt this evening and we quilted some. Ben went to Strait Stone this evening. Marvin went with him.

The branch was most passed fording. He come home and helped me milk.

10 oclock

Mr Bailiss come and bought some butter this evening.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May 21, 1918

Tuesday, May 21, 1918

A good day.

The men folks worked on tobacco land.

Josie washed.

I got dinner. Marvin carried Denia and I and Ren Worsham to Mr Jessie Worshams pond. I caught some minners. When I got home Josie had milked the cows and she got supper.

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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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Thursday, June 20, 1918

Thursday, June 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen finished getting up wheat and rye this morning. Ben and Marvin went to Hubbards this evening. Josie finished Beatrice Owens dress this evening. I got the dinner.

This evening Grace Brumfield and I went to the river fishing. Caught eels.

Got home at dark. Josie had milked and got supper. I was glad. I was tired. I got a letter from Mary Brumfield. I am glad to hear from them.

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Tuesday, June 25, 1918

Tuesday, June 25, 1918

A cloudy morning rain this evening. Ben and Paul and Owen plowed half the day.

Josie got dinner. I churned and worked some in the garden.

Ellen and Melvin Bailiss come and got milk and butter. I wrote a letter to Mary Brumfield this evening.

Heard this morning that Sam Carter was to be buried to day.

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Sunday, July 21, 1918

Sunday, July 21, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Mr Edmons this morning. He went with Marvin Smith all of the rest staid at home. Reese and Paul come and played with the children. Marvin and Carrie and the little children come a few minutes on the car and carried the boys home.

We had butter beans for dinner. Mrs Owen gave them to us. Josie got dinner. I got breakfast and milked and churned. I have not bin well today. Hope I may feel better by morning.

Josie is playing the piano and Ben the violin.

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Thursday, July 25, 1918

Thursday, July 25, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul and Owen finished dobbing the barns. The Hutchersons finished thrashing wheat.

Josie got dinner and churned and milked night and morning.

I went with George and Denia and Ethel and Henry to Mr John Reynolds to see olde Mrs Blair. Shes very feeble. Isla come with us home. We had a good trip nothing happened to the car.

Henry brought me home. I hope I am thankful for all the kindness that is shown me.

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Friday, July 26, 1918

Friday, July 26, 1918

A good day. The men folks topped tobacco. Josie ironed most of the day.

This evening Paul carried Henry and Edna and Reese and I to White Falls to fish. We did not catch many fish. We walked up by Mr Johnsons house. Mrs Johnson was very nice to us. Marvin come after us. Carrie and all the children come with him. We had a pleasant evening.

We got home in good time to milk and feed the hogs. Josie had corn batter bread for supper and we did enjoy it.

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Tuesday, August  6, 1918

Tuesday, August 6, 1918

A clear day and very warm. Ben finished curing his primings to night.

Paul suckered tobacco. Mr Owen went to the mill did not get his grinding. Josie washed the breakfast dishes and ironed and got dinner and washed the dinner dishes and ironed most of the evening. I got breakfast and called them to eat then I milked three cows and watered hogs at three different places then I gathered some butter beans and helped to shell them. Then fixed the milk ready to churn then cut a bucket of cucumbers then churned fixed to wash some.

After dinner I washed a bout 40 garments then put the cucumbers in brine and salted the butter and fixed it ready for use. Then rested a while then milked eat supper and helped wash dishes and ready to go to bed.

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Monday, October 28, 1918

Monday, October 28, 1918

A cloudy day no rain.

Ben Kate and I went by Java and on to Chatham. Kate put in a plea for Chesley Edmons to come home and strip his tobacco.

Josie milked the cows for me this morning. Paul and the Owens stripped tobacco and Josie helped what she could. Ben and I got back a bout dinner time. Eat dinner. Ben went to the saw mill. I tied tobacco got done be fore night. I went to Marvins a little while.

Heard today that Clifton Reynolds is very sick hope he may be better soon.

Had a Letter from Jim today. I am glad that he was well. Hope he may stay well.

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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.

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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.

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1919

Saturday, April 12, 1919

Saturday, April 12, 1919

A good day. I went with Mr Dews to Cedar Forest. Mrs Lewis went also. Jim Brumfield carried me as far as Dews home. We then went on a waggon. Mr Mayhew & Robert went on Mayhews truck. I never saw as many people fishing on one day.

Nellie & Evylin come to day.

Mr. Owen went after guano. There was lots of people hauling fertilizer.

Wren come over to the river where I was and talked with me a while. I certainly did appreciate his comeing.

10 oclock

I left everything for Josie to do to day. Milkin and churning & cookin. I would like to do what I think is right a bout the work but cant do enough to suit them not if I stay at home and work all the time.

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Friday, May  9, 1919

Friday, May 9, 1919

A cloudy day and some rain. The men folks planted a little tobacco. Henry worked all day. Josie got dinner.

I planted some onions. The latest that we planted any. I planted them in the olde ice house hole. This evening I mended Bens overalls then went to Marvins and staid a few minutes. Come home and fed the chickens and milked the cow and fed the calf. Josie went to the plant bed and got some salit. She liked to got wet comeing home.

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Saturday, May 17, 1919

Saturday, May 17, 1919

Cloudy most of the day & a little rain. I woke up at three oclock this morning. Got up at half passed four. Made a fire and went to the spring and then got breakfast fried fish and ham. After breakfast I milked two cows and fed the calf then put on another dress. Ben carried me to Mr Dews. They carried me with them to Long Island fishing. We did not catch any thing worth haveing.

Mrs Dews had a nice dinner. They were all as nice & good to me as any one could ask. Brought me as far as Mr Owens on my way home. I certainly do thank them for their kindness.

Josie & Nellie was here to get dinner and attend to things. Ben went to the mill this evening.

10 oclock

[Ink smear] I went to sleep.

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Saturday, May 24, 1919

Saturday, May 24, 1919

A cloudy morning and a little rain this evening. We have a plenty of rain.

Jim & Ben worked on their tobacco until dinner this evening. Ben & Jim went to Chatham. Kate Harvey went with them.

Henry Edna & I went with them as far as Jim Thompsons the we walked to White Falls mills [and] fished. We caught a few fish. We walked back as far Mt Airy Ben brought us home. I paid Ben for the trouble that we were.

Josie ironed most of the morning. This evening Josie and Franklin staid here by them selves.

I milked by the light of the lantern.

10:50 oclock

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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.

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Saturday, June 28, 1919

Saturday, June 28, 1919

A good day. A cool east wind all day. Ben & Owen choped a little in the tobacco. The land two wet to work.

Josie got dinner. I did not do much of any thing.

This evening Ben & the children and I and Beatriss Owen went to Strait Stone to a lawn party. They solde ice cream. I enjoyed it all. Mrs. Car was there. They had a big crowd. Could of solde as much more cream if they had it.

Marvin and his crowd was there. We got home about sundown. Josie got supper. I milked.

Irvin Harvey rode Bens colte to Strait Stone.

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Monday, July  7, 1919

Monday, July 7, 1919

A cloudy day. This morning the fences washed down and away. I lost a 4 galons of milk besides lots of other damage. Josie got dinner. Nellie sowed some on Josies dress. Evylin straitened up the parlor. I churned. It was a hard matter to get a fire a bout eleven oclock.

Mr Glass and Mr Vonwagner come. They eat dinner here. Nell & Evylin went with them to Chatham.

The boys killed the bees in two hives this evening.

Jim & Ben and Mr Owen went to Renan this evening. There has bin three or four cars passed here today. The roads are very bad.

Josie & the children and I went to Marvins this evening.

Paul Bennett got the car in the creek and never got home until twelve to day.

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