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1918

Monday, January  7, 1918

Monday, January 7, 1918

A cloudy day and some warmer. To night the wind is blowing. Ben went to Strait Stone. Marvin went to see Charles. He is some better off a gain. Josie has bin sick all day. I got dinner to day and sewed a little. Miss Smith sent the drugget home to day by Irvin Harvey and Robert Reynolds. I got a letter from Lottie Craddock to day.

7 30 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, January 16, 1918

Wednesday, January 16, 1918

Warmer and cloudy.

Ben cut tier poles for a barn this morning. This evening he went to Renan.

Josie got dinner. Josie and Edna went to Marvins this evening. I staid with the baby and Henry. I finished making me a dress the first one that I have made in several years. Heard this evening that Ernest and Lottie Craddock was at George Blairs last night. Franklin is bad off with cold yet. Hope he will soon be well a gain.

9 40 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, January 17, 1918

Thursday, January 17, 1918

A clear day and warmer. Ben went to a sale at Walter Murphy_s on George Blairs land. Marvin Smith went to the mill at White Falls.

I got dinner to day killed a chicken.

Josie sewed on her quilt. Finished one ready to quilt. I made an apron this evenin. Ben Franklin is feelin some better to night.

Edna is complaining to night. Hope she will soon be well a gain.

9 45 oclock

Last edit about 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, January 25, 1918

Friday, January 25, 1918

A clear day and some warmer. Ben has bin in the house all day but is some better off to day. Henry is sick tonight. I got breakfast and dinner. Josie got supper. Would not have got any but Mr Walter Carr come.

Josie ironed some. Josie fed the horses and hogs. I fed the cows. William Gilbert come this morning and split some wood for us. Marvin and John Smith went to Altavista to day. Mollie Reynolds come to Carries today. I got the yarn to knit for Bruce Sheppard sent it to day.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday January  5, 1921

Wednesday January 5, 1921

A good day. Warm for January. It is turning cold tonight and the wind is blowing.

Ben cut feed at Mags to day. Jim stripped tobacco all day. Mr Owen had the team and helped Mr Dews move. The children went to school. Jim and Ben has bin at the barn tonight.

I have bin busy most of the day. I got breakfast and milked the cows. Boiled a hogs face for dinner and churned. Fixed up the butter. Finished getting dinner.

Went to Marvins a little while this evening. Carrie had washed today. Julia Fergerson went back to Portsmoth to day. Kate Hubbards baby is very sick.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
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.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday November 19, 1921

Saturday November 19, 1921

Cloudy most of the day and some rain. Very warm for Nov. Ben & Jim worked on tobacco some and sowed some wood. Josie got dinner. I have sewed on my quilt the most of the day. Finished tonight. I am glad it is finished. I have bin at home all day. I wanted to go to the river so bad this evening but no one would take me from here and I did not ask any one to take me. I work like a slave and then Ben dont take me any wher when he can reasonably get out of it.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday November 24, 1921

Thursday November 24, 1921

A good day and warm. There was a rain bow was in the clouds this morning. It has rained a little tonight. Ben & Jim shucked some corn. Then they comence to cover the shed. Riped off the shingles. Josie ironed some this morning. I churned & killed a chicken. We cooked some parships the first time this fall. Kate Harvey come and brought us some salit. Reese Smith carried me to White Falls. I caught several fish. Paul Smith caught two fish. We come back by Renan store. Jim Thomson and family was there. Four of Mag Brumfield children was at the store. They all looked well. Mr Meguary[?]was here this morning. We bought a few things from him.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday November 27, 1921

Sunday November 27, 1921

A cloudy day and rain this evening. We all staid at home until dinner. It looked as if it was going to clear off. Ben and family went to Mr Powers. It rain a gain before they got there. They made it home all right before dark. Jim and I went to Marvins. Jim and Marvin walked a round and got about wet. Ben & family and got home just before dark. It is very warm for the time of year. Most evry one wants is to get colde so they can kill hogs. Johnson Reynolds and John Hutcherson have their trucks loaded ready to start to Danvill in the morning.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Thursday, July  1, 1920

Thursday, July 1, 1920

A good day. Very warm. I have bin here at Tim Bennetts all day. Tim and Gorden went to Chatham. Tim said that Lee Brumfield was there. Mrs Jefferson and Miss Estell Riddle to Tims. Well I don't know to write. Wish I could hear from home.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, July  8, 1920

Thursday, July 8, 1920

A good day. Very warm. Ben & Jim finished laying by Bens tobacco. Josie got dinner and ironed some then went to Marvins. Reese & Henry and I went to White Falls. I caught a few fish. The river was mudy. I brought home a bushel of meal. Carrie and I togather sold 8 doz eggs at 35 cts per doz. All of us are reason able well. I hope I am thanksful.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, July 24, 1920

Saturday, July 24, 1920

A good day and very warm. To night we have a hard rain. Jim & Ben topped tobacco nearly all day. Late this evening Ben & Josie and three children went to Jim Powers. Said they would come home tonight but they wont on acount of rain. Josie washed some this morning & got dinner. Corn, butter beans, potato, baked pies. Marvin let Rees take me to White Falls. I caught 34 fish. I eat dinner at Carries. Eva is sick.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Wednesday, January  4, 1922

Wednesday, January 4, 1922

A cold morning and cloud. Warmer this evening. Jim & Ben ground axes and commenced to fix to burn plant land. The children went to school. Josie and got dinner and sewed a little. Hattie and Elie Gilbert washed here. Franklins eye has not hurt him much today. I have read a book thru tonight. Title The Playmates.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, January 25, 1922

Wednesday, January 25, 1922

A very colde morning. The coldest of the winter so far. Ben warmed up his car and got it cranked and carried the barrel of fowls to the island. He had a rough trip. I am very glad that it has bin made. They cut some this evening. It was so colde that no one could do much. Hattie Gilbent washed here today

Josie and I got dinner. We had caned pork for dinner. it was fine Henry went to school We had a letter from Carrie today. I was glad. I miss her so much. Willie Mayhew is here tonight

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, January 26, 1922

Thursday, January 26, 1922

A very colde day. The men did not work much. They shucked a shock of corn and fed the stalks to the cows. Henry went to school. Edna is complainy and have not bin to school this week. Hugh Brumfield has bin sick all of this week. Josie went to Mr Bookers a little while this evening. The weather is so bad that that no one can do much but stay by the fire and then cant keep warm. I think now that if live to see warm weather I will be so glad.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, February 18, 1922

Saturday, February 18, 1922

A cloudy day most of the day and some warmer and so much mud that roads is all most impasable. Miss Wille Wooding come and eat dinner with us. Josie got dinner and it was a good one. Jim & Ben went to Renan. They couldnt get a box that would do for a box to pack meat. Oh all of the children has bad colds and Edna is sick. Bin sick all day. I am not well but I hope I may be better by morning. I have bin miserable this evening. So much to do and I am not able to help much. I would like to help some. I do so much hope that the children may be better in the morning.

Last edit over 5 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, March 21, 1922

Tuesday, March 21, 1922

A colde windy day.

Ben & Jim worked on the garden fence most of the day. It is so cold they quit before night.

Mrs Car churned this morning & washed dishes. Ben & Josie milked.

We quilted a while this morning. I got dinner. We all quilted this evening. I think most of the folks have gone to bed so that they can get warm. Henry & Edna went to scool (crossed out) school. Edna got a letter from Virginia wood (crossed out) Wooding today.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Saturday, July  1, 1922

Saturday, July 1, 1922

A good day very warm. The boys plowed all day. We need rain. Josie has bin better today. Mrs. Trent and I got dinner. She churned. Got word today that Effie & two children will come here tomorrow. Hattie washed some this morning. The bees swarmed today. I hived them. I got a [?] of beef from Mrs. [?] W. [?] today. Reuben brought it from Harveys. Edieth [?] went and got it from [?]

Last edit almost 6 years ago by gutterpeach2
Wednesday, July 12, 1922

Wednesday, July 12, 1922

A good day - very warm. Ben & Jim finished plowing the peas. Ben went to Mr Bailisses. There was a picknick at [Gladys?] to day. There was lots of people there so them that was there say. Hugh Brumfield carried Henry and I to the mill at Whitefalls. We did not catch many fish [mollies?]. Reynolds & [Johnson?] come to see Josie this evening. Hattie Gilbert washed here to day.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, July 19, 1922

Wednesday, July 19, 1922

A cloudy day. Jim went to Mr Ned Walkers to help him cover a house. Ben went to the mill did not get all of his grinding done. He topped tobacco this evening. The Moorfields come for Rock a bout their flues. Max Car come late this evening. Carrie sent a box of something to eat to Josie. She sent it to Renon. Henry went after it. Mrs Baker sent some light bred by Ray. It was nice. Josie eat some of it while it was warm. I got dinner and ironed some this evening. Josie is suffering so bad.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Sunday, September 10, 1922

Sunday, September 10, 1922

A good day. Very warm. We all staid about home but Ben went to Cedar Forest for Mrs Car. They went to Rob Hubbards and spent the day. They got home a bout night. Lizzie & Alma and Gordon & family all come to see Josie this evening. Josie has felt some better today. I and a col[oured] girl got dinner today. I churned. Fanny Power went joy rideing this morning with [Orvel?]& Jamie Gravely. This evening they went to Gretna. Fannie is a fine girl I think. She has waited on Josie faithful all this week.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Saturday, March  3, 1923

Saturday, March 3, 1923

A beautiful day. Warm. Mabel has played out of doors for the first time this year. The men folks hauled in some feed. Nellie done most of the cooking and churned and killed a chicken. This evening I washed some the clothes. Dried and I ironed them. Irvin harvey come for some butter. He got two pounds. Kate Hulel[?] and & Christenia Reynols come. They got one pound. Henry and his father went to Mr. Mayhews to play games. Franklin cried to go and Edna wanted to go. They did not.

Last edit over 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 almost 7 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, April 12, 1923

Thursday, April 12, 1923

A good warm day. The best that has bin this spring. The men plowed today. Nellie rehemed several of Ednas dresses and made hear a dress. Lelia sent the cloths home by John. I sent some quilts to be washed. Hattie come a gain this morning. Ben planted some canna roots today. Henry and Edna went to school. Heard today that Mr. Mayhews children is very sick measles. I am sorry for them. Franklin and Mabel played out of doors today. I hope it wont hurt them. Mabel is playing tonight.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Nathani
Wednesday, April 18, 1923

Wednesday, April 18, 1923

A clear colde windy day. Ben and Jim worked on the fence some. Jim made a hotbed and worked in the garden some. John Ward draged the corn land. Ben got his gladolis bulbs. Jim got a letter from his son inlaw telling that Evylin was feeling better and that Nellie got to Silver Grove Sunday. The three children went to school. Mabel and I have a bad day. It was so colde that she could not stay out of doors and that was what whe wanted to do. I think now that I will enjoy warm weather. Edna has come to go to bed.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, April 20, 1923

Friday, April 20, 1923

A good day. The men hauled manure and drilled it in the land for tobacco. Jim cleaned the stalls. The children that go school went. Mabel staid out doors nearly all day. I have dodged about most of the day. Lelia Ward come this morning. She got a hen for her washing. Had postal from Carrie. She said that all was sick at her house except the baby. I do hope they may soon get well. Today has bin warm. Mabel has gone to bed.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, July  5, 1923

Thursday, July 5, 1923

A good day. Very Warm. No rain yet to do any good. A few drops to day. All of the men plowed this morning. This evening Ben and Henry went to Altavista. Ben had his teeth worked on. Henry had one pulled. I went and picked some black berries. Mrs Booker come while I was gone. She did not stay long. Lelia Ward come to help me milk. The cow would let her milk her ok. There is lightning in sight to night. Do hope it will rain soon. I made nine glasses of jellie this morning.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August  2, 1923

Thursday, August 2, 1923

A good day. Very warm. The men hauled logs to the saw mill all day. I staid at home today and done the work. I cooked snaps and corn and potatoes. Went to the corn field for snaps. Could not get them. Johnson Reynolds come this morning and fixed the pohn. Mollie come with him. I was glad that she come. It had been so long since she was here. Jim pulled a water mellon this evening. It was not ripe good. Ben gave the children some medicine tonight. I wrote two letters today. One to John. One to Carrie.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, August  6, 1923

Monday, August 6, 1923

A good day. Very warm. Ben went to the mill. Franklin went with him. They got back by twelve. The rest of them suckered tobacco. One of the [Mary or many] [Candidy?] come to see them today. Nellie cleaned up their room. I got dinner and churned this evening. Three children and I went to Mr Bookers. None of them was at home. We come back. I picked some snaps. Got some vines for the cows. Edna helped me milk. They have had a good time to day. Have some water mellons to day.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
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