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1918

Friday, January  4, 1918

Friday, January 4, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben moved the stove from the barn to the cabbin in the woods and cut wood fixin for a dance. Josie baked some cakes. I killed and cooked two chickens. Josie made sand witches and carried up there. Hellen and Virginia has bin here all day. Elsie and Bulah come in here. Elsie gave me some candy and Bulah gave oranges. Virginia gave me a box of candy.

I hope they may enjoy the dance. I had rather they had not had it but nothing else would not do. I am a fraid that there is so many there that they cant have a good time. I am so sleepy that I hardly can write.

11 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, January 14, 1918

Monday, January 14, 1918

A cloudy morning and little snow. Ben went to Renan. Come home by dinner. Worked some this evening. Tonight he went to John Hutchersons.

Josie got dinner and sewed some on her quilt. I made a pair of little pants then went to Marvins. Worked the button holes up there. Mr Hutcherson was there. He said that his folks was hauling guano.

I talked with Molly Reynolds this morning. She tolde me that Mr George Reynolds was dead. Died last night.

9 45 oclock

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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 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, January 21, 1918

Monday, January 21, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben walked to Renan this morning and got oil and coffee. Marvin loaded his waggon to go to Gretna tomorrow if nothing happens to hinder. I heard this evening that Anna Craddock was dead and will be buried tomorrow. I wish that the weather were so that I could go up there.

Josie got dinner to day. I made me a bonnett. I got a fall this evening the first time I have since the snow.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February  6, 1918

Wednesday, February 6, 1918

Clear most of the day and warmer south wind blowin. Ben shod the horses this morning split wood some this evening. Josie got dinner. I killed a chicken this morning.

This evenin Josie fixed a box to be solde at Strait Stone School House. To night Ben and Josie went down there. I hope they may get on OK it is a dark and dreary lookin time to me.

I am here with the children. They are all a sleep now.

8 40 oclock

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Saturday, February 23, 1918

Saturday, February 23, 1918

A clear day. Ben went to see Charles this morning. He is very feeble.

Ben and Owen cut in the woods this evening. Josie staid at home all day. Miss Mayhan and Virginia Harvey come down here a while this evening. I went to Reynolds and staid all day.

They had killed hogs at Reynolds yesterday. Mollie gave me a mess of meat. They were all well up there. Ben has gone to Strait Stone to the lodge to night. All of our folks has gone to bed and I will go soon.

9 30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, February 26, 1918

Tuesday, February 26, 1918

A clear cool day. Had a wind and rain storm this morning be fore day. Mr. Bascome Carr died last night. Ben and Josie went down there started abough midnight.

Henry went to school. Edna and I staid here all day. Ben come home this evening. Owen done the feeding this morning. Irvin Harvey come this evening and got a rooster. Said his mother come home from Java to day.

8 40 oclock

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Thursday, February 28, 1918

Thursday, February 28, 1918

A good day. Ben worked on Charles corn house. Owen plowed. Josie washed. Denia Blair come a while this evening. I wrote to Irvin Craddock a bout the cow. Denia and I went to look at the hogs and cows then went to Marvins and looked at his cows and little calf. It is a beauty.

Marvin and Carrie went to Strait Stone this evening.

Heard to night that Mrs Oley Hubbard is dead. Died sudden.

9 10 oclock

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Wednesday, March 13, 1918

Wednesday, March 13, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Ben and Owen and some of the neighbors worked the road that the mail carrier travels. To night Ben has gone to stay at Charles Brumfields. He [is] very sick.

Josie washed this morning and made Edna a dress this evening. To night she is sick. I got dinner. I went to Marvins this evening. All four of the school teachers went to spend the night at Mr Willie Mayhews.

Marvin Smiths plum tree is white with bloom. I am a fraid that the fruit will get killed.

8:45 oclock

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Saturday, March 16, 1918

Saturday, March 16, 1918

A cool cloudy day.

Ben carried me to Renan this morning. I staid with Charles nearly all day. He is very bad off yet. Mag had quite crow[d] to day for dinner Miss Alice Wooding Mrs Duckey Kellie Mrs Sallie Strance.

A mink caugh one of my hens that was setting.

Josie killed a chicken and baked a cake.

Miss Mayhan and Virginia come here a while.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, March 23, 1918

Saturday, March 23, 1918

Charles Brumfield died this morning at half past seven oclock.

I come with Ben home from there. Jim and Nellie come here this evening.

Ben and Jim has gone over to Charles to night.

9 30 oclock

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Friday, March 29, 1918

Friday, March 29, 1918

A clear cool day.

A mink killed a hen here this morning. Ben called the Edmons boys and they killed the mink. I have had four hens killed lately and lost two settins of eggs.

Josie fixed up her furniture today. I worked a little in the garden this evening and went to Carries a while. Ben built a shelter for the hogs to day.

9 oclock

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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

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Monday, April 29, 1918

Monday, April 29, 1918

A good day. Ben and Josie went to Chatham in Marvins car. Marvin went as far as Gretna. Henry and Edna and I staid at home.

I killed a chicken this morning. Mollie Reynolds come a while this morning. Denia Blair and Lottie Craddock come this evening. Josie went to see Nellie Brumfield and eat dinner there.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, May  1, 1918

Wednesday, May 1, 1918

A cool windy day.

Josie washed some this morning and scrubbed the kitchen floor this evening.

Ben and Owen and Marvin and William built fire boxes in the barn to day.

Tonight a dog passed and in a few minutes Tom Edmons and several other men come and said that the dog was mad.

Some one killed him over near Renan.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May  3, 1918

Friday, May 3, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen plowed some.

Josie ironed.

I got dinner. Had turnip salet for dinner the last that we will get this spring I expect.

We heard that the Edmons boys killed their dogs this morning.

I know they was sorry to have it to do.

I wrote to John Brumfield to day.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, May 30, 1918

Thursday, May 30, 1918

A good day and very hot. Ben Owen and Paul commenced to plow corn. Josie and I capped some straw berries this morning. Josie preserved them.

Paul killed two squirrels this morning. We had them for dinner to day.

Walter Layne come this evening to look at my cow. He said he would come in the morning and get her. Josie and I planted some butter beans to day. Josie went to Marvins for some meal. Mollie and Christenia was there.

9: o clock

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Tuesday, June  4, 1918

Tuesday, June 4, 1918

A good day.

Ben and Paul and Owen replanted tobacco until dinner then commence to work out the tobacco.

Josie washed. I got dinner. Killed the first young chicken to day.

We all went to Carries. I went to Reynolds. Kate Harvey come to Carries. Doris and Christenia Reynolds come here, They wanted my suitcase and got it.

Hazel is sick. Hope she may be better by morning.

9 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, July 15, 1918

Monday, July 15, 1918

A good day.

Ben and Owen went to the mill did not get any grinding. Ben helped Marvin fix his pump a gain to day. Helped Owen fix his stove pipe. Miss Willie Wooding come a while this evening.

Josie made her a dress this evening. To night Ben and Paul and the children went to Renan bought shells. Paul killed two rabbits. Kate sent the calf home this morning.

I went to see Bens and Pauls crops this evening. It looks good now. We need rain.

Josie has sick head ache. I hope she will soon be well.

10 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, August 17, 1918

Saturday, August 17, 1918

A good day. Ben plowed up the potatoes and Josie picked them up. Ben sowed turnip seed to day. Paul tied some primings. Josie got most of the dinner. I churned went after some tomatoes. After dinner I put up three cans and killed two chickens and cut the cucumbers and put them in brine.

Paul and Thelma went to Dick Woodings to a stew to night. I hope they may have a nice time.

Julia and Henry and Edna are in my room and talk so much that I am in the hall writing.

Chesley Edmons cut a house of tobacco today.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, September 11, 1918 (revised)

Friday, September 11, 1918 (revised)

A good day. Ben and Paul has taken the day easy. They killed three squirrels this morning. This evening Paul carried Paul Smith and Henry and Edna and I to White Falls. We come back by Renan. Paul registered. Josie washed. I got a snack for dinner. I stopped a few minutes at Kates. She looks tired and bad. Mr Owen went to the mill to day. Ben and Paul are loading the waggon with primings.

9 oclock

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Saturday, October 12, 1918

Saturday, October 12, 1918

Cloudy today and some rain. Ben got up part of his pea hay and part got wet. We got dinner when we got breakfast thought we would strip tobacco. It was so dry that we could not handle it. Josie sewed some.

I dug some potatoes.

Reese and Henry helped me and we built a pig pen and got up the pigs and they got out.

Ben and Owen went a squirrel hunting. Killed four. Ben kept 2 and then would not skin them. So I did it.

Heard to day that Alma and Lonnie are sick. Had a letter from Mary Brumfield. They were well when she wrote. Hope that they may stay so.

9 30 oclock

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Wednesday, October 16, 1918

Wednesday, October 16, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed wheat. Owen and Paul Josie and I stripped tobacco. Heard today that John McCormic died this morning. I never have heard of as many deaths and as much sickness as there is now.

The ware houses has closed for a while. Bruce Reynolds come home yester day. Mrs Cook is at Johnsons visiting.

Ben has gone to Mrs Starkeys for seed wheat. He went on his car.

9 oclock

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Saturday, October 26, 1918

Saturday, October 26, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben hauled some stalks and put them on the wheat land this morning. All the rest of us tied tobacco. This evening Mr Owen went to the mill for flour. We had corn bread for breakfast this morning. I know we should be thankful for that but we have not bin used to it and do not like it.

We tied all the tobacco that was in the pit then I went to Carries and Ben and Paul went squirrel hunting. They killed nine squirrels.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening.

To night Ben has gone with Marvin to Strait Stone.

9 oclock

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Sunday, October 27, 1918

Sunday, October 27, 1918

A cloudy day most of the day and very warm for the time of the year.

We all staid at home til twelve. Paul went a way this evening I don't know where. Ben and Josie and the children went to Marvins.

There has bin very little passing here today. There is so much sickness and death in the country I think every one ought to stay at home all that they can.

William Baily was buried today.

8 oclock

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Saturday, November  2, 1918

Saturday, November 2, 1918

A good day. Ben and Marvin has hauled logs and lumber all day today. Mr Owen and Paul shucked some corn this morning. This evening they put a load of tobacco on the waggons. William Gilbert helped them.

Josie sewed some. I got dinner except making the bread. Josie made that.

Late this evening I went to Carries. She was bathing the children and complaining of the toothache. We heard this evening that Mr Eujean Shelton died this morning.

To night Ben and Owen and Paul went to the barn to put on a load of tobacco. They intend going to Gretna Monday.

9 oclock

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Tuesday, November  5, 1918

Tuesday, November 5, 1918

A good day. Ben is one of the Judges at Elections. He was at Renan all day. Mr Owen hauled some wood. We needed it mighty bad.

Josie and I and Reese put some tobacco in the pit. Josie staid at home and got dinner for her self and Edna and Franklin. Marvin carried Reese and Henry and I to Banister River to fish. We caught twenty one fish.

Carrie gave us a nice mess of steak we had it for supper.

Heard today that Max Creasy died this morning. I am sorry for the family.

I have shelled a few beans to night. Am most a sleep now. Heard today that Jessie Hutcherson is at home on furlow for 48 hours.

9 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November  6, 1918

Wednesday, November 6, 1918

A good day. Ben and Mr Owen went to Gretna and solde their tobacco. It solde very well. They got home a while after twelve eat dinner then went to the saw mill and got a load of lumber.

Marvin and Carrie went to Altavista this evening. Mr Mayhew and Rena went with them also Virginia Harvey.

Josie went up there and kept the children. They left Hazel at home. Josie says that they done fine. I went up to Marvins a little while then come home. Henry come with me. We shucked corn enough to feed on to night and in the morning. Ben has gone up to Marvins to help hunt a mink that killed a chicken this morning.

8 oclock

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Thursday, November  7, 1918

Thursday, November 7, 1918

A good day. Ben hauled lumber from the mill. He brough three loads. Josie sewed some to day. I went to George Blairs. There was no one at home but Denia. George had gone to Gretna with tobacco. The rest of them had gone to Max Creasys burial.

John Dalton was buried this evening. There is more sickness and deaths than I ever heard of in the same length of time. Heard today that Dick Wooding is very sick.

Tonight Ben and Josie has gone to Strait Stone for groceries.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, November 12, 1918

Tuesday, November 12, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen worked on Owens house.

The children went to school except Franklin. He is not well. I hope that he may get well soon.

Kate Harvey come down here to day and eat dinner with us. While she was here we heard that Chesley Edmons was dead. We all are so sorry for them all. The papers tell that peace has bin declared. I do hope that it is true.

Kate got a letter from both of her boys that is in France. Jack is in the hospital hope that he may be well soon. Tonight Ben and Marvin has gone to Level Run guess they will be back soon.

10 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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