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1920

Sunday, October 17, 1920

Sunday, October 17, 1920

17th Sunday. A good day. I got breakfast and milked the cows. Killed tow chickens then went with Lizzie to George Blairs. Ben carried us part of the way. There was no one at home but George. Denia had a good dinner. Blair [?] has the mumps. Ben and family went to Jim Powers. Found them well. I think Josie is feeling some better today Oh I hope she may soon be well. Marvin and family was at Lees this evening. I am glad that they went.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, November 16, 1920

Tuesday, November 16, 1920

A very rainy day one of the worst this year. Ben has not come home yet. I am uneasy about them. Hope they will get home ok. Jim stripped some tobacco. I have staid in doors as coles [close?] as I could [except?] to milk and bring all the water. Henry did not go to school today. Edna complained of the head ache. She seems well tonight. Edna is very much [?] in what I am writing. I got supper by the fire in the fire place. Did not make any fire in the range.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, November 20, 1920

Saturday, November 20, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim and Henry stripped tobacco. I got breakfast and milked the cows then made and baked bread for dinner and made coffee then dug bait. Reese carried me fishing. We went to White falls. Stopped at Mt Airy. I had a check cashed and bought a bucket of lard. I come home and churned, salted the butter, then got supper and yet I cant do enough. Ben in pertickler dont want to bother with me any wa[y]s. If he thought as much of me as he does of some others I would be glad.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, December  1, 1920

Wednesday, December 1, 1920

A good day. The land is as wet as it can be. Jim and Ben cut wood in the woods to day. The Owens stopped ]?] tobacco mans in [?] stripped tobacco. I got breakfast and milked & churned and got dinner. I cooked beans and potatoes. This evening I went to Marvins a while. Carrie was sewing for the little girls. Mrs Car and Josie shelled a lot of beans. Henry went to school. Henry got a letter from Evylin this evening. 9:30 oclock

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

Thursday, December 9, 1920

A cloudy morning. The trees was covered with ice that is all gone to night. Jim is in Chatham we think. Ben worked on Henrys bycicle then split a little wood. Went rabbit hunting late this evening. Did not kill any thing. I have bin busy all day. I got breakfast, milked the cows, cut up two pumpkins, put them on to cook, cleaned a hogs face, put that and haslet on to cook then got dinner then churned, put on some spar ribs to boil, watered the calf, changed the water that chidlins was in. By that time my hogs face was done. Picked the bones out and made scrapple. Took up my pumpkin and washed up the things that I used. Brought in some wood. Went to the spring twice. Josie got supper. Mrs. Car and Josie washed dishes.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, December 12, 1920

Sunday, December 12, 1920

Cloudy most of the day. No rain yet. Ben has bin at home all day and all of us has staid at home. I have done all the cookin, milked the cows. Ben brought in a barrel of flour and a can of oil to night. Ben helped Henry fix up his bysicle so he can ride it. He is beggin to ride to the school house. I hope that they wont let him. I started to Marvins and heard that they were not at home so I come back. 9 oclock

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, December 25, 1920

Saturday, December 25, 1920

A beautiful day. Very colde. Ben staid about home all day. The children has had a good day playing with their toys. Josie has a colde. Some better to day. I have spent the day at work. I got breakfast, milked the cows, fed the calf, killed dressed two chickens, cooked one. Boiled a ham, churned and beat up the butter, fixed up another churning and set it by the fire. Made some custard. Josie beat the whites of the eggs for me. Fed and watered the calf. Brought two buckets of water. Carrie gave me a nice box of stationary. Reese gave me a box of candy. Josie gave me a nice box of stationary. I got three cards. I was glad.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Friday, January 27, 1922

Friday, January 27, 1922

A very bad day it was snowing this morning when we got up and it is snowing yet 8 o clock at night. It is drifted in places so that any one cant hardly go through it. Jim has fed the chicken & turkeys and cows. Ben milked and has brought the water. Josie got dinner. She cooked black eye peas and had a stew. I made some bats and sewed on my quilt some. Our mail carrier did no come today. We mis the mail. There was no school today.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, February  2, 1922

Thursday, February 2, 1922

A cloudy morning. Clear in the evening. Jim hung up the meat. Ben & Jim went to Renon in the morning & Ben went a gain in the evening. Henry went to school. Josie got dinner and washed the dishes. After dinner I mended on overalls all day and then did not get done. Ben saw John & Edwin Brumfield on their way to Johnson Reynols. They were going to do some work for Mollie. I got a letter from Carrie to day. I am always glad to hear from them. Ben milked for me this morning. I have not done any thing out to day.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, February  4, 1922

Saturday, February 4, 1922

A good day but it is raining tonight. Jim & Ben & Henry cut a little today. Jim commenced to smoke the meat today. Ben put a heater in his room. Mr Mayhew was here tonight. Ben & the children played games with him until ten oclock or near that. I got dinner today. Edna washed the dishes this morning & at dinner. Josie starched & ironed some. Today I mended some things. Ben milked for me this morning. There is so much mud that I cant get a round much.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Sunday, February 12, 1922

Sunday, February 12, 1922

A cloudy day. Rained a little. We all stayed at home but Henry. He went to Dr Owens and spent the day with Stewart. Ben went with Lee Brumfield to Steven Davis s late this evening to get his dog. They come home a bout dark. Josie and I baked breat & made coffee for supper. Today has bin one lonesome dreary day. The roads are so bad that no one cant get a bout much. Ben & Josie milked this morning & Josie milked by her self to night. I wish I could see Carrie & the children once more.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, February 16, 1922

Thursday, February 16, 1922

Snowed again last night and have not thawed but very little allday. Today it is a very bad time. Ben & Josie milked today. I am not going out much. We dressed two chickens today and cooked one. Henry went to school the weather was two bad for Edna. Franklin & Mabel has bad colds. I think Jim feels better than he did yesterday. I know I hope he does. I am sorry for myself and every boddy esle [crossed out] else. I want to hear from all of my children and grand children. Do hope that the weather will get good.

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
Sunday, February 26, 1922

Sunday, February 26, 1922

A cloudy day. Rain this evening. We have bin at home all day. Ben & Josie milked. I got breakfast & dinner. Josie washed the dishes after dinner. We had fried chicken for dinner. Josie bathed the children & dressed them. They have worried us to [death] with the fuss they keep up. I have thought of Carrie & the children so often. I wish I could be with them a while. Mabel dont want to go to sleep and is crying. Oh I feel like I will be so glad when the weather is better.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, March  1, 1922

Wednesday, March 1, 1922

A bad day. Hailed & snowed and rained all day. Hailing now 8 oclock at night. The men folks fed the stock and made fires. Ben & Josie milked. I churned and got dinner. We had turnip salit & poached eggs. Nellie & Jim brought the sallit from Chatham. We were very glad of it. Henry & Edna went to school. Mabel has cried a lot all the morning. Was better all the evening. Nellie was complaining all evening. Hope she will soon be teethed.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Sunday, March  5, 1922

Sunday, March 5, 1922

A good day. I got breakfast and washed the dishes & churned. Ben & Josie milked the cows Josie made ice cream. Henry helped her. Then she baked a cake. It was very nice. Ben went to Role Hubbards. Did not get home until late. Found them all well. This evening Grace Brumfield and Lottie Kellie & Ruth Booker they had four little children with them. Hugh Brumfield come and played with Henry. Josie milked tonight & fed everything.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Wednesday, March  8, 1922

Wednesday, March 8, 1922

A good day. Ben & Josie started to the hospitle at Charlottsville. I am distressed about Josie. Hope she may come back improved. J Jim split wood in the woods and got wood and brought it in for us to burn. The children went to school. Mollie Reynols come a few minutes this evening. I milked this morning & to night. The first time in several weeks. The cow kicked at me but did not hurt me much. Max can come tonight to see his mother. Jim Doss carried Marvin Smith a load of straw. I wish I could see all of Marvins folks and him two.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Friday, March 10, 1922

Friday, March 10, 1922

A rainy day. Rained all night last night and it is raining to night. They teacher intended to have a box party at the school houes tonight but I guess there wont be many there. I am sorry that the weather is so bad. Jim & Ben has not done much today. Henry & Edna went to school. Josie got dinner. We had caned sausage & eggs and tomatoes. I washed dishes after dinner and fixed the butter. Have not done much today except dodge around and set by the fire. Ben milked Lady tonight. Josie milked Red.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Saturday, March 11, 1922

Saturday, March 11, 1922

Clear most of the day. Cool & windy. Ben & Jim cut and sawed up the wood that the ice broke and cleaned up the spring yard. The nicest it has bin in along time. I am glad that they did it. Josie has tried to see what she could do today. She helped to milk then cut salit for dinner. Went to the spring & washed it. Killed a chicken and dressed it. Finished dinner then baked a cake. Washed Mabel & Franklin and dressed them. Helped milk tonight and got up the eggs. Washed the dishes after supper. I kept busy but did not do much of any thing.

Last edit almost 6 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 about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Wednesday, March 22, 1922

Wednesday, March 22, 1922

A colde day. Ben & Jim cut some wood in the woods.

Henry & Edna went to school. Ben & Josie milked. Mrs Car churned. I got breakfast and washed dishes and got dinner & supper. Josie & Mrs Car and I quilted some. We finished the quilt tonight.

Hattie & Elie washed to day. I tried to bring a chunk of fire from the parlor to my room and droped it. Burnt the drugget & the floor. I am sorry but it cant be helped now. I will not try such a thing a gain soon if ever.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Wednesday, March 29, 1922

Wednesday, March 29, 1922

A good day. Jim split wood some today. Ben went to a barn raising at Mr Elders on Bob Starkeys land. Did not get home until night. Josie milked two cows. The other one we could not do any thing with. Franklin went to school today the first time in several weeks.

Nat Wooding brought us some salit to day. We were glad of it. Denia Blair come to see us a little while today. She come to see Mrs Bookers She was not at home and she come here.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Sunday, April  2, 1922

Sunday, April 2, 1922

A beautiful day. We went to Marvins and eat dinner. Ben had a time to crank his car but finely did get it to go. We had a good trip concidering the bad roads. Carrie was not looking for us but had a plenty dinner. They had a lot of company. John and his wife & daughter Mr and Mrs Hodges Mrs Love & children Christinia & Floyed Reynols. We got home in time to do our work. Mr Kent come and hindered Ben. He did not milk one of the cows. Mrs Kent is sick with flue.

Jim got home tonight I am glad that he come tonight.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Monday, April  3, 1922

Monday, April 3, 1922

A good day. Ben sowed clover seed. Jim got rock off the new ground. Josie got dinner. She cut salit and stewed peaches. I put a quilt in the frames. We both quilted this evening. We both milked tonight. I milked the cow that kickes so some times. Hattie washed the clothes dried and we took them in. Gladice Brumfield come with the children from school. Franklin Brumfield and Alvin Mayhew stoped at Mr Booker and stayed an hour or more this evening.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, April  5, 1922

Wednesday, April 5, 1922

A good day. Ben plowed under rye. Jim plowed some in the garden and planted potatoes & onions. Josie and I finished the quilting. Josie milked. The cow kicked her and hurt her leg. Ben milked that cow tonight.

I finished two of Josies quilts this evening. Josie made Mable some drawers this evening. Mabel has cried a lot today. I think that something hurts her. Norman Booker traded horses today.

Three of the children went to school.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, April 13, 1922

Thursday, April 13, 1922

A good day. Ben plowed this morning. Jim plowed this evening and Ben ditched the spring branch. Henry & Edna went to school. Franklin has bin sick all day his birth day. He is six years olde today. Josie ironed all the morning. I got dinner. Josie sewed some this evening. I sewed on my quilt. Will be glad when I get it done.

Josie and I milked morning and night.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 1922

A rainy day & cool. A bad day on little chickens. The men could not work much. Henry & Edna went to school today. Josie & I got a snack for dinner. Johnson Reynolds come as we was ready for dinner. He eat with us.I was glad that he did. I have not worked on anything to day like sewing.

Josie is not well. She has a colde and says she feels so sad. I hope that she may soon feel better. She helped me milk tonight.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Monday, April 24, 1922

Monday, April 24, 1922

A clear and cool [day].There was frost enough to kill some things. I think it killed most of our strawberry blooms. Jim went to the island for guano this evening he plowed. Ben and Josie and Edna is sick and Mabel. They all have flue we think. Henry went to school. I have done what cooking has bin done. Milked this morning. tonight Josie helped. I know she should not do as much as she does. Hattie washed here this morning. I am distressed a bout them all being sick and I cant do what is needing to be done.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, April 27, 1922

Thursday, April 27, 1922

A rainy day the most of the day. The men folks cold not do much work. They worked some between showers. Ben and Josie milked this morning and tonight. Josie has done the cookin. I have sick all day. Hope I will soon be well as usual.

Mabel come to my bed and got in and went to sleep the first time in her life that I know of.

Last edit about 7 years ago by shutterbug
Sunday, April 30, 1922

Sunday, April 30, 1922

A clean cool day. There was frost this morning. Not enough to [hunt?] much. We all have bein at home all day. There has not any one come to see us in about two weeks. [Reylein?] Reynolds came to see me today. I was glad that he came.

Josie has bin [busy?] about all day. She cooked meat + greens and baked a cake, milked and churned. Kept Busy about all day. I hope I can help her some tomorrow. [Nonny?] is not well by no means. Alma Bennett called over the [thove?]. I was glad that she did. She was on her way home

Last edit about 7 years ago by rozenson
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