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1918

Tuesday, April 23, 1918

Tuesday, April 23, 1918

A clear day. A cloud to night and some rain.

Ben and Owen split up the olde barn logs and moved the fence. Josie washed. I got dinner and picked beans.

George Blair come over here for some vinegar.

Beatrice Owen come for some eggs for Mrs Dews. I went to Carries a while this evening.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, April 24, 1918

Wednesday, April 24, 1918

A clear morning some rain tonight. Ben and Owen hauled in some feed. Owen plowed this evening.

Ben carried Josie and I to Cedar Forest. Josie went to see Mrs Powers. Ben & Henry and Edna and I went to the creek and fished.

Caught a few fish.

Ben got stalled and had to have help to get a way. Josie got dinner. I picked beans. Mr Farthings cows come here to day. Ben put them up. They got them this evening. Marvin worked on his fence to day.

9 oclock

Last edit over 4 years ago by dy957
Saturday, May 11, 1918

Saturday, May 11, 1918

A good day. Just at night we had a shower.

Ben and Owen and Paul Bennett fixed up the fence this morning and plowed this evening.

Josie got dinner and churned. Marvin carried me and Henry and Denia Blair to Cedar Forest. We fished but did not catch anything. Reubin Reynolds come to see Paul to night. I am glad that he did.

9 oclock

Last edit over 4 years ago by dy957
Thursday, September 26, 1918

Thursday, September 26, 1918

A good morning. Rain this evening.

Denia and I staid at Letchers until dinner then went to see John Craddocks sister. Mary Towler went with us. Found them well.

While we were there it rained. When we started home the creek was up so that we could not cross where we did when we went over there so we crossed on a fence and crossed two branches on poles and rails. None of us fell or got wet. We come by the grave yard and got to Letchers OK.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, November 16, 1918 (original)

Monday, November 16, 1918 (original)

A cloudy morning.

Before we finished eating breakfast Mr Layne come to get his calf. I got him in the stable and Ben tied him but they could not carry him home he was so stubborn. Ben and Owen lost about two hours time then they went to work.

Ben put a yoke in the cow this morning. Henry and I worked on the fence nearly all the morning. The calves was in the pasture to night. Ben worked on his pigs to day. Doris Brumfield and C Reynolds come a while this evening. Josie planted some hyacinths bulbs to day.

I brought in my daghlia roots this evening.

I put on a pair of new shoes to day. I went up [ink mark]

Well I went to sleep and made a mark.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, November 30, 1918

Saturday, November 30, 1918

A good day. John Brumfield was here. Ben did not do much work. He moved the fence so the cows could go to the straw stacks.

Josie got dinner. She had baked chicken and beef steak. I think we all enjoyed the dinner. Mrs Carr has a bad colde.

This evening Ben carried John to Gretna. I went with them. Tenia met John at Gretna. He said that he would go back to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Willie Mayhew carried his family to Chatham to day on his truck. Gasoline gave out and he got some from Ben to get the truck home.

8: o clock

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, April 21, 1919

Monday, April 21, 1919

A good day. Lizzie was here this morning. She went to Carries and eat dinner. Ben & family and I went to Creasys fish pond. They drewed the water off. They caugh several nice fish and a lot of turtles.

I came back to Marvins and eat dinner. Josie come up there & the children. They had an egg hunt and had some nice candy. Lizzie and I went to Johnson Reynols. Mollie was not at home. She & Robert and Christenie & Janie Brumfield had gone to Jim Thomsons.

We went to see Nanie a while. Mrs Yeats was at Posies.

Jim Brumfield come home this evening.

Ben & Mr Mayhew went to Gretna this evening and got Bens wire for a fence.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, June  5, 1919

Thursday, June 5, 1919

A very rainy day. The branch was out of the banks. The men plowed in the corn a little while this morning. I was here by my self except Henry in and out.

I got potatoes for dinner. The calf got in the corn this evening. Henry and I got it out & mended the fence. I wrote a letter to Effie this evening.

10:30 ocl

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, July  6, 1919

Sunday, July 6, 1919

A good morning. We all staid at home. Nellie & Evylin come this morning. Mr Tup Walker brought them. Kate Harvey & Carrie Smith and the little children come a little while. Jim & Ben went to the creek. Had to hurry back on account of a cloud. We have had the hardest rain I most ever saw. The branch is as high as I ever saw it. Washed the fence a way below the spring. Oh I am so sorry a bout the high water.

Evylin is playing the piano.

10 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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.

10: o clock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, July  8, 1919

Tuesday, July 8, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben fixed up the fence that washed down Sunday night. This evening Jim went & helped George Blair thrash wheat. Ben and Owen hauled up wheat. Josie got dinner. She cooked cabbage and potatoes & symblings.

This evening Marvin carried Gladys and Effie Brumfield to White Falls fishin. We caught several small fish. They finished mending the race & commenced grinding new wheat.

I droped my knife in the river. The water was mudy so that I could not see it. I got down and felt for it and found it. I know it is foolish to to write about it but I keep thinkin a bout the surprize that I found it.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 4 years ago by dy957
Friday, July 11, 1919

Friday, July 11, 1919

A good day. Jim & Owen went to help Johnson Reynolds thrash wheat. Ben plowed in his tobacco all day. Jim helped him this evening. To night Ben & Jim has gone to nail up the gate. The cows & horses got in the corn last night.

Josie got dinner. This evening she picked a bucket full of black berries.

I though I would pick some berries but did not get many. I felt so bad that I did not get many berries.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday April 20, 1921

Wednesday April 20, 1921

A beautiful day. Ben & Henry fenced some. Jim disked some and harrowed some. Josie and I washed. Josie got dinner. I built a chicken coop. I went to the plant bed and cut salit for dinner tomorrow. Heard this evening that Mrs Edmons is bad off. I am sorry. I think so well of her. She is a good neighbor. I think she tries to do as good as she can.

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday April 21, 1921

Thursday April 21, 1921

A good day. Jim harrowed all day. Ben fenced some. Josie got dinner then her and Edna & Franklin and Mabel come to Johnson Reynols. I went this morning. Today was Mollie Reynols birth day. Christenia invited several of the kinsfolk to come.

I was all that went for dinner. Christinia went to the store and bought cakes and lemmons. Made lemon aid and served cakes & aid. Mollie has children that she is proud of. They seem to think so much of her. Reese Smith brought his mother and sister up there this evening and come and brough us all home. Kate Harvey was there two. I enjoyed it all.

Last edit almost 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday July 21, 1921

Thursday July 21, 1921

A good day. We need rain very bad. Jim & Ben worked in the tobacco all the morning. Worked on a fence this evening. Mr Mayhew come up here today at noon and talked with the boys a while.

Josie made two dresses to day. One for herself and one for Julia Brumfield. Julia has gone to see Christenia Reynols tonight. Will stay a day or two. We will mis her very much.

I went to Marvins a little while this evenig. Carries boys washed a washing of clothes to day.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday September  7, 1921

Wednesday September 7, 1921

A clear hot day. No rain. The boys helped Marvin cut tobacco all day. Josie and I washed this morning. Finished in time to get a snack for dinner. Josie made two pies in the least time I ever thought of. We had salmon & canned beef. All could be got ready quick.

I worked on button holes. Josie made Edna a pair of bloomers and picked a few peas.

Edna & Franklin pulled pea vines and fed the cows through the fence & climed the cyckamore tree. They ask me to write a bout as I did not know any thing to write. I did it.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1920

Friday, March 26, 1920

Friday, March 26, 1920

A rainy morning. The children did not go to school. Mrs. Wooding come by this evening and left Virginia to play with Edna. The men folks planted posts to put up a fence. Josie ironed. I got dinner. Got three boxes of borax from Russel Peak and finished my soap makeing.

8 oclock

Josie heard that there is to be a party at Mr Powers to night. They were not invited.

Last edit about 8 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Monday, January  2, 1922

Monday, January 2, 1922

A clear colde day the coldest that has bin this winter. Ben has bin at home all day. We did not eat but twice today. We cooked rabbits for dinner. Today is Carries birth day. Jim come home tonight. Mr Bob Starkey brought him from Chatham. He brought a pig with him. He brought several little presents for us all. A thermos bottle for me & candy and a doll for the children. Ben has bin fixin up the fence. The red cow has bin getting in the corn. The children are so glad that Jim is here.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, March 14, 1922

Tuesday, March 14, 1922

A good day. Rained a little and cleared off. Jim & Ben went to Renan and cut wood for Irvin Harvey until twelve oclock. They come home for dinner. They worked on the garden fence this evening. We quilted one of Josies quilts and commenced on another one.

Mrs. Norman Booker come and helped us quilt this evening.

Kate Harvey & Carrie Smith come a little while. Carrie had four of the children with her. I was so glad to see them. Would be glad to see Marvin & Paul & Roy. Hope to see all of them soon. Mrs Car has bin sick all the evening hope she will get well soon.

Last edit over 3 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, March 17, 1922

Friday, March 17, 1922

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the garden fence all the morning. This evening they helped cut wood at Mag Brumfields. They went on the car. I went with them. I went to Kates and then we went to Mags. I saw Doris & Virginia & Hellen. They all looked very nice. I got dinner at home. We had turnip salit. We have had good neighbors to send us salid. Hattie Gilbert washed here today. Josie baked a cake today as nice as one could wish. Mag had a very nice dinner today. I eat some with her this evening.

Last edit almost 4 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 4 years ago by Ladybug1492
Sunday, March 26, 1922

Sunday, March 26, 1922

A good day. Ben fixed the gate to the flower garden. We were glad to have it made so we could go in the garden. Jim moved his pig to the pasture today. Mrs Car went home this evening. Ben & Josie and all the children went. They did not go in at Mr Powers. Most all of the Powers people are sick. I heard a gun shot tonight. We heard that a mad dog was killed. S[h]ot near Lee Brumfields.

There has bin more passing a bout today than any Sun[day] since Xmas. Looks like rain now.

Chris Tenigs Reynols was here today.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Monday, April 17, 1922

Monday, April 17, 1922

A cloudy cool day. Jim plowed all day. Ben cleaned up the branch in the morning. Henry and Edna went to school. Come home at noon & Ben and Josie and all of the children went to Mount Airy to a spelling bee. I staid at home a while. Norman Booker & family went to Level Run and to Jim Bookers fish trap. They had a fish fry. It was very nice much better than I expected. There was a crood there and all seemed to enjoy the sport. Norman Bookers horse got cut in the wire fence yesterday. I do so much thank them for taking me with them.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Wednesday, October 25, 1922

Wednesday, October 25, 1922

A good day. Ben hauled some wood this morning & worked on his wheat land this evening. Jim & Nellie stripped tobacco all day. Bettie and I got dinner. We cooked turnip & peas and potatoes. This evening I cut the Morning Glorie vine off of the garden fence and then went to Renan & to see Kate Harvey carrie the money to pay my taxes. Mr Mayhew was at the store on his machine and brough me home. I was glad that I did not have to walk. Ben & Jim is at the barn putting tobacco in the pit.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, October 26, 1922

Thursday, October 26, 1922

A clear cool day. Jim & Nellie stripped tobacco. Ben sowed wheat finished what he expected to sow. The children went to school. Bettie ironed. I got the most of the dinner. Mrs Mayhew sent Josie some flowers by the school children. I gathered a few violets this evening. MRs Edmons come to see Josie this evening. I cut the Morning Glorie vine from garden fence yesterday and fed it to the cows today. Jim & Ben went to the barn tonight to hang tobacco. Henry has gone hunting.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, November  7, 1922

Tuesday, November 7, 1922

A cloudy day and a little rain. Ben went to the Election and served as judge. Jim & Nellie stripped tobacco. John Hutchersons bull got in and got to the haystacks. Did not do any damage. Our cows got in Norman Bookers field. Jim got them out and fixed the fence. I got dinner. This evening I hulled walnuts. Mabel stayed with me at the shop. I did not go to vote. I had no way to go. Several ladies did vote.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Monday, December  4, 1922

Monday, December 4, 1922

A raining tonight. The boys finished stripping Bens cureing of tobacco and put some of Jims in the pit. The children went to school. Nellie & I got dinner. Hattie Gilbert washed and all of the clothes is on the garden fence. Josie has suffered a lot today. Nellie heard from Evylin today. I planted a few little bulbs today. Ben and Norman Booker wanted to start to Gretna in the morning but they could not load their tobacco so they cant go. Our cows got in Booker field this morning. Jim got them out.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, December 21, 1922

Thursday, December 21, 1922

A colde clear day. A little rain last night and a sleet this morning. Ben went to Gretna. He carried a barrel of things for Jim to ship to Evylin at Charlottesville. Nellie started to see Evylin this morning. Ben carried Fanny home this evening. We will miss them very much. Heard tonight that Mrs Hutcherson is very sick. Ernest Craddock & family moved to this neighbor hood today. I hope they will never regret it. Jim went to Gretna with Ben this evening. He put up the fence a round the hog lot.

Last edit almost 4 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Monday, February 26, 1923

Monday, February 26, 1923

A rainy day most of the day. Ben plowed until he got wet. Hattie washed the clothes. Are on the fence now as wet as they can be. Nellie worked some button holes and got most of the dinner. She got a letter from Evylin saying she was sick. Nel has been about half crazie ever since. The children went to school. Come home wet to the skin in places. Hattie Gilbert and John got milk here today. I am so anxious for good weather so I can get out where I please and take the baby with me.

Last edit over 5 years ago by Nathani
Friday, March  9, 1923

Friday, March 9, 1923

A good day. The men worked on the pasture fence. Ben went to Lee's to a [cutting mach?]. We had [creasy salit] for dinner. The land was frozen this morning. The children went to school. I churned and baked some sweet potatoes. Afther the children come home, we shucked two shocks of corn. Henry brought it to the corn house. Mr. Mayhew and Eula and Harold come and they played games.

Last edit over 5 years ago by Nathani
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