Julia Brumfield Diaries

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1918

Tuesday, January 29, 1918

Tuesday, January 29, 1918

A bad day. Snow melting walkin very bad.

Ben went to see Dr Owen this morning. Got medicine for Henry he is mighty sick yet.

I got dinner to day. I finished a helmet for Bruce Reynolds to day.

I got two letters to day one from Julia Fergerson and one from Lottie Craddock.

Ben went this evening to Ren Worshams and paid for the guano to use this year. Ben is sleeping in my room to night. Edna is with him. Henry is with his mother.

8 30 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, April  7, 1918

Sunday, April 7, 1918

A good day.

Ben and family staid at home to day. Mrs Carr is here with them. She had the head ache all day. I went with Posie and Nannie Kate to see Alice and Jim Thompson to day. I think they are so well fixed for new beginners. That has bin a grand old place and is good yet.

Hazel Smith is broke out with something the Dr says he thinks it is scarlet fever. Henry is not well to night. Hope they both will be well soon.

9 oclock

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Tuesday, April 16, 1918

Tuesday, April 16, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain. Ben and Marvin worked on the barn. Mr Owens hauled wood. Josie and I ironed some and got dinner. This evening I went to see Carrie a little while. Mollie and Kate Reynolds come there a while.

Tonight Ben and Josie and Henry and Edna has gone to Strait Stone to see a moving picture show.

Mrs Carr went with them and will go home I guess. I am uneasy a bout them a fraid the roads is so rough that they will get stalled. Franklin is sick to night. I certainly do hope that he may soon get well.

9 oclock

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Friday, July  5, 1918

Friday, July 5, 1918

A good day. Ben stacked his oats to day and finished plowing corn for him self and Owen. Plowed some in the garden. Josie ironed and got dinner most all of it. I got a new dress. Alma Bennett sent it this evening by mail.

I went to Carries a while and then to Posie Reynolds. I carried Mrs Rice a bonnett that Alma Bennett made the bonnett. Carrie Smith furnished the material and gave it to Mrs Rice. Posie and his mother was gone to Chatham.

I had a letter from Ola (Bennett) Jefferson .

We are having some rain to night and need it two.

11 oclock

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Tuesday, August 20, 1918

Tuesday, August 20, 1918

A beautiful day.

Ben and Paul suckered tobacco. Josie got dinner and canned some tomatoes. This evening she scrubbed the cook room floor.

I went to see Mollie Reynolds. She is not well but a bout.

I did not see Miss Kate or Mrs Jane they were taking their evening nap. Doris Brumfield and Christine Reynolds and Delma Owen come to Marvins a while this evening.

10 oclock

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Tuesday, August 27, 1918

Tuesday, August 27, 1918

A good day. Clouds a round this evening but no rain here to do any good. Ben fired tobacco. We all tied tobacco this morning a while. Lizzie Bennett helped us. Josie come home and got dinner. She had corn and irish potatoes and fried apples. We all enjoyed the dinner. Doris Brumfield and Christine Reynolds come here a while this evening. Heard to day that Kate Reynolds and Clack Hubbard was married yesterday.

Was not surprised much. I got a letter from John Brumfield to day. The first in a long time.

10 35 oclock

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Sunday, September  1, 1918

Sunday, September 1, 1918

A beautiful day. The men folks staid at the barns most of the day.

Paul carried his mother home this morning. Josie staid at home and got dinner then went to Reynolds. Marvin carried Josie and Edna and Franklin Carrie and four of their children. I spent the day there. Posie and Nannie and baby was there. Julia and baby. We had a pleasant day. They had plenty of water mellons. Ben will have to stay at the barns to night.

8 35 oclock

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Tuesday, October 22, 1918

Tuesday, October 22, 1918

A good day. Paul and Owen Josie and I and the children finished stripping Pauls curing of tobacco this morning and commenced on Bens.

Josie come home to get dinner. She fried chicken and baked cocoanut pies. A bout twelve Gordon and Alma and Ola and Frances Bennett come for dinner. After dinner Bruce Reynolds and his mother come a few minutes. I was glad to see them all. Ben sowed wheat most of the day. This evening Nat Wooding phoned for Ben to come to Reynolds mail box and help him work on his car. Ben went. They could not fix it. They brought it here. Sidney Reynolds come after Nat and carried him home.

Paul finished sowing wheat. Mollie gave me a nice box of candy a birth day present. Marvin Smith paid our taxes this evening. Paul and Ben has bin at the barn to night hangin and putting tobacco in the pit.

10 oclock

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Tuesday, October 29, 1918

Tuesday, October 29, 1918

A cloudy day and a little rain here. Ben just got in from Altavista. Says that it rained hard there. He went for a load of lumber. The rest of us stripped tobacco all day. We finished a curing for Mr Owen and commenced one for Paul.

Heard today that Doris Brumfield broke her arm yesterday. I am so sorry for her and her mother. Would go to see her if it wont for there is so much sickness a bout.

Heard to day that Mr Charles Rorrer was buried to day. He was a soldier in the Civil War.

Carlton Trent carried the mail yesterday and to day.

8 30 oclock

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1919

Saturday, February  1, 1919

Saturday, February 1, 1919

A beautiful day.

Ben & Jim and Owen burned a plant bed & sowed it. Ben & Owen hauled some stalks and cut them for feed. Josie and I ironed and got dinner this evening. I went to Marvins a few minutes. Mr Mayhew is here tonight. They are playing cards.

Josie got a letter from her mother this evening telling her that her sister is not getting on well. I guess that she will go to see her soon.

I got a letter from Thelma Brumfield this evening. She seems to be getting on well.

9 oclock

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Friday, March  7, 1919

Friday, March 7, 1919

Cloudy this morning. Clear this evening. Ben went with Mr Dews to Gretna after his car. They had some trouble in getting it home. I do hope that they will be pleased with it. Jim helped John Hutcherson raise a barn this evening.

Josie & the children went to Carries this evening. I went a few minutes then cut a mess of Salit I fished a few minutes this evening. Caught three minows. No one here found it out but Mr Owen. I think he saw me. Josie had a letter from her mother this evening.

8 oclock

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Monday, March 10, 1919

Monday, March 10, 1919

A good day. The men folks cut wood until twelve. Ben carried Josie to Long Island this evening, Her mother met her and they started for W Virginia Max Carr was going with them part of the way. Edna & Franklin went to Marvins this evening. I went and come with them back.

Henry went to school.

Ben says that the roads is very bad. Johnson and Christinia Reynols come from Norfork this evening. Reubin met them at the Island

9 30 oclock

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Tuesday, April 15, 1919

Tuesday, April 15, 1919

A good day. Ben & Owen worked on their tobacco land. Jim plowed some in the garden.

Bettie Rosser washed.

Mary and Mintie and I and Edna & Henry went to Johnsons. Nannie Kate Reynols & her baby come over there.

Josie baked some pies for dinner. I cut salit.

I went to Renan. Paid Lewis what I owed him. Bought some prunes & candy.

My shoes that Josie ordered come. I got a little check interest on my bonds.

10 oclock

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Wednesday, April 16, 1919

Wednesday, April 16, 1919

A cloudy morning and rain before twelve oclock.

The men folks could not do much of any thing.

Mary Towler and Mintie Motley went from here this morning. Ben carried them to George Blairs and Frank Blair carried them home and brought his mother home.

I got dinner today. Josie made Edna a dress and finished it some time before night.

I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. I got some stockings by mail that Josie ordered for me. Am very well pleased with them.

Franklin has bin cross and mean all day. I think because he could not play out doors.

9 oclock

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Tuesday, July  1, 1919

Tuesday, July 1, 1919

A good day. Ben Jim & Owen plowed in their tobacco.

Josie washed a big washin of clothes. I got dinner. Was late a bout it.

Denia Blair come and eat dinner with us. I was glad that she come. Denia and I walked to Mr. Edmons to see Mrs. Edmons. Mrs. Dews and Mrs. Owen was there.

Board Dews come for his mother and Aunt Minnie in the car. He brought Denia and I as far as Mr Owens. Mrs. Coats died today. She was Josies aunt.

Miss Evylin Edmons made lemmon aid as good as I ever drank.

10 oclock

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Wednesday, August 13, 1919

Wednesday, August 13, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim suckered some tobacco. Ben went to Strait Stone and got some roofin. John & Edwin finished covering the barn and helpe work in the tobacco a while.

Ben carried Edwin & Christenia and Henry & Edna and I to White Falls. The river was two full & mudy. So we soon come home. I come by Johnsons. Mollie was makin grape jellie. Julia was washin some meal that she had bought. Kate Hubbard was taken sick today. I hope she will soon be well a gain. I come by Carries. She was pickin grapes.

10:10 oclock

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Friday, August 29, 1919

Friday, August 29, 1919

Cloudy most of the day but no rain. Ben & Owen moved tobacco this morning and cut this evening. Jim staid at the barn. Is there now.

Josie sewed most all day. This evening Mag Brumfield and Doris & Janie and little Charley come to see us. Rees Smith carried his mother to Strait Stone this evening.

I got a letter from Evylin this evening. I am always glad to hear from any of the kindsfolks.

9 oclock

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Thursday, November 20, 1919

Thursday, November 20, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day and until bed time tonight.

I got dinner then I went to Johnson Reynols. Clack and Kate Hubard was there. Today was the first time that I ever saw their baby. He is a fine baby.

Every body here has some cold. I feel bad to night. I have made Henry & Edna a ball out of old socks. Just finished them.

8:30 oclock

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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 over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday January  7, 1921

Friday January 7, 1921

A good day. Jim and Owen stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben sawed wood for Lee Brumfield. Tonight Jim & Ben has gone to the school house to a farmers meeting.

Josie and I ironed most of the day. I stewed pumpkin today the last that we have. I went to Marvins a few minutes. Carrie was ironing. Marvin and William was getting up corn.

Kate Hubbard baby is very sick. I hope he may get well a gain.

Jim & Ben has got home.

10 oclock

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Monday January 10, 1921

Monday January 10, 1921

A bad morning. Snowed until twelve oclock.

Ben made the fire in the stove and the fire place for the first time this winter. Ben milked for me. I was glad as it was so bad. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco. Owen helped them some. Josie sowed some. Made three aprons and a blouse. I done what cooking was done. The children did not go to school.

Heard tonight that Kate Hubbards baby was some better. I hope he may get well. Ben has a bad colde tonight. Hope he may soon feel better.

Josie and some of the children has sore eyes.

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Friday January 14, 1921

Friday January 14, 1921

A very bad day. Hail & rain and sleet. The ice was so heavy that some trees broke. The olde cut paper here broke badly.

Jim and Ben stripped tobacco. Ben milked for me this morning. I was a fraid I might fall on the ice.

I got dinner and churned. Mr Sam Owens baby is very sick. Josie went up there this evening. I am sorry for them but cant help them. Marvin solde tobacco at Gretna today. Was well pleased. I am so glad. I have not seen any of Marvins people in some time. Hope the weather will soon be better so I can get a round.

Mabel has woke up. She gives her mother a hard time. I pittie Josie and the baby.

9 oclock

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Monday February 28, 1921

Monday February 28, 1921

A good day. Jim and Ben cut some in the woods to day. Ben loaded on his tobacco on John Tuckers truck this morning. Ben intends going to Danville in the morning. Josie got dinner. She got turnip salet. The first that we have had this year. I ironed some. I went to Marvins this evening. While I was there a man came and bought a cow from him.

Clack Hubbard moved to Renan today. I hope he may do well and it will be for Kates good two. I am so anxious to know how every one is getting on. It keeps so colde that I cant get out much yet.

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Thursday March 24, 1921

Thursday March 24, 1921

A rainy day most of the day. Mrs Reynols was buried this evening. Ben went to the burial with Marvin. Jim staid at home all day. Josie got dinner. She baked a molasses pudding. It was fine.

I went to Georg Blairs. Lottie Craddock and her children was there. Isla was sewing. Denia & Cordie was makeing Edieth a doll. Denia was bakeing light rolls.

Willie Hutcherson and his mother went to Mrs. Reynols burial.

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Friday April 22, 1921

Friday April 22, 1921

A cloudy windy day. Rain just at night. Jim and Ben worked all day at home. Josie ironed and got dinner.

I went to Long Island with Grace Brumfield. Reese Smith carried us. We fished all day and did not catch any thing. We eat dinner and supper at Mr Peaks. Mr and Mrs Peak was very nice to me and I am very glad for any kindness that is to me.

Mr Mayhew & Mr Irvin Lewis and his mother was fishing. Mr Less Rourks and Beaula brought us home. I hope I have not done any harm to any one to day. If so excuse me.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Monday July 11, 1921

Monday July 11, 1921

A good day. No rain yet to do any good. The boys worked in the tobacco some this morning. Ben finished covering the barn shetter this evening. Jim & Ben & Henry got up the potatoes this evening. Josie got dinner and made Julia a dress.

I got up soon this morning and made a fire & brough a bucket of water. Washed last nights dishes then got the breakfast before any one else come. I then milked the cow. Made a fire at the wash house and washed until twelve.

Eat dinner and churned then went to Marvins. Reese carried his mother & all the children. The river was so mudy that we did not catch anything any acount.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Friday July 29, 1921

Friday July 29, 1921

A good morning. Ben & Jim worked on the tobacco this morning then floored the cook room. Marvin went to preaching. Reese carried him then come home and carried his mother and all the children and I to Mr Johnsons mill. The children Edna and Hazel & Eva waded a bout in the river. I fished a little. Caught four.

A man come here and bought 23 chickens and two doz eggs.

Julia and Josie are here tonight. Bus [?] Miller was sick this evening. He is the hand that worked at Marvins.

The wind broke the shade trees.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by dy957
Thursday August  4, 1921

Thursday August 4, 1921

A good day. The boys worked in the tobacco all day. I got dinner. Josie killed two chickens and baked pies. Today is Mrs Cars birth day. She is 67 years olde. Josie went to the grove to the meeting. Oscar Brumfield carried her. His mother & aunt went with him.

A Mr Roberson & Mr Hutcherson come here to see Mrs Car. She wants to sell her land. Josie come home with the sick head ache. I got supper. I think she had a fine time to day.

Mrs Car churned and washed dishes for me.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday August  6, 1921

Saturday August 6, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the house all day and did not get near all done that they want to do. Josie ironed some. Mrs Car churned. I got dinner.

Mrs Butcher & Mrs Dalton come a while. I was glad to see them. Mrs Butcher looks well and young for her. John & Edwin come this evening. I am glad to see them. Heard today that Jack Harvey is on his way home. He is sick. I am sorry for his mother and him. Heard today that Rorner James died this morning. There is several that dont care if he is dead.

Josie is lookin for Rob & Ella to morrow.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday August 21, 1921

Sunday August 21, 1921

A good day. Oh how we need rain. We all staid at home. Lizzie Bennett and little Cary Jefferson was with us today.

Earl Bennett come for them tonight. They have not bin gone but a few minutes. Hope that they will get home safe. Carrie & her family come a while this evening. I am always glad for them to come.

Jim went to Mr Edmons barn when he was cureing tobacco this evening. I know that Jim is lonesome some times.

Julia Fergerson went to Portsmoth today. I know her mother will miss her.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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