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1919

Wednesday, October 29, 1919

Wednesday, October 29, 1919

A cloudy day. Jim & Ben plowed all day. Owen went to Long Island. Carried his calf.

Bessie Callands (col) come here this morning to work. I hope she may stay and be some help to us.

Josie got the dinner.

I washed a little this evening.

I went to Johnson Reynolds. While I was gone Miss Smith and Miss Carter and Janey Gravely stopped to see Josie and the baby. I would liked to have seen them but they did not come to see me.

Tonight Ben & Willie Mayhew has gone hunting.

9:15 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, November  2, 1919

Sunday, November 2, 1919

A good day. I got breakfast and milked the cows then Ben carried Cordie and I to Long Island. We come on the Virginian R-R to Alberta. The[re] we had to wait for a train until dark then we came to Richmond. Willie & Julia met us at the depot. We come on a street car to Willies house. Effie had a good supper. I am so glad that we got here ok.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, November 27, 1919

Thursday, November 27, 1919

A beautiful warm morning. I would of given either of the boys five dollars to have taken me where I could of fished some but did not say a word about it. I was afraid they would deny me & belitle me for being so foolish and it hurts so bad to be denied. In the place of fishing I got dinner and helped to clean the yard and draped and covered two rows of onions and went to Carries a few minutes.

Jim & Ben finished diggin Irish potatoes and put them in kiln in the garden. Fixed the land to plant onions.

Then hauled some stalks to feed the cows. To night Ben & Josie went to Renan. I stayed with the children. Josie got a package from the island to day. She gave me a nice sweater. I am glad of it. I am so near a sleep that I cant hardely write.

9 oclock

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Wednesday, December 10, 1919

Wednesday, December 10, 1919

A cool day. To night is colde. Jim & Ben went to Chatham. Nellie come with them home. I am very glad that she come.

Mr Owens baby is sick. I do hope he may be better soon. Josie baked a fruit cake to day.

Mr Owens carried some chickens to Long Island this evening.

I was at Marvins a few minutes this evening.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, December 14, 1919

Sunday, December 14, 1919

A rainy morning. Clear this evening.

Jim carried Nellie to the Island this evening on her way home. I hope she may get there ok. Jim had a colde drive home.

Ben & Josie went to Marvins a few minutes this evening.

7:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, December 26, 1919

Friday, December 26, 1919

A good day. Ben hunted some this morning. Kate Harvey come a while today.

I went to Marvins and eat dinner. Mr Padget & Dr Smith and Mrs Smith was there. Carrie had a nice dinner. Had a turkey and ham & cakes of different sorts cranberrie sauce and custard.

Thelma & Mary Brumfield and Jack Harvey come from Richmond to day.

Ben went to Long Island for them. Mr Owen had a dance tonight. Had one at George Hutchersons tonight.

Ben & Jack and Josie and Thelma & Mary and Henry went up there and staid a while. Thelm & Mary brought me a book for 1920. Also a founing pen & some candy. I am glad of them.

11 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Saturday January 29, 1921

Saturday January 29, 1921

A good morning. Cloudy this evening and some hail. The men stripped tobacco most of the day. Shucked some corn just at night.

Josie and Henry went to the store this evening at Cedar Forest. The baby has bin very good for her all evening. The children has very bad coughs. The olde hog caught one of my chickens to day. Miss Carter taught school today to make up a lost day. Irvin Harvey got a phonagrapt from the Island today for Virginia Harvey. Hope she may be pleased with it.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday February  6, 1921

Sunday February 6, 1921

A beautiful day. Preaching at Strait Stone. We was all at home at dinner. Ben and family went to Jim Powers. They had plenty of company.

Jim roved a round all evening. I went to Marvins. Some of their children has very bad colds. Mr Owen went to meet his daughter at Long Island. He went on the buggy.

8 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday March  7, 1921

Monday March 7, 1921

A good day. Ben sowed grass seed. Jim planted things in the garden & a potatoe patch. Josie sowed for Franklin most of the day. This evening I went to George Blairs. Denia was not at home. I had a pleasant time with the girls. I stoped at Mr Hutchersons. Mrs Mayhew was there. I am glad that she is able to get round that much. I enjoyed being with them.

Kate Harvey come to Marvins and her and Carrie come here. I am sorry that I was not at home. Marvin went to the Iland for a phonogapt for Carrie and Josie. Ben and Josie have gone up there to night and I dont know when they are coming back. Mabel stayed a wake until after nine oclock. Marvin solde Jerrie [Jennie?] to day.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday March 30, 1921

Wednesday March 30, 1921

A cloudy evening and rain tonight. We had a killing frost this morning. I am sorry but that was something that powerful man could not help.

Ben went to the island for guano. Josie washed this morning. I got the dinner. Jim come home today. We were very glad that he did.

I went to Johnson Reynols. There was no one at home but Mollie when I got there.

I went by Marvins. Carrie was makeing Eva a dress. Denia sent Josie some yeast to make her some light bread.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday April 15, 1921

Friday April 15, 1921

Cloudy most of the day but no rain. Jim worked in the garden most of the day. Ben went to the island for guano. Carried a log to the saw mill. Henry went with him. Josie got dinner and supper. She baked light rolls for supper. I ironed all the morning. Tonight John come to see us. I am glad that he come.

9:30 oclock

Jim has a very bad colde. I am sorry for him.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday April 19, 1921

Tuesday April 19, 1921

A good day. Colde for April. A big frost this morning. Ben & Jim went to the island for guano. Got home by dinner. Carried some guano.

Josie made her a dress to day. I got dinner. This evening Effie & Hellen Brumfield and Virginia Harvey come. We were very glad to see them. I walked with them as far as Carries.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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 over 6 years ago by dy957
Monday April 25, 1921

Monday April 25, 1921

A good day. Ben went to meet Jim. Jim come from Chatham. The men that will put in the lights come today.

Marvin went to the island. He got his washing machine today. Carrie and the children and Edna went to Cedar Forest. I went with Johnson Reynolds to the island. Beaula and I fished. Did not catch any thing.

I eat dinner at Mr Peaks. They are all so good to me. I am ashamed to impose on them. I thanked Johnson for takeing me to the island. Got stuck in the mud between Marvins and the gray soil road. Marvin and Mr Hutcherson helped to push his truck out.

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Sunday May  1, 1921

Sunday May 1, 1921

A cool bad day. Not any thing was hurt by the colde last night.

Josie and Ben and the children went to Jim Powers this evening. Mrs Car started to Lynchburg this evening. Ben carried her to Long Island this evening. Ben & Josie went to Mr Dews this evening a little while. The preacher Mr Street staid at Marvins last night.

I went with Carrie and Marvin to Strait Stone this evening. Mr Padget preached. There was a good many to hear him. I was glad to go.

Jim staid a round here all day.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday May  3, 1921

Tuesday May 3, 1921

A cloudy cool day. Have needed fires all day. Jim worked on his tobacco ground. Ben went to Long Island for roofing for the barn shelters. Marvin and Henry went with him. Ben carried corn to the mill. Josie made Henry two shirts and two pair of curtains. I churned this morning. This evening I went to Marvins. Carrie was makeing Eva a dress.

Heard of several planting tobacco today. It is very early to plant yet it may do well.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday May 26, 1921

Thursday May 26, 1921

Cloudy most of the day. Rain this evening. The boys worked on their tobacco most of the day. Ben went to the island for a washing machine.

Mollie Reynols and Julia Fergerson & little daughter come and spent the day. We were glad to have them. Floid come after them this evening.

Today is William Brumfield birth day. I would be glad to see him.

Dr Owen invited me to go fishing. I would of liked to go but it rained so that we could not fish. Hope he will ask me to go a gain.

Last edit over 6 years ago by dy957
Monday June 20, 1921

Monday June 20, 1921

A clear day. Ben carried Willie & Bill to Long Island. Josie and Franklin & Mabel went with him.

Jim come home. Henry Blair brought him from Chatham. Lee & Ben cut some of Kate Harveys wheat this evening. Henry and I went with Ben to Renan. Heard this morning that Julia Fergerson has a little daughter born this morning. I am glad. I have not seen Carrie to day. I certainly did want to see her.

Well things dont go like I want them to but I cant help my self. Will try and do the best that I can. That is all I can do.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday June 28, 1921

Tuesday June 28, 1921

A good day. Jim & Ben got up a little hay. The thrashing machin is at Marvins. I hope they can thrash in the morning. Josie thought she would wash to day but it was late and so hot that she did not. Mrs Kent come by this

evening. She had bin to Long Island. Tom Lays land was sold today.

I finished reading a book tha Alma Bennett lone me. Josie has commenced to read it. She is reading now.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday July 31, 1921

Sunday July 31, 1921

A good day. Ben carried Julia Brumfield to Long Island. All of the children went with him. They come by Jim Powers and Mrs Car come with them home.

Josie & I got dinner & was eating when they got here. I went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Ben & Josie went to St Andrews to preaching. The preacher and his wife and dog come home with them. Josie done the best she could for them.

Last edit about 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday October 10, 1921

Monday October 10, 1921

A good day. Windy and warm. Jim & Ben went to the island for guano.

Johnson offered to take me. I would of went but I had no one to stay with me at the river. I went to Mr Tom Woodings this evening. Found them able to get a bout. Josie finished my apron for me this evening. I went to sleep while I am trying to write. Jim & Ben went to Marvins to strip tobacco to night.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday October 29, 1921

Saturday October 29, 1921

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco most of the day. This evening Ben went to the island after roofing. I went with him. We did not stay long. We come home and eat supper and all except Jim went to the school house to a Halowene party. They solde ice cream and candy. There was a big crowd and I think they nearly all had a good time.

There was 4 of my chiildren and a lot of my grand children & great grand children.

I went to sleep and let the ink get on my book.

Last edit about 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1920

Sunday, January  4, 1920

Sunday, January 4, 1920

A cold day. Snowed some to night. The wind is blowing and very cold. I got up this morning and made two fires and went to the spring then got breakfast. Ben carried Thelma & Mary to Long Island this morning on their way to Richmond. I hope they are there now. Josie staid at home and got dinner. I went to George Blairs. They had a nice dinner. Kate Harvey spent the day at Carries. Marvin carried Virginia to Gretna on her way to school. 9 o clock. A fire in Danville last night.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Paul V
Friday, April  9, 1920

Friday, April 9, 1920

Cloudy nearly all day. Ben and Mr Mayhew went to the island for guano. Mayhew hauled 4 [?] loads for the boys with his truck. Jim plowed in his new ground this evening. He plowed some in the garden and planted some things in the garden. Josie got dinner. She baked a cake. Henry & Edna went to school. This evening Josie & the children and I went to Marvins. I cut some turnip greens. Henry went to Aunt Kates after some peas.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, April 20, 1920

Tuesday, April 20, 1920

A rainy day but not hard. Ben went to the island after guano Owen plowed some this morning. I went to Johnson Reynolds. Went by Mr Hutcherson. Talked with the snake a while. Eat dinner at Reynolds. Kate Harvey come down there a few minutes. Josie and the children staid at home. Mabel is sick. Ben put on a new tire and is going to pump up his tires ready to go to Chatham. I am glad things is not any worse.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, April 28, 1920

Wednesday, April 28, 1920

A bright cool day. Jim got up roots [?] in the new ground. Ben went to the island for guano late this evening. Ben & Owen plowed. Henry went to George Blairs for dahalia roots that Cordie gave me. Floid Reynolds come for milk. Josie got dinner. She put out some clothes that she washed Monday. I went to Marvins as usual. Come home and staid with the children while Josie went to the plant bed for salit. 9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, May  6, 1920

Thursday, May 6, 1920

A good day. Jim & Ben went to Long Island for guano. Ben & Henry went a gain this evening. Got home a bout 10 oclock at night. Owen plowed. Josie finished Edna dress. I got dinner. Carrie and her little children come a little while. Carrie washed to day. Ben got 100 of sugar from Thomson. Paid 22 cts per pound. That is the highest that I ever paid for shugar.

10 15 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, May  7, 1920

Friday, May 7, 1920

A cloudy day and a little rain. Jim & Ben planted corn. Josie staid at home and done the work. She fixed me a lunch. I gave her 25 cts. Mrs Dews & Terrow [?] went to the island. They carried me and Elsie Scruggs. I am so glad that she let me go. Ben carried me to Mr Dewss. Kate come and staid a few minutes. Am sorry but cant helpe it now. I have bin a sleep.

9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, June  1, 1920

Tuesday, June 1, 1920

A good day. We need rain very bad. The men folks finished plowing over their corn this evening. Ben & Henry and Franklin and I went to Long Island. I fished a little while. Caught a little cat fish. Ben bought a few things from [?] Josie done a big washing to day and ironed some this evening. Carrie & the children come a little whil this evening. I am a sleep and blot my book. 9 15 oclock Note written upside down across the top of the page: I got a box of shells that John sent me.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
Sunday, August 15, 1920

Sunday, August 15, 1920

A good day. Rain to night. Ben brought Kate and I to Long Island. We made the trip ok. John was with us as far as Altavista then Oscar Booker was with us as far as Richmond. Mr Louvan [?] brought us to Wills. They had a nice supper. Found them all well.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Linda Tucker
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