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1918

Monday, May 20, 1918

Monday, May 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked on tobacco land.

I got dinner and churned. Put ashes on the potatoes this evening. Went to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Josie made her silk waist to day. The preacher come to see Paul this morning.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May 21, 1918

Tuesday, May 21, 1918

A good day.

The men folks worked on tobacco land.

Josie washed.

I got dinner. Marvin carried Denia and I and Ren Worsham to Mr Jessie Worshams pond. I caught some minners. When I got home Josie had milked the cows and she got supper.

8 oclock

Last edit about 6 years ago by dy957
Wednesday, June  5, 1918

Wednesday, June 5, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked tobacco. Kate Harvey and Josie found a swarm of bees in the orchard yesterday.

Ben hived them this morning. I hope that they may do well. Josie got dinner. I worked some in the garden. Planted some muskmellon seed and few pea nuts. I planted a few pumpkin seed.

I went to Blairs late this evening. They were all well. Sallie Blair was there. Did not see Cordie or Nettie. They were at Ren Worshams.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, June  7, 1918

Friday, June 7, 1918

A good day.

Ben and Paul worked tobacco all day. I washed a little this morning. Josie churned and got dinner. Baked a cake. This evening she washed the dining room floor.

George Worsham come here this evening assessing property. I planted sunflower seed this evening.

Tonight Ben has gone to Marvins to try and mend the freezer. Hope he can get it mended.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, June 11, 1918

Tuesday, June 11, 1918

A clear day we need rain so bad.

Ben worked tobacco half of the day then cut wheat for Marvin this evening.

Josie got dinner. I churned and then worked the sweet potatoes and pea nuts

This evening I got up some of the onions.

Josie sewed all the evening. Carrie got Hazels pictures to day. She is not pleased with them. I am anxious to see them.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, August 16, 1918

Friday, August 16, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul and Owen worked in the tobacco. Josie got dinner. This evening we went to Marvins and canned tomatoes. We put up 29 cans. Ben will stay at the barn to night.

Thelma come home this evening. I am glad to have her back.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, October 15, 1918

Tuesday, October 15, 1918

A good day. Ben and Josie and I worked on tobacco this morning. Paul and Owen worked on the wheat land.

Rev. Paget and East come this evening selling Liberty Bonds. I let them have nearly all the money I had. I did not want to do it but did not know what to do.

Ben and Josie and Franklin went to Jim Powers this evening. Ben bought some oats from Power and some wheat from Jr Starkey. Jim Power come up here this evening eat supper here. He got some rye.

Last edit almost 3 years ago by Trisha

1919

Friday, February 14, 1919

Friday, February 14, 1919

A clear windy day. The men folks worked on tobacco all day. I did not helpe them.

Josie sewed some working on her dress. I got dinner.

Josie & Edna and Franklin are all complaining , all got colds. Henry went to school.

Have not heard from Marvins today.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 7 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, April 22, 1919

Tuesday, April 22, 1919

A good day. There was frost this morning.

The men folks worked on their tobacco land all day.

Josie ironed some. I put eggs under two hens.

Jim planted some tomato plants right at night.

Roy and Paul has bin here all the evening.

Marvin & Carrie and three of the children went to Altavista this evening. I guess Kate & Virginia Harvey went with them. Mr & Mrs Pagget passed here this evening.

Josie scraped the grass out of the walke way to the front gate walk.

Well I will quit. I went to sleep before I finished.

9:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, April 23, 1919

Wednesday, April 23, 1919

A cloudy day most all day. Mr Owen plowed most of the Jim & Ben hauled straw and [?] Jims potato patch then worked on the tobacco land. Jim and I planted some onions this evening.

Josie got dinner--most of it. Denia & Corrdie come this evening. Josie and Cordie ordered some flower seed & bulbs. Carrie and the children come this evening. Jim Emerson passed going down the way.

Ben has a bad colde & is very much complaining.

9:10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, April 24, 1919

Thursday, April 24, 1919

A clear windy day. Some rain last night. The men folks worked on their tobacco land all day. Mr Robert Vaden and Smith of Gretna was here today. They wanted the use of the school house for a speakin Sat night.

Josie and I both had a hand in gettin dinner.

This evenin I went to Mr Owens. Mrs Dews was there. I come home and Josie and the children all went to Marvins. Carrie showed us her new things that she got at Altavista. Marvin had made him a hot bed. Mr Owen made one this evening.

9:15 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, May 12, 1919

Monday, May 12, 1919

A good day. The men folks worked on tobacco land most of the day. Late this evening they planted some tobacco but it is so colde that things cant grow.

Mrs. Owen and I drawed plants. I got so colde that I quit and come to the house.

Josie and I washed some this morning. Josie got dinner.

Janie Brumfield and Delma Owen come to see the children this evening.

I started Julia Fergerson a letter to day.

I am so near a sleep that I cant hardly write.

10 oclock

The children found my Lady cow with a nice little calf.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, May 13, 1919

Tuesday, May 13, 1919

A cloudy day and rain tonight. The men worked on their tobacco land most of the day. Ben went to the meeting of the school board late this evening.

Josie got dinner. This evening I went to Johnsons. Mollie & Christenia was at home. Mrs Yeats went from Posies this evening. Nannies baby is not well.

11 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 16, 1919

Friday, May 16, 1919

A good day. The men worked on tobacco land until twelve. Ben went to Gretna to meet Nellie Brumfield. Franklin & I went with him.

Irvin Lewis carried my calf to Gretna this morning. Henry Blair was up there.

10 clock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 23, 1919

Friday, May 23, 1919

A very cool day for May. We begin to need rain.

Ben & Jim & Henry worked tobacco all day. Mr John Baily eat dinner here to day. Ben & Jim & Henry has gone to the school house to night. A patrons meeting.

Josie ironed this morning. This evening she went to Marvins. Nettie Blair & Doris Brumfield and Ada Hutcherson come here this evening. Doris wanted water mellon seed.

We heard to day that Mrs Lucie Peak started to the hospitle at Roanoke.

I am glad that Franklin is a most well a gain.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, May 24, 1919

Saturday, May 24, 1919

A cloudy morning and a little rain this evening. We have a plenty of rain.

Jim & Ben worked on their tobacco until dinner this evening. Ben & Jim went to Chatham. Kate Harvey went with them.

Henry Edna & I went with them as far as Jim Thompsons the we walked to White Falls mills [and] fished. We caught a few fish. We walked back as far Mt Airy Ben brought us home. I paid Ben for the trouble that we were.

Josie ironed most of the morning. This evening Josie and Franklin staid here by them selves.

I milked by the light of the lantern.

10:50 oclock

Last edit about 6 years ago by dy957
Thursday, May 29, 1919

Thursday, May 29, 1919

A good day. The men worked tobacco this morning. Jim worked in the garden this evening and planted sweet potatoes. I went to Reynols's and got some slips. Josie went to John Hutchersons twise to day after meal. She got some this evening.

Josie made some pickle this morning and washed up her floor this evening.

Henry worked all day in the tobacco. Edna & Franklin was at Carries all the evening. I have not seen Paul Bennett yet. I begin to want to see him.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, May 30, 1919

Friday, May 30, 1919

A good day. The men worked tobacco all day. Marvin helped them this evening.

Josie ironed all the morning. I watered and covered some potatoe slips this morning. I got most of the dinner. We had peas & beets for dinner to day.

This evening Josie and I went to Marvins. Josie staid with the children. Kate Harvey and Carrie and I went for straw berries. Did not find many. I have bin cappin some to night.

10:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, May 31, 1919

Saturday, May 31, 1919

A good day. Jim & Ben worked on the tobacco until they finished.

Josie baked a cake this morning and made a few preserves. I dressed 4 chickens and capped a few berries. This evening Josie scrubed the dining room floor.

Marvin very kindly let Paul Bennett carrie Reese & Paul and Roy and I to White Falls fishing. We caught several fish. I was so glad that Marvin helped us to go.

10 oclock

Last edit about 6 years ago by dy957
Tuesday, June 10, 1919

Tuesday, June 10, 1919

A good day. The men folks worked on their tobacco all day.

I washed a little this morning. Josie got dinner. She had croped [?] greens and beets, onions & potatoes and tomatoes and pies. It was all good but worked her two hard.

This evening I went to George Blairs. The girls were seeding cherries. Denia & Mrs Hutcherson was gone to see Ethel Worsham. I come by Carries. Josie was there. We seeded some cheries.

10 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, June 11, 1919

Wednesday, June 11, 1919

A little rain to day. The men folks worked in the tobacco most all day.

Josie got dinner. I worked in the garden a while. Josie gathered some snaps this evening and we strung them tonight.

William Gilbert gathered two gallons cheries for us to day. Josie and I seeded them this evening.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Tuesday, August  5, 1919

Tuesday, August 5, 1919

A good day. Jim worked on the tobacco most of the day. Ben staid at Renan all day as one of the judges of the election. He has just come home.

Mary & Fanny has gone to Lee Brumfields and Edwin went two. They will come home to night.

Josie got dinner. Mary & Fannie washed dishes after dinner. I picked a few beans and cut a few cucumbers and gathered some tomatoes. Then I went to Marvins a few minutes. Carrie was fixin tomatoes to can. I helped her peel some tomatoes.

11: oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday, August 15, 1919

Friday, August 15, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the tobacco all day. Owen has a barn full that they are curing.

Josie went to Jim Powers to day. Henry & Franklin went with her. Edna staid with me until dinner. Then she went to Marvins and staid all the evening. I made a few pear preserves.

Prince the horse has been sick all day. He got to some wheat and eat two much. Heard that one of the Lees horses got its leg broke yesterday and they killed him. I am very sorry a bout it.

Josie got peaches & damsons to preserve and can. Guess we will be very busy tomorrow but we are that a most every day.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August 28, 1919

Thursday, August 28, 1919

A good day. The men folk worked on tobacco most of the day.

Mr. Owen killed his dog to day. Though he was mad.

Josie got dinner. I worked a little.

Reese Smith & Henry and I went to Whitefalls. We drove Jake, Bens colte. Wel I am so near a sleep that I cant write.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, October  9, 1919

Thursday, October 9, 1919

A cloudy day. No rain to do any good. The men worked on tobacco. Ben went to Mr Bailis this morning. Jim Moon carried him. They went to see a bout getting a school. Also went to Gretna to see tobacco solde.

I went to Marvins a little while this evening. Carrie was mending overalls. She was complaining of rheumatism in her knee.

Rees brought me 10 eggs to night.

Franklin staid at Marvins all day. Henry & Edna went to school.

Ben & Jim went to the barn to night and have not come back yet.

9:15 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Friday, October 10, 1919

Friday, October 10, 1919

A good day. The men folks worked on tobacco. Ben went to Renan and got some beef. He paid 25 cts a pound for it.

Mrs Owen is sick.

The children went to school

Franklin staid all day at Marvins.

I think I am getting on well with the work considering my age but I am so tired of staying here and being so confined but I cant help my self.

To day is John Brumfields birth day. I had a letter from him yesterday.

8 oclock

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, October 13, 1919

Monday, October 13, 1919

Cloudy most of the day. Rain tonight. The men folks worked on tobacco all day. I worked a round from one thing to another.

Late this evening I went to see Carrie. She was some better of her rheumatism. I hope she may soon be well.

Beatris Owen come in a few minutes to see the little baby.

Henry & Edna went to school to day. Franklin staid at home all day.

Marvin solde his cow today to Mr John Smith.

The boys went to tie tobacco tonight and have not come home yet.

8:30 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Saturday January 15, 1921

Saturday January 15, 1921

A bad day. Ice on the ground and trees. It has thawed some today. Jim & Ben worked on tobacco all day. Ben milked for me this morning. Josie got dinner and supper. She baked a cake and cooked beans. I ironed some and mended some and set by the fire.

Heard this morning that Mrs Marsali fell on the ice and hurt her arm badly. I am afraid to go on ice much. I went to the spring and hen house and watered the calf to day. Did not fall.

Mr Owens baby is very sick. The dr went to see him tonight. I am sorry for any one to be sick any time and this is such bad weather. An oil tank come in here today. The roads is so bad that no one is going much.

Last edit over 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday May 11, 1921

Wednesday May 11, 1921

A cloudy day and some rain. Jim & Ben worked on their tobacco land.

Josie ironed some. We both got the dinner. I went to the plant bed and got salit for dinner.

Christenia Reynols & Doris Brumfield come a while this evening. I am afraid they got wet before they got home.

I wanted to go to Marvins but went to the kitchen and sowed some. It is raining hard now.

Nine oclock

Jack Harvey come a few minutes this morning.

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