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1918

Thursday, August  8, 1918

Thursday, August 8, 1918

A clear hot day. The men folks helped Marvin save primings this evening. Josie and I handed leaves and Josie tied some.

Josie got dinner. We pealed the peaches that Mollie give us. Had peaches and cream for dinner and snaps and corn all cooked good and I did enjoy my dinner.

Talked with Denia Blair to night over the phone. She said that Cordie was going to Richmond tomorrow. I certainly do hope she may have a good time and [be] benifited by going.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, August 14, 1918

Wednesday, August 14, 1918

A good day and very hot. The men folks pulled leaves and tied them. This evening Josie and I helped. Thelma helped some two. Thelma went to George Blairs this evening. Julia is here. Carrie come to the barn with the babies. I made some jellie this morning. Josie canned some grape juice this morning. Julia and Edna is on a pallet in my room.

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, August 15, 1918

Thursday, August 15, 1918

A good day had a little rain this evening. Ben and Paul helped Dews tie leaves this evening. Josie got dinner.

This evening Ben carried us to Marvins. We helped Carrie can grape juice and tomatoes. Mrs Wooding and Virginia Smith and Virginia Wooding come to Carries a few minutes this evening.

Paul Bennett has gone to Jim Reynolds to a party to night. Ben lone him his car. I hope that nothing wont happen to it.

Marvin brought us home this evening.

9 oclock

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Saturday, August 17, 1918

Saturday, August 17, 1918

A good day. Ben plowed up the potatoes and Josie picked them up. Ben sowed turnip seed to day. Paul tied some primings. Josie got most of the dinner. I churned went after some tomatoes. After dinner I put up three cans and killed two chickens and cut the cucumbers and put them in brine.

Paul and Thelma went to Dick Woodings to a stew to night. I hope they may have a nice time.

Julia and Henry and Edna are in my room and talk so much that I am in the hall writing.

Chesley Edmons cut a house of tobacco today.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, August 19, 1918

Monday, August 19, 1918

Rain this morning. Clear tonight. Ben Paul and Henry and I tied primings this morning and Josie helped this evening as long as we could tie. They dried out. Josie got dinner.

Ben and Paul went to Lee Brumfields this evening. The buggy wheel broke as they come home.

I went to see Pauls tobacco this evening for the first time. It looks good to me. I am glad of the good crop that is on the place hope it can be taken care of and may do all a lot of good.

11 oclock

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Wednesday, August 21, 1918

Wednesday, August 21, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul worked at home until twelve then went to Mr Dews and tied leaves.

Josie washed a big washin of clothes. This evening Mag Brumfield and four of the children come. I was glad that they did come her baby is just fine. Carrie and the little girls come. I was glad that she could get off. Marvin and the boys went to Altavista.

It was night when they got home.

10 30 oclock

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Monday, August 26, 1918

Monday, August 26, 1918

A good day and a good rain to night. Ben has fired tobacco all day and is at the barn tonight.

Lizzie Bennett spent the day at Marvins today.

I tied tobacco nearly all day. Mr Owen and Paul tied two. Mrs Owen and Josie helped this evening.

Josie got dinner and made a kettle of preserves of some peaches that Lizzie brought us.

10 30 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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Wednesday, August 28, 1918

Wednesday, August 28, 1918

A day that the men folks could work most of the time. They moved tobacco and scattered sticks ready for cutting. We all tied primings and finished. Josie got dinner.

I went to the tomato patch this evening. Could not get many tomatoes. Brought a water mellon home. We cut it. It was fine.

It is raining now hope it may stop soon. Ben went to Ren Worshams this evening and to Strait Stone this morning. Paul carried his mother to Lee Brumfields this morning. Guess she is at Kate Harveys to night.

9 30 oclock

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Tuesday, September  3, 1918

Tuesday, September 3, 1918

A good day. Ben fired tobacco all day and is at the barn now. Paul suckered his tobacco this morning. This evening he helped Mr Dews tie leaves.

Josie washed this morning. This evening she cut off apples. Marvin come this evening and got two pigs.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, October 14, 1918

Monday, October 14, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen hauled pea hay this morning and plowed this evening. Paul and Josie and I stripped tobacco all day. Little Henry and Beatrice Owen tied this evening. Mr Dews come and got some apples and brough us some corn.

Ben went to Strait Stone and carried 4 chickens and 2 doz eggs. Bough soap and oil.

To night Ben and Paul and Owen are at the barn putting tobacco in the pit.

9 oclock

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Thursday, October 17, 1918

Thursday, October 17, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed wheat today. The rest of us tied tobacco most of the day.

Josie come home and got dinner. Carries boys was here this evening and had Hazel with them.

Henry fixed him a dumb bull today. He thinks it great. To night Ben and Josie went to Strait Stone for some thing to eat.

There is lots of sickness a round. Ben had a letter from Jim today he was well.

10 oclock

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Saturday, October 26, 1918

Saturday, October 26, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben hauled some stalks and put them on the wheat land this morning. All the rest of us tied tobacco. This evening Mr Owen went to the mill for flour. We had corn bread for breakfast this morning. I know we should be thankful for that but we have not bin used to it and do not like it.

We tied all the tobacco that was in the pit then I went to Carries and Ben and Paul went squirrel hunting. They killed nine squirrels.

Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening.

To night Ben has gone with Marvin to Strait Stone.

9 oclock

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Monday, October 28, 1918

Monday, October 28, 1918

A cloudy day no rain.

Ben Kate and I went by Java and on to Chatham. Kate put in a plea for Chesley Edmons to come home and strip his tobacco.

Josie milked the cows for me this morning. Paul and the Owens stripped tobacco and Josie helped what she could. Ben and I got back a bout dinner time. Eat dinner. Ben went to the saw mill. I tied tobacco got done be fore night. I went to Marvins a little while.

Heard today that Clifton Reynolds is very sick hope he may be better soon.

Had a Letter from Jim today. I am glad that he was well. Hope he may stay well.

9 30 oclock

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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 over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, November 20, 1918

Wednesday, November 20, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut wood today.

Marvin helped us strip tobacco until twelve. Josie staid with the children while Carrie went to Altavista to have her teeth worked on.

Mrs Owen and I tied tobacco all the evening.

Ben and Mr Owen tied some tobacco to night and put some in the pit.

9 oclock

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1919

Friday, January 31, 1919

Friday, January 31, 1919

A good day. The men folks stripped tobacco most of the day. Ben went to Greenfield Church to a meeting of some sort. Grace Brumfield & Kate Harvey spent the day with us. Carrie and the childen come this evening.

I sent Mary Brumfield's knitting home to day. Mr Owen got home last night at one oclock from Danville. He sold his last tobacco.

Ben & Jim are at the barn to night tieing tobacco.

9 30 oclock

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Saturday, February  8, 1919

Saturday, February 8, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim went to Mr Hutcherson. Woodings and got a pig then stripped tobacco a while then fixed to go to Chatham. Marvin went with them. They got some [logs?/dogs?] Ben & Tim Emerson went to Strait Stone to the lodge. They have just got home now.

I helped to strip tobacco nearly all day. Henry B & Luke and Norman Owen tied for me this evening. We had finished what was in the pit and was on our way to the house when Mr Jim Emerson & Sarah Emerson and two children come. I was glad to see them.

Josie got dinner. I heard this evening that Denia Blair is sick. I am very sorry to hear it. Hope she may get well soon. I want to go to see her soon.

11: oclock

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Saturday, August 30, 1919

Saturday, August 30, 1919

Cloudy but no rain to speak of. We need rain.

Jim staid at the barn all day and is there yet.

Ben & Owen and the boys cut tobacco. They finished Owens and Jims. They are at the barn now stringing leaves.

Josie got dinner.

This evening I went and got some sweet potatoes and washed them.

I went to Marvins a little while late this evening. Carrie was makeing Roy a blouse. I brought it home with me and have finished the button holes & sewed on the buttons. Marvin had finished tieing Hatties tobacco & commenced on Paul Bennetts.

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Wednesday, September  3, 1919

Wednesday, September 3, 1919

A good day. Ben finished tieing leaves to day. Josie handed some this morning then got dinner.

Jack Harvey brought the horse and buggy home this morning and staid and handed leaves until they finished tieing. He eat dinner with Ben.

Marvin carried Grace & Beulah Brumfield and I to Jessie Worshams pond. We fished. I caughed one nice fish. We c[om?]

9:25 oclock

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Thursday, September 11, 1919

Thursday, September 11, 1919

A little cloudy but no rain to do any good.

Ben carried Virginia Harvey to Gretna on her way to school. Jim tied tobacco all day. Mr Owen is working on tobacco two. Jack Harvey painted most all day. Ben & Henry helped some this evening.

Two life insurance agents come here to day.

Josie got most of the dinner. I baked a peach pie this evening. I made some apple jellie. Went to the orchard and got a basket of apples.

Went to Marvins a few minutes. Come home and dressed a chicken and milked the cows.

The men folks has gone a opossome hunting to night.

Jack Harvey went from here tonight.

9:30 oclock

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Monday, September 22, 1919

Monday, September 22, 1919

A good day. Rain tonight. It is badly needed. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day and they are at the barn tonight tieing tobacco.

Mr. Owen went to the island for guano. Josie and I got dinner. Kate Harvey eat dinner with us. I was glad to have her with us. Josie walked with her as far as Marvins. Henry and Edna went to school to day, the first day of this term.

Tom Edmons went to South Boston with tobacco this morning. I got a letter from Fannie Emerson. Was glad to get it. I am always glad to hear from any of the folks that is a way from home.

8:30 oclock

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Tuesday, October  7, 1919

Tuesday, October 7, 1919

A beautiful day. Jim & Ben stripped tobacco. Owen loaded some on Mr Mayhews truck to day. They are going to South Boston.

Mollie and Christenia Reynolds come a little while to day. Mrs Owen & Mrs Dews come a few minutes this evening. Mrs Car washed dishes for me today and that was a big help.

I washed the babys flanels this evening.

Jim & Ben went to the barn to nigh to tie tobacco.

I have wrote a letter to Letcher Craddock to night.

9:5 oclock

Last edit almost 10 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

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Saturday, November 22, 1919

Saturday, November 22, 1919

A rainy morning. Clear this evening.

Josie cut out a dress this morning & hemed two sheets. I got dinner.

This evening I went to Marvins. Marvin went to Strait Stone to preaching. I come by the barn and tied some tobacco. Josie had supper a bout done when I come to the house.

Ben has gone to Strait Stone to night to and Odd Fellows meeting.

I got a letter from Effie Brumfield today. One from Fanny Emerson yesterday.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 9 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday January 19, 1921

Wednesday January 19, 1921

A very colde day. Partly cloudy. Jim & Ben hauled in some feed then stripped tobacco for Mr Owen. Tonight they went to Marvins to help tye tobacco. Josie ironed some this morning. We both had a hand in getting dinner. We cooked cabbage & beans and made a crum pudding. I have set by the fire all that I well could. The children went to school. Heard today that Dorothy Worsham has scarlet fever. Mrs Edmons is very sick. Her daughter Mrs Hutcherson went to stay with her. I hope they all will soon be well.

9 oclock

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Wednesday February 23, 1921

Wednesday February 23, 1921

A cloudy day and a little rain. Jim & Ben stripped tobacco all day. Josie helped until dinner and I tied this evening. They put all the tobacco in the pit that is to strip.

Henry & Edna went to school.

8 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday September 21, 1921

Wednesday September 21, 1921

A good day. It is raining now. That is what we need.

Ben went to Mr Eanes's today to help cover a house. Jim shelled corn and got out wheat. Fixin to go to the mill in the morning.

The children went to school today. Josie starched her clothes and ironed some to day. I sewed on my quilt. I went to Marvins late this evening. Carrie was shelling butter beans. I shelled while I staid. Come home and fed the chickens and milked the cows. By the time a done that Josie had supper ready.

Ben & Jim went to Marvins to tie tobacco. I guess they will get wet comeing home.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday September 22, 1921

Thursday September 22, 1921

A good day. We had a good shower last night and every one is so glad.

Jim went to the mill this morning. Had his wheat cleaned and some corn ground. He sowing some turnips and worked on the trees triming them up. Ben worked at Eanes's. I will be glad when he gets done there. Ben & Jim has gone to Marvins to tie tobacco tonight. Josie ironed all the morning. I got dinner.

We all went to Marvins a while this evening. Carrie was shelling peas. Josie helped her while she was there. Well I am a sleep. Will quit now.

Last edit over 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Friday September 23, 1921

Friday September 23, 1921

A good day. Ben worked at Eanes's. Jim plowed all day.

The children went to school. Josie washed the dineing room floor & hall steps. Cleane up all the morning. I churned & and killed a chicken and cooked it for dinner. Josie baked a cake this evening.

Mollie Reynols come a while. I walked with her as far as Marvins. The boys has gone to Marvins to tie tobacco. Henry & Josie has bin haveing toothache. I am sorrie for them.

I peiced on my quilt. Had thought to finish it this week but I know now that I will not finish it. Today is Reese Smiths birth day.

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