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1918

Wednesday, March 13, 1918

Wednesday, March 13, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Ben and Owen and some of the neighbors worked the road that the mail carrier travels. To night Ben has gone to stay at Charles Brumfields. He [is] very sick.

Josie washed this morning and made Edna a dress this evening. To night she is sick. I got dinner. I went to Marvins this evening. All four of the school teachers went to spend the night at Mr Willie Mayhews.

Marvin Smiths plum tree is white with bloom. I am a fraid that the fruit will get killed.

8:45 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
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

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Wednesday December 21, 1921

Wednesday December 21, 1921

A good day. Jim hauled some chaff this morning. This evening he shucked corn. Ben worked on the dineing room floor this morning. This evening he went to Strait Stone. I went with him. Kate Harvey come this morning. Kate and I dressed 4 turkeys. One for Jim, one for Marvin, one for Josie, and one for Kate. This evening Marvin come and got his turkey and ham boiler. He had Hazel & Eva with him. I went with him as far as Reynols mail box and walked home. Mollie Reynols was not at home. Hattie Gilbert washed here today. The wind is blowing to night. I reckon they will all blow of the line. Heard today that Mrs Jessie Hutcherson has a son. There is a lot of travlins done today. The school closed today for holiday. Ben[?] has gone to the school house to night.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1920

Friday, January  9, 1920

Friday, January 9, 1920

A cloudy day no rain. To night the wind is blowin. The men cut wood in the woods. Josie got dinner this evening. Bob Starkey got his car stuck in the mud at the mail box. Mrs Starkey come in a few minutes.

I went to Carries a little while to night. Louise Hutcherson is here. They are playing cards. We heard today that Mr Allen is very bad off. To night Ben spoke in a way that hurt me. I give them nearly all of my time & strength and they don't respect me.

Last edit about 2 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday, February 11, 1920

Wednesday, February 11, 1920

A good day. Ben & Jim cut wood in the woods. Ben made a crate this evening for the calf. I caught some hens & put them up. Hope that they can go to Gretna tomorrow. Josie got dinner and baked some pies for the children to take to school. Nettie Blair & Hellen Brumfield come [?] school there. I am glad to have them. I got a letter from John this evening. I got a pair of shoes by mail.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Thursday, February 19, 1920

Thursday, February 19, 1920

A colde day. Wind & scralls [?]of snow. Ben carried logs to the saw mill. Jim cut. Josie worked on Mabel apron some this evening. She went to Marvins a few minutes. She got some packages through the mail to day. I finished stichess my quilt. Henry went to school. Edna did not go. I think Franklin will soon be well.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, February 23, 1920

Monday, February 23, 1920

A cloudy all day & rain this evening. Jim & Ben cut wood til noon. Ben helped Marvin kill hog. Henry went to school. The baby is bad off with colde. I think the other children are some better off. To day was a holiday. We did not get any mail. We miss it. I ironed some today & Josie ironed some. I churned. We both got dinner. Josie baked some nice tea cakes.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Tuesday, February 24, 1920

Tuesday, February 24, 1920

A rainy day. Ben & Owen went to George Blairs and got a load of hay. They got about wet unloading it. Jim cut until he got about wet. Henry went to school. We got no mail today. Evry one that would of carried was sick. Josie got dinner. I rinsed this evening. We both sewed on quilts. Tonight Ben & Henry went to Marvins and it is snowing. Most of us are nearly sick with coldes.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday, February 25, 1920

Wednesday, February 25, 1920

A colde day. The ground was covered in snow this morning. The boys here did no try to work out. Josie got dinner. I sowed on my quilt most of the time. I am not well. Hope I wont get any worse. Nat Wooding carried the mail today. I am very glad that he was able to go. I got a pair of shoes to day. Don't know yet who ordered them. Anyway I am glad of them. Nearly all of the children are complaining. I do hope that they will be better soon.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker

1922

Monday, January 30, 1922

Monday, January 30, 1922

A clear colde day. The sun set this evening was beautifu.

Jim & Ben stripped tobacco all day. Booker helped them this evening. Henry went to school. Josie sewed. Made Franklin a blous & Mabel a waist. Virginia & Doris come down here. The rode horse back. The mail carrier was horse back today. Mr Mills drug paths a gain today. I hope the roads will soon be so any one can travil them. Jim heard from the fowls toda they solds very well. Hugh Brumfield was at school a gain today

I am so glad that the children all are a bout well a gain.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, January 31, 1922

Tuesday, January 31, 1922

A colde clean day. Jim & Ben stripped tobacco. Mr Booker helped them. Josie got dinner I washed dishes after dinner & churned. Josie & I sewed on quilts this evening. Henry went to school. He brought some records home for the phonagraf. I went in and heard them played to night. I enjoyed them. Hugh B got sick at school and had to go home. I am uneasy a bout him. But hope he may get well soon. Thelbert Edmons brought our mail this evening. I will be glad when we can get it regular a gain. I got a letter from Bonee Reynols.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, May  9, 1922

Tuesday, May 9, 1922

A good day I got Carrie to go to town. and do some shopping for me this morning She mailed some of the things to Josie I [staid] with the little children Carrie had [salit] and Straw Berries for Dinner This evening Carrie and I picked about five gallons Carrie sent some of her neighbors some and will preserve the rest the children and I went to the creek but could not find anywhere to fish [neese?] got me a pen & ink to night.

Last edit about 7 years ago by Lydia B
Wednesday, October 18, 1922

Wednesday, October 18, 1922

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped some tobacco. Ben shod the horses this morning. This evening late he went for a col girl. She come. Josie has bin very bad off today. No one come to see her today. She got a box of flower[?] through the mail. Got a letter from Carrie this evening. Was so glad to hear from them. Ben intended loadeing his tobacco and going to Gretna tomorrow but he heard that they had more there than they could handle so he did not try to go.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart
Thursday, November  9, 1922

Thursday, November 9, 1922

A good day. Ben sowed some grass seed. Jim & Nellie stripped tobacco. Nellie helped me this morning. I milked two cows and one was not up. I hunted for her but did not find her. Jim found her in Mr Bookers field. Josie has suffered a lot today. Mr Irvin Lewis sent Josie a nice box of grapes by mail today. Mr Dews come tonight and paid Mrs Car some mony. Fannie Power and I ironed some this evening. I am so glad that it is done. I s[t]arched some clothes this evening.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Tuesday, November 14, 1922

Tuesday, November 14, 1922

A good day. Ben & Jim shucked corn this morning. This evening Jim went to the mill. He carried wheat did not get it ground. He brought 1000 weight of brand. Mabel and I went with him. Nellie milked the cows. Fannie got supper. Ben watered the calf after dark. Fannie Power went to Renan. We had cabbage for dinner and enjoyed them. Nellie is busy making a dress for a little girl in Charlottesville. Some one sent Josie a box of flowers by mail today. Mollie Reynols come today. I would of bin glad to see her.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Friday, December  1, 1922

Friday, December 1, 1922

A good day. Ben & Jim worked at the barn most of the day. They helped Norman Booker cut feed a little while. Ruth & Lottie Booker & [?] come a while. Lizzie Bennett come this evening. Mr Bennett & Earl come by for her tonight. I was glad she come Mrs Hubbard sent Josie a nice box of good things to eat by mail. Nellie washed some for her self this morning. Fannie ironed some this evening. Josie has not suffered so bad today. Julia Emerson went from here this morning.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Friday, December  8, 1922

Friday, December 8, 1922

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on the tobacco most of the day. This evening Ben went to the island to meet Mrs Car. She had come from [Lynchburg?]. Mabel and I went with him. We staid at Peaks store while Ben went to Mr Cars for Mrs Car. I went to see Mrs Hutcherson this evening. She is very sick. She had a lot of company. Mr Walter Car sent Josie a big fish by mail this evening. She eat some of it for supper.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart
Saturday, December 23, 1922

Saturday, December 23, 1922

A good day. Ben made a dog house & worked on a lounge in the parlor the rest of the day. I boiled a ham to day. I got dinner & churned. Washed the babys cap & two cloaks and ironed some. The mail brought several presents for Josie from Miss Bessie Hobson. Thelma sent things and a box of candy for me. The boys caught a possome to night. They give it to John Ward.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Tuesday, March  6, 1923

Tuesday, March 6, 1923

A rainy day. The men folk did not do anything much. The children went to school except Franklin. Mabel and Franklin played all day. Nellie made the bread for dinner. We had cress salit for dinner. We all enjoyed it fine. The ladies had a meeting at Mr. Jessie Hutcherson's. Mrs. Booker called me and said that she had a quilt in the frames and I could help quilt if I would. Ben got a package throu the mail today and a part of it is lost. He is very sorry about it.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, March 17, 1923

Saturday, March 17, 1923

A cloudy morning. Clear this evening. Ben and Jim could not do anything much. John Ward brought us two buckets of water from his spring. By twelve we could get water at home. We had no mail today. Heard this evening that no one had crossed the island today. Nellie got dinner. Ben cut some sallit. We did enjoy it. Ben went to Rob Hubbands this evening. Will stay all night. I think Edna miss him worse than any body else. Jim went with Mr. [Peak?] to Renan. I am about a sleep. Good night. Jo Edmons has mesles.

Last edit over 7 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, May 17, 1923

Thursday, May 17, 1923

A cool windy day. Jim and Ben worked on their tobacco ground getting it ready to plant. I baked a pudding and got a few strawberries for dinner. Have not done much of anything this evening. I have not felt well all day. We did not get any mail today. Thre was a wreck between Lynchburg and the island. Jim went to Renan this evening. Heard that they had sent Mr. Tiny[?] Shelton to Stanton. His mind has got bad. Henry calls. He has gone gigging. All the rest has gone to bed.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Nathani
Monday, July  9, 1923

Monday, July 9, 1923

A good day. The boys helped Mr. Mayhew thrash wheat and helped him plant tobacco until twelve oclock. Then they eat dinner. Ben and Henry staid and played croqet. Jim come home. He had a letter that he wanted to mail. The children and I did not eat until Jim come. After dinner we went to see Bruce Reynols and wife. Julia Fergerson was canning berries and preserving. [Reubin?] brought us home in his new car. Mr. Mayhew and some boyes went seining. They caught several nice fish and a big eel. He gave Henry three nice fish and a big eel. I helped them to dress them.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, December  1, 1923

Saturday, December 1, 1923

A beautiful day. They men stripped tobacco except Henry. Ben has gone some where tonight. I hope his car did not give him trouble. We think the children has [deletion] chicken pox. It is not hurting them much yet. Ben got a letter from Kate Harvey today. She is at Welch yet. I would be so glad to see her. Alma sent the baby dresses by mail today. They fit he[r] nicely and are very pretty. She wore one of them to the barn for her father to see. Well it is eleven oclock . I think I will go to bed.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Friday, December  7, 1923

Friday, December 7, 1923

A good day. Jim and Ben and Norman Booker killed hogs. They killed 7 hogs. Lots of others killed today. It is most two warm but I hope that it will keep. Mabel and I eat dinner here today by our selves. The men folks eat at Mr. Bookers. Mrs. Booker had help and I have none. I took the fat off the entrails by my self. We did not get any mail today except the news.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Nathani
Thursday, December 20, 1923

Thursday, December 20, 1923

A rainy morning. The men folks did not do any thing of any account until evening. They picked up some corn and put it in sacks. The children went to school. There is a play over there tonight. Ben and the children has gone all but Mabel. She is a bed and a sleep. Edna eat supper at John Hutcherson's tonight. [E]Ula Mayhew and Gladis Owen was there two. I wrote to Kate Harvey. Wrote part of one to Carrie Smith. Nat passed so early that I did not get it in the mail. Jim sent a box of turnip greens to Ruben's today.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
Monday, December 24, 1923

Monday, December 24, 1923

A good day. Ben and the children and Jim went to Strait Stone this morning. Jim and Ben and Henry went to Renan tonight. I boiled a ham and dressed two chickens this morning. Ben swept the parlor and hall today. I got a cake and several packages in the mail and the children got several things. I am so glad to be remembered. Every one is so good to me. Jim gave me a pitcher. Aluminum. Very nice. I am invited to Ben Easts to dinner tomorrow. Guess I won't go. Would like to go but some one will have to stay here.

Last edit almost 6 years ago by Nathani
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