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1918

Friday, January  4, 1918

Friday, January 4, 1918

A clear colde day. Ben moved the stove from the barn to the cabbin in the woods and cut wood fixin for a dance. Josie baked some cakes. I killed and cooked two chickens. Josie made sand witches and carried up there. Hellen and Virginia has bin here all day. Elsie and Bulah come in here. Elsie gave me some candy and Bulah gave oranges. Virginia gave me a box of candy.

I hope they may enjoy the dance. I had rather they had not had it but nothing else would not do. I am a fraid that there is so many there that they cant have a good time. I am so sleepy that I hardly can write.

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Saturday, January  5, 1918

Saturday, January 5, 1918

A clear day and colde. Ben and Josie and Hellen and Virginia come to the house half past two oclock this morning. We have bin a drowsy crowd to day. Ben went to the mill this morning. This evening he moved the stove and all the things that they had at the cabbin back where they belong.

Josie got dinner. She baked a pudding that we all enjoyed. To night Ben and Hellen and Virginia has gone to Mr Mayhews to a party. Josie and the children are all a sleep.

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Saturday, February 16, 1918

Saturday, February 16, 1918

A clear morning then clouded up and hailed before twelve oclock. Ben and Owen got up their plant beds and sowed them. Josie baked a cake and got dinner.

I washed a few garments. Lizzie Bennett come to night. I am glad that she came. She went to see Charles this evenin.

I am always glad to see any of them.

Reese and Paul Smith and Roy Smith come a little while this evenin. Reese and Henry caught the little calf but could not manage him.

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Saturday, March 16, 1918

Saturday, March 16, 1918

A cool cloudy day.

Ben carried me to Renan this morning. I staid with Charles nearly all day. He is very bad off yet. Mag had quite crow[d] to day for dinner Miss Alice Wooding Mrs Duckey Kellie Mrs Sallie Strance.

A mink caugh one of my hens that was setting.

Josie killed a chicken and baked a cake.

Miss Mayhan and Virginia come here a while.

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Saturday, April  6, 1918

Saturday, April 6, 1918

A clear cool day.

Ben and Owen plowed some. Josie baked a cake this morning.

Marvin Smith carried Reese and Henry and I to White Falls fishing. We did not catch anything.

Carrie and Marvin went to the Dr with Hazel this evening. He thinks that she has scarlet fever in a milde form. I hope she may soon be well.

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Saturday, June 29, 1918

Saturday, June 29, 1918

A good day. Ben cut his oats.

Josie got dinner. She baked a cake and fixed for supper at Stanton High School. They will be a play there to night by some of the Renan crowd.

Paul went a bout 2 in the evening. I hope that they may make good. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

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Saturday, July 27, 1918

Saturday, July 27, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul has had holiday most all day. Mr Mayhew and Mr Dews and his boys come up here and played croquet all of the evening.

Some of the Mayhew children and some of Owens come to play with Henry and Edna. Paul and Reese and Roy come a while. I think they had a good time. Josie baked a cake this morning. We cooked cabbage and potatoes for dinner.

To night Ben and Mayhew went to Strait Stone to the Lodge.

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Saturday, August 10, 1918

Saturday, August 10, 1918

A clear morning. Some rain this evening and I am glad. Ben and Paul and Henry suckered tobacco. Mr Baily come. He eat dinner here. Ben and Baily went to Finches this evening. Marvin and I and Reese went to Long Island to meet Thelma and Julia Brumfield.

Josie baked a cake this morning and got dinner.

To night Ben has gone to Strait Stone to the odd Fellows Lodge.

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Saturday, September  7, 1918

Saturday, September 7, 1918

Cloudy all day rain this evening. Ben and Paul and Owen cut tobacco. They filled four houses.

Mr Dews and the boys helped them.

Josie helped to unload every time in the morning. She baked three chocolate pies for Sundays dinner. We are looking for Mary and Bill Brumfield to morrow. Hope it will not rain so they wont come.

9 15 oclock

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Tuesday, September 10, 1918

Tuesday, September 10, 1918

A good day. Ben and Paul fired tobacco all day to day and will stay at the barns to night.

Mr Owen and Henry went to Gretna carried primings. They sold well.

Josie baked a cake and got dinner. She went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. I picked a few beans this evening.

Cordie and Nettie Blair come a little while this evening. I did not see them. I was at the bean patch.

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Friday, October  4, 1918

Friday, October 4, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen cut corn and the children helped some. Josie ironed and baked a cake. I went to White Falls. Grace went with me. We drove Prince. We caught several fish. Stopped at Mount Airy a while. Kate thinks I am awful a bout going fishing. I know it is foolish but I cant help but want to go.

I try to pay for all my trouble. I work all I am able and not all for my self. I try to not disgrace them in any way but I know that some of the children are ashamed of me.

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Friday, October 11, 1918

Friday, October 11, 1918

A good day. The men folks plowed this morning. This evening Mr Owen raked pea vines. Ben went to Mr Bailiss. Josie and I stripped a little tobacco. We got our dinner this morning before we went to the barn cooked snaps and baked bread.

Come home at twelve and made coffee.

In the evening the tobacco dried out so we could not tie it. I picked up some apples and gathered some snaps. We went to Carries and strung our snaps. Come home. Josie got supper. I fed the chickens. Henry and I fed the hogs. We had to shuck the corn then I churned.

Ben has just got back from Bailiss and eat his supper.

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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.

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Saturday, November  9, 1918

Saturday, November 9, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen and Marvin helped Mr Dews rais a shed for a pit. I put two panes of glass in the window at the pit. Henry and I shucked two shocks of corn. Josie ironed and got dinner. She baked potato biscuit to night. She baked corn batter bread. I did enjoy it.

Miss Willie Wooding come a while this evening. Richard and Jane Wooding are both sick.

Carrie has two children sick. Marvin loaded his waggon to day intends going to Gretna Monday. Earnest and Lottie Craddock come to Blairs to day.

Ren Worsham and Ben Brumfield has gone to Lynchburg to night. Dont know when to look for them back.

Josie is ironing yet.

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Saturday, November 30, 1918

Saturday, November 30, 1918

A good day. John Brumfield was here. Ben did not do much work. He moved the fence so the cows could go to the straw stacks.

Josie got dinner. She had baked chicken and beef steak. I think we all enjoyed the dinner. Mrs Carr has a bad colde.

This evening Ben carried John to Gretna. I went with them. Tenia met John at Gretna. He said that he would go back to Portsmouth tomorrow.

Willie Mayhew carried his family to Chatham to day on his truck. Gasoline gave out and he got some from Ben to get the truck home.

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Tuesday, December 17, 1918

Tuesday, December 17, 1918

A cloudy day most of the day. Ben and Owen killed hogs this evening. Josie baked a cake. Carrie came down here a few minutes this evening.

I finished knitting for Thelma to night.

Have wrote to Effie to night.

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Saturday, December 21, 1918

Saturday, December 21, 1918

A cloudy day. Ben worked on Owens house. Josie baked a cake this morning and got dinner then went to Marvins a little while then Ben and Josie went to Strait Stone come home and made some pickle.

I washed a little this morning. Ben found Bell with five little pigs this morning.

Henry is complaining to night.

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Tuesday, December 24, 1918

Tuesday, December 24, 1918

A very rainy day.

Ben worked on Owens house all day. Owen went to Gretna.

Josie baked some cakes. I ironed most of the day. The children tried them selves to see how tormenting they could be.

Reese Smith come to day and brough me a box. I have not looked in it yet. Guess it has candy in it.

I wish I knowed how all of the children were feeling to night. There is so much sickness that I am all ways uneasy and looking for some one to get sick.

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1919

Saturday, January  4, 1919

Saturday, January 4, 1919

A clear colde day. Ben & Josie and Virginia come home this morning between two & three oclock. They said that they had a fine time at Woodings.

I got breakfast. Josie got dinner. She baked cocoa nut pies for dinner. Ben and Owen sawed some wood this evening. Virginia went home this evening.

Nearly all of Lee Brumfields people is sick. I feel so troubled a bout so much sickness.

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Saturday, January 25, 1919

Saturday, January 25, 1919

A cloudy day. Ben & Jim sawed wood this morning and cleaned up a plantbed place for a potatoe patch this evening. Tonight Ben has gone to Strait Stone to a meeting of the lodge. Jim has gone to Reynold's to meet Nellie. Evyline is at Johnsons.

Josie got dinner. She baked a cake this morning.

I knit some and dodged around all day.

Marvin Smith and Mr Padget come a while tonight. I was glad to have them. Mr. Owen went to Strait Stone this evening he drove Pomp.

9 o'clock

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Saturday, March  1, 1919

Saturday, March 1, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim cut wood all day. They have gone to the store at Renan to night. Mr Mayhew come here tonight but did not stay as the boys was gone. Josie is some better off at this time. Nellie was sick to day. Josie baked pies for dinner today.

Henry & Reese went to Renan this morning. Josie sent for Salmon. This evening they went to the school house after Sophia the dog. I went to Marvins a while this evening. They were all well. Eva has commenced cralling.

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Wednesday, March 26, 1919

Wednesday, March 26, 1919

A good day Ben & Jim grubed all day. Mr Owen plowed. Josie & I got dinner. Josie baked a cake and tea cakes. Marvin carried me to White Falls. Carrie and the children went as far as Kates. I am so glad to get to go. When I got home Nettie & Hellen & Virginia were here. I was glad that they came. I had a letter from Julia Furgerson this evening. I am always glad to hear from her.

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Tuesday, April  1, 1919

Tuesday, April 1, 1919

A very colde windy day. Jim plowed. Ben cleaned up on the branch. Mr Owen staid at home. He has a new baby born this morning at three oclock.

Betty Davis washed here today. Josie got dinner. She cooked beans and baked coconut pies. I did not do much of any thing.

Josie went to Renan this evening. Carried some eggs and bought a few things. Kate Harvey come a few minutes this evening. I walked with her as far Marvins. Carries baby was not well. Hope she may soon be well.

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Saturday, April  5, 1919

Saturday, April 5, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim shucked some corn this morning & hauled some stalks this evening.

Ben carried Henry & Edna and I the Moons Mill. We fished some. Did not catch any thing that was worth having.

Josie got dinner. She baked light bread. Boiled over some molasses.

Jim & Ben & Franklin come after us. Reuben & Paul come a few minutes. Reubin drove up the cows for me. He brought me his picture. I was glad to see the boys.

Ren Worsham & 4 of the children was at Strait Stone. He would of brought us part the way home if Ben had not come as soon as he did.

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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.

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Saturday, April 26, 1919

Saturday, April 26, 1919

A clear cool day. There was plenty of frost this morning. In some places the land was frozen. Jim & Owen fixed some land for a sweet potato patch. Ben went to Chalk Level this morning for some work that Sam Switz done for him. Worked the balance of the day on Jim Emersons car and did not get it so he could use it. Jim Emerson & Jim Brumfield and Lucius Gravely and Ben has gone to Strait Stone to night.

Josie cooked butter beans and little white beans and baked a cake and fried some fresh fish for dinner. I ironed a few things this morning and mended some this evening.

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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.

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Friday, June 20, 1919

Friday, June 20, 1919

A good day and very warm. Jim plowed all day laying by corn. Oscar and Henry Brumfield finished thining corn this morning. Oscar plowed this evening. Henry & Hugh played all the evening. Henry went with Hugh home this evening.

Ben went to the meeting of the school board at Green field this morning.

Edna and I went to White Falls. Ben carried us and come and brought us home.

Josie got dinner. She cooked cabbage and potatoes and baked apples.

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Friday, July  4, 1919

Friday, July 4, 1919

A good day. The men folks all plowed. Josie got dinner. She cooked snaps and cymblins and potatoes and beets and baked apples. This evening I went with Gladdis and Hugh and Aubry Brumfield fishing. We caught a lot of little fish.

I come by Blairs. The men folks was stackin hay & oats. Several of the people a round went to Gretna & Altavista and some to South Boston.

Jim planted some corn & beans this evening.

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Wednesday, July  9, 1919

Wednesday, July 9, 1919

A good day. Ben & Owens hauled up wheat. Jim turned some land for a turnip patch this evening. Jim helped thrash wheat at Hutchersons.

Josie got dinner. This evening Josie & Franklin went to Marvins. Henry worked a little in the tobacco.

Edna and I went to George Blairs then Isla & Cordie and Nettie and I and Edna went to the creek at Kellies Bridge. We caught caught a few fish.

Denia baked some tea cakes while we were gone. I certainly did enjoy them.

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