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1918

Friday, October 18, 1918

Friday, October 18, 1918

A good day. Ben sowed oats and some wheat.

The rest of us stripped tobacco. Ben Paul and Josie hauled some and put it in the pit. It was so dark they had the lanterns to work by.

We heard today that Chesley Edmons and Lucius Gravley got a call to go to camp.

Oh this awful time when will it be any better no one knows.

10 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Saturday, October 19, 1918

Saturday, October 19, 1918

A good day cool and windy. Ben went to Chatham this morning. Come home and hauled a load of wood.

Mr Owen went to the mill at White Falls did not get his grinding.

Posie Johnson has bin sick heard this evening that Posie Reynolds is sick.

Paul Josie and I stripped tobacco most of the day.

I finished digging the sweet potatoes and Paul hauled them home on the wheel barrow. Chesley Edmons come by here this evening to tell us good by he has got to go to training camp Monday.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Monday, October 21, 1918

Monday, October 21, 1918

A good day. Ben went to Chatham with Jim Emerson Lucius Gravley and Chesley Edmons and Faber Jefferson and lots of others had to start to training camp.

John Hutcherson disked Bens wheat land this morning for one dollar per acre.

We that was Paul and Owen and Josie and Henry Brumfield and Luke and Norman Owen all stripped tobacco. To night Ben and Paul has gone to the barn to rebulk some tobacco.

Josie gave me a nice lot of candy a present from Josie and Carrie. Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 72 years olde.

I thank them both. Mother.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday, November 17, 1918

Sunday, November 17, 1918

A rainy day. We all staid at home. Mr Dews and Owen and children all come up here and played croquet. I went to Marvins a little while. Marvin went to see the Edmons this evening.

Tom Edmons went back to camp to day.

We had beef steak for breakfast and dinner. Denia sent the beef to Carrie and she sent us part of it. We certainly did enjoy it.

7 : O clock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Thursday, December  5, 1918

Thursday, December 5, 1918

A good day. Ben and Owen got up corn until twelve then Ben helped rais a house for George Hutcherson. I went to Marvins. Kate Harvey was there. Carrie gave me some meat. Jim Power and Fletcher Carr is here to night also Charley Hutcherson.

Josie sewed. She made Ben a shirt.

Lucius Gravley come home from camp to stay we hope.

9 oclock

Last edit about 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1919

Monday, May 19, 1919

Monday, May 19, 1919

A good day. The men folks worked on their corn land on the branch this evening. Ben carried Mrs Moris of Altavista to Long Island. He was two late. Her train had gone. She went to Mr Bill Owens to stay all night.

Josie got dinner. This evening Kate Harvey & Carrie Smith come a little while. While they were here the calves got in the garden. I was mad and I am a fraid I made some of the rest of them mad. I am very sorry that I got mad. It is two late now.

Marvin was sick this evening. I do hope he is better by now.

I got a check for my little calf to day. It did not amount to much. I am glad of that if it is little.

10 oclock

Last edit almost 11 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
Tuesday, November 18, 1919

Tuesday, November 18, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. I got dinner. Bessie the colored girl washed.

This evening Franklin & I went to Marvins. Carrie was washing. She finished while I was there.

We heard to night over the phone that Ludia Barnett was killed by a train today. That is so bad. Her folks will miss her so much.

Josie made Edna a cap and a box. Had good luck with both.

7:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1921

Thursday February  3, 1921

Thursday February 3, 1921

A beautiful day. Ben and Josie got up at three oclock in the morning and dressed and started for Charlottesville. They got to Gretna in time to take the train. Jim staid all night at Chatham and come to Gretna and solde a load of tobacco. He got back home a bout dark. He was very well pleased with what his tobacco brought. Henry went to school. The rest of the children done as well as could be expected. Franklin was sick the most of the day. Mabel staid up tonight until after nine oclock.

They are all abed now and a sleep but Edna.

9:30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Wednesday February 16, 1921

Wednesday February 16, 1921

A good day. Jim worked on a plant bed. Ben was in Danville. Solde some tobacco. Missed the train that he aimed to come on but got to come on a car. We was all very glad that he got home. He was not pleased with the sales of his tobacco.

Josie washed a big washing of clothes today.

Carrie and the children come this evening. I was glad that they come. Henry & Edna went to school today.

I got a letter from Ola Jefferson. I was glad to hear from her.

Jim has gone to Marvins to help him burn a plant bed to night.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben Brumfield
Sunday February 20, 1921

Sunday February 20, 1921

A very bad day. Hail and rain and snow. The trees was covered with ice. Cleaned up this evening. We all staid at home until evening then Ben and Josie went with Nellie and Evylin to Gretna. They was going home on the train. Ben & Josie got home some time be fore night. We enjoyed Nell & Evylin stay with us.

Josie got dinner. She had a good one.

Ben milked for me today.

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

Sunday November 6, 1921

A good day. I went to Reynols and spent the day. Posey & Nancy K [?] was there. Mollie had a good dinner. I enjoyed my visit.

I walked up there. Posie brought me home on Johnsons car. Johnson & Christenia & Charlott all come with me home. Josie got dinner at home. Janie & Emet Brumfield was here late this evening. Ben & family went to Gretna to meet Jim. The train was late so it was dark when they got home. Jim has gone to Marvins to night.

Last edit about 8 years ago by Ben Brumfield

1922

Saturday, March  4, 1922

Saturday, March 4, 1922

A rainy morning. Rained most of the night. The trees was covered in ice this morning. Not heavy enough to brake them. Josie baked a cake for Nellie. Nellie dressed a chicken to take home with her. I let her have some butter. They borrowed Norman Bookers buggy and started home a bout two oclock in the evening. It has not rained since they left. I do hope that they got to Gretna in time to take the train. At this time the roads is very bad. None of feel good and the wether is depressing on a well person. We should be thankful of the good that we have.

Last edit about 6 years ago by Ladybug1492
Tuesday, December 19, 1922

Tuesday, December 19, 1922

A clear colde day. Snowed a little last night. Jim has bin a round home most of the day. He put the pea hulls in sacks this morning. Ben & Fanny Power went to Gretna this morning and to Dunvill on the train. I got dinner. Nellie made beds & swept the floors. Josie has bin quiet most of the day. Mrs Car has stayed by her most of the day. Hattie Gilbert washed here today. The clothes did not get dry.

Ben & Fanny has come home. The children is so glad.

Last edit about 6 years ago by mkstewart

1923

Sunday, April  1, 1923

Sunday, April 1, 1923

A clear colde day. Ice plenty. This morning guess the most of the fruit is killed. Ben carried Jim and Nellie to the train and back by about ten oclock. We have staid here all day. Henry come down stairs today. I hope that they may soon get well. John Hutcherson was here this evening. Said Mrs Jesse has measles. I am sorry for them with that baby and no one to wait on them. I get to want to see some of the children so bad. I feel like starting but I cant go and some of them cant and wont come to see me.

Last edit about 7 years ago by Nathani
Sunday, May  6, 1923

Sunday, May 6, 1923

A good day. Ben went to Gretna this morning to take the train to go to the lodge in Tennessee. I do hope he may make the trip o.k. Henry went to the Sunday School this morning. The rest of us staid at home until after twelve. Edna and Franklin and Mabel and I went to Mr. Edmons. John and Sarah Emerson and three children and Mr. Trent come here. Walter Emerson come for me to come. I was glad to see them. I get so lonesome I cant hardly stay at home. Henry has gone to Uncle Johnson Reynols to carrie Floids [cap/car?] home.

Last edit almost 7 years ago by Nathani
Friday, July 27, 1923

Friday, July 27, 1923

A good day. I was at Tim Bennetts this morning. Tim and four Negro men went to The Red House to day. Gordon Bennett brought me to Marvins. Lizzie come with me. She went home on the train. I have had a good time with them. Lizzie and Carrie think they have a hard time and they do but it might be worse. They have enough to eat and to wear. I wish they did not have to work so hard and they were more content with their lot. I would give them enough to do some good but I can't help mself or them either. I want to be thankful that I am able to do what I can. Oh Lord remember us all for Christ sake. Amen.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
Saturday, October  6, 1923

Saturday, October 6, 1923

A good day. Ben plowed until twelve. Jim plowed all day. Ben carried Evylin to Gretna this evening. I went with them. I did not buy much. Money is [true?] scarce. I saw Carrie and Mrs McLaut[ghl?]in and several others that I was glad to see. Nellie has the care of Evylins baby tonight. Evylin will take the train for Lynchburg in the morning. She will stay at Lenias tonight. I washed a little this morning. Washed the schoolhouse curtains. Edna brought them in tonight. I brought two pounds of cheese this evening.

Last edit over 6 years ago by Nathani
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