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Josie staid at home and worked hard all day. To night she is very much complaining with her mouth and jaw hurting. Paul Bennett carried Nettie Blair and I to Mr Jess W pond. We did not catch any thing. I bough a fish that a col woman caught. It was a fine one. We come back a bout twelve.
Ben tonight is at Powers.
A good day. They cut a house of tobacco for Mr Owen to day. Brand(?) and James(?) Dews helped them. Josie made some damson preserves this morning and ironed some. I canned a few tomatoes this evening.
Jim Brumfield staid on he is here tonight. [ink smear] I went to sleep and marked my book.
I left this book at Letcher Craddocks got it home this evening.
Josie and I staid at home.
The children had a good time to day playing with the things they got this morning.
I got several presents was glad of them.
A cloudy day. Ben & Marvin cut feed at Marvins & at home. Marvin eat dinner with Ben. I went to Marvins and spent the day. Kate Harvey was there two. Carrie had a nice dinner. I went with Kate home to spend the night. Virginia & Irvin went to school. Irvin got a helmet that they called a German helmet. Charles Harvey sent it to him. Heard to day that Mrs. Pleas Worsham is dead. It is with a sad heart that I write for the last time in my little book.
8 o clock
We fished until Ben come back then come home. Then I went to where Booker Callums lives on Mrs Haleys land. Mollie Reynolds and I hunted strawberries. Did not find many. I milked by lantern light to night.
A little rain this morning. Clear this evening. Jim & John and Owen & Ben pulled leaves to day. Marvin worked in Bens place while he carried Mary Brumfield & Fanny Power to Mr Powers. Edwin & Franklin Brumfield went with him.
Edwin Brumfield dried the dishes to night.
Lee Brumfield and I went to the river. Lee caught one fish. I did not catch any thing. I was glad to go with him. I bought 10 pounds of sugar from Oscar Booker. I stopped at Mr Dillards while Lee & Dillard gathered some chinquapins.
A good day. Did not see Alma today. Effie had company to day, a Mrs Lavender. She had a nice dinner. Served it in three courses. William had a head ache last night and was sick this morning. Could not go to school. He was better this evening. William, Cordie, and I went to Windensburg [?] Pond. We saw the prettiest flowers over there. Great beds of cannas in bloom. We walked over there and come back on the street car.
A good day. Ben & Jim went hunting. A lot of the grand children come to night and a few others. Kate and Irvin walked down here. The children played until midnight. They all said that they had a good time. I did not have anything to do with the askin them.
I am glad that the Xmas is gone. Every day is preshious but the excuse for doing nothing is gone.
We have had good wood and have had good fires for which I want to be thankful. I have not bin sick a day so that I could not go a bout. I feel sad to think of this being the last time that I will write in this book.
one oclock 1920
A cloudy day. No rain yet. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day. Mr Owen helped a little. I got dinner. I boiled the last hog face and baked the last potatoe pumpkin. Josie made Edna a dress and Mabel two caps. I think that Mabel was quieter than she has ever bin since she could walk. Carrie come a few minutes. She brought some apples. They was highely appreciated.
I have went to sleep and let my book fall twice. Dont know any thing worth writing so I will quit.
A good day. Clouds about this evening but no rain to wet any thing. Ben replanted tobacco. He went to Renan and got some beef for tomorrows dinner. Josie killed and dressed three chickens, baked two cakes, got dinner, and bathed the children.
I went to Worshams pond to fish. Marvin carried me and Henry & Reese. He went to Altavista and had work done on his teeth worked on. I stoped at Mr Jim Bookers and sit on the porch with Mrs Booker until Marvin come for us.
A good day. Jim & Ben got up a little hay. The thrashing machin is at Marvins. I hope they can thrash in the morning. Josie thought she would wash to day but it was late and so hot that she did not. Mrs Kent come by this
Carrie and the children come here a while this evening. Mabel has cried a lot today. I am certain that she is not well. Julia & Edna and Franklin and Virginia Wooding all went to Marvins to hear them sell. Had a car[?]
Josie washed a big washing this morning. This evening Ben & Josie & Fannie & Julia, Edna & Franklin & Mabel all went to the store. Tonight Ben & Josie and Fannie and Julia has all gone to Piny Grove to preaching.
A good day. Cloudy this morning but no rain. Ben & Henry helped Marvin cut tobacco. Jim fired his all day and part of tonight. Josie gathered two baskets of tomatoes this morning and Jim brought them to the house. I helped peel them. Josie put up 24 quarts.
I went to Marvins this evening. Norman Booker sowed him a turnip patch in the garden this evening. I cant get use to the idie that Booker is going to come there. I most shurely hate to think that Marvin & Carrie is going to leave.
This evening Ben & Josie and Mabel went to Gretna. They got books for the children and cloth to make them clothes. Josie ironed all the morning. I have bin at home all day today. This evening Carrie and the little girls come down here and staid a little while. I was glad that they come. We need rain a gain very bad.
The children went to school. Josie washed all by her self today. I staid at the house with Mabel and got dinner. This evening I went to Marvins a few minutes. Reese went to Renan. Hazel & Eva went with him.
Josie ironed this morning. We straitened up in the lock room this evening. Isla Blair come this evening and staid a little while. She wanted a breast pump for Nettie Hendries. I went home with Isla. I was glad to see them all.
A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco most of the day. This evening Ben went to the island after roofing. I went with him. We did not stay long. We come home and eat supper and all except Jim went to the school house to a Halowene party. They solde ice cream and candy. There was a big crowd and I think they nearly all had a good time.
There was 4 of my chiildren and a lot of my grand children & great grand children.
I went to sleep and let the ink get on my book.
A good day. Ben & Jim stripped tobacco all day and tonight. Josie and I got dinner. Josie ironed some this evening. I went to Marvins. They were well. Normon Booker brought two loads of stalk feed there this evening. I am going to miss Marvins family so much. I dont like to think a bout there moveing.