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1918

Tuesday, January  8, 1918

Tuesday, January 8, 1918

A clear day. Ben cut wood in the woods to day. Josie has had the tooth ache all day.

I washed a little and got dinner.

Willie Mayhew come here to night. Him and Ben went to John Hutchersons to play cards. Snow is still on the ground and it looks to night like it might snow before day. I certainly do hope it wont. We have not got much wood at the wood pile. I cut out an apron to night and then I was too lazy to make it.

9 15 oclock

Last edit about 12 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Saturday, January 26, 1918

Saturday, January 26, 1918

A cloudy day raining to night.

Ben is feeling some better he was at George Blairs to day said that Denia Blair was cookin a turkey for dinner to morrow. Mr Carr is here yet. Jim Brumfield come to see us this evening. The Walker land was solde today. Josie ironed some today. I washed a little this morning and got dinner. Jim and Mr Carr and Ben and Josie are playing cards to night.

I got a letter from Ludy Pugh to day.

10 30 oclock

Heard today that Mr Allen fell in the pit at the barn and hurt him self very bad.

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Thursday, March  7, 1918

Thursday, March 7, 1918

A good day. Ben and Tom and Chesley Edmons and Owen sawed barn logs.

I went to see Charles Brumfield. I eat dinner with Kate Harvey. Josie staid at home and fixed for company to night. Effie and Hellen Brumfield and Lillian Peak come here from school. Tom and Chesley Edmons come they are playing cards.

To night there is a light in the north. I wrote on the wrong page a few nights ago. Mrs Kellie was at Renan. She said that Otie Kellie was gone to get him a new car.

Henry and Edna is in the parlor to night.

9 o:clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Monday, June  3, 1918

Monday, June 3, 1918

Some rain this morning it was badly needed.

Ben and Paul replanted tobacco. Mr Owen was at his brothers near Altavista. He brought a calf home this evening. Josie made Edna a dress to day.

Mrs Bailiss come and got some butter. I worked in the garden a while this evening. Eula Mayhew come and got a few tomato plants and Josies cards to make bats for a quilt.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Monday, November 25, 1918

Monday, November 25, 1918

A clear colde day.

Ben killed a beef this morning. Mr Owen helped him. They both cut wood at Mags this evening. Josie washed some this evening. I stewed pumpkins to day.

I went to Carries this evening. I did not stay but a few minutes.

Janie Gravley and Effie Brumfield come here to night.

Mr Owen and Luke come in a few minutes. Mr Owen played the fiddle a little while. Ben and Josie and Janie and Effie are playing cards now.

10 : o clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Saturday, December 14, 1918

Saturday, December 14, 1918

A cloudy day and some rain. Josie and I made sausage and dried up some lard.

Denia Blair and Jim Brumfield come to see us this morning. I was glad to see them. Ben has not bin well to day. I think he was very glad to see Jim. Willie Mayhew and Robert is here to night. They are playing cards.

9 oclock

There was a thunder cloud to night.

Ben found Lucy the cow with a calf to night.

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield

1919

Wednesday, January  8, 1919

Wednesday, January 8, 1919

A good day. Ben worked on Owens house this morning and went after Jim Brumfield this evening. Henry Blair brought Jim a part of the way.

Henry Brumfield went with his father. Mr Owen come down to night and they played cards. Virginia Harvey is here tonight. Josie sewed some today. Josie and I both had a hand in getting dinner. Josie went to Marvins a few minutes. I cut rags for a rug & darned stockens. 10 : oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Thursday, January 16, 1919

Thursday, January 16, 1919

A clear day.

Ben & Jim worked on Owens house. Josie got dinner and straitened up the cook room. Washed & filled up the lamps and made some candy.

I went to see Mollie this evening they were all well up there. They had heard that Clifton was sick. I hope that he may be well soon.

Josie started to Danville while I was there.

Marvin pulled down his olde barn today. Ben & Josie was asked to a dance tonight. They did not go.

Jim and Ben & Josie are playing cards tonight. I think they had better go to bed.

9 o'clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Neil Brumfield
Monday, January 20, 1919

Monday, January 20, 1919

A good day. Ben & Jim worked on Owens house. Lizzie and Earl Bennett went from here this morning. I hope that they got home without an accident. The roads is very bad. I helped Mr. Owen strip tobacco. We stripped all that they had in the pit and filled it up again. I went to Marvins a few minutes this evening. Kate Harvey was there. We came back by the grave yard. Eva had fallen out of her box and hurt herself right bad.

Josie staid at the house and got dinner.

Tonight Mr. Owen is here and they played cards.

9 o'clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Thursday, January 23, 1919

Thursday, January 23, 1919

A rainy day. Ben and Jim finished at Owens house then stripped tobacco the rest of the day. I helped strip until twelve then I knit most of the evening.

Josie got dinner. She had a good dinner.

I had a card from Alma Bennett this evening.

Ben & Jim and Josie are playing cards tonight. All of the children are asleep I think I will go to bed soon. Today has bin warm for the time of the year. Now the wind has commenced to blow I think it will get colde by morning.

9 o'clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Wednesday, January 29, 1919

Wednesday, January 29, 1919

A good day. Ben carried Miss Snead to Gretna this morning. Jim & Mr. Owen stripped tobacco. The children and I helped.

Josie got dinner. I washed dishes. Josie & Carrie went to Strait Stone, thought that the Ladies Aid Society would meet, there was no one there.

Willie Mayhew loaded his truck with Mr. Owen's tobacco this evening, wants to start to Danville in the morning.

I have finished knitting Mary Brumfield's cap.

Jim & Ben and Josie are playing cards.

9 oclock

Last edit about 8 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Saturday, February  1, 1919

Saturday, February 1, 1919

A beautiful day.

Ben & Jim and Owen burned a plant bed & sowed it. Ben & Owen hauled some stalks and cut them for feed. Josie and I ironed and got dinner this evening. I went to Marvins a few minutes. Mr Mayhew is here tonight. They are playing cards.

Josie got a letter from her mother this evening telling her that her sister is not getting on well. I guess that she will go to see her soon.

I got a letter from Thelma Brumfield this evening. She seems to be getting on well.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Thursday, February 13, 1919

Thursday, February 13, 1919

A rainy day. Ben commenced to cut feed but it rained so that he had to quit.

Josie got dinner. I sewed some, finished two garments. Nearly all has colds. Edna has such a cough that I dont think she will sleep much to night. Jim & Ben and Josie are playing cards to night for pastime. It is raining hard now.

8 30 o clock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Tuesday, February 25, 1919

Tuesday, February 25, 1919

A very bad day. Rained a bout all day. Some fox hunters come by here this morning. They hunted all the morning. I don't know a bout there catching anything or not. I guess they got wet.

Jim & Ben and Owen and Marvin all played cards this evening a while.

The boys fix up the olde cotton gin and gined some cotton. I had intended going to Richmond to morrow but will not go. It has rained so much that we could hardly get to the depo.

I comenced a cap for Josie that she intends to give to Ella Hubard. Josie is bad off with a colde.

8 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Wednesday, March  5, 1919

Wednesday, March 5, 1919

Clear this morning at five oclock then clouded up and has bin a very rainy day.

The men folks shucked some corn. Marvin went to Altavista with his waggon.

Henry & Edna went to school and came home through the rain. Mr Mayhew is here now. He eat supper with us and they are playing cards now. I got dinner & Josie ironed

9: oclock

Last edit about 12 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Tuesday, March 18, 1919

Tuesday, March 18, 1919

A good day. Had a hard rain last night. Ben went to meet Jim this morning. They helped Marvin raise a stable this evening. We all was at Marvins this evening. Mollie Reynols was there. Kate Harvey sent me some turnip salit by Irvin.

Emmit Brumfield come with Paul Smith home this evening. Henry Blair is here tonight. They are playing cards. Edna has a bad cough.

8 oclock

Last edit over 11 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Friday, December  5, 1919

Friday, December 5, 1919

A day that all could work. Jim & Ben and Mr Owen sawed wood then went to Marvins and cut some feed.

Josie got dinner. She made the sausage for Jim and her self. Bettie Haley (col) helped to cut the fat up and grind the sausage. I dried up the lard and strained it out. Bettie wshed the faces and feet.

Heard to day that Mrs Richard Wooding has a son.

Sallie Blair taught school in Miss Smiths room today.

Mrs Car sent Bessie Callans (col) a ring. She got it today.

Mr Owen went to the mill today. Brough me some brand. Jim & Ben & Josie played cards to night.

8 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Monday, December  8, 1919

Monday, December 8, 1919

A rainy day. Jim & Ben & Jim put up the range and carried out my stove. The range is Bens.

I peiced two squars for Miss Willie Wooding for a quilt that she is going to give a way to some children at school.

Mr Mayhew come up here tonight to play cards.

9 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Monday, December 15, 1919

Monday, December 15, 1919

A clear colde day. The boys hauled & shucked some corn. Mr Jim Doss got three pigs from here today.

Josie done a big washing. She washed at the house.

I got dinner.

Edna did not go to school to day. She has a very bad colde.

Mr Mayhew & his son Robert come tonight to play cards.

The baby is cross tonight. Josie is in Henrys bed a sleep with her.

9 30 oclock

Last edit over 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield

1921

Saturday January  8, 1921

Saturday January 8, 1921

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.

Jim & Ben went to Strait Stone tonight. I went to sleep and dropped my book. Josie and Henry and Edna are playing cards.

8 oclock

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Friday December 23, 1921

Friday December 23, 1921

A good day. The land was covered with hail and snow but it nearly all melted before night. Ben & Jim did not do much of anything this morning. This evening Ben carried Jim to Gretna on his way to Chatham to spend the holidays with his folks. Josie and Henry went with them. They got home in good time. They bought several things. Among them they got some cow feed. I am so glad of that. Ben is in the basement not trying to stain the floors. Josie made me a nice apron tonight. I am glad of it. I got several Xmas cards from the grand children & friends. I killed 4 chickens and dressed them ready to cook. Two for Jim. Heard to day that Oscar Brumfield is sick. Hope he may soon be well. I do hope that Mabel will soon be well a gain.

Last edit over 11 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday December 24, 1921

Saturday December 24, 1921

A cloudy day. Rain tonight. Ben went to William Gilberts this morning and carried some things for them that Carrie sent and Josie sent some things two for their children. Henry & Ben hunted some this evening. Did not get any game. We boiled some ham. I boiled the last of the hogs feet. Josie baked a cake. She ironed all the morning. Irvin Harvey come this morning and got their cow & little calf. The children has bad colds. They cant hardly wait for Santy to come. They are a sleep now all but Henry. I guess he is a wake. Well I am glad that Xmas is here. Hope nothing bad will happen. I got a nice box of candy from BlacksBurg today & a letter from John & a card from Julia Fergerson.

Last edit over 11 years ago by Linda Tucker
Wednesday December 28, 1921

Wednesday December 28, 1921

A good day. Ben & Josie staid at home until after dinner then they went to Mr Bookers a while. The Bookers had a lot of company. Tonight Ben carried his family and to Reynols. We have just got home after ten oclock. I went to Reynols today and eat dinner. Alice Thomson and family and Clack Hubbard and family was there. The men folks went hunting. They killed several birds. Mollie had a very nice dinner and I did enjoy it. We all got cards from Carrie today. I want to see them all so much but cant go unless some one would take me. Reubin Reynols brought me home this evening. Cliften went away this morning. I wish them all well.

Last edit over 11 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 almost 3 years ago by Ben W. Brumfield
Saturday, January 24, 1920

Saturday, January 24, 1920

A bad day, rained most of the day. The boys could not work out any. Tom Edmons come this morning taking census. Josie got dinner. I washed dishes. After dinner I finished a quilt that I pieced for Josie of her pieces. Tonight Marvin & Paul come. They are playing auto cards. Henry has a very bad cough. I am uneasy a bought him. The baby cried so that Josie had to quit playing. 9 30 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Neil Brumfield
Wednesday, February 18, 1920

Wednesday, February 18, 1920

A good day. Not so colde. Ben carried some logs to the saw mill. Jim & Owen cut logs. Josie washed some. Henry went to school. Edna did not go. She has a very bad colde. Franklin is some better to day. I am about asleep. I had a card from Alma Bennett telling me that Lizzie & Earl got home ok.

9 oclock

Last edit almost 11 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, October 30, 1920

Saturday, October 30, 1920

30 A good day. A killing frost this morning. Jim & Ben tied tobacco all the morning. This evening Ben went with Mrs Car home. Got back at sundown. Carrie had a card from Josie this evening. Carrie washed and dressed Mabel & Franklin this evening. I don't know anything to write to night.

Last edit about 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, December 13, 1920

Monday, December 13, 1920

Cloudy all day. Rain to night. Ben out a little to day. He killed three sqirrels. He dressed them. I cooked chidlins to day at the wash house. I washed some. Josie washed and pressed some goods to make Franklin a suit of clothes. Jim come home to night. Carrie sent a new dress that she had made. Sent it by William Gilbert. Mr Owen finished a cureing of tobacco this evening. Mrs Owen got my cards to make some bats for a quilt.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Saturday, December 25, 1920

Saturday, December 25, 1920

A beautiful day. Very colde. Ben staid about home all day. The children has had a good day playing with their toys. Josie has a colde. Some better to day. I have spent the day at work. I got breakfast, milked the cows, fed the calf, killed dressed two chickens, cooked one. Boiled a ham, churned and beat up the butter, fixed up another churning and set it by the fire. Made some custard. Josie beat the whites of the eggs for me. Fed and watered the calf. Brought two buckets of water. Carrie gave me a nice box of stationary. Reese gave me a box of candy. Josie gave me a nice box of stationary. I got three cards. I was glad.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
Monday, December 27, 1920

Monday, December 27, 1920

A rainy morning and sleet on the ground. Wind blowing tonight. Ben has bin at home all day. John went to Blairs to day and Reynols is here tonight. Marvin is here. They played cards a while. We have had a good day. As to the work did as little as we could make out with.

Last edit almost 10 years ago by Linda Tucker
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