This blog is mainly taken from my Great Grandfather's diary. In 2012 we are in the year 1915, after completing 1916 in 2010 and 1927 in 2011. 1915 is the year that my Great Uncle Norman was born. 1927 is the year that my Great Uncle Roger, was born. 1916 was the year that my grandmother, Annah Lee was born.

My Great-Grandfather's name was Bonnie Elmore and he worked as a clerk or secretary for the old Norfolk & Western Railroad, based in Roanoke, VA. Mary is his wife. Norman is their first born son. The Raines are Mary's parents. Skin is Bonnie's brother along with Jake.

Bonnie's work associates and friends are also mentioned quite a bit. Bonnie does a great job of blending everyday life in 1915 with the mention of some world and USA history as well. I do know from a quick glance ahead that 1915 is going to be quite different as Bonnie did not write quite as much.

After Bonnie's diary entry, I will occasionally make comments, maybe tell a little about life in 2012, possibly some current events, and some musing about the Christian faith.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bushman and Bayne

November 27, 1916, a Monday, Bonnie Elmore wrote: Frosty cold. Hot in afternoon. Arose at 7:30 a.m. Mary made a fire. I ate stewed oysters for breakfast. Mr. Schick came back to the office. Francis X. Bushman and Beverley Bayne here today in person showing "Romeo and Juliet". Dr. Lawson examined Mary this morning at Jefferson Hospital. I gave Jake my gray trousers. Wrote Effie. I shaved after supper and played with Norman. Bushman and Bayne left. Bushman and Bayne were pretty big silent movie stars in 1916 and apparently in 1918 it was revealed that they were having a longtime affair. They were traveling together in 1916 in Roanoke, VA. They later had a child together. Bushman was married 4 times. We got up a little after 4 this morning, "Black Friday" and went and did a little shopping, ate breakfast at Famous Anthony's and are home now decorating for Christmas. Along the fire safety line: the Wal-Mart I was in today supposedly locked doors with customers inside which is a fire code violation and the Toys-R-Us in Roanoke was rumored to have been shut down by the city fire marshal due to over crowding.

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