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.

Sunday, November 29, 2009


On Wednesday, November 29, 1916, Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm, Cloudy. Arose at 7:20 a.m. Mary made fire. Got to work at 8:40. Very cloudy today. Read paper. Got our checks. I ate supper over home. Jake and I walked over together. I carried Capt. Rowan's check. Mama showed me letter from Blaine about about Ronk's bill. I shaved at night. Read the paper. We retired at 11 p.m. Payday right before Thanksgiving, that's how it worked at the county in 2009 too. Again nothing real remarkable. I still need to find out who some of these people are like Capt. Rowan and Jake. We got a lot done today around the house with Christmas decorating. Small crowd at church today, 1st Sunday of Advent. Remember not to overload electrical outlets with too many Christmas lights or run extension cords under rugs etc.

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