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.

Monday, November 30, 2009


On Thursday November 30, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm, Sultry. THANKSGIVING DAY Arose at 8 a.m. Oysters for our breakfast. Papa came over at 10 a.m. and he and I went to see Mrs. Mullins. I carried Norman up to Mrs. Raines. Papa and I went to the office wrote a letter to Blaine. Went to see Capt. Rowan. Met Miss Fox, Proffit, Neville. Ate Dinner with Loam at Mama's. Ate supper at Raines'. V.P.I beat V.M.I in football. Really not much has changed it seems like when it come to Thanksgiving. Now I didn't have oysters for breakfast the other day, but if I had it would have been fine. Mostly it seems like Bonnie did lots of eating and visiting with family and friends. He does mention the V.P.I. vs. V.M.I. football game. Today we know VPI as Virginia Tech and this game vs. VMI in the early 1900's was quite the tradition as I understand it. It was held in Roanoke as a kind of neutral site and it was a day full of parades and pageantry and oh yeah a football game. It was THE event in Roanoke on Thanksgiving Day. Another sign of changing times, my daughter needs the computer to finish homework, so this will conclude today's post. We'll start Bonnie's December diary tomorrow. By the way, pictures of some of those mentioned in this blog from 1916 will be coming shortly!

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