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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


On November 24 (a Friday), 1916, Bonnie Elmore wrote: Arose at 7:20. Mary made fire. I got to work at 8:35. Corrected specifications for Mr. Wiltsee. Wrote a letter for Mr. Turner. Read "American" Magazine. Talked to Mr. C.M. Steffey on Nelson St. at 5:30. Bought second suit of underwear. Mary and I ate at her Mother's. Came home at 8:30 p.m. I won't elaborate much today as I am tired from Mom's hospital stay, but interesting that Mary made the fire today, I think we will see that they often take turns, maybe a week at a time. Also, that Grand-daddy felt the need to record his underwear purchase! Did he really only have one "suit" before that? Like I said before, times were different and maybe he means something different than what we call underwear today. Maybe it was long-johns. No real world events recorded today.

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