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, December 29, 2009


The Home computer was in high demand last night as church newsletters and bulletins had to be done, so I missed posting last night and I will try to make up for it tonight. On Thursday, December 28, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Rain-Cloudy. Arose at 7:30 a.m. Made a fire. Got to office at 8:45. Walked over with Miss Shoffner. Poor correspondence. Took dictation from and wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Aunt Annah went to visit Mrs. Seymour. I shaved after supper. Played with Norman. Ate gelatine. Wrote second time for diaries. Henry Hilton Greider died at hospital. On Friday, December 29, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Sunny-Pretty. Arose at 7:20. Made a fire. No mail much. Got to work 8:40. Wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Mary and Mrs. Raines took Norman up street and had his hair cut. "Shriners" parade. Pulaski and Shawnee men in office. Mr. Raines gave me pine. Mary and I ate supper up there and I cut up pine. Turned colder at night. Sounds like Grand-daddy is having a hard time getting his diaries in for 1917, which brings me to a reminder that come January 1, we start over with January 1, 1916 as I do not have any other diaries at this time. I think he also had some of what we call today Jell-O. I don't know what he meant when he said poor correspondence. Was there not much to do, or did he perform the task poorly? I am guessing there wasn't much to do. Like today, there just isn't much work between the holidays. Norman finally got his hair cut as the weather cleared up. Bonnie mentions a Shriner's parade. I wonder if they had clowns and little race cars and a funny little car that flips up on it's front wheels when it stops quick? I love those guys. I don't know what kind of pine Bonnie got but he cut it up and there were visitors in the office today. Our family will be going to South Carolina tomorrow to visit the Allens. So, I don't know how much posting will get done, but I will make a stab at it. Have a safe and Happy New Year and leave the fireworks to the professionals!

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