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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


On Saturday, December 16, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Cold Wind. Prof. Hugo Munsterberg died. Arose at 7:30. Mary made fire. Very intensely cold today. Completed indexing and filing mail. Got cheque cashed for Mr. Raitt. Went to Johnson and Johnson's for Rhubarb and oil. Talked to Steffey. Mr. Divers worked on our cut-off. He broke both of them. Mary and I ate supper at Mrs. R. Went to American. Took Norman on Car. Professor Hugo Munsterberg was a well known psychologist who participated in some high profile court cases around the turn of the century. I am sure Grand-daddy knew him from all the reading that he did. I am thinking Johnson and Johnson's was a grocery store. It is mentioned again later and it appears that the Elmores are gathering needed items for Christmas. I see that Bonnie did "just call the man" someone who came over and looked at that stuck water cut-off, and the man apparently broke both of them. They must have been really tight. Again, Grand-daddy goes to the American theater but doesn't tells us what he saw this time, but Norman did get to ride the street car. Sounds like the Elmores had a pretty busy day and so did the Clingenpeels. My water seems to be working ok, but I do have a car that won't start. I know, I need to just "call the man".

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