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, January 12, 2010


On Wednesday, January 12, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Damp-Drizzling. Wore new shirt for 1st time. Got to work at 8:40 a.m. Sent out cards of baby's birth. Indexed correspondence. Went up home to supper. Came by Mrs. Raines at 8 p.m. for Norman. Argument over bringing Norman home. Read until 10:30 at night. Annah Lee's birth is still affecting life in the Elmore house in 1916 and I am sure it will for quite some time. I wonder if the new shirt Bonnie wore today was a Christmas present? The biggest revelation today comes when we discover that Norman has apparently been staying at the Raines' while things are getting back to normal after the birth of Annah Lee. That's understandable and would probably happen in the 21st Century as well. But, there was also some argument over taking Norman home. Bonnie doesn't say who the argument was between and what about, but I am guessing that Mrs. Raines didn't want Norman to leave. She probably enjoyed the company and felt like she was doing something to help Mary out, which I am sure that she was. Bonnie and Mary though are probably ready to try and get things back to a normal routine and get everybody back in the house. Sounds like Bonnie probably stayed there tonight too. Ah, the adjustments and stresses of having a new baby in the house, I remember them well and don't miss them a bit! Nothing too much to write about here in 2010. Routine day at work. County car went to shop for PM and delivered a smoke alarm and scheduled some meetings. Lasagna for supper tonight...in fact, it's ready...don't want to be late...Get it while it's hot!

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