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 5, 2010

N&W Calendars

On Wednesday, January 5, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Clear. Checked agreements. Wrote to Blaine. Went to post office to inquire about money from Blaine. Walked up home from work with Ed. Gregory. Ate supper at home, came home at 8:30. Capt. Rowan gave me an N & W calendar. This won't be long as it has been a long day. Bonnie had to check those agreements again, whatever they were from yesterday. Blaine is his brother. A little confusing with the 2 homes, but I think Bonnie ate supper with his parents and then went to his and Mary's house. Those N & W calendars have sure been around awhile and they are nice. I also realized today in talking with Sweeney from work, (Sweeney is from SE Roanoke) that the address in front of Bonnie's diary is on Jamison Ave. SE in Roanoke and that is not where I remember Nanny and Grand-daddy living, so there was a move at some point I think. Also, another revelation today about the American theater. I saw some other old pictures of it today and the captions said that it was built in 1928...yet Bonnie talks about it in 1916. With a little help from the History museum of Western Virginia, I discovered that there was an original American theater whose dates match with the diary. There is a picture of it and I will try to post it later or give a link to it at least, but suffice it to say that the original one was not near as grand as the one currently pictured on this blog! We will delve into that later when we have more time and are not nearly so tired!

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