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, February 9, 2010

Happy Birthday Norman

On Wednesday, February 9, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain-colder. Norman is one year old today. Wrote Papa a letter. Sent stamps, newspapers, & tobacco. Miss Elizabeth Farley sent a birthday card to Norman. We ate lunch at Mrs Raines. Bought shoe polish and candy. Blacked shoes. Shaved, washed my hair. Carter Thompson came to office at 5:15 p.m. Went to post office. Happy Birthday Norman! Today is Uncle Norman's birthday. In the diary he has turned 1. If he were alive today he would be 95. Uncle Norman was a neat guy. A Colonel in the Army and participated in the D-day landing in Normandy. He was also instrumental in the founding of the National D-day Memorial located in Bedford, VA. As I understood it from my grandmother, Annah Lee, Norman was kind of the Golden Boy of the family which is not uncommon for the first born. I used to mow his grass as a teen-ager. I wish I could remember some more stories. Bonnie sent his father a care package of sorts and Norman got a card in the mail. What a combination of shoe polish and candy! I suppose Carter just walked home with Bonnie, I am guessing they didn't go to a movie as there may have been a birthday celebration for Norman though that is not mentioned in the diary, even though shoe polish and candy is! Then again, maybe it was a dress up party where shoes needed to be polished and I am sure that candy was a treat! Heck, Bonnie even shaved and washed his hair! Read in Matthew 26 today about the betrayal of Christ and his move to the cross. Still hard to read at times and a reminder of how often we deny Christ or even betray Him when we are sure that we would not do that, just like Peter.

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