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, March 24, 2010

Bush Flora Shoes

On Wednesday, March 22, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain-Windy. Raine last night. Arose at &;30. Made fire. Walked up street with Elmer Brown. Letter from Blaine, answered it. Mrs. Raines ate dinner with us. Checked Leckie Spur statements. Talked to Skin. Cut Norman's hair. Electrical storm, high wind and rain. Mary took Norman to Mrs. Raines. Skin brought my socks down at night. On Thursday, March 23, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Bright sunshine. Arose at 7:30. made fire. Got to work at 8:45. Mr. Schick returned today. Left on #3 p.m. Mary went to Bush Flora & got pair of tan slippers. Walked down home with Earl Haupt in evening. Rode in car with Skin. Papa began work on Mr. Raitt's house. Shaved at night. On Friday, March 24, 1916 Bonnie wrote: (Hal Floods baby died.) Beautiful Day. Arose at 7:30. Aunt Annah made a fire. Mr. Raitt left on #15 for Welch. Messrs. Coe and Bottomley in. Am indexing and filing today. Aunt Annah and Mrs. Raines spent day with Mrs. Funk. I got candy. Trimmed Norman's hair. Got tobacco at Joe Milan's. Wrote Ben Downs. Mrs. Raines came down at night. Retired at 10:30 p.m. I guess the first thing that jumps out at me is that Bonnie cut Norman's hair and then turned around and trimmed Norman's hair. Do you reckon we made a mistake or maybe Mary didn't like something about it? It is spring times and those bad storms will pop up every now and then, but it is always good then when it is followed by a bright sunshine filled day. Bonnie mentions Bush Flora shoes which is funny because a co-worker and I were talking the other day about how they are still around at Towers Mall and about how long they have been around. Sweeney also tells me that when he used to work for the city, he got to go in their old building downtown, which he believes they still own and they still have tons of old shoes in that building! Apparently Papa is a house painter, or at least just really handy with that kind of thing. Well, I didn't get that trait now did I? Bonnie got tobacco from Joe Milan's. I do remember that Grand-daddy was a pipe smoker and cigar smoker I think. We have been very busy of late, so sorry for posting every 2-3 days, instead of every day. Caleb is on the school soccer team and they are both in a play in Fincastle and so our evening are spent running them to things and then adding in our own meetings and chores. It has been a while since I added in a safety message and since Bonnie mentioned spring storms...Don't forget that the safest place to be in a tornado is on the lowest level of your home in an interior room without windows. The largest cause of injury from a tornado is from flying glass and debris. And, Tornadoes can happen any time any place any where, so be prepared and know what to do to be safe.

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