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.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

House Painting

On Tuesday, March 21, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm-Sultry. Cut Norman's hair. Arose 7:30 a.m. Made a fire. Met Papa. He came with me to office and talked Mr. Raitt about house painting. I wrote order to Hurst Bros. Mr. W.P. Wiltsee in to see us. Papa back in office at 3:30 p.m. Warren Welford in. Finished Leckie Spur statements. Talked to Mrs. Spillman. Returned derby hat. Shaved at noon. Mrs. Raines down. I am guessing that Papa Elmore was maybe doing some house painting for Bonnie's boss Mr. Raitt. I also think Hurst Bros. is the grocery where Skin is now working and so Bonnie may be trying to throw a little business their way, or that was already where they got their groceries and that is how Skin got the job. I wonder what Bonnie was doing with a derby hat? Good day at church today. The crowd was still maybe a little off. Bible reading today was from Numbers 32 and 33 and in there is listed, kind of like the genealogies we talked about the other day, all the places or stages that the Israelites went through on their journey. Much the same as the people listing, something happened in each of these places. If only we could learn that we don't always have to be accomplishing the next thing, or controlling the next thing. With God, the journey is the destination.

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