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.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Settling In

Need to catch up and even get a little ahead. On Friday, March 3, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Snowing. Skin met and gave me tax receipt. Work well up. Ordered load of wood from Adams, Payne & Gleaves. Ate lunch at Mrs. Raines and took ham, pine, and hatchet home. Mr. Chas. Sullivan was in the office. Put up shades. Very high wind and cold. Cut wood. Mr. Raitt went to Norfolk on #16. We retired at 10:30 p.m. Went to have phone removed. On Saturday, March 4, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Cold Wind. R.E. Tryson & S.H. Staples in office. Arose at 6:30. Got wood from stable. Took ashes from front room. Cut on water. Got to work at 8:40 a.m. Mr. Raines came down and fixed stable door, water, gate, etc. I went to Brown's for pictures & wash board. Shaved and took bath at night. Married 2 years today. On Sunday, March 5, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Chilly-Sunny. Arose at 7:30. made fire. shaved - Harry Raines came down. Put up pictures and unpacked things. Ethel Wade over. Mrs. Raines ate dinner with us. I took Norman to Mrs. Raines from 6-7 p.m. Stayed in at night and read Railroad journal. Retired at 10:30 p.m. On Monday, March 6, 1916: Cool-Cloudy. Arose 6:30 a.m. made fire. Got to work at 8:30. Mr. Raitt returned from Norfolk. Went to Roke. Ry. & Elec. Co. to have meter put in. Put name plate on door. Took cough syrup to office. Went phone office. Repaired hat rack at night. Mary scrubbed. Talked John Mason. Stopped by Mrs. Raines for eggs, socks, etc. I will be going out of town tomorrow for a class for work. I should be able to post while I am gone but it also may depend on how much time I have. That is why I went ahead and posted the entry for March 6 today. Sounds like the Elmores are still settling in to their new diggs. Ordering and picking up necessities, fixing things, unpacking, etc. Not sure why Bonnie worked on Saturday, other than maybe with those visitors in town, he needed to be in the office, or with having taken some time off to move he had some things to do. Just very interesting to see what all they did back then and realize how things have changed and how some things have not changed. From Mark 12:18-37 today: the 2 great commandments: "Love the Lord, your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself." Combine that with Psalm 46's "Be still and know that I am God" and the Great Commission and you have some pretty basic instructions for Christian living that seem very simple but often prove to be oh, so difficult. Saw the movie, "Letters to God" last night. Really good movie about a boy with cancer who writes letters to God and how those letters change others around him. I am thinking that writing a letter to God may not be such a bad idea. I hope you will plan to see the movie opening weekend, April 9, 2010. Cancer affects so many people and yet so few churches have a cancer ministry.

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