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.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blue Serge Suit

On Tuesday, April 18, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Cool. Sent note to Germany. Arose at 7:15. Made a fire. Got to work at 8:40 a.m. Saw Skin on Jeff. St. with new hat and blue serge suit. Sam Harbour measured me for blue serge suit. Shaved at night. Norman picked up razor and broke a plate. Mary feeling very sick and vomited. I read until 11 p.m. and retired. Pretty moonlight night. On Wednesday, April 19, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Cool-Clear. Very warm in p.m. Arose at 7 a.m. made fire, got to work at 8:40 a.m. Fitzgerald in. Minnie came for washing. Read "American" magazine. President called Congress together on German situation. Filed and indexed. Work slow today. Mary went to Dr. Payne's office and had teeth fixed. Loam called me up on phone. The note to Germany interests me, especially since the other sides of my family tree are almost all German. I think it had to do with World War 1 obviously as well as the mention in the second diary entry, but where does one send a simple note to Germany? Now I looked up a blue serge suit and found that in the early part of the 20th century, which 1916 would be, this was THE suit to have. If you could have only one suit this would be the one to have. Sounds like an eventful day in the Elmore household: babies with razors, breaking plates, and vomiting. Could Mary's teeth have been making her sick? I have talked before about how Skin seems to have trouble keeping a job, or at least he changes jobs often, just wondering how he was able to get new suit and hat? Maybe it was nothing, a gift, or needed for a new job. Good day at church at Springwood Baptist yesterday, strategy planning event went well.

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