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, April 4, 2010

Bonnie got a raise!

On Friday, March 31, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunshine pretty. Arose 7:20 a.m. Rolled Norman to Mrs. Raines. Mr. Schick returned. Got to work at 8:45. Payday. Heavy work. R.D.T. up. Spent day with Mrs. Raines. Buried Annie Epling. Met Mrs. Lane. Took pictures U.S. soldiers fight with Villa in Mexico. Wrote letter for Capt. Rowan to Mr. Wholey. Beautiful day. End of month note: This month everybody is expecting trouble with Germany on account of submarine activity. President Wilson lays matter of "Armed Merchantmen" before members of Congress in order to form a plan of procedure with Germany. Mexico invaded by U.S. Army after Villa. On Saturday, April 1, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Beautiful Day. Salary increased from $100 to $107 per month. Arose at 7:30. Made a fire. Got work 8:30. Rec'd letter from Whitwell Cox E answered it. Papa came to the office and got check from Mr. Raitt for $43 on house. Mr. Ward in office. Paid bills. Bought Norman a hat. Ate supper up home. Papa had provisions sent up. Came to town with Jake and home on car. Got pictures took a bath. On Sunday April 2, 1916: Cloudy and Warm. Arose at 7:30. Harry Raines and I rolled Norman to "Waverly Place". Aunt Annah visiting Mayfields and Wigmore's. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines and read papers. Came home at 7:30 p.m. Shaved in a.m. Mary played piano. Mrs. Poff ill. Didn't go up to Mama's today. Introduced to a Mr. Basham. Lightning and thunder at night. Mary read Proverbs. On Monday, April 3, 1916: Cloudy Damp. Arose at 7:00 a.m. Made a fire. Mary has $16.35 Met R.S. Kerfoot. Mary and Mrs. Raines went up street. Paid Mr. Kinsey $1.00 Papa gave me $2.00 for coal. A.P.&H. got more pictures of Norman. Raining all day feeling tired. Mr. Wiltsee came in. Wrote Final Force Acct. Bill, J.J. Bryson-Jacobs Fork Branch. Cut my hair and shaved my neck. On Tuesday, April 4, 1916: Cloudy-Cold. Arose at 7 a.m. Made a fire. Got to work at 8:45 a.m. Democratic primary being held. Mrs. Raines and Harry took dinner with us today. Mr. Raitt and Mr. Schick left on #3. Mr. Craig in the office collecting State and City taxes. Met Papa and paid water bills. Mayor Brown nominated for Mayor of City. Feeling very tired. Bed at 9:30. Wow. I had gotten really behind, sorry about that. Play practice is now over for Rachel, so maybe I can now be more regular with the posts. Today is Ester Sunday in 2010 and what a beautiful day. Going to supper at Mom's tonight. Ham is baking now and man it smells good. Took so much to get caught up that I won't comment much today. just interesting to note the salaries and the costs of things as well as the historical things about World War 1 and even Roanoke city politics.

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