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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fenstermodher and Freckles

On Wednesday April 5, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-cool. Arose at 6:50 a.m. Made a fire and shaved. Got to work at 8:40 a.m. Mr. Hill of W.W.B.&Co. called to see us. I indexed letters. Read some of "Freckles". Rained all day. Bought candy at Hursts. Mr. Fenstermodher talked to me about Papa painting his house. Talked to Mr. Baley (barber). Stayed in at night. Retired at 10:30. On Thursday, April 6, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Sunny-Cool. Arose at 7 o'clock. made a fire. Got to work at 8:30 a.m. Filed mail. John Dillard in. Took 5 prints to Mr. Bottomley (R/W-Doran-Pineville). Re-arranged my files and read some of "Freckles" Went home by Mrs. Raines for pine kindling. Shaved at night. My eyes feeling badly on account of strain from reading. How about that Fenstermodher last name! Papa is getting some good work though. I did find a book called "Freckles" that was published in 1916 but not much of a description. It appears to maybe be juvenile fiction. It is about a man who could be mistaken for tramp and was looking for any work that would provide food and clothing. I thought Bonnie was going to say that his eyes hurt from all the pollen, but no, reading. Pollen is getting bad here this spring though. Today's Bible reading from Deuteronomy was about Moses giving the people choices. You can choose to obey the commands and be blessed and thus choose life, or you can choose to disobey, be cursed and thus choose death. The choice is the same today. There is no middle ground, even though we like to think that we can bob back and forth between obeying and disobeying.

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