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.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Love a Parade

On Friday, April 21, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Hot day. Frank Bergendahl died in Chicago, Ill. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Shaved at 8 o'clock and got to work at 8:35. Correspondence very low today. Aunt Annah is away today. Capt. Field in office. Capt. Rowan's salary (April) advanced to him. Rained in morning. Took urine to Mcghee's Pharmacy and went to bank for J.W. Raitt. Rain at night. Read paper to Mary and Aunt Annah. On Saturday, April 22, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Cold-Cloudy. Arose at 6:50 a.m. Made a fire. Got to work at 8:20 a.m. Correspondence slow. Capt. Rowan and I went to see the street parade of Howe's show. Mary had her teeth filled. Went home in p.m. Ate supper. Walked down with Jake. Went to American alone. Mamma and Teeny went to town for Teeny's shoes. home at 9:30. Bonnie had not been to the theater in a while so, glad to see he made it back even if he did have to go alone. I love a parade and back then they seemed to have had more of them than we do now a days. I have no idea who Frank Bergendahl is. I did a Google search but did not come up with anything really. Today's Bible reading was from the end of Joshua and Luke 20, but the devotional after the reading was what really spoke to me. It was about how following Jesus is an all or nothing kind of thing. We in the western world have gotten very comfortable with compromise and tolerance and trying to get along with everybody, which is not a bad thing, unless we start to compromise our heart. Unless we start to have other gods that we put before the Lord, whether that's a car, a relationship, an addiction, TV, money, whatever. In Joshua 24, the last words of Joshua before he died, he warned the people about serving other gods. He was telling them that it was not ok to worship the gods of the Canaanites on their holy days and then still try and serve the Lord. We do the same things today. We serve the gods of our society, of the people of the land, we just don't call them gods, and yet we still try and serve the Lord as well.

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