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 11, 2010


On Tuesday April 11, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Arose at 7:10 a.m. Made a fire. Began taking salts for 9 mornings. Made copies of permits from Maj. R.R. Ralston. Cabbage for lunch. Raked yard. Finished raking yard at night, Mary helped. Stayed in at night and read. "Villa" reported dead and buried. High winds at night. Retired at 10:30 p.m. "Villa" I think was the president of Mexico at the time and there were a lot of things going on between the U.S. and Mexico, like border skirmishes I think. Unsure why Bonnie is taking "salts". I am very sore from lots of yard work recently. Great day at church today. 70 in Sunday School, breakfast, and went to see a movie with church family this evening, a really good day.

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