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 8, 2010

Snow on April 8

On Friday, April 7, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Chilly-Cloudy. Raining. Arose at 7:10 a.m. Mary arose at 6:00, made fire. I rolled Norman up to Mrs. Raines. Mr. Schick and Mr. Raitt came in. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines. Got 10 cents worth of candy at Joe Milan's Mr. Chas. Silliman called. Mr. Schick left on #3 for B'l'f'd. Papa came in to see Mr. Raitt. I wrote Bob Elmore. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines. Home on car. On Saturday, April 8, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Snow-cold. Cut out coffee. Arose at 7 o'clock. Made a fire. Got in coal and swept snow off steps. Got to work at 9 o'clock. Bought 2 Belgian flags-15 cents. Shaved face and neck and Mary and I took Norman to Mrs. R's and went to St. Chas. Hospital on car. Stopped by Fisher's. Didn't take bath-awfully sleepy and tired, retired at 10 o'clock. I have more to say about these entries then any in a while perhaps. First on the Friday post: Wow, Mary got up early. Grandaddy still likes to buy candy. Anybody out there from the family who knows who Bob Elmore is? This is a new name for me. Now, we have been talking here in 2010 about how we are done with the snow after a particularly rough winter, but maybe we shouldn't speak so soon. It snowed on April 8, 1916 in Roanoke! I may just have to send an email to the local TV weather person and let them know that. Why did Bonnie buy 2 Belgian flags and why were they so cheap? That seems like a very random thing to do. Also, I have still been wondering about this St. Chas. Hospital that Bonnie makes frequent references to. Today's entry helps us know that it was in Roanoke as he and Mary went there on a street car. Somebody, some historian has to know something about this hospital. How nice it is to be able to have a few nights at home without somewhere to go. The play is over and this is spring break week for the kids. Next week some of that starts back again, but not as bad. I haven't done anything on fire safety in a while. There have been numerous fires of all sorts this week in Roanoke and surrounding counties. A lot of them have to do with the dry conditions, warm temps, and low humidity and are starting in mulch. Please be careful with any outdoor burning, and smokers: please be careful where you discard your smoking material.

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