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.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Spring has Sprung

On Friday, April 28, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Arose at 7:00 a.m. Got to work at 8:25. Aunt Annah much improved. W.W. Boxley came into our office. I indexed and filed mail. Mary, Mrs. Raines and Norman went to St. Charles Hospital to take specimen of urine. Frank Poff taken to hospital ill. I shaved at night. Mr. Raines gave Annah Lee a cradle. Met. Mrs. Beckley. Walked down town with Mr. Raitt. On Saturday, April 29, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Beautiful Day. Pay-day. Arose at 7:35 Got to work at 8:45. Paid Gas Bill for Mr. Raitt. Met Geo. Walters. Ladies elling flowers for "playground". Work dull in office. Mr. Husher buried. Met Echol Marshall and Mr. Lockett. Got hair cut. Paid some bills. Met. Capt. Rowan. Went in George Walters home at noon. Jake played ball with Stone Printing boys. 1st of season. On Sunday, April 30, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Beautiful Day. Arose at 8 o'clock. Went to First Christian Church. Met Lester Steffey. Took Norman on street car up town and carried him to Mrs. Raines. Mary, Mrs. R, and Aunt Annah rolled the kids out. Ate supper at Mama's and came home on car. Brought paint and brush. Talked with little Frank Fisher. Talked to Mr. and Mrs. Hurst at church. End of month note: Measured for suit, 4-18-16 by S.H. Harbour. Price $26.50. No vest, wide belt straps, regular trousers. Blue serge, heavy. Deliver about May 3, 1916. Loose fiting coat in back specified. Ed. V. Price & Co. Chicago, Ill. Having trouble with Mexico in hunt for Villa. Also crisis on submarine issue with Germany. 7% increase in salaries effective 1st of April. This has been a beautiful month with high winds and monnlight nights.

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