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.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Back to the American

On Friday, May 5, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Clear. Arose 7:20 a.m. Got to work 9 a.m. Filed and indexed. Frank Poff buried today in Fairview. S.H. Staples in office. Went to funeral-Baptist Church. Went to Thurman and Boone's and entered Norman in baby contest. Wrote and sent pictures to Effie, Leva, Bob Elmore and Blaine. Dug up yard for planting flowers. Mrs. Raines came down after Aunt Annah to go away. Saturday, May 6, 1916: Pretty Day. Arose at 7 o'clock. Made a fire. Took fork home. Went to Joe Milan's for tobacco. Capt. W.W. Boxley in. R.D. Lehman brought in records. Mary and I cleaned back yard, planted flower seeds and cut grass. Went to Mrs. Raines after supper. I shaved and took a bath there and went to "American" to see "The Call of the Cumberlands" Sunday, May 7, 1916: Sunny and Rain. Wore new suit 1st time. Arose 8 o'clock. Went to church and came down town with Steffey. Went up Mrs. R's with Norman and then over to Mamma's for supper-Jake came in. Walked down street. Met Carter Thompson. Came home on car. Got candy at Joe Milan's. Saw Abe's baby. Mrs. Raines came home with Mary and stayed until 9 o'clock. Retired at 10:15. Monday, May 8, 1916: Warm-Sunshine. Arose 7:15 a.m. Rode to Jefferson St. in automobile with Hendricks. Mr. Frank Campbell came up to office. Not much work. Wrote a letter to H.M. Greenwood about Jake. Went to American at night to see "The Wall Between". Spent the night at Mrs. Raines. Heat lightning and thunder at night. Retired at 11 o'clock. Very warm night. 4 days of posts to catch up on + working lots of overtime this weekend + NASCAR on TV = no commentary tonight, though lots of things are tempting to write about. You know...those who do read this regularly and even occasionally (Total of maybe 2 people) could even leave your own comments!!!!

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