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, May 23, 2010

I Found It

Well, with a little persistence, I found information on the St. Charles Hospital of Roanoke, VA. I first found it mentioned in a history of "Old Southwest" that was written by a Frank Gusler, for the City of Roanoke in 2009. It really was just a mention, but gave the date of its opening as 1913. Searching on that information, I came across another one of Nelson Harris' historical postcards books this one entitled "Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcards" published in 2005. I may need to get this book too. I may have seen it at another time but did not realize that it had a section on the city of Roanoke. In that book, on page 120 is a picture of St. Charles Hospital and this information: "The St. Charles Hospital was located at 533 Mountain Ave. It opened in March 1913 under the direction of Dr. J.C. Burke (Bonnie mentions him numerous times). The hospital closed in 1934, and the building was converted into apartments." Bingo. That is just what I was looking for. It really did exist. I may now need to go find this building and lay eyes on it. Also, the info by Frank Gusler in the history of "Old Southwest" looked very interesting too, I just haven't read all of it yet.

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