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 2, 2010

Oiled lawn mower

On Monday, May 1, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm Day. Arose 7 a.m. Got to work at 8:40 a.m. Took telegram down street. Paid some bills. Bought screen netting for porch. Went by Mr. Raine's, He gave Annah Lee a crib today. Took lawn mower from Mr. Raine's home. Geo. Walters oiled lawn mower. Ate supper at 7 o'clock. On Tuesday, May 2, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very hot day. Mr. Raitt away in a.m. Arose at 7:20. Made a fire. Mamma moved today to address 410 4th Ave. N.E. Got letter and $20.00 from Blaine. Acknowledged by card. Walked with Sam Harbour. Got netting and garden fork at Mrs. Raines. Papa came to the office at 5:30 p.m. Gave him $20.00. Met Everett and Carter Thompson. Cut grass &retired at 9:30 very tired. In my last blog post we read that Mr. Raines gave Annah Lee a cradle and today he gave her a crib. Here is the cool part. My mother emailed to remind me that she still has that cradle. At least we are pretty sure it is the same one, as we remember Granny, Annah Lee, talking about how her grandfather had given her that cradle. Now I don't know where the crib went. Sounds like Bonnie was knee deep in yard work and that can make one very tired. Great day at Springwood Baptist today. There was a very good crowd and some people we had not seen in a while. Today's sermon was from Romans 8:5-8 and was about Stinking Thinking vs. Kingdom Thinking. We talked a lot about how the church needs to be more present in the world and be a blessing to others, which was also the them of the deacons retreat that we went to this weekend at Eagle Eyrie Baptist Conference Center near Lynchburg.

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