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, May 20, 2010


On Friday, May 19, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Sunny. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:40. Mr. Schick and R.S. Kerfoot in. Checked estimate sheets for R.S. Kerfoot. Partly indexed letters. Mrs. Raines had Dr. Robinson puller lower set of teeth. I rolled Norman up to Mrs. Raines at night. She came home with me. Got "tansy" etc. and Mary used it. Retired 10:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 20, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Sunny-Cool. Baby contest today. Arose 7:20 a.m. Got to work at 8:35 walked in with Pat Foy and Cleo Shoffner. Kerfoot here yet. Got letter from Blaine. Shaved in p.m. Walked up town with Harry Raines. Mrs. Raines, Mary and I took kids to baby show. Ate supper at Mrs. R's Watered yd. I went to theater. Saw Jake. Home at 10:00. Apparently "tansy" is a medicinal herb. Most of its medicinal qualities have been discredited since 1916, but back then it was kind of one of those "it cures what ails you" kind of things. Reportedly being used for everything from stopping flatulence to repelling mosquitoes to a face wash to purify the skin to curing joint pain. Have you noticed that apparently Bonnie worked a lot on Saturdays? Was this a common thing in 1916? I am guessing that Norman or Annah Lee did not win the baby contest or that would have been noted in the diary.

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