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, June 20, 2010

On the border

On Sunday, June 18, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-warm. Arose at 8 a.m. Papa and Denny Lawlor came to our house. Papa and I went with Denny to station. Came by Mrs. Raines and shaved and took a cold bath. We went up to Mrs. R in p.m. & I met Paris Leslie on Memphis Special 5:40 also Leslie kids. All ate supper at Mrs. Raines. I took nap on lounge. Home at 9 p.m. On Monday, June 19, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Fair-Warm. Arose at 7:15 a.m. Extra paper out regarding Pres't. Wilson sending entire National militia to Mexican border for war. Mr. Schick came to office at 9:15 ill. Roanoke militia mobilizing. Papa came down home and picked cherries and primed porch on front. Ate lunch with us. Met Paris Leslie and Howard Fisher at 6 p.m. Retired 11:15 p.m. On Tuesday, June 20, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Cloudy-warm. Paris Leslie spent night with us. Arose at 7:20. Got to work at 8:40. Mrs. Schick phoned me Mr. Schick ill and would be at office after dinner. Met Paris Leslie at 5:30. Got a haircut and we came home on car. Went to the "Roanoke" Theater at 8:30. Fine pictures. Papa ate lunch at home and painted porch. Paris and I stopped by Mrs. Raines at night on way to town. Came back at 11:00 p.m. More world history by Bonnie. This is interesting for the fact that on May 25, 2010 President Obama ordered 1200 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border. In 2010, it is to help with illegal border crossings by immigrants. In 1916 The US was close to war with Mexico because of raids by Pancho Villa. Also, in 2010 there is a lot of drug violence in Mexico that threatens to spill into the USA. Father's Day was today. Good day at church. We had an emotional presentation of Father of the year to Don Barger. His family was on the phone. His grand-daughter is in Atlanta recovering from a serious car accident from several months ago.

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