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.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Uncle Downs died

On Thursday, June 1, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool day. Arose at 7:20. Went by Hurst's. Got to work 8:35. Went down street and paid bills at 10 a.m. Staples in the office. Wrote a report for him. Work heavy. Carter Thompson in to see me. Got haircut. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines. Mrs. Annie Raines there. Rolled Norman out. Mrs. R and Annie R. came home with us. On Friday, June 2, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Nice. Got to work at 8:45. Arose at 7:20. Uncle Ben Downs died at Cleveland, O. Democratic Convention here today. Mary phoned me. Capt. gave me a cigar. Mrs. Raines left on #3 for Cleveland. We spend the night at Mrs. R and keep house until she returns. I wired Aunt Annah. Got a box of cigars. Wrote Lena and sent Norman's picture. Took Norman down home and paid rent. Read. I am still kind of enjoying the end of May post. I so like the way that Bonnie inter mingles routine, daily, family, Roanoke doings with some US and world history. I think that is what intrigues me so much about his diary. So, I realized I may need to do a little more of that here on this blog. No events today at work, just administrative stuff. Beth came home sick from work and is still sick. The kids and I went to church and then went and got ice cream, took trash out. The big U.S. news item these days is the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It has been leaking for over a month now and continues to do so. Millions of gallons of oil. Huge environmental disaster affecting many jobs and tourism and seafood. President Obama being criticized for the government's response. By the way, I know current day readers already know most all of the current news. The hope is that somewhere in the future that maybe my great-grand kids find this somehow in the magic of the Internet and are able to read it, learn, and see the context of some things from 1916 to 2010.

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