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.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Norman Cheerful All Day

On Sunday, July 9, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining all day. Arose at 8:30. Norman is 17 months old today. Stayed at home entire day. Rained steadily. Ate watermelon. Read N.Y. Journal. Mrs. Raines and Edna LaBrea came down from 7 to 9 p.m. Went with Edna to the car. Very cool today. Norman alright now and was cheerful all day. On Monday, July 10, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Rain-Cloudy. Arose at 7:30. Annah Lee is 6 months old today. Got to work at 8:45. Dode Rowan came in to see Capt. Matched up papers for "W.P.W." Annah Lee is sick today. Dr. Burks came to operate on Aunt Annah's finger. I wrote Leva and mailed Norman's picture. Major E.R. Moore died. Norman talked to me on phone. Shaved at night. On Tuesday, July 11, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Damp-Warm. Arose at 6 a.m. Annah Lee sick Pat Foy came in. Wrote part of "Instructions to Engineers". Aunt Annah received her check from Huntington. At night, Frank Lakes came over before supper. We went up street together and went to the "Comet" theater. Came home at 9 o'clock. Annah lee sick. Retired at 11 o'clock. On Wednesday, July 12, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Warm. Arose at 7 a.m. Got gum at Joe Milan's and to work at 8:30. Ate dinner and supper at Mrs. Raines'. Mary and Aunt Annah spent day there. Aunt Annah bought $25 buffet for Mary. I talked to Sam Hartman about camping trip. Mr. Schick left on #13 for Saltville. Mr. Raitt's Aunt went to Cincinnati. Pretty full moon. On Thursday, July 13, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Warm. Arose at 7:30. Got work 8:30. Worked steadily all day. Very hot. Frank E. Lakes brought his lawn mower over and helped me cut our grass. Got pair pants from Sam Harbour. Mrs. Hurst, Blanche and Mrs. Austin came down after supper. Frank Lakes and I went to "American" Theater and came home on car at 10:30 p.m. Ok, I know. I got really behind. About 8 days behind. I have made up 5 of those here and will do a couple a day until we get caught up. Sorry, This has been a really busy week with work and church meetings. Also, one computer at the house is not working. Not much time to comment but oil leak has stopped! Also, the buffet that is mentioned in July 12 entry may be the one that is still in our family. Wow! How neat is that.

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