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 23, 2010

Trip to Bedford

On Tuesday July 18, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Cloudy. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:30. Very bad headache. Norman feeling weak and "all in". Work was very slack all day. Wrote 3 letters for F.P. Turner. Mrs. Raines and Aunt Annah went to St. Charles hospital at 7:30. I rolled Norman out from 7:30 to 8:30. Shaved at night. Mrs. Raines came down with Aunt Annah and left at 9:30 p.m. On Wednesday, July 19, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sultry, close. Arose at 7:15. Got to work 8:30. Wrote letter for Mr. Turner. Mary, Aunt Annah, and I ate supper at Mrs. Raines. I took Norman up on car at Noon. Ms. Hurst Blanch Mr. and Mrs. Price Hurst ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Mr. Schick left for Wayne C.H. on #3 this p.m. I wrote stuff for Mr. Wiltsee. Wrote Lena a letter about trip to her home Sat. On Thursday, July 20, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Pleasant Day. Arose at 6:30. Rolled Norman to Mrs. Raines' and got vegetables. Spoke to Marjorie Merchent. Got to work at 8:30. Wrote to Frank Fisher. Wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Talked to Skin. Aunt Annah, Mary and I took kids up to Mrs. Raines' after supper. I shaved and took a bath up there. Woodmen of the World held a parade at night. On Friday, July 21, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Warm. Arose at 7 a.m. Rolled Norman out Roger's Pond Road and back. Mr. Raitt away today-fishing. No correspondence. Mr. Schick came back from Wayne. Mrs. Raines and Harry took lunch with us today. Wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Rain, thunder and lightning at night. Aunt Annah and Mrs. R went to hospital to have finger dressed. We retired at 11 o'clock. On Saturday, July 22, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Hot. Carter Thompson in. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:45. Preparing to leave on train #4 for Bedford City. Made up payrolls. Mr. Schick gave me $3 for eggs and butter. Mary phoned to me. Met Edison Lockard on train #4. Walked up town. Met Jess and Luther at Warehouse. Rode to Lena's in buggy with Jess and Louis Smith. Caught in big electric storm. On Sunday, July 23, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Bedford, VA. Very Hot. Thunder. No Rain. Arose at 7:00. Went over to Mr. Fisher's and ate dinner. Lewis Smith there. Met Miss Burroughs and brother. Louis Smith, Andrew Beamer and I rode horses to station and I missed no. 3. Met a Mr. Giles and son and walked up track to Elk"s Home. Came home on #5 at 8:40 with Frank Nelson Jr. and Tom Mayo. Mary sick at night. Kids ate well.

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