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, August 1, 2010


On Sunday, July 30, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Bright-Pleasant. Arose at 8 a.m. Spread lime. Went to church. Chicken, fried for dinner. Went up to Mrs. Raines' after dinner. Took Norman on car. Read New York Journal and ate supper there. Very hot day. Mrs. Raines and Aunt`Annah went to St. Charles Hospital and came home at 9 o'clock. Didn't go over home today. On Monday, July 31, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Hot. Arose at 7 a.m. Went after milk. Went to Telegraph Department. Received a letter from Frank Fisher. Mrs. Raines and Harry ate dinner with us today. Mr. Raitt returned fro Cincinnati. Wrote R.E. Elmore and Myrtle English. Wrote Frank Fisher. Pay day today. Mary and I went to the "American" at night. This has been an awfully hot day. End of month note for July 1916: German submarine docked at Norfolk July 9th. Big parade on 4th. Dr. Gale died. Carranza sends friendly note to N.S. soldiers moving to border. Allies making big drives in Europe. July has not been any hotter than June. Norman has been quite sick with cutting teeth and his stomach. Mrs. Hetty Green, world's richest woman died with paralysis in New York City. Epidemic of Infantile Paralysis raging in New York. On Tuesday, August 1, 1916, Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining. Warm-Cloudy. Arose at 6:30. Cut grass in front yard. Paid some bills. Last night Mary and I went to the "American" Theater. Mrs. Raines down. Mrs. Huff came in. Bought peaches from Hambrick. Letter from Bob Elmore. Mrs. R down in afternoon. Wrote Chauncey Elmore a letter. Shaved at night. Talked to John Mason about Skin. Today is 2nd anniversary of European war.

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