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.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Phone Out

On Thursday, August 3, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Hazy. Arose 7:30. Rec'd letter from Prof. E.M. Coulter regarding diploma. Mr. Raitt left for Mullins, W.VA. Sir Rodger Casement hanged in England. Talked to Jake. Sent Dr. Davis $2.00. Paid phone bill and ordered taken out. Wrote up an agreement. Rode to work in car with Ed. Gregory and R.R. Fairfax at noon. Lots of stuff to write about. I would like to know more about the diploma. I do not know where Grand-daddy went to college. The hanging in England also arouses some curiosity. Man, pay the phone bill and then order to have it taken out. I wonder what happened there? I looked up the "Deutschland" leaving Baltimore reference from yesterday and found a long article on Wikipedia about it, which was really interesting. The "Deutschland" was a German merchant submarine that made it through the English Channel undetected and brought trade items to the US. It was warmly welcomed and the crew was even treated to fancy dinners while in America. This was near the start of World War 1 and of course later on, German and US relations deteriorated and the "Deutschland" was even confiscated and turned into a German military U-boat. Lots of interesting stuff.

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