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, August 13, 2010


On Wednesday, August 9, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining. Arose at 6:30. Cut weeds in back yard. Cut my finger on lawn mower. Got to work at 8:45 a.m. Got a card from Chauncey Elmore. Didn't write a single letter today. Mr. Raitt at home in afternoon. Went to YMCA with Harry Crimes and looked at pool. Talked to Nettie Fisher and Mrs. Elizabeth Farley. Norman is 18 months old today. On Thursday, August 10, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Hot. Arose at 7 a.m. Got to work 8:40. Annah Lee is 7 months old today. Bought Harold Bell Wright's book "Where a Man's a Man" at Caldwell-Sites. Paid gas bill for Mr. J.W. Raitt. Went to Station. Mrs. Hampton and Annah came in. I brought Norman on car to Mrs. Raines at 2 p.m. Ate supper there. Aunt Lou came home with us. Harry took Annah to "Roanoke Theater". On Friday, August 11, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Hot. Arose at 7 a.m. Got to work 8:35. Norman walked to corner with me. Mr. J.I. Zobrist in the office. Mrs. Hampton, Annah and Mrs. Raines ate dinner with us today. I came home on car at noon. Took Norman's sandals back to shoe store. Rained hard in evening and lightning flashed freely. "Buck" Drabbell drove me home in Mr. Hurst's car.

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