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.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


On Thursday, September 21, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very-cold. Arose at 7:30. Mr. Schick away. Wrote mail. Dropped Dr. Hagan. Norm in p.m. Nathan Raitt came to office. Feeling pretty much all in today. All loafing. Fixed my shoes at Mrs. Raines. Mary rolled Norman up to Mrs. Raines'. Mary and I went to tent meeting on Campbell Ave. Mr. Moore presiding. On Friday, September 22, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Warm-Rain. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:45 a.m. Indexed and filed correspondence. Read "At the Foot of the Rainbow". Mr. Schick came home at 4:35 p.m. Went over town and got 2 cigars for Mr. Raitt and myself. Thunder and rain at 5 o'clock p.m. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines and shaved. Came home at 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 23, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Sunny. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:35. Bass, Roberts and I carried books over to storage. Wrote only 3 letters in morning. Mrs. Raines, Aunt Annah and Mary took children to Waverly Place. I took bath at Mrs. Raines at 4 p.m. Went to "Bijou" came home at 6:30 and read paper and stayed home at night.

Monday, September 20, 2010


On Wednesday, September 20, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Cool. Frost. Arose at 7:30. Rolled Norman to Mrs. Raines'. Went to station with court papers for Mr. Schick in Lynchburg. Went to Western Union and Dr. Payne's office. Ate lunch at Mrs. Raines' Talked to Skin and Blaine on street. Went over home at 8:00 p.m. and Everett, Blaine and I went down street. Met Skin, Everett and Blaine went to Elk's home. I came home 11 p.m. In 2010, being in Fire Inspector school and 2 jobs, plus a family means no time for adding comments. Just doing good to get Bonnie's entries posted.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Bonnie!

On Tuesday, September 19, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very cool today. Arose at 7:30. Today I am 25 years old. Sent papers to Mr. Schick -Lbg. Finished reading "The Calling of Dan Matthews". Aunt Annah and Mrs. R spent day at Page's. Wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Went over home at night. Failed to see Blaine. Played with Norman. Came home at 9:30 and retired at 10:30.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Whole lot of Buying Going On

On Wednesday, September 13, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining. Arose at 7:30 a.m. Mr. Schick went to Lynchburg to testify in the "Carrozzo-Carpenter-Boxley" suit. Auntie Airheart and Mrs. Raines took dinner with us today. I shaved at noon. Wrote to Chauncey D. Elmore. Went to M.E. Church at 8 p.m. to 9:30. Bought H.B. Wright's "The Calling of Dan Matthews." On Thursday, September 14, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Rain, Hot-Clear. Arose at 7:30 a.m. Got to work at 8:45. Mr. Schick and Mr. Raitt away. Capt. Rowan and I went down St. at 9 a.m. to see Elks and I took chart to Dr. Hagan. Introduced to Dr. Gills. Met Mary down street and she gave me lunch and 10 cents. They spent day with Loam. I went to "American" Didn't go to church tonight. Dark and raining. Retired at 10:30 p.m. On Friday, September 15, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Raining. Arose at 7:30. Got to work 8:45. Mr. Schick and Mr. Raitt away. Wire from Mr. Schick. May and Mrs. Raines came to office with Norman. Mary bought pair of shoes and gloves, etc. I read the calling of Dan Matthews all day. Mrs. Raines down. Mary and I went to M.E. church to see stereoptican slides of old world cities. Monnlight night. On Saturday, September, 16, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very cool. Arose at 7:30. Mr. Raitt back. Took chart to Dr. Hugh Hagan. Got a haircut. Norman spent all day with Grandma Raines. Mr. Raines gave him a wagon. Swept yard, raked leaves, piled wood and put up stove. Went to Mrs. R at 8 p.m. and I went to the "American". Bought a new felt hat. On Sunday, September 17, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Cool-Sunny. Arose at 8 a.m. Went to office. Messrs. Schick, Raitt, Silliman and Rowan there. Wore new hat for first time. Mr. Raitt and I searched vault. Auntie and Uncle Bob Airheart came by after dinner. Mary and I took children over to Mrs. R's. I went to depot but Blaine failed to come. Loam, Gwinnett, Jess and I ate supper with Mama and Christine. On Monday, September 18, 1916 Bonnie wrote: Very Chilly. Frank Lakes is 25 years old today. Went to take chart to Dr. Hagan. Also Mr. Raitt's glasses. Received letter from Blaine advising he would reach Roanoke at 5:40 p.m. Christine, Skin and I met Blaine at station and ate supper over home. Wrote for Mr. W.P. Wiltsee. Came home at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

M.E. Church

On Sunday, September 10, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Pleasant. Arose 8:00 a.m. Annah Lee is 8 months old today. Shaved. Played with Norman. Aunt Annah went out. I went over home and ate my supper. Skin drove me home in his car. Mrs. Raines came down and brought some chicken. I went to see slides of Holy Land at M.E. Church from 8-9:30. The moon was so very pretty and bright. On Monday September 11, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Pleasant. Arose at 7:30. Got work 8:30. Completed Mr. Wiltsee's work. Mr. Raitt away. Took charts for baby to Dr. Hagan. Loaned book to Nettie Fisher. Mary rolled Norman up to Mrs. R's. Mrs. Raines came home with her. I went to M.E. church to see stereoptican slides. Beautiful night with bright moonlight. Retired at 10:30. On Tuesday, September 12, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-fine. Arose at 7:30. Went to Dr. Hagan's office with chart. Dr. Hagan phoned me at 9:30 a.m. stating baby's condition very good. Not much work in afternoon. Mr. Raitt away. Loam called me up at office. I shaved at night and went to Methodist church. Wrote to Bob Elmore and Aunt Florence Norman's eye is sore today. Took a bath at Mrs. Raines 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


On Thursday, September 7, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very hot day. Arose at 7:30. Got to work 8:40. Mr. Davenport's condition worse. Indexed and filed correspondence. Went to Post Office and mailed flowers to Grace Woods. Dr. Hugh Hagan came down home to see baby. He ran over child and broke his arm. Got a card from Chauncey Elmore. Talked to Leon Abbott. Sept. 7, 1910 - Sept. 7, 1916 with Mr. Schick 6 years as steno. On Friday, September 8, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very hot day. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:35. Wrote instructions to engineers and sent out options. Dr. Hagan came down to house. Annah Lee has improved. Got a letter from Lena. Cut weeds from around walks. Mrs. Raines came down after 6 p.m. I shaved and read paper. Very high wind and rain at 5 p.m. and rain at night. On Saturday, September 9, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Arose 7:30. Got to work at 8:45. Mr. Raitt away. Norman is 19 months old today. Jake came down home at 6 p.m. Mary and I rolled Norman to Barber shop and got haircut. Also get him pair shoes. We ate supper at Mrs. Raines and I went to "American" "A Million a Minute". Talked to Edna Myers. Came home and washed my hair 11:30. Today's posts are ones of concern. We had read earlier of Mr. Davenport's paralysis, but now his condition is worse. Who is Mr. Davenport and how did this happen? Also, no details are given on why Dr. Hagan continues to come every day to see "the baby". Later, there is a reference to Annah Lee being much improved, so I am assuming she is the baby, which is what I thought, but what was wrong? Then, Dr. Hagan apparently ran over a child and broke his arm. I am assuming he broke the child's arm. Was Dr. Hagan driving an automobile or something else? Who was the child? I did confirm that "A Million a Minute" was a movie released in May of 1916, but no plot summary was given.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Big Bang Theory

On Sunday, September 3, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Warm. Arose at 8:00 a.m. Shaved and went to Belmont Methodist Church. We took children up to Mrs. Raines' at 4 p.m. and I went over home and ate supper. Came home at 9 p.m. Ate watermelon over home and also at Mrs. Raines. Everett ate dinner over home. Sunday was a very fine day. On Monday, September 4, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Chilly all day. Arose at 8:00. Mrs. Wade's gas store exploded and blew Mr. Wade out back door. I cut the grass and Papa came over 10:30. We walked up town. Met Skin and he drove us to Loam's. We ate lunch at Loam's and came home on car. I went to Dr. Conduff's office. Mama and Christine over and Papa for supper. I phoned to Dr. Davis. On Tuesday, September 5, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Pleasant. Arose at 7:20. Got to work at 8:45. Mr. Schick was surprised to see me come in presuming we were in New Castle. Got a letter from Chauncey E. Mr. J.A. Davenport partially paralyzed. Called Dr. Lawson to examine Annah Lee. Wrote a letter to Blaine. Dr. Hugh Hagan came and examined the baby. Mrs. Raines came down after supper until 10 p.m. On Wednesday, September 6, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm-Sunny. Arose at 7:30. Got to work 8:45. Went to Post Office. Lester Steffey drove me up Patterson Ave. and back in his "Buick" car. Went to Dr. Hagan's office and talked to him about baby. Dr. Hagan came to the house at 10:30. Capt. W.W. Boxley in. Got letter from Bob Elmore. Brought Norman up to Granny's on street car 2:30 p.m. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines' (Raining). Letter from Myrtle English. So, Sunday was a very fine day and again another double watermelon eating day, which may have contributed to it being a very fine day. Then Monday started with a bang. Bonnie does not tell us if Mr. Wade was okay. I hope he was. Bonnie does not mention going to work on Monday and he spent it with family, which makes me wonder if it was Labor Day. Was Labor Day celebrated back then? Or was it some other holiday? Also, all of the doctor talk but no mention of who is sick at this point. On Tuesday, Bonnie goes to work and his boss is surprised to see him, because the boss does not know that Bonnie and Mary have cancelled their vacation plans to New Castle. I do not know who Mr. Davenport is and why he is paralyzed. We do now find out that apparently the doctor talk is for Annah Lee (my grandmother), but we still do not know what is wrong. On Wednesday, Bonnie has the doctor come to the house to possibly re-examine Annah Lee. Hope she is okay. It is always a big deal in 1916 when one gets to ride in an automobile!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Nanny!

On Friday, September 1, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm-Pleasant. Mary 21 years old today. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:50. Slow work today. R.R. strike situation much modified. I got a haircut. Got pictures to send away. Got mixed up on money. Sent options to Kerfoot. Paid some bills. Bought a "Grit" today. We came home from Mrs. Raines after eating supper at 9:00 p.m. On Saturday, September 2, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Rain p.m. Arose at 7:30. Got to work at 8:40. Went to Bank at 11:30 and got telephone checked cashed. Paid bills. Cut grass in afternoon. Rained at 4 p.m. Went up to Mrs. Raines' at 7 p.m. Shaved and took a bath. Mary, Aunt Annah, and Mrs. R took kids uptown. I went to the "American" theater. What is a grit?