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.

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!

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