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 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.

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