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.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Election Day

On Saturday, November 4, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Frost-Warm. Arose at 7:20 a.m. Mr. Raitt and Bass returned. I wrote for Wiltsee. Paid water bill. Got checks cashed for Messers. Raitt and Schick. Got shirt from Sam and Mrs. Schick's Bank book. I cleaned leaves from yards. We ate supper at Mrs. Raines'. Roy and his mother and Lola went home on #25. I went to "American". Talked to Joe Tapley, came home on car at 11 o'clock. On Sunday, November 5, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Moderate. Arose at 8 a.m. Phoned to Mrs. Seymour about Mr. Raines coming to go to silk mill. I worked awhile this morning. Met Glenn Wygle on street. Introduced him to Raitt. Went to "Dry" speaking at the "Jefferson" theater. Went over home and ate supper there with Everett. We returned hats. I came home at 8:30. Everett came to our house for first visit. On Monday, November 6, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool-Clear. Arose at 7:20. Got to office at 8:35. Mr. Kerfoot came in office. Went to bank for Mr. Raitt. Also talked to Joe Milan. Papa ate lunch with us and I walked up town with him. Mary went to her Mother's account of illness. I shaved after supper and also washed my hair. Began reading "The Winning of Barbara Worth" Retired at 11:00 p.m. On Tuesday, November 7, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Damp-Cloudy. Arose at 7:15 a.m. Made a fire. Went to the polls to vote, and a scoundrel challenged my vote. Mr. Schick urged me to defend my right of suffrage. I voted for Hughes at 1:15 p.m. Wrote 2 letters for Mr. F.P. Turner. Ate supper with Mary at Mrs. Raines. Harry Raines and I went up street to see bulletins. Came home at 11:30 on St. car Retired at 12:15. Ok, I am very intrigued by this scoundrel who challenged Bonnie's vote. How do you even do that? Apparently I need to research the suffrage laws at 1916 in Roanoke. When he says he voted for Hughes, was that a Presidential election? Also when says that he and Harry went up the street to see bulletins I think that was election results and if my history knowledge serves me correctly and this is a Presidential election then there will be a surprise and the results will be days coming in.

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