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, January 13, 2011

Rocky Mount Fire

On Wednesday, January 12, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Sunny. Fire tragedy at Rocky Mount, Va. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Went downtown at noon. Destructive fire at Rocky Mount killed one girl and other seriously injured by jumping. I wrote to Mama and Blaine about Jane's condition. Mary read "Amarilla" tons after supper. On Thursday, January 13, 1916 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Cold. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Stoked furnace. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:50. Annah Lee and Norman are off from school (Test exemptions). Mary and Loam went to Jake's in p.m. Bought Annah Lee and Baby Jane pair of shoes. I made fires at 6 p.m. Norman and I read until 10:30. Tired. Of Course, I am very interested in what happened in Rocky Mount with the fire. I may have to do some research on that. On Wednesday's entry, Bonnie's handwrititng got hard to read at the end. So, I am guessing on the "tons after supper" and then there was something that looked like shorthand that I could not read either. Caleb and Rachel can't be exempt from mid-term exams, but they are taking those right now and do get home early from school, plus they were out for a couple of days due to snow in the mountains. Do you reckon, Annah Lee and Baby Jane had to share a pair of shoes? I bet so. I am off from work tomorrow but will be preparing to go to the National Fire Academy for a week for a class. I am not sure how posting will go next week, but I will take Bonnie's diary along and I will have a laptop computer from work along, so I will do what I can. We are also celebrating my birthday tomorrow night since, I will be in Maryland on the 17th. I have been very busy at work recently.

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