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, February 27, 2011


On Friday, February 25, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Cool. Letter from Christine. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Worked hard all day. Stayed in the office at noon. Talk around the office about retiring Capt. Anderson. Norman attended Scout meeting at Presbyterian church, 7 p.m.. I shaved. Cold and windy tonight. Fire in furnace. Got ton of coal from H.W. Harris. On Saturday, February 26, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Chilly. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Worked hard all morning. Cut wood from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. Spread manure over yard. Mary and the girls went to city. Mary bought a new hat. I helped Annah Lee and Baby Jane deliver papers. Took a bath at 11 o'clock and got to bed about 11:30. On Sunday, February 27, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Cold. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Mary and the children went to Sunday School. I went to church. Harry ate dinner and supper with us. He and Mary took a nap. We snapped pictures. Cold wind in p.m. Harry stayed for supper. Jim and Mrs. Drewry came by from church. Got to bed 11:00. I had never heard that Annah Lee (Granny) and Baby Jane had a paper route. Was this a routine thing or were they just filling in for somebody, or a special occasion? Sounds like a nice Sunday afternoon. We had a good Sunday afternoon here in 2011 as well. Stayed after church for a Soup/Sandwich and game fellowship. It was fun. Then we came home and read, Rachel did homework and I watched the race on TV. Tonight it is family TV watching: "Amazing Race".

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