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 6, 2011


On Sunday, February 6, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm-Cloudy. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. I took all the children to Sunday School and church. Doris Vicewarner went with us. I helped serve communion. Norman went to dinner with Chester Britts. Harry ate dinner with us. He brought candy. Ate supper with us. Baby Jane and Annah Lee went to Dunkard church. Sounds like Bonnie and family had a normal winter Sunday. I am thinking that possibly I should have named the blog this year "Made a fire. Dumped Ashes" Beth though correctly pints out that this may change when summer comes. I am also still surprised at the kids going to the Dunkard church. I never heard Granny mention this. I may have to find out more about this, especially where the Dunkard church was that was close to their house in SE Roanoke. We have had a good day here in 2011. Mom went to church with us, where we had a decent crowd. Busy day at church with communion, I taught Sunday School and Beth and Rachel did children's church. We ate at Greenwood restaurant where I had fried oysters. Today is Super Bowl Sunday and we are just enjoying that together as a family tonight.

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