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, March 31, 2011

This Old House

On Monday, March 28, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Warm. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:45. Very busy all day. Mr. Broyles came to our house after supper and looked at room relative to papering, wants $17.50. We are going to let him do the work. We are all tired. Went to bed about 10:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 29, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Chilly-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:45. Very rushed all day. At noon I talked to Artie Possin about leaks through our walls. Walked home at 6:00. Stopped by to see Mr. Rothwell about painting. We sang after supper.

On Wednesday, March 30, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Chilly-Cloudy. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:50. Rushed with work all day. Mary had more teeth filled. She and Mrs. Crowley called to see Mrs. Akers at Shenandoah Hospital. I feel worn out. My eyes ache. Walked home at 6:00 p.m. Retired 11:00.

On Thursday, March 31, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain-Cold. Pay Day. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:45. My eyes hurt very badly. Walked down street at noon. Norman took meat to Scout leaders at 6:30 p.m. to demonstrate campfire cooking. I got haircut also bottle of Wampoles. Shaved after supper. Chilly. We went to bed about 11:00.

I rather enjoyed these posts. Where can I find a guy to paper multiple rooms for $17.50? So, wallpaper, painting, leaks through the walls, Wow, now that's a list. I hope Bonnie's eyes are ok. I also had to do a double take about Norman taking meat to Scout leaders. Do you reckon Norman was teaching the Scout leaders about this? What a hoot! I have no idea what a bottle of Wampoles is. I will have to do a little research. It's also so funny how sometimes the weather lines up almost 85 years later. It's been chilly-cloudy, rainy and cold here in 2011 too. We have been very busy with the kids' activities and church and work. Rachel's play ends this weekend. Her birthday party and actual birthday went really well. Oooops! Almost forgot the end of month note, so here it is:

Norman took his vows as a "Tenderfoot Scout" on the 7th. Baby Jane, Annah Lee, and I went with him. Mr. Wm. A. Welcker was the officer in charge. Norman is very enthusiastic over the work. Mr. T.J. Towles died on the 22nd. and Postmaster Ellis dies on the 23rd. Much flu and pneumonia prevalent.

Did some research on Wampoles's. It's a pharmaceutical product and found a cool blog that talked about it with much more detail, check it out here: http://papergreat.blogspot.com/2011/02/delving-into-henry-j-wampole-company.html

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Slow Sunday

On Sunday, March 27, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Cloudy. Arose at 8:30. Mary got up at 7:00 and made fire in stove and furnace. I shaved and washed dishes. Mary and children went to Sunday School. I didn't go. Mary and the girls went to see Reva Wilson in afternoon. I drew one picture of my lesson No. 1. We got to bed at 11:00.

Sounds like it was kind of a slow relaxing Sunday for the Elmores in 1927. I can't say ours has been slow and relaxing, but it has been nice. There was some snow, sleet, etc early this morning that made a church decision kind of tricky, but we did have it. The attendance was down some, but not too bad. We had a really good Sunday School class just talking and encouraging one another. This afternoon has been Rachel's sweet 16 birthday party. 6 other teen girls here to spend the night. We had fun with them this afternoon doing a scavenger hunt, brownies for birthday cake.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Tired as a Dog

On Tuesday, March 22, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Chilly. Cold at night. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:45. Took dictation all morning. Awfully tired. Sent P.O. money order for 35 cents to Waterson, Berlin, and Snyder for song "When I'm Thinking of You." Came home at 6:15. My eyes hurt very much. Helped children with their lessons. Went to bed 10:30.

On Wednesday, March 23, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Cold. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Didn't leave the office at noon. Worked steadily today. Had big batch of mail. Feel mighty tired, and my eyes hurt. Got home at 6:15 p.m. Read after supper until 10 o'clock. Real cold tonight. Got to bed by 10:30.

On Thursday, March 24, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Blowing Snow. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. (Cold at 6:30) Mr. T.J. Towle's funeral held. Mary went to Dr. Sommardahl to have more teeth filled. I got home 6:15. Loam brought us an Irish potato pie and she and Austin ate supper. I went to car with them 10:45. Quite cold. Retired at 11:30.

On Friday, March 25, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Warm. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Tired as a dog all day. Took a walk at 1:40 p.m. Saw Harry. Mr. Moseley came down to our office and brought his church books. I got home 5:40. Baby Jane and Annah Lee went to bed at 8 p.m.. Norman went to meeting of his scout troop.

On Saturday, March 26, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Windy-Cool. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Emptied ashes. Left home 7:45. Worked hard in a.m. Cut wood from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Took a bath at 7:00. Song "When I'm Thinking of You" came today. Had my new blue suit cleaned and pressed. I read from 8 o'clock until 11:00. Feel pretty bad. Quite cool at night.

Here in 2011 we have been very busy. Rachel is in a play at Attic Productions in Fincastle and Caleb is playing school soccer. Both of those things and then church and work have kept us very busy and as Bonnie would say "tired as a dog". Bonnie mentioned blowing snow late in March in 1927, and tonight we are under a winter weather advisory for 1-3 inches of snow! Hope Bonnie starts to feel better. The song Bonnie bought was 35 cents. I guess he got that on vinyl. Today you download a song digitally from itunes for about a dollar. My how times have changed. Lots of good soccer on today. Mostly national teams playing various games. Beth is off today to take another test toward getting her teaching license in Virginia.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Awfully Tired

On Monday, March 21, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Hot. Judge Staples died. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Lot of work. Took Tax blank to court house. Stopped by Fulwiler-Hill's and heard record "Because I Love You" by John McCormick. Got home at 6:00. Awfully tired. We went to bed at 9:30. Awfully tired. Much cooler at night.

Amen, me too.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


On Friday, March 18, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Went to Court House at 1:45 p.m. got tax blanks. Mr. and Mrs. Welch came up to see us after supper. I shaved! Mr. Rowland came down and talked awhile. Mary cleaned house. Mr. Rothwell came to look at rooms, rel. to painting.

On Saturday, March 19, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. I oiled screen doors, front and back in the afternoon. Cut wood for an hour. Baby Jane and Annah Lee went with Mrs. Drewry to the Food Show. I took a bath at 10:30. Read magazine. we got to bed about 12:00. Quite tired.

On Sunday, March 20, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. We all went up on car at 9:50. Mary and the children went to Sunday School. I went to the office. W.P.W. didn't come. Made our tax list. Baby Jane and Annah Lee went home with Mary Britts for dinner. Harry phoned at 1 p.m. Ate supper with us. I drew until 10:00. Bed 11:00.

Very busy weekend here in 2011. Lillian Peery from Springwood passed away and I had the funeral. Visitation Friday night and funeral Saturday morning. Then I had to work at the fire department Saturday afternoon and work on my sermon. Good day at church today. We had some folks back that we hadn't seen in awhile. The weather has been beautiful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's

On Wednesday, March 16, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:50. Worked hard today. Mary had her teeth cleaned by Dr. Sommardahl. She attended the food show. I made a fire at 6:00. Read after supper until 10:00. Quite warm tonight. Norman came home from school today sick. Got to bed about 11:00.

On Thursday, March 17, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sultry. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:50. Took a walk at 1:40 p.m. Bought shoe strings. Mary, Baby Jane and Annah Lee attended St. Patrick's social at our church 8 p.m. I practiced drawing on Division No. 1. I feel very tired and worn out. Got to bed about 11:30.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Belmont teachers

On Tuesday, March 15, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Fine. Pay day. Arose at 6:10. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Met Mary at 1:45. She got haircut. We had Dr. Sommardahl examine her teeth. Made appointment for tomorrow 10:00 a.m. I got haircut at 5:30. Mary attended reception for Belmont teachers at Mrs. Spillan's at 7:30 p.m. We got to bed by 11 o'clock.

As I have said before in this blog, part of what I like to do here is try and document some current events of a large scale nature like Bonnie did. In the hopes that at some point in the future my kids, or great-grand kids for that matter, might be able to look back and see what was going on in 2011. Since Bonnie seemingly had a rather routine day in 1927 and I did too, the big, might I say HUGE new story is the continuing unfolding tragedy in Japan after a huge 9.0 earthquake, devastating tsunami, and now a horrifying nuclear disaster. The news just seems to get worse and we are like 5 days into this. My heart breaks for them and my prayers are with them as well as the Americans who have gone there to help.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cedar Chest and Candy

On Monday, March 14, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain Early-Sunny P.M. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:45. Wrote Irving Berlin for song "When I'm Thinking of You". Frank Whorley gave Mary a cedar chest of candy tonight for helping when their baby was born. I sketched some. Mr. Rowland came down; we ate candy and apples. Went to bed about 11:00. Chilly tonight.

I found it interesting that Mary received another gift from someone else tonight. She had received a diamond ring the other night from someone who was not Bonnie. Tonight she gets a cedar chest with candy and it looks like Bonnie had the candy with a friend! How about Bonnie just writing Irving Berlin. Just go right to the top Bonnie! Chilly here tonight in 2011 as well. Caleb had first Middle school soccer game tonight for this season. He played some and did well, but they lost 2-1 to Hidden Valley.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Childrens Day

On Sunday, March 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Nice Day. Children's Day. Arose at 7:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. The children all went to Sunday School. We all stayed for church. I sketched and read in p.m. We went to church at 7:00 p.m. Marion Stickley preached. Barnes Nash sang. Good services. We got home about 9:40. Went to bed about 10:30. Quite tired.

In 2011 a really nice and sunny day as well. Sounds like the Elmores mostly went to church on this particular Sunday. We too had a good day at church. This afternoon Beth and Rachel went for a walk and Caleb and I went for a run. The big news internationally is the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that has killed hundreds if not thousands and caused nuclear accidents at some power plants.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tenderfoot Norman

On Sunday, March 6, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny Pleasant. Communion Day. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. The children and I went to Sunday School. Norman came home. The girls and I stayed for church. I helped serve. Harry and Eugene Ford came to see us. Harry gave Mary $282.00 diamond ring. I drew on lesson #1 until 10:40 p.m. Annah Lee and Baby Jane recited at the Brethren Church.

On Monday, March 7, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Pleasant. F.P.T. went away. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Went to Musser's at 7:10. Busy all day. Didn't go out at noon. Raining. Got home at 6:10. Bought new record. Baby Jane, Annah Lee and I went with Norman to be initiated as a "Tenderfoot" Scout. We saw show at park "The Son of the Sheik" Got home 11:00. To bed at 11:40.

On Tuesday, March 8, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Chilly. Board meeting. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 8:00. WPW, FPT, OVP, are away. Didn't do much in a.m. Harry M. Haffen tuned our piano for $4.00. The has improved wonderfully. I attended Board meeting at 8:00 p.m. Walked downtown with Bro. Scoot. Mrs. Drewry came over. We retired about 11 o'clock. (Yes, Bonnie left out a word in this entry.)

On Wednesday, March 9, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain-Chilly. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 8:00. Wrote mail for Clayton. Mr. Kitchin came to the office and talked to me half an hour. Annah Lee is to spend the night with a girl on Tazewell Avenue. I shaved. Loam called up at 9:00 p.m. Mary went to Mrs. Drewry's. Luther Beamer is here. Retired at 11:00.

On Thursday, March 10, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fair-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:45. Wrote "Status of Authorities Report". Didn't go out at noon. Turner is away. Frank Callahan went to Columbus on Car (3) to meet WPW, his first trip. I read after supper from 8 to 10:30. Quite chilly tonight. Went to bed about 11 o'clock, tired and sleepy.

On Friday, March 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Warm. Arose at 6:10. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 8:00. Mr. Turner is back. I wrote a letter for Chas. H. Mercer, Chf. Engr. for Beth. Steel Co. Got 3 pair socks at noon, Oak Hall. Norman attended Scout meeting at 7:00 p.m. Presbyterian Church. I read. Annah Lee prepared for a debate on Edison and Luther Burbank.

On Saturday, March 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Mild. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Mr. Upson took me to town at 8:00 in his car. Mr. Turner dictated a letter. He left on #1 to look at a damaged bridge. The children and I prepared flower beds, hauled fertilizer and placed around roses. I cut wood. This has been a beautiful spring day. Took a bath about 10:00. To bed at 11:00.

So, I had gotten a little behind in my blogging. I was out of town for part of the week for a class for work. I had gotten a comment from another relative of Bonnie's! Welcome to the blog! Norman's second wife is Lucille and I visited with her this weekend. Her daughter passed away and I did the graveside service. During the visit with Lucille I got to see some neat pictures of Norman and also received the 1915 diary, which is what I will use starting January 2012. I enjoy reading about the things the children are doing. Today, in 2011, we all went downtown Roanoke for the St. Patrick's Day parade. Big crowd and beautiful weather.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

More Spring Snow

On Wednesday March 2, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Snowing, Cold. Arose at 6:20. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Swept snow from back porch. Shaved. Left home at 7:55. Worked hard today. Went to YMCA at 1:00 p.m. Didn't see Ben Smith. Ate lunch at a restaurant. Mr. and Mrs Drewry came over after supper. I studied my lesson Divn. #1 from 9 to 10:30. Went to bed about 11 o'clock. On Thursday, March 3, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Windy. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Read awhile. Left home about 7:50. Paid water bill at noon. Bought costumer at Philip-Levy's for 98 cents at noon. High wind is blowing. Very cold. Paid $28.37 to Musser on our grocery bill at 6:00 p.m. Read after supper from 8:00 to 10. Got to bed about 11:00. On Friday, March 4, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Windy. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Very busy all day. Went down-town at noon. Paid bills. Looked at rings at Henebry's. Mary acted as judge of a debate at the Dunkard Church at night. Norman attended Scout meeting. I drew a picture. Went to bed at 10:50. On Saturday, March 5, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Fair. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Took dictation all morning. F.P.T. is going to Perts. until Wednesday. I got Beef Roast, came home at 2 p.m. Didn't cut wood this p.m. Mary phoned Dr. Sommardahl for examination of her teeth. Didn't go to see him. Took a bath at 10:30. To bed 11:00.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Late Snow

On Tuesday, March 1,1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold-Snow flurries. D.L. Meadows and Miss Francis married. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Mr. Upson took me to town in his car at 7:55. F.P.T. in Norfolk. Wrote for Mr. Wiltsee. Snowing lightly after noon. Got home at 6:00. Snowing steadily at night. I read until 10:30. Got to bed about 10:50. Cold. Invited to eat with Ben Smith at YMCA tomorrow. Wow how about that, snow on March 1! There is still hope for some more snow in 2011. We had not heard much about Mr. Wiltsee since last year when we read 1916 from Bonnie's diary. So, Mr. Wiltsee still works at the railroad too. I reckon we will hear about the meal at the YMCA tomorrow?