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

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