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, April 17, 2011


On Monday April 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Warm. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Mailed my lesson No. 1 at noon = 12 cents. Mr. Broyles began work on papering house. Norman got 3 failing grades. I got Mary's wedding ring from Henebry's made over in white gold = $12.00. I read until 10:30. Broyles finished Mr. Rowland's room.

On Tuesday, April 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm-Pleasant. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Took a walk at noon. Mary and the children went to town in afternoon. Got Annah Lee and Baby Jane tan slippers.  Norman got a suit $17.50. We straightened furniture around; carried out debris from wall-paper. Got to bed about 11 o'clock.

On Wednesday, April 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Warm. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Paper hanger started working at 7:30, downstairs.  Didn't go out at noon - too rainy.  Mary attended PTA meeting. Mrs. Crowley re-elected President. I got home 6:15. Mr. Broyles finished papering. House is in a mess. Went to bed at 11:00.

On Thursday, April 14, 1927 Bonnie`Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Cool.  Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Mary jumped on Mitchell about the PTA election. (F.P.T. at Wilson) I wrote a check for $77.00 for Mr. J.E. Broyles. Got $26.00 off of Norman's and Annah Lee's accounts. Started writing record for Mr. Moseley. Talked to Prof. Hook 5:50. Walked home. Gave Mr. Broyles a check.

On Friday, April 15, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Cloudy. Pay day. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Mary is feeling "blue". The children are off from school until Monday. I had lots of work to do today. Took a walk at noon. Came home on car at 6:30 o'clock. Finished Mr. Moseley's church report at 6:05. Read after supper. Went to bed about 11:00.

On Saturday, April 16, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rainy-Cloudy. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:45. I went to see Dr. Hagan at 1:15 p.m. Got a haircut. Went to 9th street drugstore. Cleaned pictures and put most of them on walls. Trimmed Annah Lee's and Baby Jane's hair at 10:00 p.m. Took a bath about 11:00. Got to bed about 11:30.

On Sunday, April 17, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Pleasant. Easter. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped`ashes.  Shaved. Mary and the children attended Sunday School. I went up at 10:30. We all stayed for church. Baby Jane, Norman, and I went to Joe Milan's and got chewing gum. I read most all afternoon. Mary doesn't feel well. We went to bed about 10:00.

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