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.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


On Monday April 4, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold-Cloudy. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Went to Roanoke Hdw. Talked to Woody. Got our paint from Graves-Humphrey: #14-15. Mr. Rothwell applied 1st coat. Mary and Mrs. Burnett went to show 7:30 p.m. I washed dishes and drew a candle. House is cole, windows raised: Paint. Got to bed 11:00.

On Tuesday, April 5, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Cold. Board meeting. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Took out ashes. Mr. Rothwell started second day's painting of our wood work. House still open-very chilly at night. I got home at 6 o'clock and shaved before supper. Didn't go to the Board Meeting. Felt worn out. Read awhile. We went to bed about 10:20.

On Wednesday, April 6, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Mr. Rothwell came, looked at walls and deferred 2nd coat until Thursday. I wrote Mama a letter. Took a walk at noon. Lot of work to do at the office. Came home on car at 6:00. Read awhile after supper. Got to bed about 11:00 p.m. Cold damp air at night.

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