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.

Monday, May 16, 2011


On Tuesday, May 10, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Rain. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Have a deep cold. Left home at at 8:00. Missed car. Got to work at 8:30. Lots of work today. Caught up at 4 p.m. Came home on car at 5:30. Light thunder shower at 6:;40. Read until 9:40. Went to bed at 10:15. Hot at night.

On Wednesday, May 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Hot. At Home. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Stayed at home all day. Pretty warm weather. I got wood from under back porch. Stained front door. Puttied windows. Cut the grass after dinner with cycle and lawn mower. Mary attended the last meeting of P.T.A. in afternoon. I shaved and washed my hair 8 p.m. Got to bed 10:30.

On Thursday, May 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold-Cloudy. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Felt awfully bad. My cold is worse. Didn't go to work. Sat around the house. Mary had several severe sick spells. Stained front door. French flyers have been missing for several days. Read awhile after supper. Got to bed about 10 o'clock.

On Friday, May 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Off in p.m. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Went to work at 8:10. Wrote several letters. Mr. Turner told me I could go home. Ate lunch at office. Walked home at 2:30. Very tired and sore. Sat in the kitchen and read book. Went to bed about 9:30. Cooler at night.

On Saturday, May 14, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Rain. Pay Day. Arose at 10:30. Mary got up at 7:00 and made a fire. I feel sore and have a tightness in my chest. Baby Jane and I washed pictures and put them on walls. Hard rain at noon. I didn't go to the office. I stained my drawing table. Took a bath at 10:55 p.m. Got to bed about 11:15. Awfully sore.

On Sunday, May 15, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-cool. Arose at 9:00. Mary made a fire at 7:00. I ate breakfast at 10:00. Mary and the children went to Sunday School. I didn't go. Shaved at 11 o'clock. Rain and high wind in afternoon. I read most all afternoon Mary lay down. Harry called Mary on phone at 5:00. The children got their lessons. We retired 9:15.

On Monday, May 16, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Cool. Arose at 6:10. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Feel "tough". Left home 7:40. Went up on car with Mr. Hartbarger. Mary feels sick. I paid 50th note on house. Paid phone bill. Went to Dr. Luck's office. He was out. Got haircut at 5:45 p.m. Came home on car at 6:20. Shaved after supper. Norman went to Scout meeting. Went to bed 9:30.

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