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, July 3, 2011

Fresh and Cool

On Wednesday, June 29, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Busy all day. Took a walk at noon. I shaved at 6:00 p.m. All of us attended Vacation Bible School finals at 7:30 p.m. All of our children took part and did fine. We walked home at 9 p.m. Went to drug store and got ice cream cones. Went to bed at 10:00.

On Thursday, June 29, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. Pay day. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Mary had a hard vomiting spell. Awfully hot. Paid A.C. Hopwood $15.00 interest on loan. Mary attended sewing circle at Mrs. Spillan's 2:30 p.m. I came home on car with Norman at 5:30. Worked hard all day. Very hot inside. 

End of month note June 1927:  I still feel "blue" and despondent over Mary's examination and condition. Will Powell and his wife drove us to So. Roanoke and to Cloverdale on 3rd of June at night. They spent the night with us. The medicine which Dr. Burke prescribed for Mary, helped her and reduced the frequency of her vomiting spells. It costs $1.25. Lithia tablets 40 cents. Chas. Lindbergh creates big sensation by flying alone to Paris. Clarence Chamberlain also flew to Berlin, Germany. Had one passenger. Papers full of the flights. American prestige heightened in the eyes of the world. Mama was 70 years old on the 9th. Mary seems to suffer more and grows weaker. Blaine was here on June 22nd.

On Friday, July 1, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Rain and cool p.m. Arose at 6:15. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:30. Very tired all day. Mary has pains in side. Paid bills. Got home 6:00 p.m. Got haircut 5:30. Electrical shower at 7:00 p.m. Turned much cooler. We sat up until 9:15. Went to bed about 10:00. Wind blowing fresh and cool. Slept well. 

On Saturday, July 2, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry-Rain.  Arose at 6:15. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Annah Lee vomited. I feel "blue". Got home at 2:00. Electrical shower. Cleaned out table drawer in front room. Annah Lee still feels sick. I fooled around home. Awfully hot. Mary took a bath at 10:30. We got to bed by 11 o'clock. Warmer.

On Sunday, July 3, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. I went to office. Arose at 8:00. Mary got up at 7:00 and made a fire. The children went to Sunday School. I shaved and went to the office. Wrote several letters for WPW; also my church minutes. Came home 1 p.m. Read papers. Sat around the house all afternoon. Hot all day. We went to bed about 9:00. Tired, sleepy.

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