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, July 4, 2011


On Monday, July 4, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Holiday. Slept until 8:30. Mary got up at 7:50 and made a fire. I cut grass in front yard and raked it. Worked around flowers. Went to store for tobacco. Got sunburnt outdoors. Mary phoned to Loam. Harry came down at 4:00 p.m. and stayed for supper. Left at 9:00 p.m. We went to bed about 9:40.

In 2011 today is 235th birthday of the USA. It is also Beth's birthday today.  We gave her Winnie the Pooh themed gifts this year as there is a new Winnie the Pooh movie coming out in a few weeks and she likes Pooh.  She got a Winnie the Pooh cake, Pooh books and a wall hanging with Pooh characters on it.  We had lunch out at Applebee's and tonight after Rachel gets off from work we are having a cookout with steaks on the grill and Mom is coming up.  Then we will all go to Parkway Wesleyan Church to watch fireworks from Vinton, Roanoke, and possibly even Salem.  Calling for storms this afternoon, hope that those don't mess up the plans.  No fireworks in 1927?  Maybe that was not yet a tradition or maybe the Elmore's just valued the sleep more after a day of getting caught up on some housework.  Can't say as I blame them. 

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