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 24, 2011


On Thursday, July 21, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Warm. At Norfolk, Va.  Arose at 9:30. Mrs. Fisher came in. Mrs. Burnette and the children went bathing. I went down before breakfast and took their pictures in the water.  We sent cards to relatives and friends. Mary, the children and I went bathing at 3:30 p.m. Mary Fisher took our pictures. I shaved. Went to store 8 p.m. Retired at 10:00. 

On Friday, July 22, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Hot. At Norfolk, Va. Arose at 7:30. Took pictures on front steps. Howard came back at 9:30. Last night Jack Dempsey knocked out Jack Sharkey. We packed up clothes in bag, to go home tomorrow. Mrs. Burnette, the children and I went in bathing p.m. I also went p.m. I got much sunburned. Took pictures. Shaved after supper.

On Saturday, July 23, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Dark in a.m.  At Norfolk, Va. Got up at 6:00. Packed grips to leave at 11:00. My sunburn is paining me very much. Raining heavily at 7:30. We left cottage about 9:20. Miss Phelps loaned us slickers and umbrellas. I labeled box. We were held up by high water and went to the station in a taxi. Feel very sore. Jane phoned us at 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 24, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. Arose at 10:00.  Mary got up at 7:00 and made a fire. I took a bath and shaved. My shoulders, arms and legs burn very much. Took picture of Mrs. Burnette's baby. Read papers. Mary took a bath as did the children. I ate supper at 8:40 p.m. Annah Lee and Baby Jane went to church 7:30 p.m.

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