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.

Friday, August 19, 2011


On Wednesday, August 17, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Rain at night. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Conference at the office with engineers. I got deed to evergreen lot at noon. Walked home at 5:10 p.m. Paid $28.00 to Musser on grocery bill. Raining, 8:00 p.m. Read until 10 p.m.. Bathed. Got to bed about 11:40.

On Thursday, August 18, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Hot. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home 7:55. Lot of work at the office. Mary called me at 1:20 p.m. I didn't go out of office. Annah Lee and Baby Jane went to Jane's to spend the night but they came home about 7:30. I read until 11:30.  My head and eyes hurt.

On Friday, August 19, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy. Rain-Chilly. Arose at 7:00. Mary made a fire. I took out ashes. Left home at 7:50. Mary phoned me at 1:20 p.m. Didn't leave the office. Got home at 6:00. Big rain at night. Mary went to bed at 7:30. I read until 9:30. Dr. Spanell Gale died tonight of auto intoxication.

Ok, so the last word there kind of stumped me.  I thought maybe Dr. Gale really liked cars and died from it!  I had to do a little research.  It's a medical term that found favor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  It has to do with toxins in your intestines.  Though the article I read said this idea started to fall out of favor around 1920.  Obviously, somebody in Roanoke in 1927 still believed in it.  Day off from the county today in 2011, which just means that I need to get caught up on some church stuff like sermon prep, baptism prep, visits, etc.  Caleb and I ran this morning and had a good time.  Also have done a little yard and a little laundry.  Beth and the kids have gone back to school shopping.

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