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, August 29, 2011

End of Summer Cold

On Tuesday, August 23, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Sick-off. Arose at 9:30. Mary made a fire at 8:00. I shaved. "Doctored" cold. Feel weak and sore. Read awhile. Mary is not feeling well. She cleaned house. Loam took Austin and James to Lena's last Saturday. I read some after supper. Went to bed about 9:40. Hot.

On Wednesday, August 24, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Off until Noon. Arose at 10:30. Mary got up at 8:00 and made a fire. I sat around and read awhile. Jim Drewry came over. I went to the office. Left at 5:45 p.m. Still have cold. Annah Lee and Baby Jane went to picture show at 4:30 p.m. Took James Drewry. I shaved after supper. Read until 10:00. Went to bed at 10:30. (chilly).

On Thursday, August 25, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Cold. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55.  Still have deep cold. Wrote to Aunt Rosa Raines. Mary is suffering with pain in her side. Didn't go out of the office at noon. Caught up my mail. School ladies called on Mary this p.m. I got home at 5:30. Mrs. Burnette came over. I retired at 10:30.

On Friday, August 26, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold-Cloudy.  Off half day. Got out of bed 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes and shaved. Feeling sore and generally bad. Didn't go to work. Mary phoned Mr. Noel. I looked over my drawing lessons. Went to office at noon. Feel awfully tired. Headaches, fingers and body ache. Got home at 6:30. Retired at 10:00.

On Saturday, August 27, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Cloudy-Rain. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:50. Busy all morning. Got home at 1:50. Cut some wood. Mary killed two chickens. I took a bath about 6 p.m. Mary ironed until 10:30 p.m. Baby Jane had her hair trimmed. I read some after supper. Went to bed 11:00.

On Sunday, August 28, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Gloomy Rain. Arose at 11:30. Feel awfully sore all over the body. Have cough, headache, and a despondent feeling. The children went to Sunday School. I sat around and read all afternoon. Norman attended Christian Endeavor. Mrs. Burnette came over after supper. Mary called Bristol.

On Monday, August 29, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warmer-Sunny. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Shaved. Left home at 7:55.Not very busy today. Went to telephone office. Took a walk. Norman had his teeth examined by Dr. Caudill. I got home about 6 p.m. Read some after supper. Cough is severe. My whole body aches.

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