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, August 14, 2011

Ollie Angry

On Sunday, August 7, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Very Hot-Sunny. My day to work. Arose at 11:30. Mary got up at 7:30 and made a fire. Ollie, Baby Jane and Annah Lee took a walk. WPW is away. I read in afternoon. Mary took a nap. Ollie and I sat on front porch and conversed. Had watermelon. Harry was sick and failed to come over. We retired at 10:00.

On Monday, August 8, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Rain. Ollie's here. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Shaved. Missed car. Man in auto took me to town 8:20. Mary has pains in her stomach and sides. General Leonard Wood died. We got shop wood. Harry didn't come over tonight. Ollie left the house at 8:30 and returned at 11:00. We went to bed about 10:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 9, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Rain. Ollie's here. Got up at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Took walk at noon. Mary phoned me at 1:30 p.m. I wrote to Aunt Rosa Raines. Cut wood after supper. Ollie was angry. She and Mary sat on front porch and talked for 2 hours. I shaved. Went to bed about 11 o'clock.

On Wednesday, August 10, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Hot. Ollie left. Mary got up at 6:00 and made a fire. Ollie left on the Virginian at 8:15 a.m. Baby Jane and Annah Lee went to station with her. Harry didn't go to see her off.  I took her films to be developed. Norman and I stacked wood after supper. Mary has pain in her side yet. We read awhile and went to bed about 10:00.

On Thursday, August 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Hazy. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:45. Jim Drewry came over at 7:40. Had a alot of work today. Walked around at noon. Baby Jane and I stacked wood before supper. Read papers. We got to bed by 9:45. Quite chilly tonight.

On Friday, August 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Pleasant. Arose at 6:35. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Didn't go out of the office at noon. Mary phoned me. Got special delivery letter from Aunt Rosa Raines. Mary and I wrote her. Harry came down home after supper and left about 9:30. cooler tonight. I got my hair cut at 5:30 p.m. The children serenaded tonight.

On Saturday, August 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Cool. Robinson's Circus. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Caught up all my letters by 1:00 p.m. Children went to a show, the "Jefferson". I cut wood and dug weeds. Mary feels tired. Very hot today. I shaved at 3:00. Took a bath at 10:00 p.m. Got to bed about 11:00.

On Sunday, August 14, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. Went to church. Arose at 8:00. Mary made fire. The children and I attended Sunday School. I stayed for church. Helped serve communion. Big rain about 5 o'clock-dark. Mary lay down, not feeling well. After supper, she and I walked to 10th Avenue for exercise. Got home at 8:50. Went to bed about 9:30.

Whew. Ok, got caught up.  I am guessing that Ollie and Harry were romantically inclined and that she was staying with Bonnie and Mary, but things didn't go so well on this trip and possibly that relationship ended. Obviously there was a lot more there that went on that wasn't written about.

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