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.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mildred Calhoun

On Wednesday, September 28, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:55. Very busy all day. Walked around Hotel Roanoke at noon. At 5:15 walked to St. Charles Hospital. Talked with Dr. Burke until 6:10. Came home on car. Played Mildred Calhoun's records. Read until 10:00 p.m. To bed at 11:00.

On Thursday, September 29, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Walked to Jackson Jr. High School. Didn't go out of office at noon. Feel mighty exhausted and dizzy. Bob Daniels brought me to Murray Ave. in his car at 5:45 p.m. Bessie and Edward Houston came down at night. Left at 10:00 p.m. We retired 10:50.

I couldn't find anything about Mildred Calhoun, so I don't know who she was.  Here in 2011, I had a day off today and did a bunch of things around the house which was good as we did not get to do normal Saturday things this past week.  Also, worked on upcoming wedding and sermon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mama Sick

On Monday, September 26, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home about 7:50. Very busy all day. Took a walk at noon. Mama is still very sick. Her letters indicate nervousness. I came home to supper at 6:50 p.m. Shaved. Read until 10:00. To bed 11:30.

On Tuesday, September 27, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Busy all day. Took walk at noon. Mrs. Spillan came by and took Mary for a drive. I had Baby Jane's watch regulated. Norman and Richard Woodyard went to a show at night. I read awhile. Got to bed 10:30.

Bonnie's mother must not be doing well and apparently she has moved.  Last year when I blogged from 1916, he would write of seeing her fairly often.  Now he does not write about that and he is receiving letters from her.  I wonder where she went?  Today would have been my father's 70th birthday.  We sure do miss him.  Especially on nights like tonight where Caleb had a great soccer game.  Dad would have loved to have been there! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Golden Glint

On Saturday, September 24, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool a.m.-Hot p.m. Worked 1/2 day. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Very busy all morning. Cut wood from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Annah Lee and Baby Jane went to "Roanoke" Theater. Got trimmings for their hats. I shaved after supper. Washed my hair with "Golden Glint". Took bath at 10:00. Got to bed 11:20.

On Sunday, September 25, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. I worked. Arose at 9:00. Mary made a fire at 7:30. The children attended Sunday School. I went to the office. Home at 1:30. Loam, Austin, Jake, Jane and children came down home in the afternoon. Jake and I sat on front steps and talked. Loam left at 11:00 a.m. I went with her to car.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Too Late

On Friday, September 23, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Pleasant.  Arose at 6:40. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 8:00 a.m. (wore my vest). Baby Jane got up too late to eat her breakfast. Mr. Noel very late coming to office. I took a walk at noon. Walked home at 5:30 p.m. Read awhile after supper. Cool and Pleasant at night. I got to bed by 10:15.

Sounds like everybody was running late on this day in 1927.  Here in 2011, I mostly had a day off and mostly ran errands, but also had a nice visit with Mom.  Work tomorrow and church barbecue.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fights, Fairs, and Birthdays

On Monday, September 19, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cooler-Sunny. My 36th Birthday. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Got Ollie Hampton's ring from Henebry's at noon $1.00. Sent it to her (Registered -21 cents). At 5:30 p.m. walked home. Mrs. Chapman's baby born today. Talked to Harry Smith at the office. Read until 9:30. Went to bed about 10:30. (Chilly).

On Tuesday, September 20, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Pleasant. Roanoke Fair opened. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Took a walk at noon. Sunny and Pleasant today. The children didn't go to the fair. Mary is still suffering from pains in her side. I got home about 6:00 p.m.. Read after supper. Got to bed about 10:30. Pleasant weather.

On Wednesday, September 21, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-cool. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Shaved. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Nice, pleasant weather. Very busy at the office. Took a walk at noon. The fair is in full swing. Walked home at evening. Cut grass before supper. Read until 10:00 p.m. Got to bed 10:20. Tired.

On Thursday, September 22, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Sunny. Dempsey-Tunney fight. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Got off at noon. Reached home at 1:40. Cut grass with sickle and mower. Hot and sunny. Hard work. Shaved after supper. Bathed. Went up town at 8:00 p.m. to hear news of the fight. Norman went along. We got to bed about 12 0'clock.

Wow, ok so this is one of those posts where I find several things interesting.  First, Happy Birthday to Bonnie and I also know that he was 36 when writing this.  Second, Registered mail in 1927 was 21 cents!!!  Today: 44 cents for a stamp and the United States postal service is talking about cutting back service and some are even questioning the future of the postal service.  Third, Bonnie shared a birthday with a Chapman child who today would be 84.  I wonder where they are now?  Fourth, the Roanoke Fair opened!  I wish Bonnie had written more about that.  Today the Salem Fair is quite big, but I bet it is still a lot different from a fair in 1927.

And then, this Dempsey-Tunney fight that Bonnie writes about was HUGE!  It was a rematch between popular fighters for a heavyweight championship.  It was held in Chicago at Soldier Field and there were over 100,000 people in attendance for the fight!  The gate for the fight was over 2.5 million dollars which would be more than 22 million dollars in today's money.  This fight set records for the first sporting event gate to reach one million dollars and the first to reach 2 million dollars simultaneously!  It is called the "The Long Count Fight" because of some controversy over new rules concerning the 10 count after a fighter is knocked down.  Some think Dempsey would have won had he gone directly to his corner.  Tunney's gloves from this fight are even in the Smithsonian. It's a good read about the fight if you wanted to check it out on wikipedia.  Pretty cool that after I wrote last time about Bonnie going out with the girls to a movie, that he went with Norman to I suppose listen to the fight on a radio somewhere.  And, it's no wonder they didn't get to bed until midnight. Great memories I am sure where made and how awesome that Bonnie wrote that down so that they could still be shared today. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dad and Daughters

On Wednesday, September 14, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sultry-Sunny. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Wrote steadily all day. Took a walk at 1:45. Mary attended PTA meeting. She, Mrs. Dent, Mrs. Spillan and Mrs. Crowley drove up to the City Alms House.  J.H. Moseley paid me $1.00. Read some after supper. To bed at 10:00.

On Thursday, September 15, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sultry-Sunny. Pay Day. Arose at 6:50.  Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Got our checks. I paid bills at noon. (very hot). Ate supper downtown at 5:30 p.m. Took Annah Lee and Baby Jane to the "Jefferson" to see "The Big Parade" It was fie. Got candy. Home at 9 p.m.

On Friday, September 16, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sultry-Hot. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Walked over by Hotel Roanoke. Not so busy today. Got haircut at noon. Paid phone bill. I left the office at 3:45. Most all the force attended ball game. Light rain. Cut weeds. Shaved. Intensely hot tonight. 

On Saturday, September 17, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sultry-Hot. 88 degrees. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Not so busy at the office. Got home about 1:30. Cut and sawed wood. Cut grass in back yard. Took a bath and shaved. Mary worked hard and is feeling tired and worn out. We got to bed about 11:30. Awfully hot. 

On Sunday, September 18, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sultry-Sunny. 88 degrees indoors. Arose at 10:30. Mary got up at 7:00 and made a fire. The children went to Sunday School. I didn't go to either of the services. Little Keister girl, 6 years old, came home with Baby Jane and Annah Lee. Harry came over at Noon. Ate dinner and supper and took a "nap". We went to bed at 10:00.

My favorite of this block of entries was Thursday, September 15 when Bonnie took the girls to see a movie and get candy.  I am sure that was a special treat for all involved.  Here in 2011: Thursday was Caleb's birthday and he is now 14.  He got presents Wednesday night. On Friday night he got to pick a restaurant and last night he got to have friends over, I think we have celebrated his birthday enough now.  He had a soccer game yesterday and they won again. This time 4-0.  Today at church it was homecoming and we had a really big crowd, a great service and wonderful potluck lunch after the service.  I am on TV early tomorrow morning and then have a graveside service to do, followed by a smoke alarm install and soccer practice.  Good night! I am tired already. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Missed a Meeting

On Tuesday, September 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sultry-Sunny. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:50. Worked hard all day. Took a walk at noon. Mrs. Harris talked to me over the phone 5:45 p.m. Collins boy shot and killed his parents. I shaved and bathed at 7:30 p.m. Finished too late to attend board meeting. Read until 9:30. Got to bed 10:00.

So, we hear about violent acts like Bonnie mentioned today all the time in 2011 it seems, and people always like to say that stuff like that never happened in the "old" days.  Maybe it didn't happen as much, but then again maybe it did and folks just didn't hear about it as much because there wasn't 24 hour TV news, or the Internet, or Twitter, or satellites.  I think Bonnie's entry today maybe tells us that stuff like that did happen.  We also missed a meeting tonight, but not because of bathing and shaving.  We really just got lazy and knew that the rest of the week was really busy. Plus, how many Back to School nights can you go to before they all start to run together?  We had an idea, speaking of technology, why can't they put Back to School night on video, on the Internet, and then we can just watch it when it suits us?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to School

On Wednesday, September 7, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny. Home p.m. At Bristol, Va. Arose at 7:30. Tom hollered goodbye to us. Mary packed traveling bag. I read magazine. We went to station in taxi. John was there. I read most of the way home. Awfully tired. Mrs. Burnett brought us a tray of supper. I took bath, as did the children. We went to bed about 10:00 p.m.

On Thursday, September 8, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sultry. School opened. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Left home 7:50. The children started back to school. I wrote to Grace and Tom Gee. Walked down at noon. Wrote the children's names in their school books after supper. Read until 9:30. Went to bed about 10:00 p.m. Warm at night. Didn't sleep well.

On Friday, September 9, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny.  Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:55. Baby Jane went to school on same car. I took rings to Henebry and Roanoke Jewelry Co. for inspection at noon. Came home at 5:30. Wrote mama. Mary feels bad. Veins in her legs paining her severely. Retired at 10:00.

On Saturday, September 10, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:50. Worked hard all morning. Got home at 1:30. Annah Lee, Baby Jane and I cut grass. I cut wood. Shaved after supper. Have case of indigestion. Took a bath about 11:00. Awfully sore and tired. To bed at 11:30.

On Sunday, September 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Bob Elmore here. Arose at 8:00. Mary got up at 7:30 and made fire. The children went to Sunday School. Annah Lee, Baby Jane and I attended church. Met Bob Elmore. He ate dinner with Britts. Harry phoned Mary and talked sharply to her. I read most all afternoon. None of us attended church tonight.

On Monday, September, 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Busy all day. Mary called me at noon. Has cramps in her side. Deposited $6.00 on Christmas savings account. Got home at 6 p.m. Read papers and magazine until 10 p.m. Went to bed about 10:25. Warm.

So school started back for the Elmores in 1927.  That seems late, seeing as how our kids have been back for several weeks now.  Been warm here too, but our air conditioning was broken, which I realize they didn't have in 1927.  Amazing.  Not sure how they did it.  In fact, they were still building fires, though I think some of that may have been for cooking.  I can't write the date September 11, even September 11, 1927, without thinking about what happened on September 11, 2001.  Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of that horrific day in our nation's history.  We recognized it at church and went to a memorial service downtown on market square where I had the invocation and Rep. Goodlatte spoke.  TV said there were about 2000 people there. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Mighty Hot

On Tuesday, September 6, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot-Sunny.  At Bristol. Got up at 8:00. Cut grass in front and back yard with sickle and raked it. Mighty hot. Shaved and washed my body. All of us except Reva, went to see Florence and Cleve Leslie, 8 p.m. Walked up, came back in car. Good long walk. I ate two bars of candy, and was sick during the night. To bed at 10:30.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Shriners Make Merry

On Monday, September 5, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Warm. At Bristol. Labor Day. Arose at 8:00. Ate breakfast at 8:30. Wilson and Tom went to work. Reva went to work at noon. Tom got off at noon. He and I walked up town Got soft drinks, tobacco and cigars. The children went to a show. Tom, Baby Jane and I walked to the station and put cards on train. Shriners were making merry.

Here in 2011, rainy Labor Day from remnants of Tropical Storm Lee.  We are supposed to get 3-5 inches of rain.  We are headed to Lynchburg with Mom shortly to do a little shopping and return Caleb's shoes at Kohl's.  Surprised that Labor Day was recognized in 1927. I wonder when that became a holiday?  Wilson and Tom in Bristol still had to work, Reva too. I wonder what the Shriners were doing to make merry?  Rachel is at work today.  Chinese take out with Mom later.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Trip to Bristol

On Friday, September 2, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55/ Wrote for Harry Crumpacker. Not much to do. Called Mary up at 11 o'clock a.m. Harry came over home at 8:30 p.m. Stayed until 10:00. I shaved, washed my hair and took a bath, We are getting ready to leave for Bristol in the morning. Retired at 11:00.

On Saturday, September 3, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. At home a.m. At Bristol p.m. Arose at 7:30. Mary made fire. We left home at 9:15. Went to Bristol on train 25. Richard, Fannie and Virginia went up with us. Tom took me downtown after supper. We had a long walk. Quite tired when we got home. Baby Jane went to town with Grace and Tom. Retired at 10:50.

On Sunday, September 4, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. At Bristol, Va. Got up at 8:30. Shaved. Wilson took me for a drive to Blountville, TN at 10:30. Went to creamery. Norman is at Joe Leslie's. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Cleveland Leslie came over in p.m. Tom, Baby Jane and I walked to the cemetery. We all went to the Christian church at  o'clock p.m. Went to bed about 9:50. Tired.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary!

On Wednesday August 31, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Warm. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Busy all day. Got my check cashed at noon. Paid bills. Had the girls' shoes repaired. Got haircut at 5:30 p.m. Mary has sharp pains in her side. Mr. Noel left at 5:20 p.m. for York, Pa. I wrote to Mrs. Gee. Went to bed early.

End of month note for August 1927:  General Leonard Wood, Governor General of the Philippines, died. Great sensation over Sacco and Vanzetti affair. Judge Elbert H. Gary died on 15th. J. Ogden Armour died in London. Dr. Spanell Gale died on 19th, of auto-intoxication and Paresis. Mr. J.R. Richmond died on 23rd.

On Thursday, September 1, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Pleasant. Mary is 32 years old today. I got up at 6:30. Made  fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Ethel Wade phoned that she was coming over at noon. I got to the office at 8:30. Walked around at noon. Got home at 6 p.m. Read after supper. Don't feel good. My cough is still with me. To bed 11:00.

Happy Birthday Mary! I notice that there was no real mention of a celebration for Mary"s birthday.  Maybe she didn't want one or there wasn't time or money.  Also, neither Bonnie or Mary seem to be feeling well still.  The end of month note is kind of neat, lots of death mentions.  We discussed the auto-intoxication thing in an earlier post.  I did look up this Sacco and Vanzetti affair. It would have been national news in 1927 and all the events took place in Massachusetts.  These 2 are Italian immigrants and were "anarchists", which I would describe as what we would today call terrorists.  They were accused of a robbery and murder in 1920 and were executed on August 23, 1927 and there is apparently great debate even today about their guilt or innocence.  Again this is another reason I love Bonnie"s diary so much, is picking up on these historical events mixed in with the daily life of side pains and coughs!