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, 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. 

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