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, October 2, 2011


On Friday, September 30, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Lot of mail to write at office. Got my check cashed at noon. Paid insurance. Jane got a letter from Mama. She is very ill. Wants us to come see her right away. I talked to Loam on phone after supper. Very tired and nervous. To bed 10:30.

End of month note for September 1927: Great many aviators lost and killed last month trying to fly over the Pacific Ocean. We thoroughly enjoyed our short vacation in Bristol from 3rd to 7th. Wayne B. Wheeler, Supt. of the Anti-Saloon League died. Collins boy murdered his parents in N.W. Roanoke on 14th. Isadore Duncan killed. Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey fought a championship battle in Chicago on the 22nd. It was a draw. Tunney still champion. Norman and I went up to Times-World building to hear the results. Big crowd on hand on account of fair today.

On Saturday, October 1, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot-Sunny. At Selma, p.m. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Went to the office. Wrote my mail. Mr. Noel let me off at 9:30. Met Jess and Loam at station 10:15. We drove to Selma by 1:00 p.m. Jess ate light dinner, and left at 3:15. Feely took Loam, Sybil and me to town. I cut some wood. Sat up until 1:00 a.m.

On Sunday, October 2, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot and Dusty. Selma all day. Arose at 10:00. Jake, Everett and Mary Francis came over. Feely, Loam and I drove to East Hill cemetery to see Effie's grave. Couldn't locate it. Left Selma 5:30. Lights burned out beyond Fincastle. Herndon Slicer piloted us to Cloverdale. Got bulbs. Home 9:20. Harry ate supper at home. We got to bed 11:45. 

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