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.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Dutchman's Pipe

On Monday, October 31, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Fine. Arose at 6:50. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. To work on time. Took a walk at noon. Walked home at night. Bought plant food "Pep" at Harris'. Dug holes for vines "Dutchman's Pipe". Read until 10:30. "Ladies Home Journal". Got to bed about 11:15. Very tired.

End of month note for October 1927: Mama is very ill yet. Loam, Jess, Jake, Everett, James, Mary Frances and I went over to see her on October 1st. She looked mighty white, weak and thin. Had difficulty in talking. We also visited Effie's grave. Lights on Jake's car burned out near Fincastle. Herndon Slicer piloted us to Troutville. Reached home about 9:00 p.m. Mary was anxious.

On Tuesday, November 1, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunny-Fine. Got up at 6:45. Made a fire. Took out ashes. Left home 7:45. Paid bills at noon. Talked to Mr. Schick at noon. Mary went to Mrs. Akers' to sewing circle meeting. I left the office at 3:45 p.m. Walked home. The children and I planted roses and shade vines. Norman went to show. Mary talked to Loam over phone.

On Wednesday, November 2, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm-Pleasant. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Took a walk at noon. Loam phoned that she was going to town, so we didn't go to her house today. I cam home at night on street car. Read some. Norman had his scout troop at our house tonight. Had cocoa cakes etc. to eat.

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