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.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Poison Oak

On Friday, November 11, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Hot. Armistice Day. Arose at 7:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Mary, Baby Jane and Annah Lee went with Drewry's to the parade. Norman was a scout color guard. Mort Raines came in about 8:00. Took breakfast with us. He and I walked to town at 10:20. I heard Dr. Chas. J. Smith speak. It was fine. Walked home 12:45.

On Saturday, November 12, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold-Clear. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:55. Didn't do much this a.m. Cut wood for several hours after dinner. Mary feels bad. I raked debris from back yard. Shaved at night. Took a bath about 11:00 p.m. Chilly at night. Slept fairly well.

On Sunday, November 13, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Chilly. Arose at 8:15. Made a fire. Went to Sunday School with the children. Annah Lee stayed for church. I sent Baby Jane home. Norman got poison oak lotion for his face and hands. I went to the office at 11:15. Took dictation. Home at 1:40. Took Annah Lee and Baby Jane to the Brethren Church at 6:40 p.m.

On Monday, November 14, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Chilly-Sunny. Mr. Lucian Cocke died. Arose at 6:15. Shut off alarm. Went back to bed. Got up at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Had big batch of mail. Walked downtown at noon. Home on car at 5:45. Shaved after supper. Harry phoned. Mary and the children went over to Mrs. Drewry's. I went to bed near 11:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 15, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm-Fair. Pay Day. Arose at 6:45. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home 7:45. Very busy. Paid bills at noon. (Paid 56th note on house) After supper, Annah Lee, Baby Jane and I went to Musser's and paid grocery bill $35.36. The kids made candy. I got to bed at 11:00. Mary feels bad. She retired 9:00.

On Wednesday, November 16, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Damp. Colored girl helped Mary clean house. Arose at 6:20. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Shaved. Left home at 7:55. Busy all day. Norman's face badly affected with poison oak. He went to school and took test. Came home and went to bed. Mary called Dr. Luck after supper. Dr. Burke was out of town. Dr. Luck came at 9:45. I went to Blue Ridge Pharmacy at 10:00.

Wow, I had gotten behind in blogging because of some travel.  I even had tried to work ahead so that did not happen. So much for that.  I feel bad for Norman.  Caleb had poison oak like that once too. I still have some catching up to do and will try to do more later.

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