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.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dr. Burks, Where Are You?

On Wednesday, December 21, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warmer-Fair. Arose at 6:00. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. The girls got breakfast. Loam came down at 12:50. Mrs. Drewry went to Catawba. I got alcohol. Cashed check for $5.00. Exchanged bedroom slippers. Went to A.C. Hopwood's office at 5:25 and signed resolution on sale of lot (church). Got home 6:00. The children got supper.

On Thursday, December 22, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold-Sunny. Arose at 6:20. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Set the table. The children prepared our breakfast. I returned 2 books to the Library at noon. Loam came down. Left at 5:45. Mailed cards. Mary and the baby are doing well. Dr. Burks has not come back to see Mary yet. To bed at 12:00.

 On Friday, December 23, 1927 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny-Chilly. Arose at 6:30. Made a fire. Dumped ashes. Left home at 7:55. Mary and the baby are doing well. Dr. Burks has not come back yet. The boys and girls at the office are interested in the baby. The children went to Christmas entertainment at church, 7:30 p.m. We got to bed at 12:00.

Several interesting things today caught my attention.  Like, I wonder what kind of alcohol Bonnie got? The children are indeed having to work harder now that the baby has come.  I wonder if by Catawba, Bonnie was referring to the place or the mental hospital that is there. Something was obviously wrong with the slippers purchased the other day. Where in the world is Dr. Burks?  Did Bonnie think that other people were NOT going to be interested in the baby? People are always interested in a baby, especially at Christmas time.  Also, interesting that Bonnie called it Christmas entertainment at church.  I was reading earlier today about a debate between entertainment and worship at church and having Church services on Christmas Sunday or not.  Beth went to orthopedic doctor today and got a new hard cast.  Rachel is feeling some better after having passed out at home the other day.  Caleb is hanging in there after having broken his ankle and I found out the other day that I have a leaky heart valve and may have to have heart surgery in the next year or so. Man, I am ready for all of this to end.

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