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, January 6, 2012


On Wednesday, January 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Tracy called from Bluefield on phone for Mr. Raitt. Went to see Dr. Huff. Commenced using "Penslar". Sallie Wright's baby buried. Indexed mail.

The obvious question here is: What is Penslar?  I did a small search on the internet and came up with this blog about antique bottles: Penslar Bottles On this site there is a picture of an old advertisement for Penslar products.  They apparently sold a variety of drugs and toiletries.  The company was around from 1907 to 1965 and the bottles today are apparently collector's items. The time frame for the company fits with the date of Bonnie's diary. 

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