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, January 29, 2012

Raitt Absent

On Thursday, January 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fair-weather, cold. Verna Andrews married. Mr. Morrell's body shipped to Proffittstown, Ill. on #3. Mr. Schick and R.G. Lester acting pall bearers. Talked to Mr. Leckie on street. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines. Mr. Raitt absent. Went with Harry Crumpacker to Laundry. Mr. Schick went to Williamson, W.Va.

On Friday, January 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine weather, sunshine. Mr. Raitt absent. Minnie washed windows. Mary and I cleaned up pictures etc. Went to Mrs Raines for eggs. Read "Leslie's Weekly".

Considering that most of Bonnie's entries so far this year have been rather brief, the 28th's entry was an explosion.  Bonnie actually filled up the page of his little diary. I think I have mentioned it some time ago, but that Crumpacker name intrigues me.  There used to be a Crumpacker's Orchard here in Roanoke. In fact, where it used to be, is where our house now stands and lots of others too. So, I wonder if there is a connection.  I am guessing that there probably is some sort of connection. The Morrell body being shipped to Ill. was quite the event it sounds like.  I guess Schick and Lester didn't actually go to Ill. with the body as later on Bonnie mentions that Schick went to West Virginia.  I wonder where Mr. Raitt is?  Absent from work for 2 days now with no mention as to a reason.  Mr. Raitt was one of Bonnie's bosses at the railroad, along with Mr. Schick. I would like to know what kind of publication was Leslie's Weekly? We had a good day at church today.  We went to the store for Mom today. Also we washed the car and Caleb got a haircut.  Bobbie and Peggy and Kay are down from Staunton to visit with Mom.  Caleb has another indoor soccer game tonight. Last week he scored 4 goals!

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