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 1, 2012


On Friday, January 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  (same salary) Reduced from position of Chief Clerk to that of Stenographer, Office of Engineer Branch Lines, N&W Ry. Co. Cut off Emmett St. Clair.  Finished payments on gas stove. Appointed to position of Chief Clerk Engr. Br. Lines N&W Ry. Co. Nov. 1, 1914.

Wow!  Ok, so we start a new year in the blog.  I am using 1915's diary in 2012 mainly because that it was I have access to.  1915 is the year that Norman was born and his wife Lucille has given me his diary to use for this year.  I know it may be a little disjointed to go back to 1915 from 1927, but again, that's just how it worked out.  In glancing ahead, I have noticed that Bonnie's writing in 1915 is quite different.  His style is a lot shorter and a lot choppier, but he does still continue to write about many of the same things.  This may mean a little more time and space for more about life in 2012 and I am sure there will still be some gems from Bonnie too.

In fact, in today's entry we start right off with quite the bombshell.  Apparently Bonnie found out on New Year's in 1915 that he was getting demoted at work from Chief Clerk to Stenographer.  He does add at the end of the entry that he had the position of Chief Clerk since November 1914, so really not all that long.  I am not sure if something happened or maybe this was more of a re-organization.  I don't know what Bonnie meant by "cut off Emmett St. Clair".  Did Emmett lose his job altogether?  The other good thing is that Bonnie at least has the same salary and was able to pay off the gas stove! 

New Year's 2012 here has been rather uneventful.  It's a Sunday.  Had a good day at church.  Then we went to see Mom at The Glebe where she is recovering from knee replacement surgery.  I will get to visit with Uncle Roger tomorrow for the purpose of returning his diary from 1927.  Thanks again Roger! 

No comments:

Post a Comment