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.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Shoe Shine

On Monday, January 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Order received from Genl. Manager to work all day Saturday- up to April 1st. Half day from April 1st up until Nov. 1st. Office hours changed from - dinner hour 1 to 2:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Papa and Christine came to the office.

On Tuesday, January 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sallie Wright's baby died. I went up home ate dinner. Wrote Uncle Ira Smith a letter. Mrs. Raines was up to see us this night. Mr. Schick went out on the line. Turned in expense accounts of Mr. Schick. Got a shoe shine. Filled out Labor Commissioner's report for Papa.

There are still lots of changes at the railroad for Bonnie.  I wonder if this was some sort of transitional year for Norfolk and Western? I was glad to read more about family matters in the post from January 5. We went to see Mom tonight at The Glebe.  She seems to be doing a lot better. 

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