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, February 26, 2012

Mrs. Muire Left

On Saturday, February 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Clear and Chilly. Mrs. Fuqua came in to see Mrs. Muire. I stayed at home this night. Worked all day. Talked to Mr. Steffey.

On Sunday, February 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Arose at 12:00 p.m. Shaved and took a bath. Geo. Walters, Jack Bowdel and their wives came up to see us. Mrs Muire went out visiting. I went down to Mrs. Raines this night.

On Monday, February 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Weather. Pretty weather. R.E. Hale in the office. Capt. Joe Boxley died at 6:00 a.m. Wrote up Feby. payrolls and Ex. accounts.  Washington's Birthday, worked all day. Got hair cut. Mr. Raitt to North Fork.

On Tuesday, February 23, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Warm. Mrs. Muir left. Paid her $25.00 for staying two weeks ending today. Ruth Edwards came over to finish up time. Shaved. Rained all night. Mrs. Raines came up. Harry Raines stayed out all night.  I slept in room with Mary first time since baby born.

On Wednesday, February 24, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rained. Talked to Papa. Went down street after cigarettes for Mr. Schick. Indexed and filed. Howard Fisher came down home and talked until 11:00 p.m. Ordered coal and wood to be sent up home. Mr. H.M. Luck was in the office.

On Thursday, February 25, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Real Cold and Windy. Bought Milk of Magnesia 3 ozs. Johnson (former stenographer) in the city. Mr. Mosher and Hugh in the office. Mrs. Raines came up awhile. Very cold night with high wind.  

On Friday, February 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold and Windy.  Arose at 7:00 a.m. Ate dinner with Mamma. Capt. Bob Boxley in the office for rail to be used on Jacob's Fork branch. Wrote a letter to Lena in Bedford City, Va. Shaved. Got a letter from Bob Elmore.

So, it sounds like Mary is starting to recover more from the childbirth.  The lady that they had paid to stay with them has now gone home and she got a whopping $25 for 2 weeks! Unbelievable comapred to what that would cost today in 2012.  Another lady now appears to be there to give some help, but maybe not as intense as before. Bonnie is at least back in the room.  It has been cold and windy here this weekend in 2012, but the weather today is rather nice.  Beth has gone to work at the hospital to work some over-time and Rachel is at work today too.  Caleb and I were set to watch the Daytona 500 on TV today but it is raining in Daytona.  I still need to write an article for the church newsletter.     

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