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, February 2, 2012

Ten Dollar Rent

On  Saturday, January 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fair-Cold. Feeling ill. Didn't go to work. Shaved. Went to store. Worked in p.m. Pay Day. Went to town with George Walters. Mrs. Raines came up.  

On Sunday, January 31, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Snow. Went up home, ate supper. Stayed until 8:30. Came by Mrs. Raines after Mary. 

End of Month Note January 1915:  Name: B.W. Elmore Address: #402 7th Ave. S.E. Roanoke, Va.
Moved to #314 Dale Ave. S.E. May 1, 1914 Rent: $10.00
Moved to #402 7th Ave. S.E. Nov. 1, 1914 (Rent: $15.00)

On Monday, February 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sleet and Rain. Ate lunch down street - paid bills. Sent checks to Drs. Gill and Herbert. Mrs. Merrell and funeral party returned home. Shaved. Fog at night. Had shoes half-soled. 

On Tuesday, February 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Sunshine. Indexed and filed. Wrote up record of Henry E. Mecredy. Went to Dr.'s office. Got hair-cut and went to gas office about over-charge. Dr. Preston's office. Mr. Dawson in. Took a bath. Mrs. J.M. Raitt died about 6 p.m.

I just think it's kind of funny that before they had children (Norman is on the way) that Bonnie and Mary would spend their Sunday afternoons apart at their parent's houses.  I loved the end of month note that lists where Bonnie lived and how much rent he paid.  Can you imagine 10-15 dollars a month for rent?!  $300 a month now would be a huge bargain for rent and upwards of $1000 a month would not be unheard of at all. And on 2 of the days in this post, Bonnie mentions winter weather.  I sure have missed winter weather this year in 2012. I suppose that was Bonnie's boss' wife who died.     

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