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.

Friday, March 9, 2012

1915 Fire Companies

On Friday, March 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Snowing. Mr. Raitt stayed home on account of "conjunctivitis" of his eyes. W.J. Jenks Genl. Supt. from Bluefield was in office. Mr. Raitt left for Cincinnati.  Shaved.

On Saturday, March 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Sunny. Went up to Mamma's at supper time. Bills and estimates came in. Went to Bijou Theater with John Hamler. Met Howard, Everett, Effie Bradley, and a Miss Ruble. Went to dance hall. Walked home with Everett.

On Sunday, March 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain and Snow. Went up street to meet Bill Fisher. Took a long walk. Very cold outside. Mr. and Mrs. Hurst and Mr. and Mrs. Raines came up and stayed until 9:00 p.m. Mrs. Brown came in. Shaved. Ruth Edwards returned home.

On Monday, March 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Clear and Cold. Feeling very badly. Mr. Schick went out on the line to North Fork. Lodge night. Stayed at home. Mrs. Raines came up and stayed until 9 p.m. Talked to Bill Beamer on street.

On Tuesday, March 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  High wind and clear. Wrote up estimates and extra bills. Took Papa home with me to dinner. Watched fire cos. make a run near Holiday St. Baby is one month old today. Mrs. Raines and Harry came up.  Harry gave the baby a $5.00 gold piece as a present. Shaved.

Ok, so I was typing this up this morning, just so I wouldn't have so much to do this weekend.  I wasn't really going to post it online yet.  But then today's entry from 1915 got me.  Bonnie mentions watching the fire companies make a run near Holiday St.  I thought that was pretty cool since I currently work for Roanoke County Fire and Rescue!  That would have been neat to see in 1915.  Horse drawn fire apparatus I am guessing.  Also, Harry gave Norman a $5 gold piece, that too is neat!  Though we are still calling Norman "the baby". 

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