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, March 18, 2012

Jack Rabbit Car

On Friday, March 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Windy and Sunshine. Baby cried most all day with colic. I ate dinner with Mrs. Raines. Shaved at night. Took picture to have framed. Baby's bed came in from Larkin Co. Mrs. Raines and I put it up. 

On Saturday, March 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Got hair-cut, went to doctor's office and went up home for supper. Indexed and filed correspondence. Went to Dr. Huff's office about the baby.  Saw a man with arm shot. Went to "Bijou" saw "Mountain Rat". Bought funny paper.  

On Sunday, March 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful day. Arose 9 a.m. Shaved. Made a fire. Took a bath. Went down to Mrs. Raines' with Mary and the baby. Took 2 pictures of the baby. Ate dinner. Went to see Mrs. Magann. Went up home. Stayed at home on Sunday night.

On Monday, March 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Clear weather. S.G. McNulty died at Hot Springs, Ark. Nothing much "doing" today.

On Tuesday, March 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain and damp. Shaved. Dr. Saunders came down and operated on Norman. Mrs. Magann came up.

On Wednesday, March 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cold and Windy. St. Patrick's Day. Skin took me driving in Mason's "Jack Rabbit" automobile. Gave Skin my trousers to black suit. Dr. Saunders called 2nd time to see the baby.

On Thursday, March 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty weather. Mr. Waugh came to the office. Wrote description of right of way. Indexed and filed. Mary ate dinner at her mother's. Feeling badly. Went up home to Mamma's for supper. Packing up to move. Mr. Schick went out on the line. Shaved. 

Ok, so I looked up the "Mountain Rat" movie that Bonnie mentioned that was playing at the Bijou theater.  It was released in May 1914 and it was 40 minutes long and was a black and white, silent movie starring Henry Walthall and Dorothy Gish and Irene Hunt. I also thought it was neat that the Elmores went visiting on Sunday afternoon and took pictures of the baby.  Speaking of the baby, Dr. Saunders performed some type of operation on the baby and after having done that is the first time that Bonnie refers to him as Norman.  I also look up S.G. McNulty but didn't find anything of note. I would love to know what a "jack rabbit" car was and what it looked like!  I wonder who is moving?  Bonnie, Mary and Norman? Or Bonnie's mamma?

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