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, April 22, 2012

Flour Mill Fire

On Friday, April 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty day - Cloudy. Shaved. Wrote up contract - work. Got a letter from Jake. Mr. Hurst gave Norman a pacifier. Sent Momma some papers. Went to "Paramount". 

On Saturday, April 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Jess was down home and ate dinner with us. I shaved and took a bath. Went up home with Jess and got pants to send to Jake. Walked back with Emmett. Papa came over drunk and ate supper and I took him down to Everett's. Loam and the kids went to the "Roanoke" Theater. 

On Sunday, April 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Got up at 9:30 with a headache. Mary and I rolled the baby up to Loam's and stayed there for supper. Lew Goodman walked back with us. Firebaugh and Pinkard's flour mill caught fire. Very warm night. 

On Monday, April 19, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Voted on office hours change. Drew $3.00 from the bank for Mary and Skin. Shaved at night. Mary and her mother went over to Overstreet's. Wrote to Skin. Sent him $1.00. 

On Tuesday, April 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Got a letter from Mamma and answered it. Worked hard today all day writing. Talked to Jim Frazier, Steffey, Summerdahl. Ate supper at 7:30 p.m. John Maness came into the office to see Mr. Schick.

On Wednesday, April 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fine weather. Mr. Schick went out on line. Sent clothes ( 9 cents) to Jake in Selma, Va. Mr. Raitt tied box up for me. Indexed and filed correspondence. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines. Mary and I went to "American" Theater at night. 

On Thursday, April 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool and damp. Payrolls came in. Walked to work with Bob Carlton. Called up at Steffey's. Mrs. Muire was at the house to see the baby. Talked to Percy Elliot until 6:35 p.m. at corner of Elk's home. Stayed in at night.      

So, obviously the flour mill fire mention caught my attention.  I wish we knew more about that.  I wonder where the mill was and what the fire fight was like? In this week from Bonnie there was lots of theater going and he really spread it around, going to the Paramount, the American and the Roanoke Theaters.  I also am not aware currently of an Elks home in Roanoke. I wonder where it used to be?  The one I am most familiar with is in Bedford.  Here in 2012, we have had a good weekend.  Rachel and Beth went shopping Friday night while Caleb and I ate wings and watched hockey.  Yesterday after a long day of house cleaning and errand running we as a family, played a card game called Phase 10 and had a blast.  Rainy day today and an okay day at church.  This afternoon we have mainly rested and watched TV.  Denny Hamlin won the NASCAR race!

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