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 1, 2012

Last Saturday to work

On Friday, March 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy and damp. Got a letter from Aunt Osie. Talked to friend Sanderson at R.R. crossing. Read "Pictorial Review". Mary sewed the bow on my felt hat. Mr. Henry Luck came in office.

On Saturday, March 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Walter Ellett's baby and Mrs. Geo. Davies died. This is our last Saturday to work all day until Nov. 1st. Skin and Harry Talley came by in car for me and took a spin.  Mary and I went to picture show at "American". Took sponge bath.

On Sunday, March 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Lovely day. Arose 10 a.m. Shaved and went by 334 Dale. Went to see Mrs. Magann's baby. Went up home. Loam was there. Harry Talley came in. Helped Teeney with examples. Went home at 8:30 p.m. Also, met Sidney Raines this day at Mr. Raines'. Pretty, bright, monnlight night. 

On Monday, March 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Ate dinner with Mamma today. Things looked sad at home. Mamma dying clothes. Harry Talley there.  Maj. Sam Walton, contractor, died. Buried at his old home in Charlestown, W. Va. Nothing much doing today. 

On Tuesday, March 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy today. Feeling badly. Stayed off from work. Shaved. Went up at home at 5:30 p.m. - after work. Talked to Mary Hancock. Brought books and baby things home that Christine gave Norman. Jam. Houckel died. Pneumonia

On Wednesday, March 31, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Drew $1.00 from Bank to pay for hauling wood and coke from up home to our home. Mamma and Teeny went up to Loam's to stay until time to leave for Washington D.C. Hauled wood etc. home and did not go to work this afternoon. Mr. Schick at Mr. Houckel's.  

End of month note March 1915:  Mamma, Christine and Skin, packing up to go to Aunt Osie at Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, April 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Pay-Day. Paid some bills. Received a letter from Aunt Osie in regard to Mamma coming to her. Began my deposit of $1.00 per month for the baby.  Mary and I took dinner at her Mother's. Got a hair-cut and shaved. Talked to Papa and Harry Talley at P.O. Talked to Benj. Shepherd. 

I really like the Saturday, March 27 entry that Bonnie wrote.  It starts out sad with the mention of 2 deaths, 1 being a baby.  But then, It was the last Saturday to work all day until November. Bonnie got take a ride in a car and go out with Mary to a movie at the American Theater AND he took  a sponge bath!  We had a really good day at church today. Palm Sunday.  Mom went with us to church where we had breakfast and Easter Egg hunt for the children.  Big crowd at church today and a good spirit.  Caleb and I now watching race from Martinsville and getting ready to grill burgers.  Ahhhh, what a nice Spring day.      

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