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 8, 2012

Spring Snow

On Friday, April 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cold and Clear. Finished paying bills. Wrote a letter to Aunt Osie. Mary and I went to Gile's to select a baby carriage. Missed meeting on street. She came to the office. Mrs. Raines kept the baby for Mary. Mr. Rinehart was in the office. Got a shoeshine. Paid on paper. Paid on piano.

On Saturday, April 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Snow. This is our first Sat. afternoon off since Jany. 1st.  Mary and I went up street to Gas office, Cawley's, Drs. Burks and Saunders. Went to "American" Theater. Met Skin and Papa and Skin drove me out to Steffey's. Stayed up town until 9 p.m. and came home.  Gave Skin $1.00 for shoes and laundry.

On Sunday, April 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty and Cool. Arose 11:00 a.m. Shaved and went up to Loam's. Rolled baby in carriage for first time. Talked to Glady's and Vivian Foster and Mrs. Long and Hester. Papa was at Loam's. Spoke to Mag. Talked Mary Seymour and Ruth Moore and Skin brought the black cat home for Teeny. Took a bath. Mrs. Raines came up. Shaved. 

On Monday, April 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Capt. Wingate and Mr. Noel died. Mr. Vail came into the office. Miss Labrea was over to see Norman. Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson at Havana, Cuba in 26th round. Decisive victory. Walked home with Papa. Blaine sent Mamma $17.00. Loam phoned me.

On Tuesday, April 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Mamma, Teeny and Skin left at midnight for Washington. Wrote up Ex. Accts., bills and estimates and Indexed mail. Went up to Loam's. Mary rolled the baby up to meet me. Marjorie Merchant walked a few blocks with us. Shaved. Went to station to tell Mamma good-bye.

On Wednesday, April 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm and Windy. Deposited $5.00 in bank. Mary came by office after me with the baby and carriage. Wrote up "D.A.R." junk for Mrs. J.R. Schick.  Mr. Schick went away. Mary and I went to "American" at night. Wrote a letter to Skin. 

On Thursday, April 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Stayed off from work. Gave a man 50 cents at the door. Cut up wood. Went by Va. Life Ins. Co's. office and talked to Mr. B.A. Howard. Washed my head at night and shaved. Indexed my office correspondence.

The things that caught my attention this week were snow on the 3rd of April, and a boxing match that went 26 rounds, (unbelievable)Plus, two people Bonnie knew who died on the same day, his mother takes a trip to the nation's capital to see family, a new baby carriage and I laughed at the comment about "DAR" junk!  It was his boss' wife asking him to write that up so I guess he couldn't say no. Here in 2012 we went to Mom's last night for supper and Paul and Amy and family were there too.  We had a really good time hiding eggs, etc.  Got up at 5 am for Sunrise service at church for Easter and had a beautiful drive up to Peaks of Otter for breakfast.  Good crowd at church, lots of extended family members there.  We plan on resting this afternoon.  

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