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 15, 2012

Whole Lot of Letter Writin'

On Friday, April 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Norman is two months old today. Paid Mr. Howard $3.00 on insurance for Christine and Mamma. Finished indexing and filing correspondence. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Got a letter from Mamma, Teeny and Skinny. 

On Saturday, April 10, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Wrote Skinny, Mamma, Teeny and Aunt Osie a letter. Took a bath and shaved. Stayed at home at night. Cloudy night with faint flashes of lightning. 

On Sunday, April 11, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:   Warm and Rain. Arose at 11 o'clock. Went to office. Went to church at night. Witnessed baptisingPapa and Fred Hurst came up home.  Papa was "full" and stayed for supper. Read letters from Mamma, Skin and Christine. Dark night and warm. 

On Monday, April 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy Day. Wrote up a large batch of mail.  Came home to supper and shaved. Wrote to Jake.  Mrs. Renner came up to see the baby. 

On Tuesday, April 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Ate Dinner with Mrs. Raines. Mr. Raitt went fishing. Mr. Schick went to Bluefield on #1. Took pictures of the baby and Mary and her Ma.  Went to see Auntie Airheart.  Mary and I went to "American" Theater at night. 

On Wednesday, April 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Mr. Schick left. I went to Dr. Huff's office. Mary met me at the office with the baby. Received a letter from Christine. Wrote a letter to Aunt Anna Smith, Huntington W.Va. Talked to Pearl Chapman. Bought Olive Oil. Shaved. 

On Thursday, April 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines'. Stayed until 9 o'clock and read the paper. Got one good picture of the baby. Feeling very badly. Heard from Skin and Christine.

Well, there certainly was a lot of letter writing going on while part of Bonnie's family was in Washington D.C. visiting Aunt Osie.  Other than some great weather like we have been having here in 2012 as well, there wasn't a whole lot else that stood out to me except for a curious purchase of some olive oil.  Here in 2012, this past week was spring break for our kids and we took a trip, the latter part of the week,  we went to East Tennessee for Rachel to visit Carson-Newman College.   CN is where Beth and I went to school and I think Rachel liked it but we shall see.  We also had a fun day at Dollywood. So, proud of the kids today at church.  It was youth Sunday and Caleb and Rachel did the special music.  Caleb played guitar and Rachel sang and it was great! 

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