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, May 27, 2012

Doctored a Kitten

On Friday, May 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day, Mr. Raitt left on #1 for Bluefield. Wrote to Skin and Christine. Shaved. Stayed at home in afternoon account of Mary feeling ill. Elmer E. Brown and I went to drug store and office. Sou. Ry. pass arrived. Mrs. Seymour came up to prepare milk.

On Saturday, May 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. S.H. Staples came in. Mr. Raitt came home from off line. Thunder storm - stayed at home. I rolled the baby out in the carriage. Mrs. Raines feeling ill. 

On Sunday, May 23, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day a.m. Thunder storm in afternoon. Rained at night. Mary and I took dinner and supper with her parents. Went up to Loam's in afternoon. Retired 10:00 p.m. Shaved. 

On Monday, May 24, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Busy at office. Letter from Aunt Osie and Skinny. Wrote Aunt Anna and Aunt Osie. Mary and I wen to "American" to see "Cinderella". Went to Elmwood to hear concert. Harry Raines bought a horse for $150.00 Mr. Schick went out on line.

On Tuesday, May 25, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy Day. Shaved and ate at Mrs. Raines. Wrote a letter to Skinny. Harry took Mr. Raines driving. Busy at the office writing up payrolls and expense account and Excess Board accounts. Read the "Fra" 

On Wednesday, May 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy. Capt. Rowan went to Lynchburg, Va. to attend ceremonies incident to the unveiling of monument to Jno. W. Daniels. Mrs. Raines left for Huntington, W. Va. to visit Aunt Anna Smith. Mr. Raitt went to Salem to fish. Jess stayed all evening with me at the office.

On Thursday, May 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Harry Raines and I doctored the kitten. Cleaned up at the office. Kitten died  Shaved. Went to the "American" to see "Craustark". 

A lot to comment on today.  Bonnie is going to the theater a lot again  and often with Mary  and they saw something I recognized in "Cinderella". I especially thought it was cool that Bonnie mentions going to Elmwood to hear a concert.  That is Elmwood park of course, which still exists today and in fact this weekend in 2012 is "Festival in the Park" where there are all kinds of concerts in the park.  So that has been around for close to 100 years.  Speaking of being around 100 years.  Here in 2012, there is a story on WDBJ7 about Milan's tobacco shop being 100 years old.  Bonnie often writes about going to Milan's for cigars and all kinds of other things.  The story mentions that Milan's is now owned by another family but kept the same name and is one of only a few tobacco shops left.  Also, how cool to read about somebody buying a horse! Also, don't hear much about that any more unless somebody is just really into horses as a hobby. I looked up the Daniels monument in Lynchburg, Va. and apparently it still exists today as well.  He was a lawyer and state delegate from Lynchburg and was known as the "Lame Lion of Lynchburg" as he was wounded in the Civil War.  Wow!  What living history is contained in this diary and on Memorial Day weekend even!  Laughed out loud when Bonnie states that he and Harry doctored on a kitten and then 2 lines later states that the kitten died.  Glad that Bonnie was not a veterinarian! Headed to Mom's tonight for supper with family from Staunton.  Caleb and I ran a 10K race yesterday as part of Festival in the Park.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Othine and Mellius Food

On Friday, May 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Phoned to Loam. Jess came down, ate supper and after attending the show, spent the night with me. Mary stayed at her mother's until we came back from show.  Met Mr. Raitt in "American" Theater and enjoyed the show.

On Saturday, May 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Mr. Schick came in from the road. Jess walked to office with me. Also Bill Bedinger. Talked to Jimmy Eades. Jess and I walked to Steffey's and to the Crystal Springs.  Took bath. Went to the "Bijou" theater at night and walked to Park street with Jess.

On Sunday, May 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Arose 9 o'clock. Went to Mrs. Raines' for eggs.  Ethel Wade was up to see us before breakfast. Shaved. Ate supper with her and Mrs. Raines. Walked up to office and Elwood Park. Saw Gladys and Vivian Foster in Auto.

On Monday, May 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Windy and clear. Finished Indexing and filing. H.M. Waugh came in office.  Also Rob. Boxley. Caught ball with Elmer Brown. Talked to Mrs. Cook.  Edith and Nettie Fisher came down to see the baby and took one of his pictures.

On Tuesday, May 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day.  Made request for Sou. Ry. Pass from Lynchburg, Va. to Washington, D.C. to be used on vacation in  June. Mary bought a straw hat at Rosenbaum's.  I met J.C. Miller in office. I made up agreements for Leckie Spur. Shaved.

On Wednesday, May 19, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain. Got a letter from Mamma and Skin. Mary and I went to show. Very bad headache.

On Thursday, May 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain. Bought "Othine" and Mellius food. Cloudy. Wrote letter to Mamma and Aunt Osie. Ladies Home Journal came. Talked to Mr. Privitt.

I really have no idea what "Othine and Mellius" food is.  Is that a plant food?  Here in 2012: Rachel went to her junior prom last night with a group of girls from school.  They had a good time.  Caleb is on a hike with the church youth group this afternoon.  Missing a lot of folks from church today but still attendance was not too bad. Caleb and I watched the Champs League final soccer game yesterday but the team we were pulling for, Bayern-Munich, lost.  Oh well.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

On Friday, May 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Rain and Cool.  Indexed and filed. Went down street at 12 o'clock to get candy for Mr. Raitt and I. Got a letter from Mamma. Answered it. W.C. Walstrum, Supt. Telegraph N&W Ry. Co. died. Went down to Mrs. Raines.

On Saturday, May 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool. Office hours changed to 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. 5/10/15. Mary and I went up to "American". Saw Mr. Raitt. Took bath and shaved. Faint flashes of lightning in sky. Got collars from laundry.

On Sunday, May 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Mother's Day. Arose 9:00 a.m. Papa and I went to Belmont Methodist Church. Mary, Papa and I went up to Loam's and stayed for supper. Mary and her mother had a little argument. Jess and I caught ball awhile.

On Monday, May 10, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Got up 7 a.m. Got to work at 8:10. Mr. Schick returned from Washington. Mr. and Mrs. Clark at Mrs. Raines'. Went up to Giles Bro.'s Store for screw. Wrote a letter to Mamma. Sent pen.(??) points.

On Tuesday, May 11, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Mr. Schick went to Bluefield. Mr. H.M. Waugh was in office. Cleaning up house. I cleaned stove pipes and Mr. Brown helped me carry two stoves to the attic. Got a letter from Rufus. Moved my office desk around. Shaved.

On Wednesday, May 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining. Mrs. Raines gave me a vase of roses for my office desk. Wrote a letter to Skinny.

On Thursday, May 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Stayed at home today. Feeling badly. Took a bath and shaved. Got hair-cut. Wrote up list of Bench Marks. Severe headache. President Wilson sent note of protest to Germany.

Bonnie wrote of Mother's Day in 1915 and here in 2012 today is Mother's Day. My mother went to church with us today and we had a good day at Springwood.  Tammy Wilcher won Mother of the Year.  We all ate a light lunch and are headed out for a nice meal later this evening and then back to Mom's house to play some games.  I thought it interesting that Bonnie noted that Mary and her mother had a little argument on Mother's Day, ooops. Another interesting note from history as President Woodrow Wilson, born in Staunton, Va sent a letter of protest to Germany.  I am guessing this was precursor to WW I.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Hershey's Chocolate

On Friday, April 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot and Pretty. Mr. Schick came in. Took pictures of the baby. Talked Stewart Britts. Wrote a letter to Denny Lawler. Sent papers to Christine. Pay-day. Paid some bills. Washed my hair at night.

End of month note for April 1915: Frank Lakes' Uncle "Jack" died March 30th.  Mary and I went to "American" Theater March 31st. Enjoyed Chas. Chaplin in a prize fight. Prof. N.P. Painter died at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore with cancer of stomach March 31st 1915.

On Saturday, May 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Paid Bills. Sent Momma $5.00. Went to Bank. Mary and I went to "American" Theater at night to see "The New Governor". Bought and wore my new tan slippers.

On Sunday, May 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Arose 11:30 a.m. Took a bath. Went to see fire and Jack Bowdell's baby. Met Mrs. Bowdell. Mrs Hayden and Jones Gardner were there. Mary and I ate supper with her father and mother. Went to church. 1st Presbyterian. Bought some Hirshey chocolate. Retired at 11:30.

On Monday, May 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Damp and cool. First Thunder and Lightning storm of summer occurred at 5 a.m. Bought 2 locks for Mr. Raines for 40 cents for Mrs. Wigmore. Got pictures of the baby from studio. Mr. J.E. Crawford's father visiting office. Mr. Schick went out on line. Shaved.

On Tuesday, May 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy and damp. Slight thunderstorm in a.m. Had rubber heels put on my new slippers. Went to Courthouse. Met Mary at Heironimous'. Wrote to Skin. Bought new bottle of olive oil.

On Wednesday, May 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool. Mr. Rich in the office. Mr. Schick went to Philadelphia and Washington. Filled out Fax list down at Mrs Raines'.  Shaved. People's Outfitting Co. wrote me a letter about my account.

On Thursday, May 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool day. Went out to Mrs. Raitt's house after glasses. Mr. Raines came up home and partly repaired the screen door. I took a bath. Paid taxes on property.

I don't have a lot of time tonight to make many comments, except to say that I still love it when Bonnie mentions brands and stores that were in Roanoke for so long.  Some are gone now and some are still around.  Today, Heironimous, was mentioned which is no longer around but was here for so long that I have fond memories of that store too! Also, neat to hear of some of the movies from 1915 with Charlie Chaplin in them!