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.

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