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 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.

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