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, June 24, 2012

Johnny Foy

On Friday, June 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot Day. Arose 8 o'clock. Skin and I shaved. Jess, Skin and I went up in the Washington Monument and then to National Museum. Then went to picture show on 9th St. and Skin and I left Jess and got a glass of beer. Then took pictures on Penn. Ave. and went down to 1st. N.W. to river and home. Got a haircut on Penn. Ave. Left Wash. 9:45 p.m.

On Saturday, June 19, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot + Rain. Arrived Roanoke at 4:00 a.m. Took bath and ate breakfast. Slep awhile. Washed my head. Talked to George Henebry and Everett and Bart on street. Went to office to look over work. Took pictures to studio to be developed. Went Louis Baca's. Stayed in at night. Changed shirts and underclothes.

On Sunday, June 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot weather. Shaved and took the baby down to Mrs. Raines'. Uncle Ira Smith died on 19th. We went up to spend day with Loam. Mary sick at night. Myrtle and Sadie came back to Mrs. Raines'. Met Clyde Brammer at Loam's today. Ate ice cream and chicken at Loam's. Came home at 10 o'clock. 

On Monday, June 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Warm-Cloudy. Came to work at 8:35 a.m. Johnny Foy was at the office. Wrote letters. Mr. Schick shook hands with me. Mr. Schick went out on line 4 p.m. Met Mrs. English. Talked to Talley and Bill Fisher. Mary went depot with Myrtle. I wrote to Skin. Wrote Aunt Osie. Got Wash. pictures. Papa came up after supper. Left at 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fine Day. High winds. Indexed and filed. Pasted pictures in album. Johnny Foy worked all day on a statement for Capt. Rowan. Talked to Ernest Clover.  Mary and I fixed streamers for flowers on back porch. Shaved and retired at 10 o'clock.

On Wednesday, June 23, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool and Pretty. Filed and Indexed mail. Ate dinner at Raines. Got letter from Skin and Jake. Johnny Foy worked in office all day. Gave me 3 English coins. 

On Thursday, June 24, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Wrote up expense accounts and payrolls. Johnny Foy at the office. Shaved and took a bath at night. Talked to Clyde Foreman and Mr. Schwinger. Went down to Joe Milan's after cigars for Mr. Raitt. 

I am not sure who Johnny Foy is or where he came from.  This is the first Bonnie has written of him and yet he gets mentioned quite often this week. Sounds like Bonnie had a great time in Washington D.C.  Our family, here in 2012 has also planned a trip to D.C. for later this summer and we also plan on riding a train to DC, do some sight seeing and watch a soccer game. We had a good day at church today with really good attendance, also the church did great helping out a family in need in the community.     

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mr. Elmore Goes to Washington

On Wednesday, June 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot weather. Ate breakfast and went up to Aunt Duck's for dinner. Went to work in afternoon. Secy. of State Bryace resigned from cabinet. Mama 58 yrs. old. Baby is 4 mo.old today. Took bath, shaved and came up to office at night.

On Thursday, June 10, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot day. Wrote up extra bill Alma Birch. Jess went home to dinner with me and we took the baby's picture. Mr. Schick came in from W. Va. Mary and I went to see "The Carpet from Baghdad" at the "American" at 8:30 p.m. Admission 10 cents.

On Friday, June 11, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Mr. Raitt went to Bluefield. Jim Doughman to Cincinnati. I went to put blueprint No. 3. Got baby's pictures. Wrote Skin a letter. Bought film. Talked to Howard Fisher. Mrs. Raines and Sadie came up at night. Mary packed my suitcase. Elec. Storm 11 p.m.

On Saturday, June 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Rain p.m. Indexed and filed correspondence. Showed Mama's pictures to Mr. Schick. Took bath and shaved. Papa came to house. Loam, Jess ate supper. Everett came down. Sadie stayed all night with Mary. Jess and I left at 1:00 a.m.

On Sunday, June 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Very Hot. Rain. Arrived Washington 7:30 a.m. Aunt Osie and Skin met us. Went to White House and got post cards and stamps and cigars. Very sleepy. Went to Arlington National Cemetery. Prest. scheduled to speak did not. Saw Bob Evans' grave and rode all over cemetery in car. Home to supper. Wrote to Mary, et. al. Skin, Jess, and I called on Tom Bacas. Registered at Lee Mansion.

On Monday, June 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Arose at 8:30 p.m. Took pictures on street and back yard. Got letter from Mary. After Skin, Jess and I went to zoo at 3 o'clock-returned at 7:30 p.m. Ate ice cream in zoo grounds. Shaved. Skin, Jess, Teeny and I walked about 16 squares over the city. Bought candy and ice cream and went to bed.

On Tuesday, June 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Very Hot. Rain Hard. Arose at 6:30 a.m. Changed shirts and collars. Drew a differential (auto) diagram for Skin. Aunt Osie and I left house at 11:30 a.m. Went to Capital and stayed until 4:30. Thence to the "Dutch Market" and home on car. Caught in heavy rain. Thunderstorm while we were in The Capital. I went up to dome and got lost. Card from Mary. Bought a Chinese tea mug.

On Wednesday, June 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot Day. Arose at 8:30. Shaved. Skin went to school. Jess took a walk alone on Penna. Ave. Teeny went to school in afternoon. Aunt Osie, Teeny, Jess and I went to picture show given to get funds for a new playground. Wrote letter to Loam. Got papers from Mary and read them.

On Thursday, June 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Hot. Arose at 8:30 a.m. Skin to work. Teeny to school. Mamma and Auntie washing. Jess and I took a walk. Bought a P.C. album and card to frame. Jess hired a bicycle for 3 hours.  Read a medical journal all afternoon. Skin, Jess, Teeny and I went to a picture show at night.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Police Chase Mad Dog

On Friday, June 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy. Headache. Jess came home with me at noon. Mr. Raines came back from Huntington, W.Va. Letter from Teeny.  Mama sent papers. Wrote estimates. Howard Fisher quit work and came down. Took Sadie to show. "American". Came back home.

On Saturday, June 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy. Saw Policemen hunting mad dog. Mary and Sadie went up street to sale at 5 and 10 cent store. Saw Bill Fisher. At night Mary and I exchanged Norman's shoes. Went to the "American". Met. Mrs. Patterson. Shaved and Took a bath.

On Sunday, June 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Papa came in sick and ate breakfast with us. Harry Raines drove Sadie and I out to Cave Spring.  Ben English came back to Roanoke. Jess came down in afternoon. Answered letter from J.O. Ronk

On Monday, June 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Bought Safety Razor for Skin. Also one film. Ben English went back home. Slight electric storm at 8:30 p.m. Bought two ice cream cones. Shaved. Very warm night. 

On Tuesday, June 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Mr. Schick and Mr. Raitt went away. I wrote to Skin and made up estimates and extra bills.  Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Talked to Papa and Everett St. Clair. Went to pageant in Elmwood Park at 8 p.m. Papa ate supper.

Here in 2012 I got a little behind because we were out of town this past weekend for a mini-vacation and so I didn't write in the blog. I will try and write a few extra night this week so as to get caught up and also so that possibly I will not need to write on Sunday when it's Father's Day. Some of the things Bonnie writes about, I sure wish I could have seen.  I guess that's part of why reading his diary and sharing it is so much fun.  For instance, I would have loved to have seen 1915 Roanoke police officers chasing a mad dog.  I also would have loved to have seen what Cave Spring looked like in 1915 versus what it looks like today.  I wonder what kind of pageant they had in Elmwood Park?  

Sunday, June 3, 2012


On Friday, May 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy. Rain. Mr. Schick came in off line. Eat at office at noon. Unlocked Chief Engrs. door for Miss Shoffner. Went to Hobbies and met Steffey and Sanderson and wrote "The Holy City".

On Saturday, May 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain in p.m. Wrote up deed in office. Shaved at night. Jess came down home with me. Mr. Raines fixed stable for Harry and mashed his hand.

On Sunday, May 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy, rain. Arose 8 a.m. Took a bath. Washed my head. Went to Post office, to see Steffey  at Hobbie's and to station. Ben and Sadie English came down. 

On Monday, May 31, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy. Worked in morning. Mr. Raitt went to Cincinnati, O. Got our checks. Helped Harry and Mr. Raines fill up the bed of the stable. Got a letter from Skin. 

End of month note for May 1915:  Mr. Brown tearing down his stable. Looking forward to my trip to Washington, D.C. Geo. W. Jett appointed Supt. of Telegraph N&W. Mr. W.C. Walstrom deceased.

On Tuesday, June 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Steady Rain. Ben English went home. Paid bills. Wrote letter for Dr. Burks. Mr. Schick went out to Blfd. and Williamson. Wrote to "Skin". Shaved. Bad headache.  

On Wednesday, June 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Raining. Mr. Brown finished putting concrete in wall, around yard. Paid some bills. Came back to office at 8 p.m. and wrote up estimates until 9:30. Went to "Bijou" Theater. Bought pocketbook. Came home on car 10:30. Very dark night.

On Thursday, June 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Raining. Sent to $2.00 to Mamma. Paid gas bill. Filed letters. Bought shirts (2); 2 suits, underwear, 2 collars and 1 pair supporters - "Globe". Shaved. Got card from Mrs. Raines advising of her proposed trip home Friday.

I guess all the stable talk in this week's entries is because Harry bought a horse which we read about not too long ago.  Possibly Mr. Brown is tearing down his stable and Harry and gang are using the parts to rebuild one for Harry's horse.  I am not sure what Hobbie's is.  Possibly a boarding house where Steffey is staying? I sure would like to know what this "Holy City" is that Bonnie wrote and sounds like he bought a whole new wardrobe!  Here in 2012, this past week seemed to creep by.  We have had somewhat of a busy weekend but thankful that Beth did not have to work as much this weekend as expected.  We have to work Bingo tonight but looking forward to a trip to Tennessee this coming weekend for Caleb to go to soccer camp and the rest of us to enjoy some rest.  We had a good time last night with Mom and Amy's family at The Homeplace restaurant.