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.     

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