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.

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.

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