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 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.  

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