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, July 8, 2012

Capitol Bombing

On Friday, July 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Filed and Indexed. "Old Time Fiddlers" Parade. Aunt Emma Leslie left Mrs. Raines'. Loaned Howard Fisher 25 cents. Sent Skin pair of supporters. Paid some bills. Aunt Emma Leslie and Mrs. Raines ate lunch with us. Attempt made to blow up the Capitol.

On Saturday, July 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Warm. Shaved. Mr.Raitt went to Cincinnati, O. for 4th of July. Talked to Bill Fisher. Stayed at home in afternoon. Harry Raines went to Norfolk. Mary and I went to "American" and Oak Hall Clo. Co. for caps for Hattie English. Got letter from Christine.

On Sunday, July 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Warm Rain. Arose 9:30. Took bath and then went up the street for a paper. Met Mr. Fink, Mr. Hill and Capt. Rowan. Papa came up to our house and stayed until 6:30. We stayed at Mrs. Raines' until 10 p.m.

On Monday, July 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cloudy-Sunshine. Arose 8 a.m. Rode Harry's horse to stable and back. Drove up to Cave Spring, spent the day.  Gathered cherries with Mort Raines. Had ice cream. Met Mrs. Ronk. Talked to Bill Fisher and Felty. Mary got a card from Teeney saying she was coming home.

On Tuesday, July 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pleasant Day. Talked to Skin. Heavy work in the office. Took a bath at night. Mary took the baby for an automobile ride with Stewart and Mary Britts to Roger's pond. Retired at 10 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Mary and Bernice Hawkins took the babies to a lecture at Randolph St. Dispensary in p.m. Mary, Ethel Brown and I took the baby to Elmwood park at night. Ed Gregory and Percy Ellcott came up and looked at the baby. Sent "Tam-o-Shanter" caps to Hattie English.

On`Thursday, July 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot weather. Mr. Schick went out on line. Papa came up home at night. I shaved. Bought sheet of music and got hair cut. Talked to Fisher girls and Lester Steffey. 

So, I looked up the attempted bombing of the U.S. Capitol building on July 2, 1915 and indeed that did happen!  It was done by a Frank Holt, who appears to be a troubled individual as a few days later he committed suicide.  The bombing caused very little damage to the capitol and was in protest of the war in Europe. Here in 2012, we spent the 4th and a few days after in Grenville, SC visiting Beth's parents and going to the Allen family reunion.  It has still been extremely hot, but today is supposed to be the last day of the heat wave with rain and 80's for the coming week.  Most everybody now has their power back, but has been a difficult week for a lot of people.  We had church today, after being off last week and we had a funeral at 2 p.m. for Sonny Barger.  The kids leave tomorrow for church youth camp for a week.    

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