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 1, 2012

Pie and Power Outages

On Friday, June 25, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Beautiful Day. Wrote to Jake, Skin and Aunt Anna Smith and Mamma.  Talked to Howard in the office. Met Bill up street at night and went walking. Went to Elmwod Park and to Hotel Roanoke yard. Came home at 10:15 p.m. 

On Saturday, June 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. After dinner went up to Fisher's and stayed until 7 p.m. Shaved at 9 p.m. and Mary and I took the baby and went down to Mrs. Raines' and remained until 10 p.m. Emmett Epperly came down for suitcase for Loam's trip.

On Sunday, June 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Arose at 9 a.m. Stayed around house until 4:30 p.m. Took bath and rolled baby up to Fisher's. Met Uncle John and Vesta Fisher and Clyde Ruble and stayed for supper. Came home by moonlight Loaned my camera to Agnes Bergendahl. 

On Monday, June 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Wrote up descriptions and agreements in office. Shaved at 7 p.m.. Bought 3 ice cream cones. Mary and I went to see "The Moth and the Flame" at the American. Came by Mrs. Raines' and ate piece blackberry pie.

On Tuesday, June 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain a.m. Tracy came to Roanoke. Finished binding up agreements for Capt. Rowan. Retired at 10 p.m. Johnny Foy worked at office.

On Wednesday, June 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy day. 

On Thursday, July 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Day. Got a letter from Loam at Washington. Ate dinner and supper at Mrs. Raines. Mrs. Raines and Aunt Emma Leslie visiting Mrs. Edwards. Got letter from Skin. Chas. Marmaduke, electrician at Gen.'l. office died today. Mr. Schick left. 

I guess the thing that really caught my attention in Bonnie's diary this week was the 3 ice cream cones and blackberry pie, maybe I should eat some dessert! Here in 2012, we have had some really odd weather.  On Friday, after a really hot day there were some bad wind storms called "derecho". Very little rain but winds in excess of 80 mph. It has knocked out power to millions, who now have no air conditioning and temps continue to be above 100.  There are also some water outages.  We had no church services today because of this.  Businesses that have a/c are really busy.  Power company says it may be a week before power is fully restored. We still have power and water and for that we are extremely grateful! 

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