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 15, 2012

White Way

On Friday, July 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fine Day. Mamma, Skin, and Teeny left Washington. Arose at 5:15 a.m. Washed my head and held the baby on porch until 7 o'clock. Sent J.P. Foy to Milan's for candy. Went to see Mr. Buford about Ronk Bill. The baby is 5 months old today. Went to Mrs. Raines' at night.

On Saturday, July 10, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Arose at 4:00 a.m. Went to station and brought Mamma, Teeny and Skin home breakfast. Papa came over in p.m. All of us went to Loam's at night. Met Oscar Fisher on way. Mary and I came home on car. Ate some peanuts at her mother's. Mrs. Raines kept the baby.

On Sunday, July 11, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Very Hot. Arose at 12 noon. Shaved. Went to office in afternoon. Met Skin and Jess on Jeff. St. Mrs. Raines came up to house with Mary at night. Retired at 10 o'clock. Very hot night.

On Monday, July 12, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Heavy work at the office. Mrs. Raines took the baby out for a ride. Ethel Wade came up in evening and went with us to the Elmwood Park. Wrote two letters for Mr. Turner. Retired at 11:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, July 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Arose 6:15 a.m. Rolled the baby to Elmwood Park until 7:40. Mr. W.P. Wiltsee in the office. Wrote to Jake. Mary and I ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Mamma moving to 707 7th St. S.W.  Mary and I ate supper at Loam's and came home 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, July 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot weather. Dr. O.W. Hacker died. Shaved at 8:15 a.m. Indexed and filed. Mary came to office with the baby. Met Burke, Crumpacker and Ed Gregory. Met Violet Carper on street. At night Mary and I went to band concert in Elmwood Park. Jack Bowdell, Maude, Pearl, et. al. there.

On Thursday, July 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot. Mr. Schick went out on the line. In afternoon, I remained at home and shaved and took a bath. Heavy rain and thunderstorm came up. Put on routine trousers and took baby down to Mrs. Raines'. "White Way" opened up at night with parade and band music. 

I am not sure what "White Way" was.  I am guessing it was a movie, but it opened with great fanfare.  Bonnie and Mary have been going to the park a lot this week and Bonnie also had a couple of very early morning wake up calls.  One of those was to pick up the rest of his family that had spent an extended amount of time in Washington, D.C. Also, it sounds like the weather in 1915 is similar to our weather in 2012 with very hot temperatures and some thunderstorms too!  We had a good day at church today.  VBS starts tonight.  The kids are home after a week at youth camp.        

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