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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Candy Afternoon

On Friday, August 13, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Hot. Bound up statements for Capt. Rowan. Harry Raines came home from New York. Went down to Mrs. Raines' at night. Mrs Raines was at Mrs. Coleman's on account of her mother's death. Shaved.

On Saturday, August 14, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Mr. Schick came in off line. Mary and I went to the "American" Theater at night saw The "Goddess". Got ice cream cones.

On Sunday, August 15, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot. Went up to Mama's and spent the day. Ben brought Myrtle English to hospital. Shaved. Lena's baby was born today. 

On Monday, August 16, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot. Filed mail. Big thunder shower in p.m. Met Papa on Jefferson St. Went down to Mrs. Raines' at night. Capt. Rowan left today on his vacation to Norfolk, VA and Boston, Mass.

On Tuesday, August 17, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Paper reported hanging of Frank at Milledgeville, Ga. Got registered letter and $20.00 from Blaine for Mamma. Went up home with the money and stayed for supper. Mr. Schick left on train #3. Came home at 10:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, August 18, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool Day. Shaved and got to work at 8:55. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines. Paid telephone bill for Mrs. Brown. Read part of "Lucille". Mr. Raitt and I ate candy all the afternoon.

On Thursday, August 19, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool and nice. Correspondence - dull. Read part of "The Yoke" Got hair-cut. Mary and I ate supper at Aunt Duck's Mrs. Nichols played the piano for us. Took Norman to be examined by Dr. Davis. Mr. Raitt saw him for the first time. 

On Friday, August 20, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-cool. Shaved. Arose at 7:00 a.m. Answered telephone call from Mr. B.F. Bell. Went to J & J for lime water and ointment for Norman's neck. Mr. Raitt took his two boys and went fishing. Met Blanche Hurst today at Mrs. Raines. Mrs Austin was down. Rain. 

On Saturday, August 21, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool nice. Mr. Chas. Spillman from Washington D.C. was in to call on us. Posted up records of Employees. Mrs. Brown, Ethel, and Morris went to Norfolk, Va. I went up town at night alone. Met Mama, Papa and Teeny.  Bill Fisher and I went to Elmwood Park. Got candy. 

Okay, a little late posting this week due to the fact that we took one last family mini-vacation this weekend.  We went to Washington D.C. and I actually thought about Bonnie on several occasions.  First of all, we took a train from Lynchburg, VA to Washington D.C.  It was a lot of fun.  Bonnie of course worked for the railroad and took trains all the time to go places.  And, he wrote this year about a trip to Washington D.C. that he and his family took.  Also, while visiting the American History museum in Washington we saw a street car from the 1900's and immediately thought of Bonnie and talked about him being on one of those. We really wished we had a lot more time to spend in the American History museum.  We had a great day on Sunday of our trip as we spent time in that museum and went to a DC United soccer game that was very exciting.  On Monday we spent the morning visiting monuments and memorials.  It was fun but a lot of walking.  We used the subway a lot while we were there. So, lots of rail travel for us this past weekend.       

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