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, September 9, 2012

Labor Day

On Friday, September 3, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Cold. Paid Gravitt 81 cents for meat. Dr. Davis called to see baby. Wrote a prescription and drove me to Johnson and Johnson in automobile. I came home on car. Clarence and Mrs. Spillman came over home and stayed until 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 4, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain-Damp. Indexed correspondence. Norman is better today. I wrote Jake a letter. Rain at night. I went up the street and stopped in at Roanoke Music Co. Bought candy and came home. 

On Sunday, September 5, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Pretty Day. Went up town to office and bought a Philadelphia Press. Shaved and went up home in afternoon. Ate supper and came home on car. 

On Monday, September 6, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pretty Hot. Labor Day. Shaved and took bath. Went up town to "Comet" in afternoon. Ruth Edwards at our house. Also "Lou" Goodman, Mrs. Raines, Mrs. Hurst. Mary, baby, and I went to Mountain Park. Fireworks. Met. Mrs. Edwards. Home at 10:30.

On Tuesday, September 7, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pleasant Day. Wrote up estimates. Messrs. Curtis and Shumway called at office. Also, Mr. Bottomley and Son. Stayed at home at night. Jake taken to C&O hospital with fever. 

On Wednesday, September 8, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Loam called me up on phone. Mr. Schick fell out of his chair. Went up home and ate supper.Got list of books for Christine. Skin rode me home in car of Mundy, W.P.

On Thursday, September 9, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Hot Day. Norman is seven months old today. Effie phoned. Jake taken to C&O hospital. I got haircut, Teeny's books and went up home in p.m. Came to office. Wrote and wired C&O Hospital. Took bath and called Effie on long distance. Borrowed Harry Raines' traveling bag.

Wow, sorry to hear that Jake, one of Bonnie's brothers, is in the hospital.  Sounds like maybe Bonnie is preparing to go there.  The "Comet" was a theater that doesn't get mentioned much.  I thought it was funny that Bonnie stopped in at the music store, didn't buy any music, and then went and bought candy and went home.  We had a good Sunday here in 2012.  Mom joined Springwood Baptist.        

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