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 2, 2012

Paid Off

On Sunday, August 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-Pleasant. Shaved and met Nettie Fisher in afternoon. All went up home. Mary and I stayed for supper and came home at 10:30 p.m. Loam was at Mamma's. Cloudy and lonesome day.

On Monday August 30, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cloudy-Cool. Mr. Schick met Tracy and went to Mullens, W.Va. on county road matters between Pineville and Mullens. Mr. Raitt absent from office. Ate supper at Mrs. Raines. Went to the stable with Harry. Wrote to my dear friend, Louis Haislip, Stockton, Cal.

On Tuesday, August 31, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Rain and damp. Work dull in the office. Mr. Raitt paid for candy. Wrote up payroll chargings and J and Co. Bills. Met Papa. Paid off. Shaved. 

On Wednesday, September 1, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Fine weather. Mary is 20 years of age today. Capt. Rowan came in off vacation. Mr. Schick returned. Paid some bills. Deposited $1.00 in Bank to Norman's credit. Mailed Dr. Davis cheque for $1.50. Ate dinner at Mrs. Raines'. Had vanilla ice cream. Went up home for supper. Gave Mamma $2.00.

On Thursday, September 2, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Cool Weather. Papa started in today to work for N.B.W. Ry. Co. at West End yard. Bought box candy last night. Came home from Mamma's on car and talked to Dr. Allen J. Black. Mrs. Brown and children came home from Norfolk, Va. Shaved at night. Rain at night.

I think it's funny that Bonnie mentions all these people in his posts and then says it was a lonesome day. Pretty neat to see that yesterday was Mary's birthday.  That's my great-grandmother.  She was 20 in 1915, which means she was born in 1895 and would be 117 if alive today!  The money was really flowing on September 1 and I guess that is because Bonnie was paid or "paid off" as he puts it, the day before. The had ice cream and even bought candy.  Here in 2012, it is Labor Day weekend.  We went to see a movie last night and are going back down to Mom's tonight to look at beach houses to rent via the computer.  Church attendance was a little down today.  The weather is hot, muggy with some rain and storms.      

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