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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Batter Cakes for Supper

On Friday, October 22, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-clear. Mr. Sillimon came in to see us. I shaved at night at went to two shows with Elmer Brown. Had an awfully headache all night. Read Ladies' Home Journal. Paid phone bill for Mrs. Brown. 

On Saturday, October 23, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Very Chilly. Wrote Payrolls. Mr. Sillimon in. Took bath. Went to train and met Mama and Christine. Rode up home in automobile. Papa had tooth pulled. Mary and I went to the "American" at night. 

On Sunday, October 24, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote: Beautiful Day. Arose 8:30. Shaved and carried out trash. Got coal thru window. Went up home at 4:30 p.m. Loam was there. We stayed for supper. Came home at 10 o'clock. The baby's barley ran short. I felt sick and tired.

On Monday, October 25, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Very Chilly. Wrote RW&BM reports for Burke. Pretty busy day. Elmer Brown and I went up town to a show: The Dancing Doll, and Dr. Robinson's office at night. Came home and retired at 9:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, October 26, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Pleasant Day. Mr. Raitt goes to Williamson to look over Leckie Spur. I got a letter from Ollie Smith and answered it. Also one from Lena. Filed and indexed mail. Shaved at night. Made cocoa. Ate supper at Mrs Raines'!

On Wednesday, October 27, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Mary called me up on phone. Mr. Raitt came back from Wmson. Mama, Loam and Christine down today for dinner. Doss also came down drunk. Ate brandy peaches at Mrs. Brown's. Cut wood and carried up coal. Retired at 9:30 p.m.

On Thursday, October 28, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Cool-fair. Mary and Mrs. Raines came to the office with Norman. Miss Shoffner introduced to Mary in hall.  Saw Skin in car on way to MacBain's. Went to building of Police Bazaar. Stopped and talked to Mr. Raines at big garden. I shaved at night. Batter cakes for supper.

On Friday, October 29, 1915 Bonnie Elmore wrote:  Fine Day. Correspondence light in office. Mary phoned me about going to "Waverly Place" to inspect a lot. Elmer Brown and I went to "Virginian" and "Bijou" at night. Came home at 10 o'clock. Mrs. Raines and I bought lots #9 and #10 at Waverly Place. Came back with Sam Mason. Fairfax and Matthews took us down in car.

This was a rather interesting week in Bonnie's diary.  He went to lots of movies and at several different theaters.  He also has batter cakes for supper and brandy peaches.  How interesting that Bonnie bought some lots in Waverly Place.  I know that general area in Roanoke today.  I wonder which ones and what he ever did with them?  Maybe he will tell us in a later entry. Here in 2012, the big news is Hurricane Sandy which is hitting the east coast and causing all kinds of havoc. But here in Roanoke, just windy, wet and cold and nothing serious...yet.         

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