I was working my way thru blogs on my google reader while my computer saved a large file, while I saw that Chezerby looked up their house on the newly released 1940 Census. I gave it a quick whorl for our address and this is what I found:
Our alley originally did not go through the block. Huh. This has actually been a point of contention on the block since the people at the other end of the block illegally closed off their end of the alley recently. (This means we get all the traffic at our end. Stinks.) According to the new city records, the alley currently does turn and go all the way through the block.
And something more interesting too, in 1940, four people lived in this house:
Daisy Davidson, 53, no job listed.
Fred Jones, 60, husband, police detective.
Maude Jones, 59, wife, no job listed.
Robert Jones, 38, son, accountant.
I showed this to Marc who already knew this because he dug through the old city phone books right after we bought the house. From what we can gather, Daisy lived here with her husband who died(?), then the Jones family moved in. About 5 years later, Daisy is listed as the only person living here again.
Marc just assumed that after her husband's death she rented the house to the family and then moved back in. Now we aren't so sure. We think she may have lived here with the family, otherwise the census would not have listed her, right? Interesting. Now I wonder if they were strangers? friends? family?
Now Marc is going to try to dig up where he wrote down all the past residents of this house. I'll post when he does.
If you want to find out the history of your house, go to the National 1940 Census, or better yet, your local library's old phone book section (you can look up by address which makes it easy!).