Newton “Leroy” Cole (#1 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 1st, 2012 by Jessica

Welcome to My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census! This blog series is a tribute to the first 40 entries that I located without the use of an index.

The 1940 US Federal Census was released online to the public on April 2, 2012. Within the first three days, I had already found 40 families from my various tree branches. I spent six months prior to the release researching the exact addresses and locations for these families so I could find them quickly upon the census release.

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of Newton Leroy Cole and Wilhimena Isabelle “Minnie Belle” Sheets, my 2nd great grandparents.  I hit the genealogical jackpot with this find!  Not only was this the very first entry I found within hours of the Census release online, but he is still the only direct ancestor I have yet to find that had to answer the Supplemental Questions.

Leroy Cole is featured with his wife Minnie and children Junior (17), Edward (14) and Beverly (10).  He and his wife are both 53 years old.  Leroy had an 8th grade education while Minnie had a 7th grade education.  They are living in the same house as they did in 1935. All are listed as born in Indiana.  They owned the house at 551 Boundary Street in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Its value was $2,500.

Leroy’s occupation was a Car Repairer on a Steam Railroad.  He was not seeking work, but had a job or business and Worked 52 weeks during 1939 earning $1,900.00.  His industry codes from column J (334/47/1) were:

  • Mechanics and repairmen, railroad and car shop
  • Railroads (includes railroad repair shops)
  • Wage or salary worker in private work (PW)

His wife Minnie was listed as a Housewife.

Their son Junior was a Shipping Clerk at a Clothing Factory.  He had completed two years of high school.  He said he was at work for pay or profit in private or non-emergency Government work.  He worked 20 hours during the week of March 24-30, 1940 and 14 weeks during 1939, earning $125.00.  His industry codes from column J (226/66/1) were:

  • Shipping and receiving clerks
  • Shoe stores
  • Wage or salary worker in private work (PW)

Leroy also responded to the Supplemental questions from line 29.  He stated both his father and mother were born in Indiana and that he spoke English.  He had a Social Security Number and had paid deductions for it from his paychecks in 1939.  The rest of the codes I can’t determine meaning for, but for columns K through T they are “0 4 1 – 53 2 8 – 4 -” as listed.

Leroy & Minnie Cole

Leroy & Minnie Cole


Supplemental Questions for Leroy Cole

Supplemental Questions for Leroy Cole

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 4A, Lines 29-33 & Supplemental entry #2.

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