Augustus Carlton Sheets (#24 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
June 24th, 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 Augustus “Gus” Carlton Sheets, my 2nd great-grand uncle.  Augustus, age 60, was a Widow.  His wife Ellen Josephene (Lindwall) Sheets passed away in 1923.  He had an 8th grade education and owned his own business as a Barber.  He worked all 52 weeks of 1939 and earned a very respectable $2,000 in wages.  The family lived at 706 Morgan Street in Valparaiso.  Augustus owned the home which was valued at $3,000.

Four of Augustus’ children lived at home with him.  Daughter Berniece Sheets, the informant on this census, was 25 years old and a high school graduate.  She was single and working as a clerk in a retail store, working 52 weeks during 1939 and earning just $100 for her efforts. Daughter Gladys Sheets, age 23, was also single and a high school graduate.  She was not employed.

Sons Carroll and Melvin were also living in the home.  Carroll Sheets was 21 years old, single and a high school graduate.  He was employed as an inspector at Indiana Steel, and had worked 24 weeks during 1939 earning $800.  His younger brother Melvin Sheets, age 16, had completed his freshman year of high school.  He was not employed.

Augustus Carlton Sheets

Augustus Carlton Sheets

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Center Township, ED 64-4, Sheet 6A, Lines 33-37.

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