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Vondall Euart Fitzgerald (#30 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 30th, 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.

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald

This 1940 US Federal Census entry features the family of my great-grandparents, Vondall Euart Fitzgerald and Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald.  Vondall, age 31, had an 8th grade education.  He was born in Kentucky, and was the only person working to support his very large family.  He worked as a farm hand earning a total of $720 during his 52 weeks of employment in 1939.  Vondall’s wife, Jennie Mae, was 31 years old with a 9th grade education.  She was born in Indiana.

The first nine of the couple’s fifteen children were captured in this census:

  • Kenneth Euart Fitzgerald (13)
  • Leonard Harold Fitzgerald (12)
  • Dorothy Louise Fitzgerald (11)
  • Donald Morris Fitzgerald (9)
  • Lewis Victor Fitzgerald (8)
  • Katherine Alice Fitzgerald (7)
  • Florence Mae Fitzgerald (6)
  • Richard Delos Fitzgerald (4)
  • Robert William Fitzgerald (2)

The couple’s youngest child, Delmar James Fitzgerald, was born on April 5, 1940.  This census entry was enumerated on April 15 but according to official Census rules, little Delmar was not allowed to be “counted.”

My grandmother, Florence Mae (Fitzgerald) Cole is listed here as age 6.  She turned 6 on Census Day which was April 1, 1940. I am fortunate enough to have captured a family history interview with Grandma and she described her early years in this very home with all of her brothers and sisters.

The family lived in the same area as they did in 1935 but not in the same house.  According to my grandmother, by 1940 they had moved “a few miles” from the house where she was born in 1934.  Grandma had been certain they lived in Porter County.  I searched the entirety of Porter County census entries (hundreds of pages) before starting to search Lake County.  Surprise!  There they were!

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Vondall Euart Fitzgerald

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 5B, Lines 43-53.

Find out more about Vondall & Jennie Fitzgerald in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Vondall Euart Fitzgerald on FindAGrave.com.

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May (Richards) Fisher (#29 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 29th, 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 May (Richards) Fisher, my great-great-grandmother.  She was 73 and a widow with a 10th grade education.  Her husband William Green Fisher had passed away 22 years earlier in 1918.  May had no occupation listed.  She was living in the same house as she had in 1935.  Her two songs, John (47) and Sam (45) lived with her, both of whom were single.  John Fisher was working in road construction in a WPA Project, while his brother Sam Fisher was working odd jobs on a nearby farm.

There isn’t much of interest with this census entry, but it’s still neat for me to see my great-great-grandmother listed in it.  She lived another 19 years in that house.  I wonder how she spent her time?

May (Richards) Fisher

May (Richards) Fisher

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 8B, Lines 46-48.

Find out more about May (Richards) Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for May (Richards) Fisher on FindAGrave.com.

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Earl Fisher (#28 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 28th, 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 my great-grand uncle Earl Benjamin Fisher and his wife Lorena Marie (Winkler) Fisher.  Earl was the brother of my great-grandmother Jennie Mae (Fisher) Fitzgerald. Earl is 40 years old with a 5th grade education and worked as a laborer on a WPA Road Project.  His wife Lorena was 34 and had an 11th grade education.  The two were living with their children Carolyn (15), Evelyn (11) and Paul (5).  Also in the house was Earl’s younger brother Albert Fisher, age 34.  Albert was a laborer doing odd jobs.

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Earl Benjamin Fisher

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Lake County, Eagle Creek Township, ED 45-13, Sheet 2A, Lines 3-8.

Find out more about Earl Benjamin Fisher in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Earl Benjamin Fisher on FindAGrave.com.

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Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski (#27 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 27th, 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 Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R SowulewskiThis entry is further down on the same page as Josephine’s uncle and aunt Andrew S. Dreffs & Stella Marie (Kryska) Dreffs.  We explored Andrew and Stella’s entries yesterday.

Joseph was 36 and employed as a carpenter at a lumber yard.  Josephine was also 36 and was a housewife.  Their children were Dorothy Sowulewski (15), Arlene Sowulewski (13) and Joseph Sowulewski (10). They owned the home at 2409 Robinwood which was valued at $3,200.

In their household also lived Josephine’s brother Thomas Grabowski. Thomas, age 37, was employed as a core maker in a foundry.

Josephine and Thomas were the children of Hattie (Dreffs) Grabowski, the sister of Andrew S. Dreffs and Walter Anthony Dreffs.

Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski
Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 11A, Lines 33-38.

Find out more about Joseph Sowulewski in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Joseph Sowulewski on FindAGrave.com.

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Andrew S. Dreffs (#26 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 26th, 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 Andrew S. Dreffs & Stella Marie (Kryska) Dreffs.  Andrew is my grand-uncle; he is the brother of my grandfather Walter Anthony Dreffs.  Andrew and Stella owned their home at 2424 Robinwood in Saginaw which they also resided in during 1935.  It was valued at $2,500.

Andrew Dreffs, 35, was born in Michigan.  He was employed as a punch press operator at a factory in the “clocks, watches, jewelry, or silverware” industry according to his industry code.  He had a 4th grade education while his wife Stella had an 8th grade education.  She was born in Pennsylvania and was a housewife.  Their son Edward Dreffs, age 15, was a student and had completed his 8th grade year.

Stella’s brother, Theodore Kryska, also lived in the household.  He was 26 years old, single and employed as chromium plater at a plating factory.  Theodore had completed his freshman year of high school and was born in Michigan.

Andrew Dreffs

Andrew Dreffs

Further down on the same page you will find Andrew’s niece Josephine (Grabowski) Sowulewski and her husband Joseph R Sowulewski. I’ll explore their entries in tomorrow’s post.

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 11A, Lines 5-8.

Find out more about Andrew S. Dreffs in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Andrew S. Dreffs on FindAGrave.com.

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Veronica (Dreffs) Remyszewski (#25 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 25th, 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 Stanley Remyszewski and Veronica “Vera” (Dreffs) Remyszewski.  Vera is my grand-aunt; she is the sister of my grandfather Walter Anthony Dreffs. The family was living at 2323 Lowell Street in Saginaw, Michigan which they also resided in during 1935.  They owned the home which was valued at $2,000.

Stanley Remyszewski, age 55, was born in Poland and was attending school.  He had filed his Declaration of Intent (code “Pa”) but was not yet a naturalized citizen.  He and his wife Vera only had a 1st grade education.  Stanley was a laborer in a graphite factory and had worked 42 weeks during 1939 for earnings of $1,020.  Vera was a housewife who was born in Michigan.  Their children were:

  • Pauline Remyszewski (23, laborer in a beet field, seeking work)
  • Joseph Remyszewski (20, laborer in a beet field, seeking work)
  • Tillie Remyszewski (18, unemployed)
  • Virginia Remyszewski (17, laborer in a beet field, seeking work)
  • Loretta Remyszewski (15)
  • Sylvester Remyszewski (13)
  • Richard Remyszewski (10)
  • Delores Remyszewski (8)
Stanley & Veronica (Dreffs) Remyszewski

Stanley & Veronica (Dreffs) Remyszewski

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Michigan, Saginaw County, Saginaw, ED 73-47A, Sheet 9B Lines 77-80; continued on Sheet 10A Lines 1-6.

Find out more about Vera Dreffs in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

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Augustus Carlton Sheets (#24 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 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.

Find out more about Augustus Carlton Sheets in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

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Joseph Austin Fitzgerald (#23 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 23rd, 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 Joseph “Dock” Austin Fitzgerald and Rutha Jane (Stanfield) Fitzgerald.  Joseph, a laborer assigned to public emergency work on a water project, was 62 years old.  He had worked 52 weeks in 1939 for a meager $600 salary.  His wife Rutha was 61 years old and a Housewife.  The couple both had an 8th grade education and were born in Kentucky.  They lived in the same town as they did in 1935, although a new home which they were renting for $25 per month.

Their youngest daughter Merle Fitzgerald (32) and her husband Donald W. Ainsworth (33) also lived in the home with Joseph and Rutha.  Donald was a truck driver at a steel mill.

Joseph "Dock" Austin Jarrell

Joseph "Dock" Austin Jarrell

Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-3, Sheet 1B, Lines 78-80; continued on Sheet 2A, Lines

Find out more about Joseph “Dock” Austin Fitzgerald, aka Dock Jarrell, in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Joseph Fitzgerald on FindAGrave.com.

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Howard Glenn Cole (#22 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 22nd, 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 Howard Glenn Cole, my great-grand uncle.  He is listed here with his wife Agnes Christina “Jensen” Cole.  They are living with Agnes’ parents.  Both Howard and Agnes are age 26, born in Indiana and both completed their sophomore year of high school.  They were living in the same town as they did in 1935, but both are living in a new home.  Howard is working as a Machinist Helper in a Steel Mill having worked 42 weeks for $1,000 in 1939, while Agnes was a Housewife.  Their son Eugene was 11 months of age.

Howard Glenn Cole

Howard Glenn Cole

Source citation: Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Valparaiso, ED 64-7, Sheet 2B, Lines 43-45.

Find out more about Howard Glenn Cole in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

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Valentine Rue Cole (#21 of 40) – My First 40 Finds in the 1940 US Census
Jun 21st, 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 Valentine Rue Cole and his wife Loretta May (Brown) Cole.  Valentine is 48 years old and was an electrician at a steel mill, having worked all 52 weeks in 1935 and earned a salary of $2,300.  Loretta is 39 years old and was listed as a Housewife for an occupation.  Both had an 8th grade education.

They are listed with their children Donald Clinton Cole (18), Lee Henry Cole (16), Jack Wilbur Cole (20), Jack’s wife Catherine May (Garrett) Cole (18) and their son Jack Timothy “Tim” Cole (1).  They family are living in the same house they were in 1935, and in fact, still lives there today in 2012.  Daughter-in-law Catherine had moved from Chesterton in Porter County to join the family.  They owned the home which was valued at $2,000.

Notice that Valentine’s brother, Clyde Clayton Cole, lived in the next household.  His family continues on to the next page.

The grandson listed in this census entry, J. Timothy Cole, is an incredible Cole family historian.  He has collaborated with my father and I for genealogical research for the past 30+ years.  Check out his website at www.colescorner.com for more information about the Cole family.

Valentine Rue Cole

Valentine Rue Cole

Source citation: Source citation: 1940 US Federal Census, State of Indiana, Porter County, Liberty Township, ED 64-13, Sheet 3B, Lines 73-79.

Find out more about Valentine Rue Cole in my Cole Green Family Tree on Ancestry.com.

Check out the memorial for Valentine Rue Cole and his wife Loretta May (Brown) Cole on FindAGrave.com.

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