Monday, May 11, 2009

Pop Pop's Side: The 1930 Census

By the time of the 1930 Census, William I. Naylor was gone and great-grandma Clara was living in a different part of Pennsylvania, in Upper Darby Township in Delaware County, PA. I cannot make out the name of the street, but they are living at number 301. Clara is listed as head of household, and one line below her in the 1930 census is Pop Pop, who is 9 years old. She owns the home and it is valued at $4,950. An interesting question they ask that I hadn't noticed until right now is whether there is a radio set in the house. There is one, in Clara's home. She is listed as 32 years old, and something very interesting is that she is listed as widowed. In a post for later, I'll show that this isn't accurate, but she might have just not wanted to admit a divorce or an abandonment to the census taker, or the census taker might have just written her response down incorrectly in the first place. The rest of her responses are the same as the 1920 census.

Pop Pop's entry lists him as in school and able to read and write, having been born in Pennsylvania, his mother having been born in Pennsylvania, and his father having been born in New Jersey.

One important item in this census that I didn't notice, but which Kathleen saw is three lines below Clara. The person there is named Frieda Walters, and she's listed as Clara's mother (Her name is actually Frieda Walter, and Walter is Clara's maiden name). She is listed as a 63-year-old, widowed, white female, born in Germany, both parents are from Germany. She is listed as having immigrated to the United States in 1890, and is listed as a naturalized citizen. One more thing- if you go back to the 1920 census in the previous post and look three spots above William I. Naylor, you'll see Frieda, again. She is living in the same house as Pop Pop's father and Clara, who are listed as married. It turns out, and I'll show the record in another post, that the house they are all in is actually the Walter house, where Clara's parents had lived since, at least, the early 1890's. In this census, her immigration year is listed as 1884, so there's a bit of a discrepancy. Also, there is a note in that census under "if naturalized, what year was the naturalization" that I can't make out for Frieda. In that census, she also lists her parents as being born in the same town of W├╝rttemberg, Germany.

By the way, if you want to see the Google Street view of the house on Lancaster Ave. where the Walter's lived, here it is:
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