Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring 1943

James Mitchell is perched atop a mule at his grandfather J.K. Davis's farm in Spring 1943. James is the son of Lizzie Lee Davis and Tom Mitchell.

At the time this photograph was made, James Kelly and Queenie V. Davis were living at the old Burdine place in Peaceful Valley.


Anonymous said...

This is just to share a brief reminder that next year will be another census year; however, the lady who called at our house Thursday verifying the occupant name and the address passed on a small piece of paper that might be of interest to those that look in the rootsweb and ancestry sites and wonder why the most current ancestor information is for the year 1930. This little note we were handed reminded us that the information that the census taker would take next year WOULDN'T be available to the public for 72 years! - 2082. No, I hardly think that anyone reading this information with any clarity will be around when this next federal census arrives and if they are, surely they will not care. With a little bit of luck, we may be around in 2012 when we get a crack at the 1940 census (hooray!, my name will be there. My sister was born June 30, 1940 and I wonder if she too will be listed - there is a small possibility, but I wasn't old enough to have knowledge of what month the census was taken.

The lady that we spoke with said all efforts are being made to assure that every person will stand a chance of getting a census listing this time. The last two were terribly flawed. During the 1990 census taking, one of our sons was living in the Houston area where many of the northeastern families had migrated to seeking employment as well as a place of cheaper cost of living. The I- 45 freeway leading to Galveston offered many overpasses where much of the homeless found solace at night. So far, we don't read about so many of the homeless living under bridges - I hope the census takers can back this up next year.

If you "luck out" and get a long form to fill out, be honest with how many bathrooms, how many cars you drive and by all means how large your garage is! We've had to fill out the long form 3 or 4 times since we arrived in Texas in 1958, and I thought these were ridiculous questions to answer when they didn't have anything to do with the number of people living at that address! Some of the questions bordered on being "silly". bettye

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Bettye, I've been in D.C. this week and have thought about your comments regarding the inclusion of homeless folks in the census. D.C. has many homeless these days, and their numbers seem to be increasing each year I visit.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in the 1930 census!