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My Mom, Josephine Emma Perkins, met my father, Oscar Herman Woodward, Jr., when he returned to the home of his parents when he completed a tour of duty with the U.S. Army. His parents had recently moved to a house in Loudon, New Hampshire, that was directly across the street from the home of mother and maternal grandparents. Rev. H.F. Parker married Jo and Herman on 21 September 1940 in Chichester, New Hampshire. 
Mom served as the Town Clerk of Walpole, New Hampshire, from 1949-1951. Our living room had been converted to the office. I remember that on the first day of hunting season and the first day of fishing season she would be ready to issue licenses to the community and this was a service highly regarded by the busy farmers.
Following her service as town clerk, part of our living room and dining room (connected by a wide arch) became her paint studio. For many years she was a decorative painter for the local florist Herman Woodward (no relation) and his son Elliott who had a woodworking shop. Things got particularly crowded in our little house during the Christmas season.
Mom was creative and really enjoyed design. I think some of her best work were the design creations that she adapted for trays, boxes, chests, etc. using metallic powder stenciling and tole painting.
When I was a freshman in college, when back to college to finish her teaching degree. She taught English to junior high and high school students for years. Some of her best friends during retirement were former students and fellow faculty members.
Mom was an inspiration and I’m thankful for that. She passed away on the 2nd of January 1993.
 Marriage Record of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.
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As you will notice, as of this date, the National Archives website provides five topics for the 1940 census: 1) General Information, 2) How to Start Your 1940 Census Research, 3) Indexes and Other Finding Aids, 4) Videos, and 5) Informative Articles and Online Data.
True confessions—When I discussed a process of finding urban families in my post dated the 26th of April I was hasty. I had not explored all of the avenues and suggestions on the National Archives website. Fortunately, Dr. Joel Weintraub noticed my shortcoming and he took the time to comment on that post and offer an easier alternative. The strategy that I had offered was based on suggestions offered in section 2, “How to Start Your 1940 Census Research.” So, like any good student, I went back to the drawing board and looked at all of the offerings on the National Archives website.
My goal is to find the families of 1) Nicholas Lorusso, residing in Worcester, Massachusetts, probably at 615 or 606 Franklin Street, and 2) Anthony Lorusso residing at 24 Orton Street.
“Indexes and Other Finding Aids”
Let’s zero in on the alternative, “Find Census Enumeration District Numbers” using Stephen P. Morse’s 1940 Search Engines”
Using “Obtaining EDs for the 1940 Census in One Step,” by Morse, Weintraub and Kehs, I filled in the blanks as indicated below, I very quickly received the ED for 24 Orton Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
I used the same procedure to obtain the 1940 ED for the address of for Franklin Street in Worcester. This was did not go quite as quickly—Orton St. is a short road (unpaved in 1970), but Franklin St. is a major artery in the city of Worcester encompassing ten EDs in 1940. Locating an intersecting street near 606 Franklin (Google maps quickly provided a couple of options: Putnam Lane and Villanova St. In 1940 Villanova St. was called “Villa Nova.”
By the way, the 1910-1940 Census in One Step also provides NARA microfilm series and reel number.
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It is almost time! The 1940 U.S. Population Schedule will be released in a little under one year (April 2012). In order to use the new record well, we need to study the parameters of the record as well as finding aids that will be available for us.
Did you know that the National Archives website has all of that information ready for our use as well as a blank copy of the 1940 census form? I’m using the information to begin constructing my research plan. What do I need to know before I tackle the records?
- Who do I expect to find?
- Where does each individual or family reside?
- What is the enumeration district in which they reside?
My plan for locating my son’s paternal grandparents will contain the following:
Parents: Anthony and Loretta (Curran) Lorusso
Children: Nicholas, Shirley, Anthony, Peter, and Barbara
Address: 24 Orton Street, Worcester (Worcester County), Massachusetts
Note: Anthony and Loretta were married shortly after the 1930 census, so are not listed in a household together at that time. However, their sons Nicholas and Anthony both told me that they had always lived at 24 Orton Street. I will need to explore the National Archives microfilm T1224 (Descriptions of Census Enumeration Districts, 1830-1950) to learn the number of the enumeration district.
Anthony Lorusso’s parents, Nichola and Antoinette resided at 606 Franklin Street, Worcester, in 1930. Since they were still living in 1940, I expect to find them at the same address. In 1930, 615 Franklin Street was in enumeration district 14-58 (the 14 represents Worcester County). In 1920, the family had resided at 606 Franklin Street, enumeration District 246. It is unknown whether the family physically moved between the 1920 and 1930 census or whether the street numbers were changed.
Stephen P. Morse (with Drs. Joel Weintraub and David Kehs) has a splendid tool called “Converting between 1920 and 1930 (or 1930 and 1940) Census EDs in One Step.” Using this conversion tool, if Nichola Lorusso resided in ED 14-58 in 1930, then I expect to find him in one of these three enumeration districts in 1940: 23-79, 23-80, or 23-81.
It will take a little work, but I expect to be successful!
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Our challenge this week is to discuss restaurants of our childhood. You know, that’s hard to do when your family very rarely went to a restaurant. When we lived in Loudon (until I was about 6 & 1/2) there were no restaurants around and excursions into the thriving city of Concord were few and far between. We moved west to Walpole about 1947. Again, the village did not have much to offer in the way of restaurants, even if my folks had been able to find the money to splurge. In a way we frequently ate when the weather was pleasant. Mom packed a terrific picnic! I remember items were packed in bowls or pyrex baking dishes and pitchers and then wrapped in layers and layers of newspapers to keep the food warm or cold depending on the need.
Excursions to the a dairy for ice-cream was a grand treat. When we were in Loudon, we drove to Laconia to Week’s Dairy Bar. Delightful home-made ice cream in many varieties. When we were in Walpole, the family would drive into Keene to McKenzie’s Dairy Bar. That was a unique experience because the dairy bar was attached to a special barn that had plate glass windows. In the early evening, we could have our ice cream and watch the cows being milked with special high tech equipment. What fun!
As an adult I always enjoy the Red Mill in Westminster and the Old Mill in Sudbury, Massachusetts. I’ve never found a wonderful spot in the Atlanta area—well, Baby Does, but that place closed over ten years ago.
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