Allow for the personality of the census taker

by Coscannon

... and perhaps the Nichols family pride. By contrast,if you look at the 1910 Nichols family census, you see that Red's two eldest sisters, then aged 12 and 14, are both listed as "scholars". I suspect that simply means they attend school but it is listed as an occupation. The same scholarly designation is affixed to the 15- and 16-year old Woods progeny and 14-year old Ellen Andrews. 16-year old Joe Andrews is however listed as a delivery boy. I see no scholars in similarly aged progeny in the 1920 census. And yet I see progeny of the same age and younger who no doubt attend school. A less conscientious census worker possibly?

What concerns me more about the 1910 census is Charles Iverson: a saloon keeper! (His parents came from Denmark.) And Parker Sherwood is apparently a professional gambler! His parents' place of origin is unknown.

Posted on Jan 15, 2018, 4:29 PM

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