Sunday, May 8, 2011

My mother's mother's family in 1920

My maternal grandmother, Helen Lysle Hunter, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1907, the year that Allegheny City was annexed to Pittsburgh. She was the youngest of five girls born to Percy Earl(e) Hunter (1873-1937) and Marguerite Lysle (1876-1967), Marion (b. 1899), Caroline (b. 1900), Mary (b. 1903), Margaret (b. 1905), and Helen. Marion died in 1913 of pneumonia, after having suffered from this illness four times in her short life.

Following is the 1920 census record for my grandmother's family.
1920 U.S. Federal Census, Pittsburgh Ward 11, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1518; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 488; image: 766. Record for Percy E. Hunter.
Lines 34-41 show Percy E. Hunter, age 46, as owning his own home, free of mortgage. As in 1930, his occupation was listed as "President" of "Bridge Co." His wife is listed as Margaret L, age 43, and his daughters are Caroline L., age 19, Mary L., age 16, Margaret, age 14, and Helen, age 12. One of Percy's brothers also lives with the family. This is "Uncle Curt" or Curtis Hunter, age 28, and he works as a sales clerk at the Bridge Co. All members of the family, and their parents are listed as having been born in Pennsylvania, and all five of the daughters are listed as having attended school "at any time since Sept. 1, 1919." They have one servant, Jennie Coombs (or Coombes) born in Maryland to parents born in Virginia.

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