Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I Found a Bride of Frankenstein in the 1940 U.S. Census

While I'm doing FamilySearch Indexing in the 1940 U.S. Census, I'm looking for humorous or strange names or situations to use as blog fodder.  Who wouldn't?

The best one I've found so far is this entry in the Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California census (ED 19-49, Sheet 6-B).

This family resided at 308 North LaPeer Drive in Beverly Hills.  The family resented a house for $65 per month.  The persons in the household were:

*  Leo Frankenstein - head, male, white, age 27, married, completed 2 years of college, born in California, resided in Same Place in 1935, did not work the last week of March 1940, had a job, was a salesman, in clothing manufacturing industry, worked 52 weeks in 1939, made $2400 in 1939 in wages.

*  Gertrude Frankenstein - wife (informant), female, white, age 25, married, completed 4 years of college, born New York, resided in Same Place in 1935, engaged in home housework the last week of March, no occupation or industry listed, 0 weeks worked in 1939, $0 in wages in 1939.

*  Hazel E. Carillo - servant, female, white, age 44, divorced, completed 4 years of high school, born California, resided in Same Place in 1935, worked the last week of March 1940, worked 54 hours, occupation is Nurse, industry in Household, worked 30 weeks in 1939, earned $300 in wages in 1939.

So, the question in my mind is -- Is Gertrude the Bride of Frankenstein?  I don't know, but she apparently was the bride of Leo Frankenstein!

From the California Death Index, 1940-1997:  Leo E. Frankenstein was born 13 September 1912 in California, and died 18 April 1993 in Los Angeles County.

From the California Death Index, 1940-1997:  Gertrude Frankenstein was born 22 August 1914 in New York, and died 5 May 1983 in Los Angeles County.  Her father's surname was Jaffee, and her mother's maiden name was Seamon.

What funny, or strange, entries have you found in the 1940 U.s. Census while Indexing or searching through the Enumeration Districts.

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Jana Iverson Last said...

The other day while I was indexing the 1940 Census, I came across someone with the last name of "Chocolate." Now I wish I had done a screen capture like you did!

Family Curator said...

Hey, Randy. I think I knew those people! But, then, That's Holly-weird!

Drew Smith said...

In the 1930 census, we find the *real* Frankenstein, namely, Victor Frankenstein of Chicago. His bride's name was Irma.

Greta Koehl said...

Well, Drew, I always thought Elsa Lanchester looked like an Irma in that movie....

Jenny Jones said...

Oh, just imagine all the teasing!!