Census Sunday – The Bixler’s in 1930

3519 Mahoning Avenue. Today it’s a plot of land between a Burger King and an Advance Auto Parts near Meridian Road. In 1930, it was home to three groups of Bixler’s. On April 17, 1930, when census enumerator Edward J. Aaron was making his rounds, he found parents (and my great, great grandparents) William and Elizabeth Bixler, their daughter Mary and her children and daughter Florence and her children. Three generations, one apartment.

State: Ohio
County: Mahoning
City/Township: Youngstown
Ward: 4
Enumeration District: 55
Sheet No.: 45A
Family: 1
Address: 3519 Mahoning Ave (map)
Family Group 1
Bixler, William. Head of household. Renter. $18 rent. Does not live on a farm. Male, White, Aged 57 years at last birthday, Married at age 22. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929 and can read and write. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Germany. Place of mother’s birth: Germany. Yes, is a citizen. Employed as a janitor at a bank. Class of worker: W. Is employed. Is not a veteran.
   ”     , Elizabeth. Wife. Female, White, Aged 57 years at last birthday. Married at age 22. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929 and can read and write. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: England. Place of mother’s birth: Whales (sic). Yes, is a citizen. Is not employed.
Family Group 2
Schrimshaw, Mary. Head of household. Renter. $12 rent. Does not live on a farm. Female, White, Aged 24 years at last birthday, Married at age 17. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929 and can read and write. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Ohio. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Yes, is a citizen. Has no occupation.
   ”     , Harold. Son. Male, White, Aged 5 years at last birthday, Single. Has attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Ohio. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.
   ”     , June. Daughter. White, Aged 3 10/12 years at last birthday, Single. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Ohio. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.

   ”     , Edwin. Son. Male, White, Aged 2 ?/12 years at last birthday, Single. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Ohio. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.

Family Group 3
Cramer, Florance. Head of household. Renter. $14 rent. Does not live on a farm. Female, White, Aged 27 years at last birthday, Married at age 16. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929 and can read and write. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Ohio. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Yes, is a citizen. Has an occupation. Employed as a sales lady at a dry goods store.
   ”     , Florance, Daughter. Female, White, Aged 9 years at last birthday, Single. Has attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: New York. Place of father’s birth: Pennsylvania. Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.
   ”     , Mearl J, Son, Male, White, Aged 7 years at last birthday, Single. Has attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Pennsylvania  Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.
   ”     , Alice, Daughter. Female, White, Aged 6 years at last birthday, Single. Has attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: New York. Place of father’s birth: Pennsylvania  Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.
   ”     , Janet, Daughter. Female, White, Aged 1 ?/12 years at last birthday, Single. Has not attended school since September 1, 1929. Place of birth: Ohio. Place of father’s birth: Pennsylvania  Place of mother’s birth: Ohio. Has no occupation.
Relationship to me:
William Joseph Bixler (1875 – 1944)
father of:
Helen Bixler Witt (1898 – 1985)
mother of:
Howard David Witt (1929 – 2001)
father of:
Rebecca Witt Lowry
mother of:
Joseph Patrick Lowry

There are multiple curiosities here! First, was this a triplex apartment, with three units or were all three families living in one apartment but paying separate rent. The address is the same, so without further examination, it’s hard to tell. Combined, they paid $44 dollars for rent.
Second, where are the husbands of Mary Schrimshaw and Florance Cramer, Harold and Mearl, Sr., respectively? Mary’s husband Harold is still living in Youngstown, a boarder in the home of George Buckley at 311 Willis Avenue, on the South Side. I can’t explain the separation but perhaps more research can. While I found Harold, I can’t find Mearl, Sr. in the 1930 Census. In the 1940 Census, the 41-year old is living just with his 18-year old son Mearl, Jr. (the 7-year old, above) in Chautauqua, New York. Again, I’m not sure what drove the separation. More research required…
For a fascinating look at the 1930 U.S. Census, check out this article from the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/census-form/
Sources:
“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, Ancestry.com (http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=6224&iid=4639663_00907&fn=Florance&ln=Cramer&st=r&ssrc=pt_t28087067_p5130324888_kpidz0q3d5130324888z0q26pgz0q3d32768z0q26pgplz0q3dpid&pid=70672780), William J Bixler household, Youngstown, Ohio; citing enumeration district (ED) 55, sheet 45A, family 1, NARA micofilm publication T626. Image 901.0, FHL microfilm 2341578.
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