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Sunday, July 15, 2012

1940 Census: Couple Is Split

Our relative Apolonio Torres was listed as married in the 1940 census in Socorro, N.M. But Apolonio was living with his son’s family – not with his wife.

Where was his wife? She was living in Los Angeles, where the family had moved around 1929. Aurora Torres and two of her children can be found on Bonnie Brae Street, just west of downtown. The address matches the one in her 1944 obituary, which says she was survived by husband, Apolonio. But at the time of the April 1940 census, Aurora and Apolonio were separated. Aurora, enumerated as “Dora” by the census taker, was 54 at the time. She lived with her son, John, 32, and daughter, Josefina, 22. John was a painter and the breadwinner. All of them had lived in the same place in 1935, the census noted.

Aurora’s other sons, except for Luis – who was in Socorro with Apolonio – lived in the Los Angeles area.
  • Max V. Torres and wife Rita lived on San Fernando Road.
  • Nestor and his wife Mary lived on South Boyle Street.
  • Clarence was a soldier stationed at Fort MacArthur at the port of Los Angeles.
Note: Josefina continued to live at the same address on Bonnie Brae with her husband Clemente Diaz at least a decade later, according to Los Angeles voter records.

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