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Sunday, July 1, 2012

1940 Census: Montoya Family in Arizona

More news from the 1940 census, which is quickly being indexed online.
Arizona, California and New Mexico now have an all-names index.

The Montoya family (descended from Monica Torres Montoya) lived in Tucson, Ariz., at the time of the 1940 census – just as they had in 1930. (Monica’s son had departed Socorro, N.M., and joined the Army during World War I; he married an Arizona girl in 1920.)

The family owned a home on Contzen Street. The census noted that the family members lived in the same place as they did in 1935. Juan Jose, 43, was head of household. He was a repairman at his own shop, who had worked steadily – 52 weeks in 1939. Also in the household was his wife, Sara, and three sons. The name of their son Charles, 17, fell on a line of the 1940 census, which required answers to supplemental questions. From that line of the census, we learn (or see what we already knew) that the teen-ager’s father was born in New Mexico and his mother was born in Arizona; that his native tongue was English; and that he was an under-18-year-old child of a veteran.

Note: In a couple of years, two of the boys – Charles included – will sign up for the service and serve in the Army and Navy during World War II. Charles was in the Navy, serving on the USS Kendrick – which ported in New York, Los Angeles and Algeria.

Also in the coming years, Juan Jose and Sara will move to Los Angeles and wind up living on 2nd Street next door to relatives Benny and Monica Lubbon.

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