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.

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.