Census Countdown…….

The 1940 census will be released online on April 2, 2012.  To follow along with the countdown visit http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/.  

The website http://1940census.archives.gov/ has been set up to access the digitized census records starting on April 2. The digital images will be accessible free of charge. 

Get a head start on the census by reviewing some of the basic information available from NARA at  http://www.archives.gov/research/census/1940/general-info.html#guide.  The information that the National Archives has put together includes information on each column on the census form and the code explanations used by the census takers.


Maxine Damery nee Clark 1926-2012

Maxine Damery passed away Sunday, March 18, 2012, in her home. She was born Maxine Elizabeth Clark on June 17, 1926 at Milmine, IL, the daughter of Otis E. Clark and Ruby P. Poundstone Clark. 

For some reason saying goodbye to her always made me cry.  I think I cried more as I got older, each year just seemed a little harder to leave her.  No doubt I will be crying this Thursday and Friday saying goodbye for the last time.

I am so happy that I had the chance to spend some special time with her.  One of my favorite times visiting was when my daughters Juliana and Claire and I took her to Rockome Gardens in Arcola, Illinois.  I walked into the barn and Maxine was leaning against one of the horses talking to it.  I took the picture above on that visit.  Of course, when I had the camera ready she wasn’t hugging and talking to the horse but I sure am glad to have the picture I took.  I am also glad that my children had a chance to visit with her.     I bought tickets for a ride in the carriage and I just remember the smile on her face.  Such a simple thing and such a wonderful memory.

I love you Aunt Maxine, I’ll see you in heaven.

Happenings in the 1940’s

The first Dairy Queen opened.

York Peppermint Patty’s hit the store shelves. 

Captain Midnight premiers on the radio. 

The Adventures of Superman hit the airwaves.

The 14th Dalai Lama is enthroned at age 5.

The Philadelphia Story, The Grapes of Wrath, Fantasia and My Little Chickadee are among the top movies.

Scientists discover the Rh factor in red blood cells.

Photo: Frank Sinatra signs his induction papers while Chief Clerk Mrs. Mae E. Jones helps out at local board No. 19-160 Danforth St., Jersey City / World Telegram photo by F. Palumbo, 1943. National Archives and Records Administration.

 Billboard magazine introduces “Best Selling Retail Records” chart.  Number one record is I’ll Never Smile Again by Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra with vocals by Frank Sinatra. 

1940’s Events and News in Arizona

The national women’s softball title is won by the Arizona Ramblers.  Throughout the 40’s the Ramblers and the A-1 Queens – both of Phoenix – dominated the softball scene.

Phoenix declares itself the “Air Conditioning Capital of the World” in 1940.

In 1941 Luke and Williams Army Air Bases are established.  Western Arizona opens Camps Bouse, Horn, Hyder and Laguna.  In 1944 the Desert Training Center is closed.

1942 brought the Japanse-American camps to the United States. Arizona was home to the Gila River Relocation Center and the Poston Relocation Center.

1944 was the famous escape of German POW (prisoners of war) from the Papago Park Camp on December 24th.  Twenty five prisoners tunneled out of the prisoner camp.  They later surrendered.  Camp Florence in Florence, Arizona  was the largest all new prisoner of war facility ever constructed in the United States.

In 1946 “The Boneyard” or U.S. Aircraft and Missile Storage facility was opened in Tucson at the Davis-Monan Air Force Base.

1946 the first Yellow Front store opens in Phoenix.

Spring training tradition begins in 1946.  The Cleveland Indians began training in Tucson and the New York Giants began their training in Phoenix.

The State of Arizona elected Wing F. Ong, the nation’s first Chinese American citizen, to the state legislature in 1946.

The first elected Mexican American was Adam Diaz to the city council of Phoenix in 1948.

Motorola builds a laboratory in Phoenix in 1949.