1940 Census – Frank and Mary Elkins Family

In the 1940 Census, the Frank and Mary Elkins family was living at 3045 Anderdon Street in Detroit, Michigan. The rent was $30 a week and they had lived in the same house in 1935.  Everybody in the household had been identified as “W(hite)”, that was crossed out and “Neg(ro)” was written over it. Unfortunately, no household on this page has the person who provided the information to the enumerator identified.

Frank Elkins at work.

The father of the family, Frank Elkins, was 57 years old and had completed 4 years of high school. He worked at an auto plant as a  courtesy driver. One of his granddaughters has informed me that he worked as a driver for Graham Paige Motors.

Three Marys - daughter Mary, mother Mary and my Aunt Mary V. Graham.

His wife, Mary, was 47 and not employed outside the home. She had completed 2 years of High school. She had made $50 in the last year outside of wages or salary.  Daughter Mary was 21 and single.  She had completed 4 years of high school and was not enrolled in school. She was not employed outside of the home.

Mother Mary Elkins and son Frank “Bud” Elkins

Young Frank was 19, single and had completed 1 year of college. He had attended school sometime since March 1, 1940. He was not employed.  His daughter, Dee Dee, remembers that Frank graduated with honors from Cass Technical High School and went right to work, starting  Elkin’s Electric Company.  He tried to join the Electricians Union, but they barred Black folks from joining.  In 1941 Frank and my aunt Mary V. Graham were married at Plymouth Congregational Church.

2 thoughts on “1940 Census – Frank and Mary Elkins Family

  1. Hi Kristin, I find it interesting to compare educational experiences between our families in much the same era – young Frank and Mary being a similar age to my parents. For example it was not until my generation that we got to four years’ high school (to age 17 as a comparison) and on to university/college. My mother only attended to 15 and my father to 13. Dad wasn’t academically inclined though very good at maths but my mother could, in theory, have gone further. don’t we learn so much from blogs?

    1. That is something I like too, to compare the differences and the similarities, between generations of the same families and also in other places. Interesting and gives one pause for thought.

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