Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ahnentafel #3: Introducing My Mother, Corinne Jane (McCORMACK) UNDERWOOD


Corinne Jane (McCORMACK) UNDERWOOD was born 30 May 1927 in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., Iowa. Her family moved around during her early childhood and ended up in Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota, which she considered her hometown. Corinne was an excellent student in the grammar and high schools in Elk Point which sparked her lifelong love of learning. A voracious reader, she really wanted to go to college, but her parents—like many people of that day—didn’t think girls needed to go to college. Her brother, Carol Hartford McCORMACK, intervened and convinced them to let her go to Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, Missouri, to acquire secretarial skills. After the year of business training, the two young people presented a united front and Corinne was allowed to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Boone Co., Missouri, for their two-year Associate of Arts program where she studied fashion design. Corinne thrived at Stephens and considered her time there to be one of the highlights of her life. She met her husband in Columbia on a blind double date (see the 5 February 2019 post called “Ahnentafel #2: Introducing My Father, Stephen Alexander UNDERWOOD, Jr.”) and was wooed successfully by him even though she had moved to another city upon graduation.

Corinne and Steve drove to Elk Point so Steve could meet her parents. On the way back to Columbia, they stopped in Des Moines, Polk Co., Iowa, where they were married in the chapel at St. Ambrose Cathedral. Corinne’s brother Carol and his wife Ginny were their witnesses. They all celebrated with a post-wedding dinner in the red leather booths at Babe’s Restaurant and Nightclub afterwards.

Corinne and Steve reared five children together. She was a stay-at-home mother as was the accepted tradition during the 1950s and 1960s. When her last child (me) graduated high school in 1979, Corinne went back to college. She studied English at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and earned both her B.A. and M.A. degrees from that fine institution. During her time there she began writing poetry and was published many times, earning awards for her writing. After graduating with her Master’s degree, Corinne began teaching English at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Johnson Co., Kansas. She really enjoyed her teaching career and found much fulfillment from it.

Corinne had always had a bad case of wanderlust and luckily married someone else who also loved to travel. She and Steve took their children on many vacations through the years, piling all five kids, her mother, and her mother’s dog into the car. We used to joke that we looked like the Joads from The Grapes of Wrath—Steve, eldest son Pat, and Corinne would be in the front bench seat; middle son Greg and youngest son Doug would be stuffed into the wheel wells of the big sedan to nap; elder daughter Kathy and Corinne’s mother Inger Dorthea (STAPP) McCORMACK and Nana’s dog Tammy, a Pomeranian, would sit on the back seat; I would be laid out to broil on the back ledge!

Steve encouraged Corinne to begin traveling the world in 1991. She went on a 6-week tour of Europe and was on the last tour bus going through Yugoslavia before war broke out. Her travel bug bit hard, and she traveled the world, going to six of the seven continents. I told her she could count all seven: Mom was on the tarmac at the tip of South America, waiting to fly to Antarctica when the cruise line cancelled due to bad weather. She never agreed, though, that she could count that seventh continent.

After she was widowed in March 1993, Corinne continued to travel, sometimes alone, sometimes with her friend Maxine Moore (her former English professor at UMKC), and sometimes with a group. She and I took many trips together, too. We had a deal: Mom was capital, and I was labor. She collected souvenir spoons from all the countries she visited and had well over a hundred of them once you counted a spoon for each of the 50 states. Well, 49. Corinne would never visit North Dakota. Remembering the brutal blizzards of her childhood in South Dakota, she always said, “Why would I ever go to someplace called North Dakota?”

Corinne became ill in her 80s. She suffered a massive heart attack in 2001 and had major open-heart surgery a couple of months later. Whenever we visited a new physician and told him how much was done during that surgery, the doctor would look incredulous. Two months later, she underwent lung surgery. Two months after that, Corinne was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, had surgery to remove her thyroid, and underwent radiation. She never complained about her illnesses and I only saw her cry once. Mom reminded me of one of those inflatable clown dolls that were weighted on the bottom: whenever you punched it in the nose, the doll would swing to the floor and then swing right back up. She was the Weebles of resilience. She may have wobbled, but she never fell down. Being Mom’s long-time caregiver was the best thing I ever did in my life. I got to witness firsthand an amazing courage that I wish to aspire to but fear I never will achieve.

Corinne traveled until the day she died. Mom and I were on a cruise in the Inside Passage of Alaska when I awoke on 14 August 2014 to find that she had passed away during the night. She has two death certificates: one from the doctor aboard the cruise ship and one from the officials in Juneau where we docked that morning. She would have loved that her death cert says that she died “at sea.” Corinne died doing something she loved with someone who loved her dearly. I miss her every day.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The 1930 Census Extractor for Stephen Alexander UNDERWOOD, Jr.





1930 U.S. Census of Steven A. Underwood Household

Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri

Ward 8, Block 232 Enumeration on 25 April 1930 by Keith P. Davis

Address: 6156 Locust Street 

Line 14: Steven A. Underwood, head, home owned free and valued at $8,450 with a radio on the premises, residence not located on a farm, male, white, age 38, married, age 31 at first marriage, did not attend school this year, can read and write, born in Missouri, father born in Virginia, mother born in Virginia, speaks English, salesman in the candy industry, wage or salary worker, employed, veteran of World War. 

Line 15: Frances M. Underwood, wife, female, white, age 31, married, age 24 at first marriage, did not attend school this year, can read and write, born in Missouri, father born in Irish Free State, mother born in New York, speaks English, no occupation listed. 

Line 16: Jerold D. Underwood, son, male, white, age 6, single, attended school this year, born in Missouri, father born in Missouri, mother born in Missouri, no occupation listed. 

Line 17: Steven A. Underwood, Jr., son, age 5, single, attended school this year, born in Missouri, father born in Missouri, mother born in Missouri, no occupation listed. 

Line 18: Richard A. Underwood, son, age 3 and 2/12, single, did not attend school this year, born in Missouri, father born in Missouri, mother born in Missouri, no occupation listed.

[Note: Grandpa's parents were not born in Virginia. Grandma must have just guessed. You will find that all the wives of the UNDERWOOD brothers guessed wrong on the place of birth of Stephen Alexander "S.A." UNDERWOOD and Sarah Angeline "Anna" (WHITWELL) UNDERWOOD.]


Christy's Source Citation
1930 United States census, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, population schedule, ward 8, block 232, enumeration district (ED) 48-119, sheet 19-A (stamped 273), line 17, dwelling 330, family 338, Steven A. Underwood Jr.; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6224/4660349_01077/7639829?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/17747247/person/583839976/facts/citation/74362760628/edit/record : downloaded 12 February 2019); National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series T626, roll 1197.


Ancestry.com's Source Citation
Year: 1930; Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: 1197; Page: 150A; Enumeration District: 0119; FHL microfilm: 2340932
Ancestry.com's Source Information
Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.
Original Data
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
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Saturday, February 9, 2019

The 1940 Census Extractor for Stephen Alexander UNDERWOOD, Jr.




1940 U.S. Census of Sarah Ahern Household
Kansas City, Jackson Co., Missouri

Ward 7, Block 18 Enumeration on 15 April 1940 by Kathleen Conroy

Address: 4024 Clark Avenue

Line 43: Sarah Ahern, head, female, white, age 73, widowed, home owned free and valued at $2,000, did not attend school this year, attended school through grade 8, born in New York, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, no public emergency work, not seeking work, does not have an employment history, unable to work, no occupation listed, income listed as zero, no income from other sources. 

Line 44: Henry Ahern, son, male, white, age 35, single, did not attend school this year, attended high school through second year, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, employed for pay, worked 44 hours this week, bookkeeper in a commercial bath company, wage or salary worker in private work, worked 52 weeks in 1939, income was $1,440, no income from other sources. 

Line 45: Stephen A. Underwood, son-in-law, male, white, age 48, married, died not attend school this year, attended college through third year, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, no public emergency work, seeking work, unemployed for 13 weeks, candy jobber on his own candy route, working on own account, worked 39 weeks in 1939, income listed as zero, yes to income from other sources question. 

Line 46: Mary F. Underwood, daughter, female, white, age 42, married, did not attend school this year, attended high school through second year, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, no public emergency work, not seeking work, no employment history, does home housework, no occupation listed, no income from other sources. 

Line 47: Jerrold E. Underwood, grandson, male, white, age 16, single, attended school this year, current education through second year of high school, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, does public emergency work, worked 28 hours this week, laboratory assistant in N.Y.A. high school, wage or salary worker in private work, worked 13 weeks in 1939, income $30, no income from other sources. 

Line 48: Stephen A. Underwood, Jr., grandson, male, white, age 15, single, attended school this year, current education through first year of high school, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, no public emergency work, not seeking work, no employment history, at school, no occupation listed, no income from other sources. 

Line 49: James Underwood, grandson, male, white, age 8, single, attended school this year, current education through first grade, born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, no occupation listed. 

Line 50: A. Joseph Underwood, grandson, male, white, age 6, single, attended school this year, current education is listed as grade zero [has not completed a year of school yet], born in Missouri, lived in same house in 1935, no occupation listed.

Christy's Source Citation
1940 United States census, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, population schedule, ward 7, block 18, enumeration district (ED) 116-133, sheet 5-B, line 48, dwelling 105, Stephen A. Underwood Jr.; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2442/m-t0627-02171-00195/90215076?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/17747247/person/584084126/facts/citation/1080277890787/edit/record : downloaded 9 February 2019); National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series T627, roll 2171.

Ancestry.com's Source Citation
Year: 1940; Census Place: Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: m-t0627-02171; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 116-133
Ancestry.com's Source Information
Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original Data
United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
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