Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The 1940 Census Extractor for Corinne Jane McCORMACK





1940 U.S. Census of Elliott McCormick Household

Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota

Enumeration on April 20, 1940, by Mrs. Hilda Erickson

Address: None Given

Line 50: Elliott McCormick, head, male, white, age 44, married, home owned free and valued at $200, did not attend school this year, attended school through grade 8, born in Iowa, lived in same house in 1935, employed for pay, worked 99 hours during the last week, station manager in his own [service] station, worked 52 weeks last year, received income from other sources.

Line 51: Dorthea McCormick, wife, female, white, age 43, married, did not attend school this year, attended high school through fourth year, born in South Dakota, lived in same house in 1935, not employed for pay, did not do public emergency work, not seeking work, no employment history, homemaker, zero weeks worked in last year, no income from other sources.

Line 52: Carol McCormick [absent], son, male, white, age 20, single, attended school this year, attended college through first year, born in South Dakota, lived in same house in 1935, employed for pay, worked 40 hours during the last week, assistant manager in H.O.L.C. tax division, wage worker, worked 30 weeks last year, income was $631, no income from other sources.

Line 53: Corinne McCormick, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, attended school this year, attended through sixth grade, born in Iowa, lived in same house in 1935.

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Source Citation:  
1940 U.S. census, Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota, population schedule, town, enumeration district (ED) 64-9, sheet 7B, dwelling 146, Corinne McCormick; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2442/m-t0627-03869-00178/111323499?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/17747247/person/549860878/facts/citation/74366310045/edit/record : downloaded 25 February 2019); National Archives and Records Administration, microfilm series T627, roll 3869.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The 1950-2010 Census Predictor for Corinne Jane McCORMACK

Corinne lived many places in her life. Her 1940 and 1930 census locations will be coming up in future posts.

Year
State
County
City
Address
Who Was Living There? + Notes
2010
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
12710 Baltimore Court
Corinne lived with her daughter Christy who was her full-time caregiver.
2000
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
12710 Baltimore Court
Corinne lived alone.
1990
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
3414 East 105th Terrace
Corinne and Steve lived with Christy while she went back to college at UMKC.
1980
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
3414 East 105th Terrace
Corinne, Steve, and Christy; their son Doug may have lived there also.
1970
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
3414 East 105th Terrace
Corinne and most of her family: Steve, Greg, Doug, and Christy. Their son Pat may have been in Vietnam already. Their daughter Kathy may have been in Columbia, Missouri, attending Mizzou.
1960
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
6702 East 98th Street
Corinne and Steve lived with their four eldest children: Pat, Kathy, Greg, and Doug. Christy would be born the following year.
1950
MO
Various
(see below)
Various
(see below)
Most of these addresses are lost in the mists of time…
Corinne and Steve lived with newborn baby Pat at one of these locations because they moved a lot that first year or so of marriage…
MO
Boone
Columbia
On Windsor Street, Corinne thought
Living with landlady Mora Ashlock
MO
Shelby
Shelbina
Unknown
Living with landlady Bessie Pickett—Steve had his first job on a newspaper here
MO
[Independent City]
St. Louis
Unknown
Living with landlords Buzzy and Eleanor Packanowski (a phonetic spelling, at best)
SD
Union
Elk Point
Unknown—this home did not have a house number, Corinne said. It was located by my grandfather’s service station on U.S. 71 Highway.
Visiting, but not living there: The census’ official date was April 1st. The family was visiting Corinne’s parents for her father’s birthday on April 2nd. They may have been enumerated on the census in South Dakota. Like I said in the “Of Census Predictors and Custom Facts” post of 31 Jan 2019—this family could be anywhere! Ergo, the Census Predictor.
MO
Jackson
Kansas City
Unknown
Least likely possibility: Staying for a short time with Steve’s parents and his brothers Jim and Joe in an apartment in Midtown or Westport

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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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