Excerpts from 1940 Census for Glendale
Story furnished by Clarence
Editor's Note: Rev. Crocker has also used the 1940 Census to compile a
listing of Black familes in Glendale at that time. To see this, click on Glendale Black families.)
The National Archives released the
1940 census to the public on April 2, 2012 after a mandatory 72 years
waiting period. The census was taken during the month of April, 1940.
Besides names, ages, relationships and occupations, other pertinent
questions such as internal migration, education, employment status and
weeks worked along with total 1939 earnings, etc., were asked and
The nation had not fully recovered
from the great depression which started in 1929 and the mills were
still curtailing, giving some employees less than 40 weeks of work
during the year. Only a few got as much as 50 weeks of work. This
resulted in a considerable variance of earnings. The census showed that
some were still working on the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a
few in the CC Camps and many were still unemployed.
Glendale census was taken under
the heading of Glendale Mills and was divided into 3 enumeration
districts listed as, ED42-78 containing 38 pages, ED42-79 containing 10
pages and ED42-80 containing 40pages. It appears that the census
included about a 4 mile radius from the mill site. Parts of Clifton,
the Goldmine-Bethesda area, the Country Club road area up to and
including parts of Ben Avon, parts of the Fernwood-Hillcrest and
Sloan’s Grove area were all included in the Glendale Mills census. (See
With this mixture, it looked
impractical if not impossible to discern and list the residents of the
Glendale village and the immediate areas as I was able to do in earlier
censuses. In order to present a picture of conditions in and about
Glendale village at that time, I have tried to pick and list the names
of leaders of the mill and community as shown in the census.
Though the census showed the
reported 1939 earnings of each individual, I feel this to be too
personal for me to republish the exact figure of each individual so
with the exception of two persons, I am listing the average yearly
earnings according to occupation as given in the census.
Second hands, Section hands and loom fixers, $650-$960.
Weavers, Spinners, Card, Drawing and spooler hands and cloth room
personnel, $600 - $700.
Shop personnel, machinist, carpenters and painters, $800-$1200.
Watchmen & Policemen, $600-$900.
Boiler fireman, elevator operators, $500-$700.
Sweepers, rest room cleaners, cotton handlers, etc., $450-$550.
Bus drivers, $570-$1300.
Bookkeepers, $600- $1400.
Radio announcers, $450- $750.
Listing Only - Not the Full 1940 Glendale Census