Bluefields in the 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census is a great starting point for researching our neighborhood, listing lots of fascinating info about the 47 households that were in the Bluefields Subdivision at that time.

The houses were listed in the order in which they were visited (not by present-day house numbers). The following table shows each Head of Household, his (or her) age, occupation, income in 1939, spouse's name (and occupation where applicable), number of children living with them, and value of the house if owned (or rental amount per month if rented).

Note - census records are hand-written and sometimes hard to decipher exactly. I've added a question mark to uncertain spellings. Also, I've added the current house number and street name to those households I've been able to place through separate research.

  Head of Household Age Occupation Income Spouse Children in Household Home Value
#23 Ora J. Stocker 37 Aero Eng. at Airport $3300 Blanch 3
(Beverly, Don Allen, Robert)
Renter $37 mo.
#24
(2724 Bluefield Ave.)
John W. Brumit 43 Mail Carrier $1200 Jean Eddie May (Occ: Part-time Auditor) 1
(daughter Jean? + nephew George Carver)
Owner $5000
#25
(2716 Bluefield Ave.)
Richard J. Poteet 43 Insurance Salesman $5000 Ruth 1
(Daisy Ruth)
(another daughter, Adelaide, was born in Oct. 1940)
Owner $5500
#26
(2714 Bluefield Ave.) 
Albert L. Griggs  44  Post Office Clerk  $2300  Mary 2
(Margaret, Albert) 
Owner $7500 
#27
(2704 Bluefield Ave.)
William O. Kiger  31  Supervisor at Telephone Office  $2400  Ruby  2
(Robert, Barry)
Owner $5000 
#28
(2703 Bluefield Ave.)
Richard I. Slaughter  28  Flight Dispatcher at Airport  $2500  Cathryn  Renter
$40 mo. 
#29  John M. Omohundro, Jr.  25  Lower Operator at Airport  $1500  Frances  1
(John III) 
Renter $35 mo. 

#30
(2719 Overhill Circle) 

Bowling B. Boyd  43  Insurance Agent  $3000  Louise  3
(Bowling B. Jr., James, Elizabeth) 
Owner $6900 
#31
(2715 Overhill Circle)
Judson Eakes 51 Deputy Registrar for County $2100 Eula 2
(Mildred, Marilyn)
Owner $5750
#32
(2713 Overhill Circle)
James A. Gleaves 38 Manager at TN State Employment Office $1800 Elizabeth (Occ: Full-time Stenographer $1800) 1
(James Jr.)
Owner $5000
#33
(2707 Overhill Circle)
Baxter H. Hurt 43 Retail China Buyer for Dept. Store $3000 Lucille 2
(Frances, Baxter Jr., Edward)
Owner $5100
#34 Katie Oliver 57 Sales Lady at Dept. Store $500 widowed 3
(Virginia, Ladye?, Lucie)
Owner $5000
#35
(2605 Bluefield Ave.)
Daniel E. Jackson  47  Secretary for Real Estate Co. $3000 Nellie 3
(Jean, Rebecca, Dan)
Owner $6750
#36
(2611 Bluefield Ave.)
John M. Omohundro, Sr. 56 (Occupation not listed)   Sadie 0 Owner $5000
#37
(2721 Overhill Circle)
Leonard Melton 37 Travelling Salesman for Roofing Manufacturer $3000 Josephine (Occ: Part-time Stenographer) 2
(Leonard Jr., Jeanne)
Owner $5000
#38
(2711 Overhill Circle) 
Coen C. Cloyd  39  Salesman for Real Estate Office  $2000  Sue  3
(Jimmy, Betty Sue, Sam or Lou?) 
Owner $5500 
#39
(117 Spring Valley Rd.)
Roy J. Miller  52 (Occupation not listed)  $2000  Elizabeth  Owner $6500 
#40
(113 Spring Valley Rd.)
Howard C. Williams 50 Repairman for Real Estate Co. $3000 Mary 1
(Sue)
Owner $6000
#41
(108 Spring Valley Rd.)
Alfred L. Tompkins, Jr.

35 Parcel Post Carrier $2000 Annie 1
(Carolyn?)
Owner $4900
#42
(110 Spring Valley Rd.)
William M. Blick 64 Vault Custodian at Bank $1500 Myrtle 0 Owner $4500
#43
(112 Spring Valley Rd.)
John B. Fuqua 46 Water Supply for Steam Railroad $2500 Frances 2
(Robert, William A.)
Owner $5000
#44 Lewis Burns 29 Co-pilot for Airlines $2500 Katherine 0 Renter $60 mo.
#45 Perry S. McLain 43 Electrical Engineer at Airport $2200 Beryl 3
(Evelyn, Beverly Ann, Robert)
Renter $50 mo.
#352 (?) Oscar N. Norman 26 Meteorologist at Airport $1600 Dorothy 0

Renter $32 mo.

#46
(120 Spring Valley Rd.)
Harry Swain 49 Interior Decorator $0 (?) Latta(?) 2
(Harry, Betty Jean)
$Owner $5000
#47
(126 Spring Valley Rd.)
Samuel M. McAlister (aka Bradley?) 45 Candymaker at Candy Plant Factory $1600 Frankie 1
(Samuel Jr.)
Owner $5000
#48
(138 Spring Valley Rd.)
Sam Underwood 52 Chief Engineer for Water Pumping Station $5700 Nona 2
(James, Sam)
Renter $40 mo.
#49 Clarence Halmer 31 Laborer for Steam Railroad $650 Clara 2
(Glenn, Raymond)
Renter $10 mo.
#50 Henry Helms 27 Laborer for Steam Railroad $300 (20 wks.) Jonnie 0 Renter $10 mo.
#51
(2704 Overhill Circle)
Roger Cullum 34 Salesman for Oil Co. $2000 Hazel 2
(Jean Ann, Bobby)
Owner $7000
#52
(2712 Overhill Circle)
Robert W. Taylor 34 Manager at Gasoline Filling Station $0 (?) Virginia L. (Occ: Office Clerk at Telephone Co. $1200) 0 Owner $4500
#53
(2720 Overhill Circle)
William D. Dodson 29 Lawyer $0 (?) Dixie 2 step-children
(Peggy Bond, Frank Bond)
Owner $5500
#54
(2713 Bluefield Ave.)
Grandville S. Hollingsworth 47 Soil Conservationist for State Gov. $1800 Evelyn 3
(Gordon, Ann, Billy)
Owner $5500
#55
(2715 Bluefield Ave.)
James B. Cook 31 Ice Cream Salesman $2184 Rozella (Occ: Stenographer for Insurance Co. $960) 0 Owner $5000
#56
(2729 Bluefield Ave.)
Myrtle Bryant 54 Assistant Burser (?) at a College $1500   0
(but lives with niece Margaret, nephew Thomas)
Owner $5000
#57
(205 Cumberland Circle)
Maurice Groce 44 Manufacturing Agent at Automotive Co. $5600 Fairie (Occ: Stenographer for Steam Railroad $1750) 0 Owner $5000
#58
(206 Cumberland Circle)
Charles A. Anderson, Sr. 51 Salesman (but unemployed) 0 Myrtie Belle 2
(Charles A. Jr., Betty Sue)
Owner $5000 
#59
(211 Cumberland Circle) 
Thaxton E. Lane  38  Owner of Automobile Garage  $1500 (crossed out)  Chloe  Owner $6000 
#60  George K. Allen  39  Shift Supervisor at Cellophane Factory  $3600  Margaret  3
(Barbara, Margaret, George) 
Renter $50 mo. 
#61
(225 Cumberland Circle)
William R. Jacobs  31  Foreman at Meat Packing Plant  $2106  Hilda  Owner $5000 
#62
(220 Cumberland Circle)
Edward Niederhauser 39 Dairyman $3000 (crossed out) Mary 2
(George, Mary)
Owner $7500
#63 Gentry Stormon 23 Laborer at Distributing Mills Plant $520 Beula (Occ: Part-time Maid $150) 0 Renter $15 mo.
#64 Will Bright 66 Construction Foreman for Real Estate Co. $920 Emma 2
(Martha, William + grand-children Mary, Pauline)
Renter $10 mo.
#65
(241 Cumberland Circle)
Henry R. Shortman, Sr. 57 (No occupation listed - son works as Radio Chief at the Airport) $2500 Maude H. 1
(Henry R. Jr.)
Owner $5000
#66 William H. Dunn 41 Manager of Department Store $5000 Rose 0 Renter $40 mo.
#67
(205 Cumberland Circle)
Donald E. Sanders 42 Radio Operator at Airport $2000 Norma (aka Elise - worked later as Real Estate Agent) 2
(Eugene, Frances)
Owner $5000

 

Swiss Dairy Farm*

 
#15 Robert Niederhauser 66 Dairying $2000
(crossed out)
Lena 1
(son Ernest w/wife Adelaide and their children, Ernestine and Robert F.)
Owner $10000

* Swiss Dairy Farm was not officially a part of Bluefield Subdivision, but later became Bluefield Square (in the 1980's).

The Census did not list house numbers but only the order in which the homes were visited, so I am in the process of trying to map the records to particular houses, and hopefully will have a map available soon!

If you have any questions or can contribute any info, please contact me! Vicki@bearwebdesign.com