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Notable Americans of the 1930 Census
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Notable Americans of the 1930 Census

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Publisher: Bisham Hill Books
Author: Vanessa Wood

List Price: $15.00

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Robin McDonald

So who was the namesake of the town of Hershey Pennsylvania? In what profession would you have found Gregory Peck's father? Where was Star Trek writer Gene Rodenberry born? If you check out Vanessa Wood's Notable Americans of the 1930 Census, you can find out. Her book contains information on over 500 famous Americans, including:

Activists and Academics
Artists and Illustrators
Builders and Entrepreneurs
Clowns and Comics
Coaches and Champions
Lawyers and Lawmen
Scientists and Inventors
Daredevils and Adventurers
Saints and Sinners
Journalists and Broadcasters
Officers and Soldiers
Hollywood's Behind the Scenes
Musicians and Singers
Authors and Poets
Stars of Stage and Screen

Notable Americans of the 1930 Census includes the subject's name, occupation and industry, achievement(s), home address, cost of living place, whether or not the person owned a radio, immigration and veteran status. Perusing this book is like looking at a slice of life in a person's history, and there are some interesting tidbits. Nobody knows where the Nixon family lived in this census, Bing Crosby's name is Harry, Jackie Kennedy is listed as an eight-year-old no name child, and Little House author Laura Ingalls Wilder, at 63, is living in Missouri with her 73-year-old husband Almanzo.

On each page there is an interesting fact or trivia statement similar to those presented in Jeopardy, with a list of notable names accompanying the fact and a page number to turn to for an answer. Some answers are not clear, however, so there are times that you must do a little extra research to figure out which name is the correct answer to the trivia question.

The preface of Notable Americans of the 1930 Census provides an extensive amount of information about facts presented and governmental methods used for the 1930 Census. The 1930 census was taken six months after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. For trivia buffs who enjoy studying countless details about the lives of the famous and infamous, Notable Americans of the 1930 Census will captivate you from beginning to end.

Beware! This book is habit forming, but a nice addition to anyone's history collection.

P.S. - Milton S. Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, was the namesake of Hershey Pennsylvania. He lived in Derry (now Hershey), in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, and owned a home valued at $40,000. He didn't have a radio, and at 74 was considered the head of the household, was a widower, and had two servants. Gregory Peck was 14 years old in 1930, and lived with his single father, a pharmacist, in a $7000 house in San Diego, California. Gene Rodenberry, 8, lived in Los Angeles with his extended family in a house valued at $3500, but was born in Texas.
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Available From: Bisham Hill Books
Address: 25-13 Old Kings Hw, #192, Darien, CT 06820
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Robin McDonald
Robin McDonald is a mom who actually does Windows, since she used to work at Microsoft! Robin resigned from her full-time writing job to homeschool her children. She freelances, and teaches art and writing classes.
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