The Washerwoman’s Genes

February 28, 2006

“R” is for Rogers

Filed under: Washboard — by WWG @ 12:52 pm

William R., Jr., the son of my grandmother’s uncle Willie, must have been draft age in 1917, so I have been searching for him in the wanning moments of the free access to the WWI draft registration cards at His birth date is crucial, since his is a common name. Once I satisfied myself that the 1900 census does say his birth was in August, 1881, he popped right out of the draft records: the R stands for “Rogers,” and he was born on the seventh of the month.

His address is hard to read: 9th Ave.? 1st Ave.? It’s written twice, once for him, once for his nearest relative, but I still can’t make it out. He is a caretaker at the Parkview Theatre on Prospect Park southwest (?). Right location, odd job for a relative of my very strictly Methodist grandmother. (My dad loved movies; did Willie, jr., his mother’s cousin, ever let him sneak in?) His next of kin looks like “Nora” but it’s very sketchy.

Physically, he is medium build and height, with brown eyes and black hair (not very like my branch of the family). I would like to trace him forward, but a fast look does not discover him and “Nora” in 1910 or ’20 in Brooklyn.


1 Comment »

  1. Thanks for sharing this information. Really is pack with new knowledge. Keep them coming.

    Comment by Home Improvement Portal — August 17, 2007 @ 6:39 am |Reply

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