The starting point for a majority of my house history research last weekend was the 1930 census. Although earlier censuses played a part as well, our house was built in 1928, so this particular census would be the first one in which our house was included.
On Ancestry.com, my search for Leo Milke came up with a link to the 1930 Census. Based on hearsay, I fully expected to find him at our house in Morton Grove, but lo and behold, he and his family were listed at what was probably a 2-flat on Kimball near Irving Park in Chicago (it’s unclear on Google Maps Street View).
His mother, a widow, and a brother were listed at this same address. The mother is listed as owner, and Leo paid a monthly rent of $40.
In 1930, Leo is 32 years old. He was born in Illinois, of Polish descent, and his occupation was Poultry Salesman at a Wholesale House. (Leo’s brother is a meat cutter at a meat market.) His wife Mae is two years older, 34, also born in Illinois. Her parents immigrated from Bohemia-Prague. Leo and Mae had been married eight years. Their daughter Muriel was 5.
While great information, it debunked the assumption that the Milke’s lived in this house from Day One.
Now to find out who did!