Sunday, September 2, 2012

Census Sunday: The Bashams


Rosalind Mae Rucker

In 1940, my maternal grandmother’s sister Rosalind Mae Rucker Basham was living in Roanoke, Virginia.  She and her husband Larry Dalton Basham owned their Round Hill Avenue home valued at $5000.  Dalton, who had completed eight years of school, was working as a mechanic in the rayon mill.  He was fully employed the previous year earning $1820, which equates to roughly $29,998 today.  He worked 40 hours the last week of March just prior to the start of the census.

Rosalind (spelled Rosalynd in the census) had graduated from high school.  She was a homemaker raising two daughters, Janet (10) and Gloria (6).

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Because the family is listed as living in Roanoke in 1935 rather than in “Same House,” it seems likely they bought the house sometime after 1935. In fact, the city directories available on Ancestry indicate they bought the house between 1936 and 1938. The 1937 directory is missing.

Digging a little deeper, I found on Trulia that the house was built in 1937.  It is described as being a little over 1500 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 1 bath.  This is probably the same house Rosalind and Dalton lived in the rest of their lives. 


from Google Maps
3622 Round Hill Ave, NW Roanoke, VA
This Christmas card shows the house as it looked before 1960 (the year Dalton died).  It is not much different today.



10 comments:

  1. Old pictures fascinate me. Rosalind's eyes make me think that she has a story to tell. :)

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  2. You know I'm fascinated with old photo! I love Rosalind's photograph, love everything about it. Her dress is so beautiful and I'm trying to figure out what kind of hair decoration she is wearing. What is she holding in her hand?

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    1. I'm pretty sure that's a fan in her hand. In her hair is a decorative comb. Now I'm wondering if it's the same one her mother is wearing in a photo from when she was much younger. I need to check with my sister who has that picture.

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  3. Nope, not the same comb. Rosalind's is fancier. I always liked Rosalind. Her daughters, Janet and Gloria were pretty too.

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    1. Thanks for combing your photos for the answer. Yes, she was a sweet lady, but I really don't remember her daughters.

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  4. Great post Wendy (as usual)! The photo of Rosalind is so fun. Do you know when it was taken?

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    1. Thanx Jana. I'm guessing this was a high school graduation picture, so that was around 1920-21ish. She.has that flapper look.

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  5. It is so much fun to find out about family history. It is always so fascinating to see where your roots are.

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    1. It really is fun, no matter what you find out. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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