about 1969 or 1970
In 1940, my great-aunt Helen Killeen Parker (age 36) and her husband Herbert Webb Parker (age 39) celebrated twelve years of marriage. They also marked twelve years of living with Herbert’s parents Ephraim and Margaret Parker at 1616 Atlanta Avenue in Portsmouth, Virginia.
|1616 Atlanta Avenue, Portsmouth, Virginia|
from Google Maps
Helen must have gotten along well with her in-laws.
Between 1930 and 1940, Helen changed jobs leaving her position as a stenographer for a plumbing company to become a clerk for the railroad. Herbert was also a clerk for the railroad. He was employed all 52 weeks of 1939 and earned $2100. He worked 44 hours the last week of March 1940. Helen must have joined the railroad in late 1939 as she worked only 13 weeks and earned $195. She worked 45 hours the last week of March.
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So both Herbert and Helen were clerks for the railroad. Obviously Herbert had some seniority, and maybe there were all kinds of clerks with varying degrees of responsibility, but the difference in pay is staggering. Herbert’s pay was about $40 per week. Helen’s was $15 a week. Education must not have been a factor as Herbert had completed nine years of school to Helen’s two years of high school.