|1930 census, Woodstock, Cherokee County, Georgia (1)|
|1930 census, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia (2)|
The enumeration for the YMCA recorded that Dad was 21, single, born in Georgia, and working as a sales clerk in a shoe store. If the information concerning age, etc. was given to the census enumerator by perhaps a clerk at the YMCA, this might explain why Dad's age was incorrectly listed as being 21. After all, all the names for the YMCA are listed in alphabetical order suggesting that it was taken from another list of residents rather than being recorded from information given to the enumerator by each individual. I cannot recall if my dad talked about living at the Atlanta Y, but he did mention living at a number of different boarding houses in Atlanta and surrounding areas while he worked various jobs and attended business school. He also had a different occupation on this record, shoe clerk. This job was one I remember hearing him talk about and one which seemed to cause Dad to always be the one to take me to buy new shoes, even as I became a teen (how embarrassing!).
So, could my father have been two places at one time for the 1930 census? It is quite possible, especially since the enumeration dates for the two places were actually 10 days apart. Plus, Atlanta and Woodstock Georgia are only 20 miles and a short bus or train ride apart. Family stories support both jobs, and his name, Oscar D. Perkinson, isn't exactly in the common category. Perhaps he was actually working both jobs, part-time shoe clerk and part-time on the railroad; he certainly wasn't lazy.
Maybe someday I'll come across a letter written by or about my dad, perhaps written in April 1930, that will shed addition light on this matter. Until then, I'm willing to say, yes, sometimes a person might be two places at one time.
(1) 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Georgia, Cherokee, Woodstock Town, ED 29-5, p.3-B [written],household 61, family 70, Oscar Perkinson [and family]; Ancestry.com : accessed 30 Jun 2013, citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 346.
(2) 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Georgia, Fulton, Atlanta, ED 61-80, p.12-B [written],household 51, family 70, Oscar D Perkinson; Ancestry.com : 30 Jun 2013, citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 362.