The state of Wisconsin is now searchable on Ancestry.com for the 1940 U. S. Census, so I thought I’d share with you what’s reported about the Emil Borreson family on the farm in Fitch Coulee. Here’s the information, person by person, on the 26 April 1940.
1. Emil Borreson, head of household, 66 years old, owned his home, home value of $2,500, highest school grade completed was fifth, occupation was farming, worked 60 hours a week March 24-30, 1940. (I think the home value is for the farm; this was the highest value on the page.)
2. Gina Borreson, wife, 59 years old, highest grade completed was fourth, occupation was farm wife, worked 60 hours the week of March 24-30, 1940 (but line drawn through the hours number as for other women on the page).
3. Bennie Borreson, son, 32 years old, highest grade of education was eighth, occupation was farm labor, worked 30 hours the week of March 24-30, 1940, in 1939 worked 30 weeks for $150 in wages.
4. Garven Borreson, son, 23 years old, highest grade of education was fourth year of college [this is wrong: should have been one year], occupation was farming, worked 60 hours the week of March 24-30, 1940.
5. Sidney Borreson, son, 16 years old, highest grade of education was third year of high school [to date], occupation was choreboy, worked 35 hours the week of March 24-30, 1940.
Som neighbors listed on the same page were (families by head of household): Joel Anderson, Andrew Hallingstad, Oscar Estenson, Ferdinand Estenson, John Flikkeshaug, and Lyman Giese.
My comments: This is the first time I knew anything about the limits of our grandparents’ education. I also found it interesting that three farming roles were identified: farming, farm laborer, and choreboy. I wonder if Bennie was working off the home farm too. And I think Sidney put in a lot of hours as choreboy along with being a junior in high school.