Grafton, Wisconsin 1930 Census Report on NYRL employees PDF Print E-mail
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Grafton, Wisconsin 1930 Census Report on NYRL employees
 
by Alex van der Tuuk (c) 2007

Alfred Schultz and children including Janet Erickson
Alfred Schultz and children including Janet Erickson
 
Foreword: "The trouble with census reports is that the enumerator only talked several minutes to the family and some of the names were messed up in this way. There is more variation in the sort of work described by the enumerator. The names were terrible to write down, esp. because of the bad copy but it gives some idea. Note that Alfred Schultz is not listed. He was living in Cedarburg at the time yet worked for the company. Please inform us of any spelling changes to names and/or streets."--Alex


GRAFTON, WISCONSIN 1930 CENSUS REPORT ON NYRL EMPLOYEES

The following names of people who lived in and worked for the New York Recording Laboratories in Grafton, Wisconsin have been found listed in the 1930 U.S. Census Report, enumerated on 2 April 1930. None of the addresses found had house numbers and some of the streets may have been renamed over the years. The street where Alfred Schultz was living with his family is named as Milwaukee Street [sic] and is now known as 12th Ave.

Most of the employees listed their occupation as “labourer”, while for example Alfred Schultz was in fact the foreman of the pressing room.

Not all people are listed here as were found over the years. Cordell Hackett is listed in the 1930 Census report without occupation (age 15). In an interview in 2000 Cordell mentioned she worked for the company during several months in 1931 in the shipping department under Harry Dickerman. The Census lists her as son to the head of the family instead of daughter.

Adeline Zahn was the forewoman of the plating department as early as 1920 and her son Jerome learned the occupation from her. Her sister Clara Kuehn was the company’s secretary as recalled by Janet Erickson, daughter to Alfred Schultz. All lived in the same house, known as the Wilke house.
 
Ed Kleist current Grafton resident 10th Ave.
Ed Kleist current Grafton resident 10th Ave.
 
Edward Kleist is Ed Kleist who started working for the company in the summer of 1929 in the shipping department.

Conrad Schmidt was recalled by Janet Erickson as working in the factory, as well as the Kleist family and a Mr. Jost who all lived in tenement houses owned by the company.

Anita Becker-Malone worked at the factory for 3 months in 1930 at age 16 or 17. The company put an ad in the paper and it was her job to gather the records for the orders and pass them to the mailing department. The orders were usually by individuals who ordered about 10 records. She knew of 2 famous bands who recorded there when she worked there (perhaps spring?) She could have gone to listen to them record as given permission by Mr. Klopp who was her boss.

She worked on the 2nd floor. She recognized the name Alfred Schultz. She was paid 16 cents an hour. It closed in 1930. She was laid off. Everyone got laid off. Anita got a job in the woollen mill.

Her mother, Mary Becker, worked in the department that took the rough edges off of the records. She remembers Anna Becker working there, Cordell Hackett, Ed Kleist, and Margaret Mintzlaff. She was not aware that African Americans were recording there at the time. At one time, she had some Paramount records but got rid of them long ago. She dated Walter Klopp's son for 1 1/2 years. He wanted her to go listen to a big band record once in the studio but she declined.
 
old photo with Addie Tiegs
old photo with Addie Tiegs
 
Washington Street
“no house numbers”

Joe Sorenz (44) machinist record factory
Arnold Sorenz (15) labourer record factory

Nick Arentz (35) Labourer Record factory

Church Street
“no house numbers”
Bertha Bruss (37) Labourer Record factory

Kest Street
“no house numbers”
Clara Kuehn (23) Bookkeeper Record factory
Adeline Zahn (38) Labourer Record factory
Jerome Zahn (20) Labourer Record factory

Kest Street
“no house numbers”
Aruther (Art) Tess (37) Labourer Record factory

Milwaukee Street
“no house numbers”
Frida Kirst (23) Labourer Record factory
Reinhold Kirst (20) Labour Record factory

Milwaukee Street
“no house numbers”
Julius Rose (30) Labourer Record factory

“Kest Note Street” [sic]
“No house numbers”
Charles M. Tillman Labourer Record factory

Mary A. Becker (42) Labourer Record factory
Anthony M. Becker (17) Labourer Record factory

Milwaukee Street
Erna H. Grath (24) Trimmer Record factory

Harry Dickerman (69) Shipping clerk Record factory

Willowbie Street
(“no house numbers”)
Elmer Mintzlaff (22) Labourer Record factory

Louis P. Bartz (65) Night watchman Record factory

Robert Bartz (21) Labourer Record factory

Alfred B. Schultz (28) Labourer Record factory

John P. Evens (57) Labourer Record factory

Wisconsin Street
(“no house number”)
John Ermisse (19) Labourer Record factory
Louis Ermisse (17) labourer Record factory

Emil Erdman (34) Labourer Record factory

Arthur Nierade (18) Labourer Record factory

Wisconsin Street
(“no house number”)
Everett Hackett (52) Labourer Record factory
Dorothy Hackett (21) Labourer Record factory
Loraine Hackett (19) labourer Record factory

Charles Mintzlaff (40) Labourer Record factory

William Tiegs (25) Labourer Record factory
Rayland Tiegs (18) Labourer Record factory

Manian (?) J. Macbean (51) Labourer Record factory

No name Street
(“Dust Street”)
William Rauke (69) Fire man Record factory

No name Street
Albert C. Dent (24) Labourer Record factory

Jack Kleist (44) Foreman Record factory
Fred Kleist (17) Labourer Record factory
Edward Kleist (16) Labourer Record factory

Edward Caupal (51) Labourer Record factory

Maple Street
Conrad Schmidt (60) Labourer Record factory

Raymond Pinhert (23) Labourer Record factory
 
 
 
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