The document above is the record from the Fourteenth United States Federal Census (1920) containing data on the household of Frank and Edith Richards, my maternal great-grandparents. The pertinent text is as follows:

Frank A. Richards age 27, Head of Household, employed as a machinist at an auto shop, born in Michigan. His parents were both born in Germany, and their mother tongue was German.

Edith E. Richards age 26, wife, born in Michigan. Her father was born in England and her mother was born in Canada, both speaking English as their mother tongue.

They could both read and write.

Their children:
Robert F. Richards age 4 yrs 6 mos
Helen E. Richards age 1 yr 2 mos.

They lived at 1338 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, Calif., in a 6-unit building. They rented their home.

My grandmother, their daughter, had not yet been born. They had recently moved to Los Angeles. My great-grandfather was working on cars in 1920!

The four other families in their building also rented, and they were also white. One of the units housed a single mother aged 49, the manager of the building, with her two school-aged children. The next unit housed a young couple with a toddler and an infant (husband a “general laborer”), the next another couple with an infant (he was a house painter for a living), and the fifth unit housed a couple in their 40s (husband a self-employed real estate agent). I guess the sixth unit was unoccupied. None of the families were originally from California.

I wonder if the three young mothers got along and helped each other out, Edith, Hazel, and Genevieve.

I think this is where Frank and Edith Richards lived in 1920. I think the building has since disappeared and was probably where the parking lot with the two red cars is now. Places don’t last very long in Southern California, they get turned into parking lots.

My mother’s mother’s parents were named Frank Alfred Richards and Edith Elizabeth Jones. They were born in 1892 and 1893, respectively, in Michigan.

They were the children of immigrants.
Their child, my grandmother, is a granddaughter of immigrants.
My mother is a great-granddaughter of immigrants.
I am a great-great-granddaughter of immigrants.

The document above is the record from the Fifteenth United States Federal Census (1930) containing data on the household of Frank and Edith Richards, my maternal great-grandparents. The pertinent text is as follows:

Frank A. Richards age 37, Head of Household, employed as a carpenter at a movie studio, born in Michigan. His parents were both born in Germany, and their mother tongue was German.

Edith E. Richards age 36, wife, born in Michigan. Her father was born in England and her mother was born in Canada, both speaking English as their mother tongue.

Their address was 3839 W. Ave. 41, Los Angeles, California. They owned their home, valued at $5500.

They’d been married for sixteen years and could both read and write.
They did not have a radio.

Their children:
Robert F. Richards, age 14, employed as a newsboy delivering papers
Helen E. Richards, age 12
Genevieve G. Richards, age 10
Alfred F. Richards, age 7
Elaine E. Richards, age 5
Gerald Richards, age 3

My grandmother had not yet been born.

The other people listed on the sheet were their neighbors in real life. Like them, they were white and came from somewhere else, not from Los Angeles. Quite a few of them were also children of immigrants. Some of them rented their homes, some owned them. They were employed as laborers, police officers, sign painters, tailors, launderers, autoworkers, insurance agents.

I think their 1930s neighborhood is now a parking lot for a shopping center. How L.A.

Sun in Gemini, Moon in Cancer, Leo Ascendant, with Sun in 11th House, etc. Free horoscopes on the Internet, I glance at ’em every now and then. From Astrodienst (www.astro.com):

The course of events in your life will unfold themselves swiftly, and a life full of chance and circumstances will be the outcome of your desire to rule, to organize, to hold the keys of authority. You should be aware that as a result of overly strong impulses there is the danger of failures and upsets in life.

You are very self-assured and you implement ideas with a self-assurance that lets nothing get in your way of success. It would be beneficial to you, however, if you were not so candid and frank and if you did not expect others to act and feel as you do.

This is not a very favorable astrological circumstance for the general course of financial matters in your life.

Oh yeah, Internet? We’ll see about that.