Our House: Part 2

As promised, I looked into C.F. Russell and W.H. Dumbleton. They are connected!

After a lot of digging around through census records on Family Search, I finally found a “Charles F. Russell” living in about the right area, with the right neighbors. In 1880, he was living with his niece Mary Russell. By 1900, Charles was no longer found, but Mary was married to Walter H. Dumbleton and still living on Minnesota Ave. At the time, that would have been the correct address for the farm, which our lot was a part of.

Below are the selected lines of the 1880 Census and 1900 Census via Family Search:

1880 Census Charles and Mary

1900 Census Walter an Mary

I looked through more census records to find out a little about Mary and Walter. They had several children. Mary was born in New York, before she came to Stevens Point to live with her uncle, Charles. Walter was born in England and arrived to the U.S. in 1873.

By 1920, his listed occupation was “truck farmer.” This term I had to look up, because I had no idea what it meant to be a truck farmer. It turns out truck farms grew produce on a small scale, family farm to take to market. Being relatively close to the long running Stevens Point Farmers Market, I would guess, that is where their produce was sold.

Below are the selected lines from the 1920 Census via Family Search:

1920 Census Walter and Mary

This is so charming to me. The Point area’s market is still thriving, and truck farms though no longer called that (as far as I know) have seen a bit of a revival. There are a lot of small scale “farm to table” and CSA operations growing and popping up throughout the area. It is interesting to see those type of farms having a history here. Living on a little slice of what was once a truck farm is added inspiration for my garden.

Above: Stevens Point Market Square, 1900 (via Wisconsin Historical Society), The Point Farmers Market Recently, (via Pinterest), and “Making a purchase at farmer’s roadside stand, Eau Clair County, Wisconsin,” 1937 (via Library of Congress)

The Dumbleton’s still lived on this farm at least until 1930. After this census, I no longer find Walter or Mary. 1930 is only 26 years before the Naramore’s built our house. I’ve closed a large gap in the history of the land.

Below the selected lines from the 1930 Census via Family Search:

1930 Census Walter and Mary

Next week, I will double post.  A continuation of our home’s story (this time, I promise to start the renovation story) and a post to introduce the gardening portion of this blog.


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