Saturday, May 9, 2009

De Luca Family: 1930 US Census

In 1930, Peter and Clementina (Trillo) DeLuca were still living in St. James township in Phelps County, Missouri. By this time, their three oldest daughters had moved out of the house. Their older son, Julius, died in Mar 1930, just before the census was taken in Apr 1930. According to my brother-in-law's father, Julius died of tuberculosis.

Peter Deluca, head, owns home, owns radio, lives on a farm, male, white, age 53, married, age 24 at first marriage, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Italy, both parents born in Italy, native tongue is Italian, immigrated in 1908, naturalized, able to speak English, farmer of general farm, works on own account, currently employed, not a veteran

Clara Deluca, wife, female, white, age 43, married, age 14 at first marriage, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Italy, both parents born in Italy, native tongue is Italian, immigrated in 1908, naturalized, able to speak English

Anna Deluca, daughter, female, white, age 17, single, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Missouri, both parents born in Italy, able to speak English

Peter Deluca, son, male, white, age 14, single, attends school, able to read and write, born in Missouri, both parents born in Italy, able to speak English

Lena Deluca, daughter, female, white, age 11, single, attends school, able to read and write, born in Missouri, both parents born in Italy, able to speak English
Notice that Clementina is now called Clara. Peter's age of 53 suggests a birth date of 1876-1877. Clara's age of 43 suggests a birth date of 1886-1887. They are now both listed as naturalized.

I found their oldest daughter, Maria Asunta "Mary," living at 1308 Kentucky Avenue in St. Louis (Ward 16). She was living with her husband, Antonio Piazza, and young daughter, Eleanor. Her younger sister, Rose DeLuca, was also living with her.

1308 Kentucky Avenue

Antonio Piazza, head, rents home for $27/mo, owns radio, does not live on a farm, male, white, age 37, married, age 30 at first marriage, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Italy, both parents born in Italy, native tongue is Italian, immigrated in 1894, naturalized, able to speak English, carpenter of a railroad building, wage earner, currently employed, veteran of WWI

Mary Piazza, wife, female, white, age 25, married, age 18 at first marriage, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Missouri, both parents born in Italy, able to speak English, operator at a suit factory, wage earner, not currently employed

Eleanor Piazza, daughter, female, white, age 6, single, attends school, born in Missouri, father born in Italy, mother born in Missouri

Rose DeLuca, sis-in-law, female, white, age 18, single, does not attend school, able to read and write, born in Missouri, both parents born in Italy, able to speak English
This census record gives Mary's birthplace incorrectly as Missouri. She was actually born in Italy and immigrated with her parents in 1907. I did a little research on Kentucky Avenue. It is located in the present-day 17th Ward of St. Louis and is part of the Forest Park Southeast neighborhood, close to the Washington University Medical Center and St. Louis Children's Hospital. The neighborhood was marketed as the city's first subdivision in the early 20th century and was originally known as a resort area called Rock Spring. The Missouri Pacific Railraod tracks are the southern boundary of the neighborhood, and since Antonio worked as a carpenter for the railroad, this may explain why they lived in this neighborhood.

I haven't been able to find Elizabeth DeLuca yet in 1930. I wonder where she was....

Stay tuned to see more records on the De Luca family!

Links to other posts in this series:
De Luca Family: Intro
De Luca Family: Immigration Records
De Luca Family: 1910 US Census
De Luca Family: WWI Draft Registration
De Luca Family: 1920 US Census
De Luca Family: Death Records

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