1940 Census Release: Meanwhile, Back in New Mexico. . .

. . . The Santa Fe New Mexican reported in an AP wire story that “130,000 enumerators are going to ring 40,000,000 doorbells between April 1 ad April 30 and ask three and quarter billion questions.” Pre-census estimates put the  U.S. population at about 132,000,000. (Apr 1, 1940, p. 3)

. . . The Albuquerque Journal said that 1000 enumerators were assigned in New Mexico. The Journal printed a list of what it said were the “main questions” to be asked by the enumerators. (Apr 1, 1940, p. 5).

. . . The Gallup Independent reported that the start of census taking was delayed from Monday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 2 “to prevent  practical jokes.”

. . .The Clovis News Journal opined that the  census was  in “trouble” because some people believed that “Uncle Sam is going a little too far when he sets out to discover intimate details of family life.”  But the paper said that most people would cooperate as long as the enumerators “remain courteous.” (Mar 15, 1940,p.2)

The Deming Headlight offered the advice that “Census enumerators learning howl to ask personal questions” could get a lesson from “listening to the little woman who catches hubby coming in at 4 in the morning.” (Mar 22, 1940, p.2).

Craig


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