Dudley Moses Mitchell is my great-grandfather. I found Dudley and his family residing at 630 19th West, Hutchinson, Kansas in the 1940 Federal Census. During a research trip to Kansas in 2010, I took photos of many city directories in Hutchinson spanning the years 1937-1958. This made it easy to find my family. I also found a collection of index cards for Sanborn Insurance including photos on the back of each card.
The 1940 census finds Dudley (64) living with Opal (wife, 49), Raymond (son, 19), Elbert (son, 15 – real name Delbert), Kenneth (son, 13), Roberta (daughter, 9), Robert Newby (grandson, 5), and Richard Newby (grandson, 4). The census shows that everyone in the household was born in Kansas and had lived in Topeka, Kansas in 1935.
Dudley rented the house pictured above for $18 a month. Dudley worked as the store manager of a grocery store in Hutchinson. He only worked 6 weeks in 1939 and shows in income of zero dollars. His sons, Raymond and Delbert also worked in the grocery store. Raymond was in the meat department and Delbert worked as a clerk. Raymond work for 40 weeks in 1939 and had an income of $350. Delbert only worked 14 weeks and made an income of $112. I believe that Delbert only worked 14 weeks since he was also in school.