And Here She Is! Found in the 1950 Census!

UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!

“I’m still betting on Emilie Loring being at the Bellevue Hotel in April 1950.”

She was.

It turned out that there was a special Enumeration District for the Bellevue Hotel. I found it marked in pen on a map of the downtown Boston Enumeration Districts.

(See the original post here)

Hotel Enumeration Districts, Boston

There she is, at 21 Beacon Street, The Bellevue Hotel, apartment number 511 (Now I want to know more about that apartment!). She is 83 years old, a widow, born in Massachusetts.

Emilie Loring, Hotel Guest

Especially fun is what comes next: Her occupation is “Author,” and the kind of business is “Story Writing.” (If you’re reading this on a phone, you may need to slide sidewards on these images.)

One column asks, “What was this person doing most of last week–working, keeping house, or something else?” She chose “Working,” and she estimated that she worked 28 hours in the past week. The “O” means that she Owns her business.

On the same page, there is a German baker, a young man in the armed forces, the hotel seamstress, and… Oh, look at this.

President Kennedy’s maternal grandparents, John F. and Mary J. Fitzgerald

John F. and Mary J. Fitzgerald, the future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s maternal grandparents! His grandmother would live to see her grandson inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States, but his grandfather would die later in this same year, October 1950.

I don’t recognize anyone else, offhand, but it would be fun to see who more of her neighbors were. Most were in their sixties to eighties, which makes sense, as theirs was the generation of hotel dwellers. That style of living disappeared as apartments became more popular.

You just have to keep at it, “keep everlastingly at it,” as Emilie would say. Ah, success feels good!

Happy Landings!



17 thoughts on “And Here She Is! Found in the 1950 Census!

  1. Sorry to be late to the congratulations! Exciting that you found her. Good sleuthing and determination. Neat that you found JFK’s grandparents as well!

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  2. Patti, I have been buying the Emilie Loring books from Amazon for my Kindle. I have found all but Love With Honor. Do you know of another source?

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  3. On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 5:31 AM Anna Shallenberger wrote:

    > To reflect Emilie! > > After WWII, John F. Kennedy lived in the Hotel Bellevue while planning his > first congressional campaign. Kennedy initially lived at the Bellevue, > where his grandfather John F. Fitzgerald > , > former Boston Mayor and U.S. Congressmen, was spending his retirement > years. (JFK had a two-bedroom apartment and Honey Fitz lived down the > hall.) Then-Senator Kennedy later moved next door > > > On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 5:30 AM Anna Shallenberger anna.shallenberger@gmail.com> wrote: > >> https://aknextphase.com/hotel-bellevue-beacon-hill/ >> >> They need to update the list of famous guests! >> >> On Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 1:38 PM The Emilie Loring Collection > comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: >> >>> Patti Bender posted: ” UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! “I’m still betting on >>> Emilie Loring being at the Bellevue Hotel in April 1950.” She was. It >>> turned out that there was a special Enumeration District for the Bellevue >>> Hotel. I found it marked in pen on a map of the downt” >>>

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    1. Good sleuthing yourself! Emilie and JFK appeared together at an event about this same time—postwar, beginning of his political career. They posed the publicity photo with Emilie up front and JFK standing to one side in the back row.

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  4. To reflect Emilie!

    After WWII, John F. Kennedy lived in the Hotel Bellevue while planning his first congressional campaign. Kennedy initially lived at the Bellevue, where his grandfather John F. Fitzgerald , former Boston Mayor and U.S. Congressmen, was spending his retirement years. (JFK had a two-bedroom apartment and Honey Fitz lived down the hall.) Then-Senator Kennedy later moved next door

    On Mon, Apr 4, 2022 at 5:30 AM Anna Shallenberger wrote:

    > https://aknextphase.com/hotel-bellevue-beacon-hill/ > > They need to update the list of famous guests! > > On Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 1:38 PM The Emilie Loring Collection comment-reply@wordpress.com> wrote: > >> Patti Bender posted: ” UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! “I’m still betting on >> Emilie Loring being at the Bellevue Hotel in April 1950.” She was. It >> turned out that there was a special Enumeration District for the Bellevue >> Hotel. I found it marked in pen on a map of the downt” >>

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  5. https://aknextphase.com/hotel-bellevue-beacon-hill/

    They need to update the list of famous guests!

    On Sun, Apr 3, 2022 at 1:38 PM The Emilie Loring Collection wrote:

    > Patti Bender posted: ” UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE! “I’m still betting on > Emilie Loring being at the Bellevue Hotel in April 1950.” She was. It > turned out that there was a special Enumeration District for the Bellevue > Hotel. I found it marked in pen on a map of the downt” >

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  6. Dear Patti,

    I love an obsessed woman!!! Give yourself credit for knowing her life so well that you were able to track her down. Who knew there was such a thing as a “special enumeration district”?! Either you did or you found out. Either way; impressive!

    Barbara

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. I had no idea about special enumeration districts. I was checking the census maps to see if I had gotten the cross streets right, or if maybe the hotel backed onto another street in another “ED,” and the little listing caught my eye, purely by chance. Not finding her yesterday was the goad; I felt sure I was missing something and broadened my net to see if I could catch it. So rewarding! Thanks for enjoying it with me.
      Patti

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  7. Aloha! That is fascinating! It’s amazing to have such good references to use for research. You also have the talent for the search. Thank you for giving us a look into the past gems that can be found. It would be interesting to know her neighbors. I wonder if they ever had tea in the lobby? Years ago I watched the series about the Duchess of Duke Street in England. I was fascinated by it. I did a little research and found it interesting how the story danced around the facts of the history of the time. It gave me a different insight into the daily living challenges and joys that people had then. Always teaches some lessons we can learn today. Thank you, as I appreciate the beauty that Emilie was conveying about the hopes and joys of people in her time, while not forgetting the challenges. But trying to teach her readers to have a positive outlook. We need that today. Thank you, pam

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    1. Thanks, Pam. This really is fun to do, and chasing after the unknown for these last twenty years has given me both skills and confidence. That said, I have some unsolved mysteries that haven’t yet yielded, so I can’t get too cocky.
      “The Duchess of Duke Street” is intriguing. Was that the series title?

      Emilie knew the power of a positive outlook: “Be honest, have you ever known gloom or depression to solve a problem? Problems aren’t solved that way.” And she was right again today!

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