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