Notes from the past…


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My great-granddad and the WPA

But first… who am I and where have I been for the past several months?

I am Ruth Stephens and my (former) blog Bluebonnet Country Genealogy has been a part of the genealogy blogosphere for almost 5 years.

However, in an effort to both update and simplify my blog and jump-start my research and writing after an extended lay-off, I have changed a few things, including the name and location of this blog.

For several months I have been up to my eyebrows (and then some!) in trying to do a job that I am really not cut out for, and it was taking absolutely all of my time. Fortunately, that situation has been resolved and I am now back to my old job, and delighted to be there!

So I can once again bury myself in my favorite past time (besides spoiling my grandkids!) and chase those elusive ancestors!

But I digress…

James Dixon Carr (1883-1958) was my great-grandfather on my Dad’s side. Born in Alabama, he and his family came to San Saba County, Texas about 1900, where he generally made his living as a carpenter.

Here is his WWII Draft Registration card from the FamilySearch database United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:

JDCarr WWII

It lists his employer as “W.P.A.” From Wikipedia, The Works Progress Administration (renamed during 1939 as the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads, and operated large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects.

Looks like another family member had an interest in genealogy, or at least cemeteries. My great-grandfather may have spent his time with the WPA by taking care of Oakwood Cemetery, founded in 1879 and as such one of the oldest cemeteries in Fort Worth!