July 8, 1943
Went back to work with tools
The entries this month are much shorter and further apart. I hope this means that Merton is keeping busy.
At least now though it seems that he is doing something in his profession. Speaking of which – looking at the 1940 US Census records we can see Merton’s profession is listed as Carpenter in the Building / Construction Industry
[Image Extract – 1940 Census Merton]
Looking back to the 1930 US Census he is listed as a Carpenter as well.
In the 1920 US Census however he is only 16 years old. Looking up to his father Louis Ivy Young, look what we can see…
[Image Extract – 1920 Census – Louis]
Yup – it runs in the family… though I have a hard time cutting a straight line.¹
In 1943 and 1944, my Grandfather Merton Young traveled to Greenland while working for the Merritt-Chapman & Scott Company. He wrote a brief diary of his journey and this is a piece of that story.
Next Entry – July 16, 1943
¹My father was an engineer and pretty handy with tools as well. Looking at the census record’s for Louis’s father reveals that he was a mariner in his earlier days and a Railroad Station Agent in the later. I know within the family heirlooms we have a railroad pocket watch and in researching for this blog post I immediately wonder if this belonged to him. I will keep you all posted on this as I find anything out.