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1890 Census News Items

An accurate count in the 1890 Census was critical to the residents of Southern California. Early in the decade of the 1880’s, the region had boomed; but a recent economic downturn had affected Los Angeles County. Orange County had recently been created from the southern portion of Los Angeles County, and it was being enumerated separately for the first time.

The 1890 census was unique, even before attaining a sad notoriety due to the loss through fire and water damage. It was the first time that a separate form was being completed for a family unit. For the first time, questions would capture the physical and mental health of each family member, and Civil War (Confederate as well as Union) service would be reported.

Articles in the Los Angeles Times help to capture the flavor of the times and help us to understand, 120 years later, the importance of the census.

Los Angeles Times, April 30, 1890

Los Angeles Times , May 28, 1890

Los Angeles Times, May 30, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 15, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 16, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 17, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1890

Los Angeles Times, July 2, 1890

Los Angeles Times, July 3, 1890

Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1890

Los Angeles Times, July 10, 1890

New York Times, July 16, 1890

Los Angeles Times, June 19, 1890

Los Angeles Times, July 29, 1890

Los Angeles Times, November 1, 1890



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