Domestic partners in 1930

Okay, so I'm doing a little more indexing tonight before bed, and I come across this interesting gem.  In the 1930 U.S. census for La Crosse County, Wisconsin, there was the Molstead household.  Take a close look at the two highlighted lines...
In this case, the head of household was Myrtle Molstead, a 23-year-old single woman.  She lived with her 21-year-old sister Ella and a 25-year-old single woman named Amanda Belkey who is listed as the partner of the head of household.  Families like this might not have been discussed freely in the 1930s, but here is one documented case where it occurred.

2 comments:

Carol said...

Suggestion/question:

What were their occupations, they could have been partners in business, like dressmakers or ???

slambo said...

Shoot, I didn't look at that column before submitting the indexing batch. I was hoping that the batch would have been checked and added to the database for retrieval on familysearch.org by now, but it appears that it hasn't gone through the next step yet.