Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Did You Ever Wonder?

Fascinating Tales of Research in Virginiana Room


The Fauquier County Public Library holds a wonderful treasure trove of history, family lore, and stories in its Virginiana Room. As librarians, we enjoy guiding patrons in finding information of interest to them, such as family histories, property records, or historical facts about Fauquier County.
We had a recent inquiry about what life was like in Fauquier County in 1932, particularly Fauquier residents' usage of telephones. This led to a fun research project, which involved newspapers, books, and online resources to lead to an answer.
In the course of the project, we discovered some interesting facts:
  • The population listed for Fauquier in 1930 was 21,071
  • The 1930 census did not ask whether people had a telephone; however they did ask whether they had a radio set! In 1930, 688 households in Fauquier County had a radio set – here are the statistics by district:
    • District 1 (Cedar Run, North) – 50
    • District 2 (Cedar Run, South) – 21
    • District 3 (Warrenton) – 124
    • District 4 (Center, North, not Warrenton) – 112
    • District 5 (Center, South, not Warrenton) – 120
    • District 6 (Lee, Remington) – 18
    • District 7 (Lee, North, not Remington) – 6
    • District 8 (Lee, Middle, not Remington) – 9
    • District 9 (Lee, South) – 17
    • District 10 (Marshall, Northwest) – 12
    • District 11 (Marshall, Northeast) – 23
    • District 12 (South, Marshall Village) – 57
    • District 13 (The Plains) – 25
    • District 14 (Scott, West) – 28
    • District 15 (Scott, Middle) – 40
    • District 16 (Scott, East, not The Plains) - 26
  • In the 1932 election, Fauquier County voted for Franklin Delano Roosevelt with about 80% of the vote. See a map of the 1932 vote for every county in the United States at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/PresidentialCounty1932Colorbrewer.gif

There were also statistics about the number of telephones in the United States by state for the years 1927 and 1932 (see below), but not specifically for Fauquier County.
  •  There were at least four telephone companies in Fauquier in the past, but none of the resources gave dates or statistics:
    •  Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company – located at 4th and Main Streets, Warrenton
    • Fauquier and Upperville Telephone Company
    • Southern Bell Telephone Company
    • Telephone Exchange of Warrenton
The national telephone statistics for the U.S. and Virginia are as follows :
  
Census of Electrical Industries - 1927
  • U.S. - Number of Telephones – 18,522,767
  • Virginia - Number of Telephones – 183,698


  
Census of Electrical Industries - 1932
This census divided the number of telephones by residential and business
  • U.S. – Number of Residential Telephones - 11,089,946
  • U.S. – Number of Business Telephones – 6,334,460
  • Total U.S. = 17,424,406


  • Virginia - Number of Residential Telephones – 134,338
  • Virginia – Number of Business Telephones – 62,618
  • Total Virginia = 196,956


If you are interested in looking at some interesting books or other materials related to either Fauquier County or the 1930s, try some of these titles:
Warrenton and Fauquier County
250 years in Fauquier County by Fauquier Historical Society
Fauquier County (Postcard History Series) by Matthew C. Benson
Fauquier County, Virginia, 1759-1959 by Fauquier County Bicentennial Committee
1930s
This fabulous century (1920-1930) and (1930-1940) by Time-Life Books
The 1930s (DVD)

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Mary Sue @ Warrenton

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