THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST

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Ormus is listed on two census records for the year 1910, the first being in the Alamo, Lincoln County Nevada Precinct, taken April 19, where he is listed as age 59, as head of the house, living with two partners, and his occupation is a miner of quartz. His oldest son, listed as Calvin O., 37, is also here in this record listed as a head of house with his family. (46)

Apparently, Ormus moved faster than the census taker, or most likely someone else was reporting for him, because he is also found April 21, just three days later, in Tonopah, Nye County, Nevada, listed age 60, a miner and a “promoter,” living in the household of his niece Nellie Stephen with his wife Louisa and three of his children, Henry 35, Chauncy 14, and Ora 12. (47)

In 1920, Louisa is in Las Vegas, Clark County Nevada, age 56, head of house and married, living on First Street in Las Vegas. There are two grandchildren living with her, Berta, grandson, age 10, born in Nevada and Nona, granddaughter, age 8, also born in Nevada.  (These are the children of Herbert Nay. The children are possibly staying with their grandmother so they could attend school while “Bert” and his wife Anne were living at their ranch at Tule Springs near Las Vegas.) (48) We don’t know anything about the circumstances of why Louisa was living in Las Vegas without Ormus. Further searches of the 1920 census records for Ormus in Arizona and Utah reveal nothing.  This record gives us no information on how she supported herself and her two grandchildren, but we know her daughter-in-law Minnie (Sarah Melinda), Ormus Calvin’s wife, moved to Las Vegas around 1920 after her husband was killed in an accident while digging a well, leaving his wife and seven children. The 1930 Federal Census, taken April 2, shows us that both Louisa and Minnie are still in Las Vegas, although not living in the same residence, but working as laborers, both doing laundry. At this time Louisa was 76 years old, even though the census lists her age as 72. (49) We know that Minnie worked at several different kinds of jobs until 1931, when she “got a good job as a janitor at the Las Vegas High School.”(50) The possibility exists that they could have helped each other out.

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