SOURCE: 1910 U.S. Census, Penobscot County, Maine, population schedule, Bangor City, Ward 5, enumeration district (ED) 143, sheet 13A, dwelling 303, family 336, Frank L. Mower household; digital image Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com/); accessed 25 Oct 2007; citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 544.
Well, we're located on Pushaw Road, but 1910 falls during a period when the homestead farm was separated from my direct ancestors line. Falling the death of my 2nd great-grandfather, the Mower farm passed to Horace Burton Mower, an older son. My great-grandfather, Frank Lester Mower lived on a farm just up over the hill and on the opposite side of the road. Let's look at both families:
The Mower farm shows Villa E. Mower as head of the household, she a white female aged 45, widowed, and mother of 5 children, all still living at the time of the census. Villa E. Bailey was the wife of Horace Burton, who died at the age of 37 in 1902. According to the census she was born in Canada (notation that she is an American Citizen), with both her parents having been born in Maine. She was able to read, write and speak English. Her occupation is listed as housekeeper, working at home. We also see that the farm was owned and free of mortgage. Her children, all single and living at home in 1910, were:
1) Marion E., daughter, white female aged 18;
2) Harris E., son, white male aged 16;
3) Grace E., daughter, white female aged 14;
4) John, son, white male aged 10; and
5) Burton, son, white male aged 7.
The census indicates that all were born in Maine, their father being born in Maine and their mother being born in Canada, and all 5 attended school within the year.
Also included in the household was John Walsh, a boarder, single white male aged 44, who was born in Ireland (as were his parents) and immigrated to the United States in 1888. He was able to read, write and speak English. His occupation listed as farmer.
Melvin H. Mower is the last entry in this family, brother-in-law (he being a brother of Horace Burton & Frank Lester). He is shown as a single white male aged 40, born in Maine as were both of his parents. Melvin could read, write and speak English. His occupation is listed as farmer.
Now, up the street, we have the household of my great-grandfather, Frank L. Mower. He is listed as a white male, aged 35, married for 10 years. He was born in Maine, as were both his parents; he was able to read, write and speak English. His occupation is shown as farmer for a milk farm, working on his own account. The census indicates that the farm is owned, but mortgaged. His wife, Mildred M. Mower, is listed as a white female aged 32, married for 10 years, mother of 2 children, both still living at the time of the census. She and her parents were all born in Maine; and she was able to read, write and speak English. Their children included are:
George R., son, white male aged 6, born in Maine and he attended school within the year; and
June E., daughter, white female aged 1 6/12, born in Maine.
Others included in the household:
1) William Burleigh, hired help, a single white male aged 22, he and his parents were born in Maine, he was able to read, write and speak English, and worked for wages as a milk farm laborer.
2) Delia Perkins, house girl, a single white female aged 17, she was born in Maine with her parents having been born in Canada-English.
3) Elizabeth [Eastman] Mower (my 2nd great grandmother), listed as Frank's mother, a widowed white female aged 76, mother of 7 children, 3 of whom were living at the time of the census. She was born in Maine, as was her mother, with New Hampshire showing as the birthplace of her father. She was able to read, write and speak English.