I learned a couple of new things, but I guess I’ve only flaked a tiny crumb off the brick wall!
Didn’t know Dr. Bowe was an ob-gyn, I always thought he was a GP. I could write to Northwestern and see if they still have his records after all these years.
I was really surprised to find Evelyn listed as “Estella E. Penrice” in the 1930 census. Her first name was Evelyn, middle name Estella, that’s from her birth certificate and she always went by “Evelyn E.”The “unknown” marital status is interesting.
It’s too bad census forms don’t have an entry for informant; that might be a clue. In this case, I doubt it was a neighbor. The family had only been living there 5 years and a neighbor wouldn’t know where everyone’s parents were born – all those entries are correct. The neighbors on either side are recorded in the middle of the previous page, but recorded on the same day by the same enumerator. Outside chance it was the family listed just above but living almost a block away. One of the daughters, Irene, was Marjorie’s best friend. The likeliest person for informant was Dorothy, the only one who didn’t work outside the home. I think both the enumerator and Ancestry’s indexer were orthographically challenged. (The Penrice girls are indexed by Ancestry as “Renick.”)
There seem to be several possibilities for Evelyn Estella in 1930. 1. she was married but not living with her husband or had an on-again-off-again relationship. She may or may not have used his last name (if Dorothy provided the information and disapproved of the marriage, she was quite capable of “ignoring” Jack Richardson.) 2. she had been married and divorced before 1930 and was using her maiden name. Unlikely since age at first marriage is blank, but can’t be completely ruled out. 3. she did not marry and divorce Jack until after 1930. 4. the enumerator forgot to ask age at first marriage and put in “unknown” later.
I don’t have enough information to order records using the link you provided, but I’ll save it for future reference. They require exact names and dates which is what I’m trying to find out. Good old Catch 22.