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"Utility Trailer" industry at Kendall 1940

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"Utility Trailer" industry at Kendall 1940

Posted: 31 Jul 2012 2:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: JOINER, METCALF, PAUL FERGUSON, WHITMIRE, MESEY, RAGLAND, MANNING, WHITE
Seems everyone on this census page worked in the "utility trailer" industry. They had various occupations such as salesman, assembler, laborer [except one who worked at A&P (supermarket?)]. One occupation looked like farmer--but
it could be foreman, I guess. They lived at Kendall in Montgomery Co. AL in 1940. Is Kendall a town or what? Did these folks work at a factory that manufactured (and assembled) and sold utility trailers? Is that company
still in business? It is Sheet 13A (Enumeration District 51-80). This census gives the location of each family's residence in 1935 (as well as 1940).

Surnames on this page include:
Metcalf, Paul, Ferguson (from OH or OK), Whitmire, Mesey, Ragland, Manning, White, Joiner, more Fergusons, and more Metcalfs. The script image says the Fergusons were from Ohio, and the typed version says they were from Oklahoma. (How could that be corrected?)

1940 United States Federal Census 1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Katherine Joiner
Respondent: Yes
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Kendall, Montgomery, Alabama
Inferred Residence in 1935: Kendall, Montgomery, Alabama
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Sheet Number: 13A
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age

M L Joiner 36
Katherine Joiner 24
Doria Joiner 12
Lamar Joiner 9

Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Kendall, Montgomery, Alabama; Roll: T627_70; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 51-80.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT,
USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census
of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&new=1&...=
Katherine+&gsln=Joiner&mswpn__ftp=Alabama&msbdy=1916&msfns0=Abernathy&uidh=ev8&pcat=
ROOT_CATEGORY&h=62701111&db=1940usfedcen&indiv=1

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Can someone tell me more about the "utility trailer" industry located at Kendall in 1940? What happened when the menfolk went off to fight the war? Was this a
cluster of employees who lived in housing provided by the company? There is a (national) company called Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company. Did they (or do they) have
a plant or factory at Kendall in Montgomery Co. AL in 1940? Can someone "connect the dots" for me?

Does anyone know (of) this JOINER family? What was Katherine's maiden name? Where was she born? Who were her parents?

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