The 1930 Federal Census shows that Thomas and Frances Kennedy were doing very well. They lived with their children Madeline (born 1918), Donald (born 1921 or 1922) and John (a/k/a Jack who was 10 months old in 1930) in their own home which was valued at $30,000. The house was situated at 1458 Kings Road in Los Angeles.
I tried to locate the house through a Google search but could not find Kings Road on a modern map. There is a Kings Road North in Los Angeles that is described as a luxury West Hollywood location at some real estate websites.
Thelma Hoyle, age 29 and married, also lived with the Kennedys. Her position in the household is described as “servant”. A 9 year old girl, Lillian Hoyle, was also living in the house and is categorized as a “boarder”. Perhaps she is Thelma’s daughter. Thelma was originally from Texas.
Frances’ sister, Dixie Westerman and her 8 year old son Ronald, were also living in the house. Dixie was divorced, did not hold any outside job. Both she and Ronald are listed as boarders.
I found Dixie Marshall Westerman on some of the public family trees at Ancestry but the only information there was her date of birth (July 23, 1885) and place of birth (Montgomery, Missouri).
Thomas lists his profession as “motion pictures” in the 1930 census and his annual salary was $5,000. He must have had a steady stream of work to maintain such a lifestyle.
Back in Brooklyn, New York Dorothy and Irving Flashenberg were living at 1925 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island in 1933. Sometime after his marriage, Isidore changed his name to Irving. At first when I found the listing for Dorothy and Irving Flashenberg in the 1933 Brooklyn City Directory I wasn’t sure if this was the case.
Further searches at Ancestry turned up a birth certificate index for Jack Donald Flashenberg, born on April 9, 1935. The Index gives the mother’s maiden name as Kennedy. I could only wonder if it was possible that this was my Great Aunt Dorothy’s baby? I ordered the birth certificate and settled in for a long wait. A week after the order was placed in early December 2012, I received a postcard from the California Department of Health that it would take 8 weeks to process my request. About 10 days after that the birth certificate arrived.
The birth certificate had the mother’s first and maiden name as Dorothy Muriel Kennedy and father as Irving Flashenberg. The place of birth for both parents is given as New York City. I was delighted to have found yet another part of the story of the Flashenberg family. What I couldn’t figure out was why Dorothy and Irving were living at 805 1/2 Washington Boulevard in Santa Monica.
On the birth certificate Irving’s line of work is given as “painter-buildings”, a job he had been doing for 8 years. There is also a line for “last employed in this field” on the birth certificate. Irving answered “two years ago.”
Perhaps the Flashenbergs went to the West Coast in search of work for Irving. I think there is a strong possibility, too, that Dorothy went to visit her father. The Flashenbergs named their son Jack Donald, the names of Thomas’ sons by Frances Marshall Kennedy. The possibility that Dorothy and Irving named their first son after his Uncles John “Jack” and Donald feels just about right to me.
1930 Federal Census
1933 Brooklyn City Directory
1935 Birth Certificate for Jack Donald Flashenberg