What Did They Do? Kindred Occupations of Early 1900’s

Farmer, Electrician, Railroad Inspector, Attendant at VA Hospital, Retail Sales, Barber, Dress Maker, Homemaker, are representative of occupations that were prevalent in the years around the great depression of 1929 in Georgia.  Our Kindred Ancestors made a living in all of the above professions.

woman washing with wringer washing machine

James Elmer HOPKINS b 1886 d 1950 lived in Atlanta GA area. He was reported to be a farm laborer when he was just 13 years old and he eventually settled into the occupation of a barber for at least 10 years.

Myrtle Faye DENTON HOPKINS b 1890 d 1985 was a homemaker and raised 5 children.  Originally from TN and settled in Atlanta with her husband James Elmer.

William Washington BARKER b 1898 d 1977 was an electrician after he came back from World War I.  At age 32 he worked for the railroad as a car inspector and  finally ended his career as an attendant at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Lived in Augusta GA.

Essie Lee INGLETT BARKER b 1893 d 1980 worked in the 5 & 10 (nickel & dime variety) store and as a sales woman at a florist before she married William Washington in Augusta.  She was a homemaker throughout her married life and raised their daughter.

Max Augustus LINN b 1896 d 1952 was also reported on the census records to be a farm laborer when he was a young lad of 13.  He like, James Elmer HOPKINS, also eventually became a barber in Atlanta. Keeping a trim look must have been quite popular in those days.

Eula Mae HOLDER LINN b 1900 d 1993 was a young wife to Max Augustus and homemaker raising her children in Atlanta.  By the 1940 census, she was working as a dressmaker.  She was quite an active seamstress on the side and did a lot of sewing for her sister.

John Wesley DEAN b 1885 d 1965 was a farmer throughout his entire life in rural south Georgia in a place called Waycross (the railroads converged in this town and “crossed”), near the Willacoochee River and the Withlacoochee River in Atkinson County.

Bessie BURKHALTER DEAN b 1896 d 1971 married John Wesley as a young woman like Eula Mae HOLDER, and was a homemaker raising 9 children on the farm.  Hard working gal.


Builder, Big, Boisterous, Bradley, Birthday Boy

Born Cecil Bradley DEAN on January 21, 1921 to John Wesley DEAN and Bessie BURKHALTER as the fifth child and fourth boy in a row. He would also have 4 addition brothers born in the family.  He was the middle child, raised on a farm in rural south Georgia.  He was taught principles of hard work and long hours, mixed with times of fun.

Officially changing his name to Brad DEAN late in life, Brad was a residential builder and commanded attention on the building site due to his size and voice.

He was born on the farm near Waycross, Georgia and went to Pearson High School in Pearson, Georgia.  He did not graduate, but joined the Marines in 1937 and served the next 8 years as a Marine in WWII.  He came home and married Evelyn Roberta BARKER on July 3, 1948.  He worked as a salesman for a candy company and then for the American Greeting Card Company.  He basically sold these items to drug stores.

One pharmacist on his “route”, Dr. Sawner, encouraged him to settle in Knox County, Tennessee around 1950 to build houses.  They became partners, with Dr. Sawner providing the capital and Brad providing the work.  He stayed in the profession the rest of his life, mostly building small single story 3-bedroom starter homes.

He moved to Venice, Florida around 1969.  Evelyn and Brad divorced in 1973 and he soon thereafter married Hazel BARKER (actually Hazel’s first husband’s last name, not her maiden name).  Brad and Hazel moved to Sarasota, Florida about 1975 and he eventually died in Sarasota Memorial Hospital November 19, 1984.

Brad DEAN about 46 years old

Brad DEAN looking quite good around 1967


Bow Ties – It’s Natural for a DEAN

Smith DEANE & Caroline MAINOR DEANE with John Wesley DEAN and Bessie BURKHALTER and two of their 9 children (Mildred & JR)

Smith DEANE and Caroline MAINOR DEANE sitting with their family behind them.

John Wesley DEAN is wearing a bow tie holding his oldest son J.R. DEAN.  Bessie BURKHALTER, John’s wife is in the second row to his right with a dark skirt.  Mildred DEAN, near her mother, is the older sister of J.R. on the front row wearing a white bow in her hair.  Mildred and J. R. are the oldest siblings of Cecil Bradley DEAN.