Even though this was the capital of James County, it must be remembered that this was still a remote area and had to be relatively self-sufficient.
1 circuit court clerk
1 county court clerk
1 county superintendent of schools
1 land surveyor
1 hotel keeper
1 telegraph operator
3 retailers ( one of which is detailed as liquor)
1 mill wright
4 keeping house
18 railroad worker
2 "lewdness" ( as discussed in a prior post here)
various laborers and domestic servants and
1 NONE WHAT SO EVER
Now, what in the heck is this all about!Wilbert McCarron was the enumerator for district 61. He obviously had some issues with some of the residents of Ooltewah. Mr. McCarron was the superintendent of the schools. He was 39 years old living with his wife and one son.
Elijah Clingham was a 37 year old male boarding at the hotel with several other working, single males. What was the relationship between these 2 men that brought about such an "ugly" response from the enumerator? Why was Elijah not working? Why did Wilbert care? There are not any reasons listed for his unemployment, such as a disease or physical inabilities. How long had Elijah been out of work? Mr. McCarron leads one to believe that he had never worked and had been a burden to the town of Ooltewah forever. I believe, I will have to do some research into this relationship and will let you know what I have discovered in a later post.