Gladys Flowers Stevenson

 

Gladys Flowers is the younger sister of Rachel Flowers. I was first introduced to her in the 1910 Census.

1910 United States Federal Census

In 1910, Gladys was  2 years old living with her mother and seven other siblings in Ortega, Duval, Florida. I am assuming that she was born in 1908. In the 1920 Census, she lived with her father and three other siblings in Boiling Springs, PA. She was only 12 years old. 1920 United States Federal Census-1

Now when we move to the 1930 Census, I find two Gladys Flowers.  They are the same person, however, one is from her place of employment while the other is from her residence. The first two below are from her place of employment (it is two pages).

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1930 United States Federal Census-10

She was a maid for the Klovan family in Philadelphia. Nathan and Mary Klovan lived on Pine Street with their three kids Gertrude, Saul, and Selma. According to this census document, the Klovans owned their home and it was worth $15,000. Nathan Klovan worked as a merchant in a coal yard. Gladys was listed as a servant to a private family. She was also single in 1930 (not for long though).

1930 United States Federal Census for Gladys Flowers

In the second 1930 Census, Gladys lived on Race Street in Philly. She was a lodger in the home of James and Margaret McCullough. Gladys later married Paul G. Stevenson and together they had two children. In the 1940 Census, Gladys moved from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, PA.

1940 United States Federal Census-2

Her name is spelled differently Gladyce. This happens a lot especially in newspaper articles. Paul Stevenson was 40 years old and born in Michigan. His highest level of education was H4 (I am not sure what that means). Paul worked as a driver for a laundry place. In the 1940 Census, Gladys was listed as being 32 years old with her education level listed at H4. She worked as a housewife. Arnita Stevenson and Paul Jr. are the children of Paul and Gladys Stevenson. Arnita was eight while her little brother was 3.

Now we will journey through her past through newspaper articles. In December 1930, Gladyce hosted a dinner party. She wore a “graceful frock of for-get-me-not blue lace.” In attendance was her Mrs. George Conway (her “sister”), Mrs. James McCallian, Miss. Rachel Flowers (sister), William Ellis, Raymond Spearman, Paul Stevenson (future husband), Charles Queene, J. Walker Freeman, Herbert Wilson (future brother-in-law), Samuel Hardie, and Mr. Nichols.

 

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In 1932, Merry Matrons ( I will have to look up this organization/club) inducted Gladys and Hazel Crawly into their club. She won second in a card game. I am not sure what that had to do with anything, but I will include it.

 

 

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Gladys attended the St. Philips Lutheran Church and she also was a soloist in the choice. In 1952, “Carmen” was a theatre production performed at/by the Dra Mu Opera. A few of members of the Flowers family were apart of the performance.

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Gladys Stevenson 1908-Unknown

 

Christina

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One response to “Gladys Flowers Stevenson

  1. Very interesting journey… But, regardless of the obstacles you’re bound to face, please remember that Rachelle’s story represents the story of many Americans which need to be told. Shucks, this is where the real conversations about race in America merely begins- with truth(s), not sterotypes, not distortions and falsehoods, not fiction or writings by society’s status quo, but pure, unadulterated facts. And, your task won’t be easy. Meanwhile, thank you for your efforts. Pace yourself and remember to enjoy the “journey,” yourself. You’re already at the doorway to your “destination.” Kudos to you.

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