From: The Oakland Daily Evening Tribune, 18 June 1890, Page 1, Column 7
ARE YOU COUNTED?
Did the Census Enumerator Overlook You?
Send in your name and address.
An Extension of Time Granted for Taking the Census of Oakland--Some Missing Ones
SACRAMENTO, June 18. W. A. Anderson, Supervisor of Census for this district has been granted an extension of time until Monday next, June 23d, to complete the census in Stockton and Oakland. There must be a full and accurate census as far as possible, and the extension of time is necessary, in order that this may be accomplished. From all present and [?] the census of Sacramento will be finished tonight.
The work of the census enumerator was supposed to be complete in Oakland, but a wild suspicion is prevalant in the community that in reality it is, up to date, far from complete. The enumeration should have closed on the 14th inst., but, as a matter of fact, it is going on still in most of the wards. From what people say on the street, and the deductions to be made from a few questions asked at random by a busy TRIBUNE reporter today, it seems altogether certain that Oakland will not be given anything like its real population in the returns to Superintendant Porter, unless some special effort is made on the part of the citizens.
As the city's population is a matter of a great deal of local pride, THE TRIBUNE asks that if anyone feels reasonably certain that himself, or family, have been missed by the enumerators, he will send his name and address to this office, so that the attention of the enumerators may be called to their omission. It is not yet too late to have the returns properly corrected and it is of great importance that a full census of the city should be had. If the city shall be written down as containing 12,000 or [?] inhabitants, instead of between [?] and [?], as it certainly should be, those figures will stand as a ten years' [?]. If people will only take the trouble to send in their names, the enumerators will certainly be willing to include them in the lists. In this way several thousand names may be added to the incomplete list, and the world at large will thus be given something like a proper exhibit of Oakland's prosperous growth during the last decade.
Without any special effort, a TRIBUNE reporter, merely asking passers by, secured the following names of prominent people who feel reasonably sure that they have been omitted in the enumeration.
Robert Noblett, of McCleverty & Noblett, said an enumerator came to his house, but his wife was sick, and the nurse could not attend to her and to the census taker; so he thinks his name was not recorded.
W. Frank Pierce, of the big hardware firm of Pierce & Co., says his family is in the mountains, and no one has been to see him.
Frank J. Goodwin, Brayton block, the bookkeeper for Pierce & Co., says he thinks there are sixteen people in the house that have been missed.
E. A. Heron, 504 Fifteenth street, said that so far as he knew, he had not been counted.
S. K. Irish, clerk for C. H. Smith, says he does not think he was enumerated. His people are all away in the country.
Myron Holcomb, book-keeper for E. A. Heron, told his employer that he did not think that either himself or his family had been taken.
J. J. Hannifin says his family is all away at Howell Mountain and he has seen no enumerator.
Paul Schafer, secretary of the Board of Health, Twenty-first and Filbert streets, has seen no enumerator.
W. A. Moore, police officer, 378 Ninth street, believes his name is not on the list.
George Quackenbush, prison-keeper at the City Hall, has seen nothing of the census man.
Among those who believe they are not recorded are the following:
B. R. Phillips, police officer, Tenth and Jefferson streets.
S. H. Mitchell, police officer, 767 Eighteenth street.
J. M. Brady, City Clerk, 306 Fourteenth street.
Deputy Superintendant of City Schools Fisher, Blake House.
W. S. O'Brien, Clerk of Police Court, 1817 Gross street.
Edward F. Cahill, Editor TRIBUNE, Market street block.
Colonel W. H. Monroe, La Ciede house.
Myron A. Whiddon, Deputy Assessor--I have not been seen by the enumerators.
George H. Allen--The census men have missed me.
E. E. Walcott--I do not believe I have been enumerated.
R. B. Kyle--No sir; I know that I have not been enumerated.
Charles B. Overacker, Deputy County Clerk--No one has tried to enumerate me.
George S[?]urtevant, Deputy County Clerk--I have not yet seen any census man.
Charles E. Alden, Deputy Sheriff--I have not heard that I have been enumerated.
A. J. McGovern--My folks are away, so I know that I have not been enumerated.
The proportion of these names to the number of persons interviewed is about one to seven. Now suppose that one-half of them have really been enumerated, that would still leave one person in every fourteen who has been missed, or a difference in the population of the city of about 4000.
So send in your names, you who have been missed, so that you may be counted before Monday next, which is the last possible day. THE TRIBUNE will print the names and addresses of any who think that they have been overlooked.