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Huffman, Nyle G., (1898-) | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Name: Huffman, Nyle G., (1898-)


Historical Note:

This collection of ledgers and loose papers was donated by Nyle G. Huffman.  Mr. Huffman and his immediate family lived in the Carbondale and Murphysboro, Illinois areas.

The 1900 United States Census for Murphysboro, Illinois recorded Nyle G. Huffman as having been born in July, 1898.  Nyle's older sister, listed as "Bernice" (later listed at "Vernice"), was born in January, 1897.  Mr. George R. Huffman, Nyle G. Huffman's father, was born in July, 1866, and was thirty-three years old at the time of the census.  His wife, Maggie Huffman was born in June, 1872 and was twenty-seven years old at the time of the 1900 Census.  George Huffman's parents were from Virginia.  Maggie Huffman's parents were from Illinois.  George's occupation was recorded as "merchant."  The family owned their home with no mortgage.  They lived in the city of Murphysboro (not on a farm in the country).

By the 1910 United States Census the family had moved to 210 W. Oak in Carbondale, Illinois.  Otis W. Huffman (nine years old at the time of the census), and Ana M. Huffman (then five years old) had been born since the last census.  The census records George R. Huffman as a furniture dealer who owned his store and owned his home outright.

At the time of the 1920 United States Census, the family residence is recorded as 303 Normal Avenue, in Carbondale, Illinois (though it is likely they actually still lived at 210 W. Oak in the same town).  George R. Huffman's first name was recorded as "Riley" instead of George.  He was still a furniture merchant.  The couple had three more kids: Pauline and Paul (twins) were nine, and Margaret was six.  Nyle G. Huffman, then twenty-one, was a postman for the United States Government.

By 1930, Nyle G. Huffman was thirty years old and lived at 210 ½ Oak St. in Carbondale, Illinois.  He had married Gwen H. Hamilton, who in 1930 was twenty-six years old.  The couple had been married for five years and had two children: Riley B. who was four years and one month, and Imogene M., then one year and eight months.  Nyle is listed as a veteran of World War I.  In 1930, his occupation was recorded as "funeral home director."  The funeral home was owned by Nyle's father-in-law, William W. Hamilton, who began operating the funeral home in 1904.  The Huffman home included a lodger by the name of Bowman Braden (or Braden Bowman - the census is unclear), then twenty-two years of age.  Bowman was Nyle's apprentice at the funeral home.

Sources: Letter from Nyle G. Huffman that accompanied  the collection at the time of donation.  United States Census records from 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930.
Note Author: Meadow Campbell





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