Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The 1940 Census - Bethany, Missouri

My mother's family is from a small group of farm communities in Harrison County, Missouri, close to the Iowa border.  This is a view of Bethany's main square in 1935, and since it looks basically the same today, I'm sure this is what the local residents saw in 1940 as well:

In 1940, the new courthouse was completed.  Love the very distinct architecture for the time period.

Another interesting piece of trivia is that Hy-Vee grocery stores were started in the 1930's, and by 1940 there were 23 stores, including this one in Bethany:

Lots of hustle and bustle in a small town in 1940!!


  1. Hy-Vee started in that little town?'s a fab store. Had to go to the map to find Harrison County.

  2. The Hy-Vee website has some interesting historical info on the company. I don't think their first store was in Bethany, but at least one of the first 30!!