In the four weeks from mid-April to
mid-May of 1910, Mary Olivine
Melton walked up and down the hilly streets of Cliffside, and
drove—or was driven—along the country roads beyond the
town. She visited every home and carefully recorded the details of
every citizen therein. She was an “enumerator” of the
census—or census taker.
Several years ago, Cliffside native Judson “Bud”
Crow and his wife Geraldine took on the formidable task of transcribing
Mary Melton's handwritten 1910 census book, and analyzing the data
for the Cliffside precinct, High Shoals township, Rutherford County.
at Cliffside Mill seem to be peering intently across the decades,
silently urging us never to forget their roles in that time
The project was completed in 1991 and resulted in their
book “First Families of Cliffside: 1910 Cliffside, N.
C. Federal Census.” (See related articles from the Daily
Courier here and here.) Many
of you bought the book; many libraries have it in their reference
With the Crows' permission, we're presenting selected portions
of that data, along with their analysis. We're also including, from other
sources, information about the Cliffside area in 1910.
The names of 2,118 Cliffsiders in the 1910 census are
in this section, listed in various ways: by head-of-household, grouped
by street; in an index (alphabetically by name); and by street, grouped
by household. Every name in the index is a link to the household record
of the individual. On the household record, some names have links
to a popup message containing facts about the person, or to a more
extensive article about him or her. We hope you find lots of your