This is a partial listing by street of households
in Cliffside from July 1944 to December 31, 1946. It tells the house
number, the head of household, the date the householder moved into
the residence (if the move occurred within that 2 1/2 year period)
and the date they moved out (if they did).
information comes from a set of ledgers in which the Company kept
track of power usage (in kilowatt hours) by each household.
Mills charged its customers the going rates used by Duke Power
(from whom the company purchased much of its power at bulk
rates), and deducted each household's charges from the tenant's
Unfortunately two of the four ledgers are missing,
therefore information is unavailable for houses on or west
Street (North and South). Nor is Fairview included; the
ledgers indicate that the Fairview line had been “sold to Duke
much to our disappointment, only 21 Cliffside streets and areas are
represented (see Navigation table below)
What's revealed in these lists is how Cliffside was somewhat like
an ant hill. Some families were fairly mobile, moving from one house
to another, in several cases to houses a door or two away. Some streets,
like Reservoir, were very stable, with very few families moving around
(at least in those years). Others, like Valley, seemed to be waystations
to somewhere else. Four of its seven houses had three
or more changes in tenants over the period. To
the poor soul in the Company whose job it was to maintain these ledgers,
all this moving around must have been maddening, like herding cats.
Here's how to read the lists.
Another interesting revalation is the electric power usage of the
time, specifically how little was used and how the Company calculated
its costs for each family. For an example, read this.
You can find the exact location of the streets and
houses by viewing the 1942 town
map. There are three pages of lists, and the streets are in no
particular order on the pages. Each page has a navigation table and
a printer-friendly version.
To view a specific street, click its name
in this table.
The ledgers containing this information are part of the Phillip White/Wayne
Smith Cliffside Archives.