Country music legend Kenny Rogers was 11 years old in 1950 when a census taker came to his family’s home in Houston’s Fourth Ward. Rogers lived at the San Felipe Court Apartments in unit 1037 with his father Edward, a food salesman, his mother Lucille, and his three siblings: Barbara 13, Billy 6, and Roy 3.
This record is one of millions from the 1950 census. In April of that year, nearly a thousand census takers fanned out across the city on a mission to count Harris County’s nearly 600,000 residents. By the end of the month, these so-called enumerators interviewed people in 1,097 enumeration districts and produced tabulation sheets with information on street addresses, neighbors’ names, job titles and education levels.