Sunday, July 16, 2006

Occupation: Japaner/Japanner

From: Sgdilsworth@aol.com
DearMYRTLE,
I found a new, unknown (to me) occupation for a cousin in the 1910 census. He was a "Japaner" at an electrical works. Have you ever heard of this, or perhaps one of your readers have come across it. I "googled" it, but came up with no results. This was in the Chicago area.

DearSHIRLEY,
Well, Ol' Myrt has never heard of this term either. At first I wondered if the interpretation of the enumerator's handwriting was part of the problem. However, I went to dictionary.com and came up with this alternate spelling, which might shed some light on the subject:

Japanner
\Ja*pan"ner\, n.

1. One who varnishes in the manner of the Japanese, or one skilled in the art.

2. A bootblack. [R.]

So, DearREADERS, does anyone else have experience with this term "Japaner or Japanner" ? Let us know ASAP.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
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