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  •  Not everybody answers the Census (5+ / 0-)
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    klompendanser, marykk, raina, mayim, Aunt Pat

    Probably can't all be laid on the enumerators either. Earlier incarnations of Michelle Bachmann, in principled opposition to Big Government. Or something.

    There's always some people counted twice, too.

    Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 12:54:25 PM PDT

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    •  That's true. (5+ / 0-)

      Except in this case, one ofthe family's adult sons living with them was counted, but not the rest of the family.

      The census takers went from door to door those days, so after he took down the info for the one son, he didn't get the others.  He may have thought that was it for the family, but further on toward the river, there were many more.

      There was no public road going toward the river, so maybe that's what confused him.

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