NAME: Wallace McLain
FATHER: William McLain
MOTHER: Fanny McLain
BIRTH: abt 1898 - Ohio
RESIDENCE: Gilead, Morrow, Ohio - Age: 42
1940 census
Wallace or perhaps William Wallace McLain age 70 wife Fanny age 68 and son, also Wallace Mclain age 42 lived on farm, owned house valued at 1000
William Wallace McLain (G49) would be my great grandfather at age 70 in the 1940 census would make him born in 1869 or 1870.
 His wife Fanny McLain would have been born in 1871 or 1872
in 1940 My Grandpa McLain (G50) was 43 and so was probably running the farm and born about 1897
The depression was ending, I know from oral family history that Grandpa Wallace McLain (G50) had slaughtered all the dairy cows when the depression hit because milk sales were down and he could not afford to feed them. By the end of the depression he may have had a few cows, even if only to provide milk for the family. I believe he was living on the same farm we visited as young kids.
By 1940 Wallace Mclain was working as a laborer, probably because the farm would not support him and his parents. In 1940 his annual income as a laborer was $860.00 per year. Wallace McLain was separated from his wife Daisy McLain who lived in Mt Gilead with their son Dale McLain (age 19) (G51) and daughter Wilma June McLain (Grosh) (G51) Dale, at age 19 worked at  Florence pottery as a glazer and earned $900.00 per year, That's about $75.00 a month. The rent on Daisy Mclains apartment was $22.50 per month.
Daisy Mclain age 40, Divorced, rented at 22.50 per month
    Daughter Wilma June age 16,
    son dale age 19 worked as a glazer at Florence pottery and made $900.00 a year

1940 With the rearming of US forces the Great Depression was finally beginning to ease , and Americans were earning more and buying more so being able to buy goods and further fueling the economy . But outside of America things were not good as Germany invaded France which meant between Germany and Italy most of Western Europe was controlled by them except for England. In the US the feel good feeling of leaving the depression behind fueled the making of some great movies including "Gone With the Wind" and the "Great Dictator" , and Jazz sounds were the popular music of the day from the likes of Benny Goodman and Count Basie amongst others. The Nylon stockings invented the previous year were all the rage with women, FDR was elected for a third term but Americans were starting to believe they should help Britain in it's fight for survival with Germany and the first peacetime draft occurred in September 1940 which had ominous overtones for the future. Britain was being bombed incessantly and many believed it may only be time before America would be involved. And a worker in the New Factories appearing can earn up to $1,250 per year

Average Cost of new house $3,920.00 Average wages per year $1,725.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 11 cents Average Cost for house rent $30.00 per month Radio $16.95 Average Price for a new car $850.00 Battery for Torch 10 cents Hoover $52.50

Race Riots in Chicago, Harlem, Los Angeles and Detroit Mexico
Leon Trotsky the Russian revolutionary is assassinated in Mexico
Life magazine costs 10 cents.
Nylon Stockings go on sales


Popular Films
  • Walt Disney's animated film Pinocchio is released together with Fantasia
  • The Great Dictator, starring Charlie Chaplin
Popular Music
  • "Careless" Glenn Miller
  • "I'll Never Smile Again " Tommy Dorsey with Frank Sinatra
  • "In the Mood " Glenn Miller
  • "Pennsylvania 6-5000 " Glenn Miller
  • "Only Forever" Bing Crosby



  • Hugh McLain, who landed in America in 1804
  • Daniel McLain, aged 35, arrived in North Carolina in 1812
  • Benjamin McLain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • William McLain, aged 33, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • John McLain, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851




1 comment:

  1. Grandpa Wallace McLain

    Every Christmas and a few summers, the family went to visit my grandpa Wallace McLain (mom's Wilma June Grosh's dad) up on his farm in Ohio. Going down a long fenced gravel single drive with a high bank on both sides. I always had a strong feeling as if I was going home, turning into that lane piled with snow over the fence and rolling hills. Finally at the end of the long driveway, the pond frozen over on the right, a dam built by my Grandpa Wallace McLain born in 1900 and Uncle Dale, his son. On this dam grandpa also built a rustic one room log cabin where we rested after hours of ice skating in front of the fire, with hot coco and marshmallows. The drive way turned to the left, the old house in the summer stepping stones leading the way was trimmed with flower beds and rambling rose bush in full bloom on the lattice work for shade. The porch was filled with chairs, rockers and porch swing, wrapped all the way around the house. Funny old siding that looked like bricks but it was shingles and wood siding. Wisteria growing over the side entrance arbor.

    Our visits were filled with activity, grandpa Wallace showed his latest antique clock, or antique end table that he had refinished, candle sticks he had turned out of local wood adorn several tables, of which were plenty. The house was "really" full of antiques a path trailing thru the over stuffed house. The kids always had game boards to play, my older brother did them all, I on the other hand I was reluctant to play cause they were hard to figure out.

    The house warm and inviting, as soon as you entered the aroma of my Aunt Claudia cooking in the kitchen invaded every crook and cranny of the house, she usually was cooking something the whole time we were there. My Uncle Dale along with there 3 children lived there with Grandpa McLain on his family dairy farm. It had been his parents dairy farm, where he grew up working on the farm. Later years grandpa Wallace got a job on the Rail Road riding the short line to Cleveland and back. Mom saved his lantern all these years. He married Daisy Erow and had 2 children Dale born in 1920 and my Mom,Wilma June born in 1923. Mom always said Grandma was a city girl and grandpa a farmer that she was not cut out to be a farmers wife. Never made sense to me she cleaned houses and took care of old people compared to farming, what a choice. She moved often and jobs changed often. Knowing Grandma and my mom I have another opinion. Times were tough in that period, and labels of single women were strong, I feel my mom took on some of those aspects of both worlds. Where she got the attitude of not working and deserving to be supported, her mom worked anywhere she could. Grandpa Wallace and Grandma Daisy's marriage lasted 16 years, when grandma left the farm with June and Uncle Dale ran off to the CCC camps to work. Mom watched her dad from afar and how Uncle Dale's family grew in security of the farm.

    My grandpa Wallace McLain was a calm soft spoken man with a bit of an Irish accent, he didn't smoke or drink. He was a hard worker and loved his past time of refinishing and repairing old clocks and fixing antique furniture. He died one summer mowing on his tractor and accidentally hit one of his bee hives, I don't know if he actually died from the multiple bee stings, two weeks later he died. There was something said about a stroke.

    From Rebecca Dale (Grosh Clark McGhee Dale) as I know it from my memory! 4-10-2013 my birth name Rebecca Dale Grosh first marriage 4years Thomas Steven Clark no children, second marriage 17 yrs live together 3 yrs, John Herbert McGhee 3 children , divorced and changed my name to Rebecca Dale dropped my middle name and made it my last name!