|Atlas Baars was born in Perry County, Tennessee on 11.4.1900. He was two months old when the census was taken in June for the year 1900. In 1910 he was living with his family in Tippah County, Mississippi. And in 1918 they were all living in Blytheville, Arkansas. |
In the 1920 U.S. Census Records, his family had moved to Jenkins, Kentucky where Atlas was 19 years old and unemployed. Shortly after this Atlas married Nora Vanover.
Atlas and Nora had two daughters: Helen (born 12.6.1925) and Francis (born 5.1.1928).
According to the 1930 U.S. Census Records Atlas and Nora owned their house. It was valued at $200. (Note: As a reminder to read census records cautiously, in the 1930 census record Helen is shown as a daughter and female but her name is written as “Jack.” One can only wonder what must the census taker been thinking.) Atlas and his family were living in Jenkins, Kentucky. He was a miner working in the coalmines. Atlas became ill and eventually died on 30.1.1942 at the young age of just 41. The cause of death was attributed to “pneumonia labor and an enlarged heart.” Years later Nora told a grand daughter that the day when Atlas was buried she stood by the grave and had only twenty-five cents in her pocket. Available jobs were practically non-existent at that time and in order to feed and take care of her family she turned to boot legging and cat housing. She “had to do what she had to do.” Some time later Nora married Jack Tackett and lived in Virgie, Kentucky until her death on 9.12.1993. Nora is buried beside Atlas in the Vanover Cemetery in Jenkins, Kentucky.