Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 8, 1940 (Monday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 5th birthday in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                              August 25, 1940 (Sunday)

Vernon continued to work on the Sanitation Project as a carpenter and also as a cement finisher.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       October 31, 1940 (Thursday)

Vernon paid the Mississippi Road and Bridge Privilege Tax of $11 on a 1930 Chevrolet truck. It had a six-horsepower engine and a market value of $50.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                November 6, 1940 (Wednesday)

MOVING HOUSE - 510½ Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

The Presley's were now living in a rented house at 510½ Maple Street in East Tupelo. The Federal Works Project Agency notified Vernon by mail that effective from this date at 5:00 pm he will be released from his job "in accordance with statutory requirement prohibiting continuous employment for more than eighteen months". He would re-qualify for employment on December 10.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                             December 25, 1940 (Wednesday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     January 8, 1941 (Wednesday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 6th birthday in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      February 15, 1941 (Saturday)

Vernon purchased a 1932 Chevrolet Coupe from a Mr. E. Sheffield for $65. He would have to make $5 payments until the total of $85 which included interest was fully paid on July 26, 1941.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1941

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (1st Year) - Ledyard Primary School, South Broadway Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis began first grade school.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   December 25, 1941 (Thursday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1942 (Thursday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 7th birthday in Tupelo. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        January 24, 1942 (Saturday)

For an unknown period of time Vernon had been working at the S&W Construction Company in Sardis, Mississippi, some sixty miles west of Tupelo. But on this day, he quit due to illness.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 1, 1942 (Saturday)

To find employment, Vernon moved to Ozark, Alabama which was located more than 300 miles from Tupelo. He worked for J. A. Jones Construction Company. He was paid $44.05 for the week ending August 1, with an additional $5 for five hours the following week. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             August 8, 1942 (Saturday)

Vernon found work closer to home in Aberdeen, Mississippi, just thirty miles south of Tupelo, at the Ferguson Oman Ordnance Plant, as a carpenter for $1 an hour. Additionally he also received overtime pay between $15-$18 per week. With the rent rate of $8 per week on the Maple Street house, the family could finally breathe a financial sigh of relief.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1942

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (2nd Year) - East Tupelo Elementary School (Lawhon) 140 Lake Street, East Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis began second-grade school.

 

Sometime this year Gladys also suffered a miscarriage while Vernon was away.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      November 22, 1942 (Sunday)

Vernon found work as a carpenter for the S&W Construction Company in Como, Mississippi, which built internment camps for prisoners of war. He earned $1 per hour and $1.50 an hour for overtime.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                        December 7, 1942 (Monday)

With Christmas coming up, Vernon was let go from work in Como due to a reduction in the workforce.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   December 12, 1942 (Saturday)

Vernon began employment with the Dunn Construction Company in Millington, Tennessee, just outside of Memphis. He earned $1.25 per hour and lived in the company barracks. He returned home to Tupelo at the weekends.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          December 25, 1942 (Friday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1943 (Friday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 8th birthday in Tupelo. From the age of eight Elvis started to spend many Saturday afternoons at the Tupelo Courthouse where WELO broadcast it's Saturday Jamboree from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm. On occasion he would be allowed to sing with "Mississippi Slim" on this show. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         February 14, 1943 (Sunday)

Vernon received his final payment from the Dunn Construction Company in Millington.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               March 6, 1943 (Saturday)

Vernon borrowed $25 from the People's Bank and Trust in Tupelo, where he paid off a total of $27 with interest by June 2.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      March 10, 1943 (Wednesday)

Vernon was now employed by the Pepsi Bottling Company in Tupelo. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               April 29, 1943 (Thursday)

Vernon quit his job at the Pepsi Bottling Company in Tupelo. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                    May 16, 1943 (Sunday)

The whole family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with Vernon's cousin Sales and his wife Annie. Vernon and Sales went to work for the Moss Point Shipyard near Pascagoula. Vernon now earned $1.25 per hour and $1.80 for overtime work. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                       June 4, 1943 (Friday)

Vernon finally paid off the outstanding bill for the bank loan he got for a car. The bank had threatened to sue back in November 1938.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  June 20, 1943 (Sunday)

Because the Presley's were homesick for family and friends, Vernon quit his job at the shipyard and they returned to Tupelo where they moved into a duplex at 904 Kelly Street. They didn't move back into the house that Vernon had built as his father Jesse had sold it.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               June 31, 1943 (Saturday)

Vernon went back to work for the Dunn Construction Company near Memphis for just one week before he found employment as a driver for L.P. McCarty and Sons, a local grocer. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1943

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (3rd Year) - East Tupelo Elementary School (Lawhon) 140 Lake Street, East Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis began third-grade school.

 

Sometime this year Gladys also suffered a miscarriage while Vernon was away.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   December 25, 1943 (Saturday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                         December 31, 1943 (Friday)

Vernon Presley's "Optional U.S. Income and Victory Tax" was filed at the end of the year, with his name on the form spelled "Pressley." The declaration listed $539.60 in income from L.P. McCarty and Sons; $352.50 from Moss Point Shipyard; $89.50 from the Pepsi Bottling Co; and $251.28 from the Dunn Construction Co. in Millington, Tennessee. The total incom came to $1,232.88 with total taxes paid of $12.56.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1944 (Saturday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 9th birthday in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                                       1944

Vernon, for the first time in a long time had steady employment while he worked for L.P. McCarty and Sons and the family enjoyed relative prosperity as a result. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                            June, 1944

East Tupelo Elementary School (Lawhon) 140 Lake Street, East Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis received his report card from school. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                                       1944

Thomas Andrew Parker who was a thirty-five year old animal officer for the Tampa Humane Society and sometime promoter of shows in the Tampa area made a decision to move to Nashville, Tennessee to become Eddy Arnold's manager. Parker had previously been the manager of Gene Austin.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1944

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (4th Year) - East Tupelo Elementary School (Lawhon) 140 Lake Street, East Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis began fourth-grade school.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     December 25, 1944 (Monday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Maple Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1945 (Monday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 10th birthday in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          August 18, 1945 (Saturday)

MOVING HOUSE - Berry Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

The Presley's purchased a new four-room house on Berry Street in East Tupelo from Orville Bean. The price was agreed at $2,000 with a down payment of $200, and Vernon agreed to monthly installments of $30 plus 6% interest. 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1945

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (5th Year) - East Tupelo Elementary School (Lawhon) 140 Lake Street, East Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

Elvis began fifth-grade school.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    October 3, 1945 (Wednesday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Tupelo Fairgrounds, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Songs performed: "Old Shep"

The local schools participated in a talent show as part of the annual Mississippi-Alabama State Fair at the Tupelo fairgrounds. Elvis' fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Oleta Grimes, who was also the daughter of Orville Bean entered him into the talent contest after she heard him sing in the morning prayer program at school. Elvis who wore glasses (photo) sang the Red Foley weepie "Old Shep" unaccompanied as he stood on a chair. Elvis came fifth and got a rollicking from his mother after going on one of the more dangerous rides.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    December 25, 1945 (Tuesday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Berry Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                             January 7, 1946 (Monday)

A small tornado ripped through Tupelo at 5:00 am, it caused little damage but a frightened Gladys an Elvis hid in the storm cellar.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            January 8, 1946 (Tuesday)

For Elvis' eleventh birthday, his parents bought him a guitar at the Tupelo Hardware Store. The story goes that he really wanted a rifle or a bicycle but they couldn't afford either.

Elvis applied himself to learning how to play his guitar, getting lessons from his uncle Johnny Smith and the new Assembly of God pastor, Frank Smith. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  May 21, 1946 (Tuesday)

Vernon borrowed $12 from Tower Loan Brokers in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                 July 18, 1946 (Thursday)

MOVING HOUSE - Commerce Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

With war work harder to come by, Vernon was unable to make the payments on the Berry Street house and was forced to hand over the deeds to a friend, Aaron Kennedy. The Presley's moved back into town, to Commerce Street. This hit Gladys hard as it was a major step backward and she felt depressed and annoyed at Vernon, who drank a lot and couldn't keep a steady job.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               August 5, 1946 (Monday)

Vernon took out another loan of $10 from the People's Bank and Trust.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                               September, 1946

MOVING HOUSE - Mulberry Alley, Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

Later in the year, the Presleys moved house again. They left Commerce Street and relocated to Mulberry Alley, a small lane running alongside the fairgrounds, just opposite the town's black neighbourhood known as "Shake Rag."

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (6th Year) - Milam Junior High School, Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

Elvis couldn't continue his schooling located on Lake Street because of the house move, so he was enrolled for sixth-grade at Milam Junior High School in Tupelo.

He would clearly feel the difference in social class but his classmates noticed his passion for music, from the hymns he learned in church to the music he heard on the streets. He listened to hillbilly tunes from the Grand Ole Opry and the Sister Rosetta Tharpe records he heard on WELO. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 26, 1946 (Tuesday)

Elvis took part in a school program possibly the three trees of Israel, where he played the judge.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      December 7, 1946 (Saturday)

Vernon borrowed $12 from Tower Loans.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                             December 25, 1946 (Wednesday)

Christmas with the Presleys on Mulberry Alley, Tupelo, Mississippi.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     January 8, 1947 (Wednesday)

The Presleys celebrated Elvis' 12th birthday in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                   February, 1947

Vernon had repair work done on the family car, a 1936 Chevrolet at the Hale Brothers garage in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                             April, 1947

Vernon had additional repair work done on the family car at the Hale Brothers garage in Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                              September, 1947

MOVING HOUSE - 1010 North Green Street, Tupelo, Mississippi.

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT (7th Year) - Milam Junior High School, Tupelo, Mississippi.

 

Elvis entered the seventh-grade while the family now lived at 1010 North Green Street in Tupelo. The rented house was designated for whites only in a respectable "coloured" neighbourhood. Minnie Mae had moved in with her son after her husband Jesse left last year and never came back. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                November, 1947

The family purchased various items from W.H. Baker furniture in Tupelo for a total of $77.50, with a down payment of $17.30.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   December 25, 1947 (Thursday)

Christmas Day with the Presley's at 1010 North Green Street, Tupelo.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            December 31, 1947 (Wednesday)

Things started to pick up for the Presleys as their U.S. Individual income for 1947 showed. The occupations are listed as: Vernon E. Presley (salesman), Gladys L. Presley (seamstress). Dependents are Elvis Presley (son) and Minnie M. Presley, (mother) Income: $756.27 from D.Wood Products and Co; $887.10 from L.P. McCarty and Sons; and $269.92 from Reed Bros, Inc. (where Gladys worked as a seamstress), for a total income of $1,913.29 and a tax of $2.40.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          January 8, 1948 (Thursday)

The Presleys celebrated the now teenage Elvis in Tupelo. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                                    January, 1948

The Presley's bought a Philco Radio Phonograph and paid their monthly bill of $9 at the Carr-Myers Dairy for sixty quarts of buttermilk.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                            February 13, 1948 (Friday)

Elvis was given his membership card from the Tupelo Public Library. It was made out to "Elvis Aron Presley, age 13" and signed by Gladys Presley.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      February 14, 1948 (Saturday)

The Presley's bought an oil stove from W.H. Baker Furniture and the payment for this and the previous items purchased have to be paid back by September 24, 1951.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                  April 1, 1948 (Thursday)

Vernon bought a life insurance policy for ten months from Tower Loan Brokers that would pay out $120.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                               April 15, 1948 (Thursday)

Around this time Vernon was unemployed again and borrowed $120, to be paid back in monthly installments of $6. (photo date unknown)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                                     May 3, 1948 (Monday)

Vernon borrowed $63, which was to be repaid in twelve monthly installments of $5.30.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    August 18, 1948 (Wednesday)

Vernon borrowed $200, which was to be repaid in weekly installments of $10.