As this news article reports: "The enumerator was attacked by three large Airedale dogs when she attempted to take the tab at the Sonoma home of Carl Bergfried, retired San Francisco merchant.
"Bergfried, who was not at home at the time, returned to find Mrs. Davis battling valiantly against the enraged animals. He took her to Ferndale sanatorium where 50 stitches were required to close her wounds."
Published in the San Diego Union (San Diego, California), 7 April 1940, page 11.
The determined Alice completed the enumeration, and Carl Bergfried and his wife Ida were recorded in the 1940 census. But the formal, dry federal census pages do not tell us of the sacrifice that Alice Davis made that day.
1940 Census. Sonoma, California. FamilySearch.org see:
Fortunately, the census enumerator's story was recorded in the pages of a local newspaper. And thanks to GenealogyBank the pages of the San Diego Union have been indexed, digitized and put online—so we can learn that despite 3 vicious dogs and 50 stitches, Alice Davis saw it through and got the job done!