Documenting Maine Jewry : Jews in Bar Harbor in 1920

1920 US Federal Census Data

Data extracted by Ben Kissen (2017) and
Tim Garrity, Executive Director, Mount Desert Island Historical Society
PO Box 653, Mount Desert ME 04660, 207.276.9323 ,

NameRelation to headBirthNmHouse Number Street name own/rent, valueappx date of birth ageAge at 1st Marrstudentliterate?POB personPOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueYOInat/alienoccupationindustrycodeclassEmployed?enum. distAncestry pg#nj?
Hyman GordonHead 106 Cedar AvenueBar Harbor Rabt 1879  noyesCroatiaCroatiaCroatiaYiddish1900naturalizedjunk dealerown shop Oyes39 
Vina GordonWife 106 Cedar AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1880  nonoRussiaRussiaRussiaYiddish          
Philip GordonSon 106 Cedar AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1905  yesnoMaineCroatiaRussia           
Irving GordonSon 106 Cedar AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1907.7  nonoMaineCroatiaRussia           
Nathan HillsonHead 10 Hancock StreetBar Harbor Rabt 1854  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1890naturalizedpartnerretail clothing store Oyes219 
Kate HillsonWife 10 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1854  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1890naturalized        
Samuel HillsonSon 10 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1879  noyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia           
Sophia HillsonDaughter 10 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1881  no MaineRussiaRussia   partnerretail clothing store Oyes   
James Blanchard  10 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1875  noyesCanadaCanadaCanadaFrench1907papers submitted teamster     no
Jacob SchneierHead 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor Rabt 1853  noyesLatviaLatviaLatviaHebrew1913alientailorshop Oyes419 
Esther SchneierWife 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor  abt 1856  noyesLatviaLatviaLatviaHebrew1914alien        
Irving SchneierSon 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor  abt 1881  noyesLatviaLatviaLatviaHebrew1914naturalizedjackmanauto Oyes   
Ray SchneierDaughter-in-law 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor  abt 1888  noyesLatviaLatviaLatviaHebrew1902naturalized        
Anna SchneierDaughter 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor  abt 1895  yesyesLatviaLatviaLatviaHebrew1914alien        
Lillian SchneierGranddaughter 9 Roberts SquareBar Harbor  abt 1909.84  nonoMaineLatviaLatvia           
Abraham ShiroHead 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor Rabt 1868  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1891naturalizedtailortailor shop Oyes414 
Lina ShiroWife 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1878  nonoMaineRussiaRussia           
Sophia ShiroDaughter 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1900  yesyesMaineRussiaRussia           
Harold ShiroSon 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1901  nonoMaineRussiaRussia           
Marian ShiroDaughter 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1904  nonoMaineRussiaRussia           
Dorothy ShiroDaughter 27 Holland AvenueBar Harbor  abt 1909.09  nonoMaineRussiaRussia           
Nathan EmdurHead 122 Main Street (Apt 27)Bar Harbor Rabt 1862  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1904aliensalesmanjunk dealer Oyes22 
Rachael EmdurWife 122 Main Street (Apt 27)Bar Harbor  abt 1862  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1904alienlodgingat home Oyes   
Louis EmdurSon 122 Main Street (Apt 27)Bar Harbor  abt 1888  noyesEnglandRussiaRussia 1904aliensalesmannovelty store Oyes   
Mark PerlinskyHead 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor Oabt 1856  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1890naturalizedretail  Eyes24 
Annie PerlinskyWife 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1862  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1890naturalized        
Esther PerlinskyDaughter 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1883  noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesladydry goods Wyes   
Isaac PerlinskySon 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1884  noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesladydry goods Wyes   
May PerlinskyDaughter 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1891  noyesMaineRussiaRussia   salesladydry goods Wyes   
Harriet PerlinskyDaughter 39 Hancock StreetBar Harbor  abt 1900  yesyesMaineRussiaRussia           
Julius KursonHead 178 Kavanaugh PlaceBar Harbor Rabt 1854  noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1889naturalizedclothierown shop Oyes314 
Rose KursonWife 178 Kavanaugh PlaceBar Harbor  abt 1863  noyesMassachusettsPolandGermany           
Merrill KursonSon 178 Kavanaugh PlaceBar Harbor  abt 1895  yesyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts           
Sylvie KursonDaughter 178 Kavanaugh PlaceBar Harbor  abt 1897  yesyesMaineRussiaMassachusetts           
Samuel SeplinHead 18 School StreetBar Harbor Rabt 1875  noyesGermanyGermanyGermanyGerman1913papersbutcherown shop Oyes37 
Dora SeplinWife 18 School StreetBar Harbor  abt 1883  noyesLatviaLatviaLatviaRussian alien        
Helen SeplinDaughter 18 School StreetBar Harbor  abt 1908.25  nonoMaineGermanyLatvia          

Methodological note :

This data was culled from the original 1930 U.S. census manuscripts, as found on Jews are understood to constitute an ethnic group of Eastern and Central European origin characterized by common names and occupational pursuits, as well as a distinctive language. This definition lends itself well to analysis of the data preserved in census records.

Two primary methods were used to identify Jews:

1. Individuals born abroad whose mother tongue is "Yiddish," "Jewish," or "Hebrew" were automatically included in the spreadsheet, as were all members of their families.

2. For individuals born abroad whose mother tongue was another Eastern or Central European language (e.g., Russian, Polish, German), or individuals born in the U.S. with one or more parents from Eastern or Central Europe, we examined surnames, given names within a household, and occupations in light of common Jewish characteristics. This method of analysis is, of course, subject to inaccuracy, as we may have excluded Jews with uncommon names or occupations or included non-Jews whose characteristics appear Jewish. Individuals listed with the annotation "nj?" in the far right-hand column are those whose Jewish ancestry is plausible but questionable.

This method of analysis easily misses Jewish households whose members' parents were all born in the United States. In 1930 Maine, however, such households were quite rare. Special efforts were made to identify households of this nature in Portland, where they constituted less than 1% of identified Jewish households.

All members of a household containing a Jew are included in the spreadsheet, with the exception of Jewish lodgers and servants, who are listed individually. Household members who are evidently not Jewish (such as non-Jewish servants and some spouses or in-laws) are listed with the annotation "nj."

Last Updated : Oct 8, 2017