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1940 US Federal Census Data - Skowhegan

Families with one East European immigrant

N B: Information on place of birth.
Some people replied with the name of the place when they left; others replied with the name of place when the census was taken; in other cases it just seems that it was easier for the census taker to write ‘Russia’ rather than Lithuania, Ukraine or other unfamiliar country names.
And there is another reason to be skeptical of the accuracy of the place of birth information. Immigrants from the Pale had a very justified fear of the Russian and often local governments. One way to manage this reality was to tell government representatives what they expected they wanted to hear or what they thought would bring them the least trouble. This may well explain why a number of family members, who were clearly from Eastern Europe, may have answered ‘Maine’ or ‘New York’.

Nameest birth yearbirth placemarital statusrelation to head of householdstreetoccupationindustryresidence in 1935 Highest Gradeweeks worked in 1939income
Harry Cohen1890RussiaMHead111Roultry Dealerown businesssameElementary School, 6th grade520
Ida Cohen1901RussiaMWife    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Maurice Cohen1929MassachusettsSSon    Elementary School, 5th grade  
Barney H. Lipman1909MassachusettsSSon AssistantBuying and selling junk College, 4th yearnot recordednot recorded
Esther Lipman1886RussiaWHeadCowett St  sameElementary School, 4th grade  
Frank Lipman1915MassachusettsSSon OperatorTannery College, 5th yearnot recordednot recorded
Sidney Lipman1917MassachusettsSSon    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Harold Lipman1911MassachusettsSSon    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Celia Goldberg1892AustriaMWife    Elementary School, 6th grade  
Jacob Goldberg1882RussiaMHead11 Heselton St  sameElementary School, 8th grade00
Isaac Russakoff1921MaineSSon    High School, 4th year  
Beverly Lipman1920MaineSDaughter    College, 1st year  
Charlotte Kofman1927MassachusettsSGranddaughter    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Roberta Cohen1935MaineSDaughter       
Mamie Russakoff1887RussiaMWife    Elementary School, 2nd grade  
Susman Russakoff1887RussiaMHead63 High Jewelerown businessBoston, Suffolk, MassachusettsElementary School, 8th grade520
Philip Russakoff1925MaineSSon    High School, 3rd year  
Abraham H. Russakoff1916MaineSSon    College, 7th year  
Leo Goldberg1922MaineSSon    High School, 2nd year  
Beatrice Goldberg1924MassachusettsSDaughter    High School, 2nd year  
Cynthia Kofman1929MassachusettsSGranddaughter    Elementary School, 6th grade  
H. Irving Kazer1909RussiaMHeadMadison AveMeat CutterRetail-meat businessRandolph, Kennebec, MaineCollege, 4th year381000


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