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’.
Name est birth year birth place marital status relation to head of household street occupation industry residence in 1935 Highest Grade weeks worked in 1939 income
Harry Cohen 1890 Russia M Head 111 Roultry Dealer own business same Elementary School, 6th grade 52 0
Ida Cohen 1901 Russia M Wife Elementary School, 8th grade
Maurice Cohen 1929 Massachusetts S Son Elementary School, 5th grade
Barney H. Lipman 1909 Massachusetts S Son Assistant Buying and selling junk College, 4th year not recorded not recorded
Esther Lipman 1886 Russia W Head Cowett St same Elementary School, 4th grade
Frank Lipman 1915 Massachusetts S Son Operator Tannery College, 5th year not recorded not recorded
Sidney Lipman 1917 Massachusetts S Son Elementary School, 8th grade
Harold Lipman 1911 Massachusetts S Son Elementary School, 8th grade
Celia Goldberg 1892 Austria M Wife Elementary School, 6th grade
Jacob Goldberg 1882 Russia M Head 11 Heselton St same Elementary School, 8th grade 0 0
Isaac Russakoff 1921 Maine S Son High School, 4th year
Beverly Lipman 1920 Maine S Daughter College, 1st year
Charlotte Kofman 1927 Massachusetts S Granddaughter Elementary School, 8th grade
Roberta Cohen 1935 Maine S Daughter
Mamie Russakoff 1887 Russia M Wife Elementary School, 2nd grade
Susman Russakoff 1887 Russia M Head 63 High Jeweler own business Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Elementary School, 8th grade 52 0
Philip Russakoff 1925 Maine S Son High School, 3rd year
Abraham H. Russakoff 1916 Maine S Son College, 7th year
Leo Goldberg 1922 Maine S Son High School, 2nd year
Beatrice Goldberg 1924 Massachusetts S Daughter High School, 2nd year
Cynthia Kofman 1929 Massachusetts S Granddaughter Elementary School, 6th grade
H. Irving Kazer 1909 Russia M Head Madison Ave Meat Cutter Retail-meat business Randolph, Kennebec, Maine College, 4th year 38 1000
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