1940 US Federal Census Data - Rumford 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’.
Rumford, Rumford Center, Rumford Falls
Name First Name Last 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
Frank J. Gidman Frank J. Gidman 1884 Lithuania M Head 133 York St Laborer W.P.A. Road Construction same Elementary School, 1st grade 12 124
Sophie Gidman Sophie Gidman 1885 Lithuania M Wife Elementary School, 1st grade
Joseph Chase Joseph Chase 1882 Russia M Head 20 River Rd Merchant Retail Clothier same College, 1st year 52 2500
Stella Chase Stella Chase 1885 Russia S Wife Elementary School, 8th grade
Blanche Chase Blanche Chase 1903 Russia S Daughter High School, 4th year
Rose Chase Rose Chase 1910 Maine S Daughter School Teacher Public School College, 2nd year 39 1050
Eva Antin Eva Antin 1908 Maine M Daughter High School, 4th year
Harold P. Antin Harold P. Antin 1931 Massachusetts S Grandson Elementary School, 3rd grade
Earl G. Antin Earl G. Antin 1938 Massachusetts S Grandson Elementary School, 2nd grade
Andrew Rudick Andrew Rudick 1889 Russia S Lodger 48 River Woodsman Lumber same none 39 400
David M. Sorofman David M. Sorofman 1899 Russia M Head 69 Canal Salesman Wholesale Bus. Dist. same High School, 4th year 52 not recorded
Ida Sorofman Ida Sorofman 1900 Russia M Wife Elementary School, 7th grade
Harold S. Sorofman Harold S. Sorofman 1923 Oregon S Son High School, 2nd year
Harry Cohen Harry Cohen 1897 Russia M Head 509 Pine St Music Teacher Public School same High School, 2nd year 52 2280
Minnie Cohen Minnie Cohen 1897 Russia M Wife High School, 1st year
Melvin Cohen Melvin Cohen 1926 Maine S Son Elementary School, 8th grade
Louis Coken Louis Cohen 1916 Massachusetts M Son-in-law helper truck junk business Massachusetts High School, 4th year 40 800
Lillian E. Coken Lillian E. Cohen 1917 Maine M Daughter Massachusetts College, 4th year
Joseph Levine Joseph Levine 1895 Russia S Roomer 18 Erchles St Salesman Retail Linoleum same Elementary School, 1st grade 14 0
Jacob Grant Jacob Grant 1888 Russia M Head 202 Wallo Street Operator Salesman Retail Clothing same Elementary School, 6th grade 32 0
Sarah E. Grant Sarah E. Grant 1895 Poland M Wife Operator Saleslady Retail Clothing High School, 4th year 52 0
Maurice Rothfield Maurice Rothfield 1897 Poland S Head 242 Waldo Street Salesclerk Retail Dry Goods same Elementary School, 8th grade 52 1200
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