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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             
NameFirst NameLast Nameest birth yearbirth placemarital statusrelation to head of householdstreetoccupationindustryresidence in 1935 Highest Gradeweeks worked in 1939income
Frank J. GidmanFrank J.Gidman1884LithuaniaMHead133 York StLaborerW.P.A. Road ConstructionsameElementary School, 1st grade12124
Sophie GidmanSophieGidman1885LithuaniaMWife    Elementary School, 1st grade  
Joseph ChaseJosephChase1882RussiaMHead20 River RdMerchantRetail ClothiersameCollege, 1st year522500
Stella ChaseStellaChase1885RussiaSWife    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Blanche ChaseBlancheChase1903RussiaSDaughter    High School, 4th year  
Rose ChaseRoseChase1910MaineSDaughter School TeacherPublic School College, 2nd year391050
Eva AntinEva Antin1908MaineMDaughter    High School, 4th year  
Harold P. AntinHarold P.Antin1931MassachusettsSGrandson    Elementary School, 3rd grade  
Earl G. AntinEarl G. Antin1938MassachusettsSGrandson    Elementary School, 2nd grade  
Andrew RudickAndrewRudick1889RussiaSLodger48 River WoodsmanLumbersamenone39400
David M. SorofmanDavid M.Sorofman1899RussiaMHead69 CanalSalesmanWholesale Bus. Dist.sameHigh School, 4th year52not recorded
Ida SorofmanIda Sorofman1900RussiaMWife    Elementary School, 7th grade  
Harold S. SorofmanHarold S.Sorofman1923OregonSSon    High School, 2nd year  
Harry CohenHarryCohen1897RussiaMHead509 Pine StMusic TeacherPublic SchoolsameHigh School, 2nd year522280
Minnie CohenMinnieCohen1897RussiaMWife    High School, 1st year  
Melvin CohenMelvinCohen1926MaineSSon    Elementary School, 8th grade  
Louis CokenLouisCohen1916MassachusettsMSon-in-law helper truckjunk businessMassachusettsHigh School, 4th year40800
Lillian E. CokenLillian E.Cohen1917MaineMDaughter   MassachusettsCollege, 4th year  
Joseph LevineJosephLevine1895RussiaSRoomer18 Erchles StSalesmanRetail LinoleumsameElementary School, 1st grade140
Jacob GrantJacobGrant1888RussiaMHead202 Wallo StreetOperator SalesmanRetail ClothingsameElementary School, 6th grade320
Sarah E. GrantSarah E.Grant1895PolandMWife Operator SalesladyRetail Clothing High School, 4th year520
Maurice RothfieldMauriceRothfield1897PolandSHead242 Waldo StreetSalesclerkRetail Dry GoodssameElementary School, 8th grade521200

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