1940 US Federal Census Data Calais 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 occupation industry residence in 1935 Highest Grade weeks worked in 1939 income
Joseph Gordon 1881 Russia M Head 38 Spring Street, Calais Junk Dealer own business same Elementary school, 4th grade 52 not recorded
Lillie Gordon 1906 Russia S Daughter 38 Spring Street, Calais Bookkeeper Repair garage High School, 4th year 52 1000
Morris Holland 1896 Russia M Head 75 Main Street, Calais Salesman Retail clothing same Elementary school, 8th grade 52 1560
Edna Roe Holland 1896 Russia M Wife 75 Main Street, Calais Elementary school, 8th grade 0 0
Esther Gordon 1883 Russia M Wife 38 Spring Street, Calais Elementary school, 4th grade
Jessie Gordon 1915 Maine S Daughter 38 Spring Street, Calais Secretary Bank College, 2nd year 52 1000
Abraham Leroy 1881 Russia M Head 8 Monroe Street, Calais Dr Good Store Mgr Retail clothes same Elementary school, 8th grade 52
Goldie Leroy 1885 Russia M Wife 8 Monroe Street, Calais Elementary school, 8th grade
Bernard Leroy 1901 Canada-Eng S Son 8 Monroe Street, Calais Salesman Retail store College, 1st year 51 765
Henry Holland 1924 Maine S Son 75 Main Street, Calais High School, 3rd year
Jacob Kalcheim 1883 Poland M Head 64 North Street, Calais Rabbi Jewish Church College, 5th year 52 1500
Sylma Holland 1928 Maine S Daughter 75 Main Street, Calais Elementary school, 7th grade
Scheindel Kalcheim 1892 Poland M Wife 64 North Street, Calais College, 1st year
Rudolph Brown 1876 Latvia S Head 1 Church Street, Calais Cutting Wood Cordwood Ind. same Elementary School, 4th grade 12 108
Arthur Wholisky 1900 Russia M Head 19 High Street, Calais Merchant Retail clothing same Elementary school, 8th grade 52 0
Lillian Wholisky 1907 Maine M Wife 19 High Street, Calais Elementary school, 8th grade 0 0
Joseph Wholisky 1932 Maine S Son 19 High Street, Calais Elementary school, 4th grade
Martha H. Wholisky 1934 Maine S Daughter 19 High Street, Calais Elementary school, 2nd grade
Lidney R. Wholisky 1938 Maine S Son 19 High Street, Calais
Charles Wholisky 1904 Russia S Brother 19 High Street, Calais Merchant Retail clothing High School, 4th year 52 0
Philip Gordon 1866 Poland M Head 61 North Street, Calais Manager Shoe Store same High School, 1st year 52 not recorded
Elis Gordon 1884 Poland M Wife 61 North Street, Calais Elementary School, 7th grade
Last Updated : Dec 5. 2020
Documenting Maine Jewry
Data Protection: Registered DMJ users can use the information and resources
on this site for their personal use. No commercial or other public use of any
the database resources can be done without explicit permission from
email@example.com. Today is / Saturday, January 16, 2021
For security reasons, complete access to the database is available
only on request. A full
index of all burials, however, is publicly available.
Financial contributions to DMJ can be made in honor of your own Maine immigrant family or to inspire
and inform the next generation of Maine Jews. These contributions supplement
this largely volunteer effort by supporting data collection and outreach. DMJ
is under the financial supervision of Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave,
Portland, Maine 04103. Donations are welcome using the Tzedakah box below or by
sending a gift (marked DMJ) to Temple Beth El.