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1920 US Federal Census Data Rumford

Data extracted by members of the Colby College Maine Jewish History Project research team (2011), directed by David M. Freidenreich



Name with link to DMJ bioRelation to headAddress Servant/Boarder?own/rent, valuebirthyrage studentliterate?POB personPOB fatherPOB mothermother tongueYOInat/alienoccupationindustryenum. distAncestry pg#classSource
Joseph Chasehead River St. O188139  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1904naretail merchantdry goods1292OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Stella Chasewife River St.  188436  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1905nanone 1292  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Blanche Chasedaughter River St.  190119 noyesRussiaRussiaRussiaRussian1906nanone 1292  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Ida Chasedaughter River St.  190713 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none 1292  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Eva Chasedaughter River St.  190911 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none 1292  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Rose Chasedaughter River St.  19119 yes MaineRussiaRussia   none 1292  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Abraham Singerlodger River St.lodger 185763   RussiaRussiaRussiaHebrewununcoat makertailor shop1292W 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Louis Cohenhead69 Canal St.41272O187644  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1896namanagerbottling works12916OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Berhta R Cohenwife69 Canal St.  187644  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1897na  12916  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Casper Cohenson69 Canal St.  190317 yes MaineRussiaRussia     12916  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Jennie Cohendaughter69 Canal St.  190515 yes MaineRussiaRussia     12916  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Sonia Cohendaughter69 Canal St.  19155 yes MaineRussiaRussia     12916  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Joseph H Lemperthead700 Crescent Ave O189030  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1892naretail merchantjewelry12946OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Esther Lempertwife700 Crescent Ave  189228   New YorkRussiaRussia   none 12946  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Marion Lempertdaughter700 Crescent Ave  19119 yes MaineRussiaNew York   none 12946  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Harold Lempertson700 Crescent Ave  19137 yes MaineRussiaNew York   none 12946  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Doris Lempertdaughter700 Crescent Ave  19155 yes MaineRussiaNew York   none 12946  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Morris Greenmanhead644 Prospect Ave O188733  yesRussia/PolandRussia/PolandRussia/PolandHebrew1900naretail merchantclothing12948OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Annie Greenmanwife644 Prospect Ave  189129  yesRussia/PolandRussia/PolandRussia/PolandHebrew1908nanone 12948  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
William Greenmanson644 Prospect Ave  19119 yes MaineRussia/PolandRussia/Poland   none 12948  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Dorothy Greenmandaughter644 Prospect Ave  19146 yes MaineRussia/PolandRussia/Poland   none 12948  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Fannie Greenmandaughter644 Prospect Ave  19164   MaineRussia/PolandRussia/Poland   none 12948  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Leon Greenmanson644 Prospect Ave  1919.50.5   MaineRussia/PolandRussia/Poland   none 12948  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Max Lofchiehead528 Virgin St. O188535  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1897naretail merchantjunk12954OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Rose Lofchiewife528 Virgin St.  188832  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1896nanone 12954  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Lily Lofchiedaughter528 Virgin St.  190614 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia   none 12954  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Leo Lofchieson528 Virgin St.  190911 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia   none 12954  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Benjamin Schwindhead12 Knox St. R187545  yesAustriaAustriaAustriaHebrew1890nasalesmanretail clothing12955S 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Amelia J Schwindwife12 Knox St.  187545  yesGermanyGermanyGermanyHebrew1885nanone 12955  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Phillip M Schwindson12 Knox St.  190218 yesyesMaineAustriaGermany   none 12955  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Wilmont M Schwindson12 Knox St.  190317 yesyesMaineAustriaGermany   none 12955  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Charles Levineboarder69 Congress St.boarder 189327  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1909naretail merchantdry goods12972OA 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Harry Rubinoffboarder70 Congress St.boarder 189030  yesMaineRussia (Hebrew)Russia (Hebrew)   asst suptlife insurance12972S 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Harris Coblentzhead21 Erchles St.  R188040  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1898namillhandpaper mill13017W 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Bessie Coblentzwife21 Erchles St.   188733  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1900nanone 13017  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Abe Jacob Coblentzson21 Erchles St.   190812 yesyesMassachusettsRussiaRussia   none 13017  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Sadi G Coblentzdaughter21 Erchles St.   191010 yesyesMaineRussiaRussia   none 13017  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Lillian Coblentzdaughter21 Erchles St.   19155 yes MaineRussiaRussia   none 13017  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Sylvia Coblentzdaughter21 Erchles St.   19191   MaineRussiaRussia   none 13017  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Max Greenburghead16 Franklin St. O188040  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1901almerchantshoe store13030  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Rebecca Greenburgwife16 Franklin St.  188238  yesRussiaRussiaRussiaHebrew1904alnone 13030  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Annie Greenburgdaughter16 Franklin St.  190812 yes MaineRussiaRussia   none 13030  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Sarah Greenburgdaughter16 Franklin St.  191010 yes MaineRussiaRussia   none 13030  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Joseph Sanerthead Waldo St. R188832  yesRussia/PolandRussia/PolandRussia/PolandHebrew1905almerchantdry goods13042E 1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Lena Sanertwife Waldo St.  189030  yesNew YorkRussia/PolandRussia/PolandHebrew  none 13042  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Ruth Sanertdaughter Waldo St.  19119 yes New York     none 13042  1920USFederalCensus Rumford
Frances Sanertdaughter Waldo St.  19155 yes New York     none 13042  1920USFederalCensus Rumford

Methodological notes :

This data was culled from the original U.S. census manuscripts, as found on www.ancestry.com.
Jews are understood to constitute an ethnic group of Eastern and Central European origin characterized by common names and occupational pursuits, as well as a distinctive language.
This definition lends itself well to analysis of the data preserved in census records.
Two primary methods were used to identify Jews:
1. Individuals born abroad whose mother tongue is "Yiddish," "Jewish," or "Hebrew" were automatically included in the spreadsheet, as were all members of their families.
2. For individuals born abroad whose mother tongue was another Eastern or Central European language (e.g., Russian, Polish, German), or individuals born in the U.S. with one or more parents from Eastern or Central Europe, we examined surnames, given names within a household, and occupations in light of common Jewish characteristics. This method of analysis is, of course, subject to inaccuracy, as we may have excluded Jews with uncommon names or occupations or included non-Jews whose characteristics appear Jewish. Individuals listed with the annotation "nj?" in the far right-hand column are those whose Jewish ancestry is plausible but questionable.
This method of analysis easily misses Jewish households whose members' parents were all born in the United States. In 1930 Maine, however, such households were quite rare. Special efforts were made to identify households of this nature in Portland, where they constituted less than 1% of identified Jewish households.
All members of a household containing a Jew are included in the spreadsheet, with the exception of Jewish lodgers and servants, who are listed individually. Household members who are evidently not Jewish (such as non-Jewish servants and some spouses or in-laws) are listed with the annotation "nj."
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’.

Last Updated : Jan 2 , 2021