Monday, January 14, 2013

Gussie Levitt in Springfield, Massachusetts

One of my husband's great uncles (Uncle Eddie Levitt, b. 1908) moved from Woodbine, New Jersey, to Springfield, Massachusetts, around 1934. I recently realized that I didn't have birth dates for his children, and I hadn't yet found his family in the 1940 US Census, so I thought I'd take a look for them in Springfield in 1940.

Detail from 1940 U.S. Census, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, Roll T627_1709,
E. D. 22-100, Page 5B, Line 69, household of Edward Levitt

31-year-old, New Jersey born, Edward Levitt rents his apartment at 83 Walnut Street for $37 per month. His wife, Adele, is 26 and was born in New York. (She also happens to be the daughter of his older half-sister, Rebecca.) They both have four years of high school education. Their children are Sandra (age 6, born in New Jersey) and Marvin (age 5, born in Massachusetts). This is in error; actually it was just before his 3rd birthday. Also the last column shown here notes that they lived in the "same place" five years earlier (but not the same house).

Also noted in the 1940 census, but not shown in this image, is Edward's occupation, which was Proprietor of Radio Repair. In fact, there is still a Levitt's Television Center in Springfield, which evolved from Levitt's Radio Repair. My mother-in-law remembers that her uncle Eddie was very successful in Radio and Television repair.

Look who else is listed with this family: Gussie Levitt, grandmother, age 69 (born about 1871) and a widow. Although it states she was born in Massachusetts, she was born in Russia, and was a naturalized citizen. Funny thing is, she lived in Woodbine, New Jersey, and was enumerated there in the 1940 US Census as Goldie Levitt (with an incorrect age of 62).

So sometime in early April 1940, Gussie Levitt likely travelled up to Massachusetts to visit her youngest son and her grandchildren and got enumerated both in Woodbine, New Jersey and in Springfield, Massachusetts in the 1940 US Census.

Bubbie's Bubbie was enumerated twice in 1940!

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