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Miller Family Smokehouse, Lubec

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The Miller family smoked herring business, owned by Michael Miller, was located in the Brownville section of Lubec, just east of the present-day FDR Bridge to Campobello Island. At left is James Benner Sr. The woman probably is Josephine Benner, wife of James. Second from the right probably is Michael Miller. Herring were hand-processed, then hung on wooden sticks called stringers and placed on racks outside to dry as shown here. Then, high in rows inside the smokehouse, a smoldering fire attended day and night smoked the herring, subsequently packed in wooden boxes for shipment. At one time, as many as thirty smokehouses operated up and down the shoreline of Lubec. Note that the right edge of the photograph shows low tide.

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