Keywords: Factory Island
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Photo negative
Contributed by: Swan's Island Educational Society
Date: circa 1890
Location: Swan's Island
Media: Photographic print
Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
Princeton benefited from its location on a river -- the St. Croix -- that was useful for transportation of people and lumber and for powering mills as well as on its proximity to forests.
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… 1880s, the Rodick family still lived on Rodick's Island, now Bar Island, where they raised sheep and spun and wove their own wool.
Though men did most of the heavy lifting at the factory, unloading the boats and hauling crates, the packers were mostly women and children, valued…
Old buildings Johnson's Island, Swan's Island, ca. 1950 Item 73423 infoSwan's Island Educational Society Johnson's or Potato Island with…