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Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1960
Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society
Media: Kodachrome slide
Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF
Date: circa 1955
Media: Black and white photograph
Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.
As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.
Stories and tall tales abound concerning cooks and cookees -- important persons in any lumber camp, large or small.