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.
Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.
She had a subcontractor do the refrigeration and in thanks they gave her a trip to the Bahamas. At the busiest time, the forum had thirty men working…
… were used to cool Bangor and Aroostook Railroad refrigerator cars for shipping potatoes. Cement blocks were manufactured in the small building on…