Keywords: shoe workers
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.
Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.
Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."
On a Wednesday at 1:30 pm in 1927, the Johnson Shoe Factory workers were informed that the company was closing and were forced to leave immediately.
… such as oilcloth factories, iron works, shoe factories, a sandpaper mill and The Heart Cure Co., a large mail order patent-medicine concern.