Fowler, Foote & Company pogy factory, South Bristol ca. 1870Item 82091 info
South Bristol Historical Society
During the 1860s and 1870s menhaden fish, also known as pogys, were popular not only for bait but also for their oil.
Pogy was fished heavily off of South Bristol and numerous pogy processing plants were set up there to render the oil, which could be substituted for linseed oil.
Even the byproducts of the processing were sold as fertilizer.