Boston Flint Co. sandpaper mill, Hallowell, ca. 1910

Contributed by Hubbard Free Library


For many years the sandpaper mill was one of Hallowell's principal industries, starting in the early 1870s. Quartz was crushed to be used in the manufacture of sandpaper.

Originally part of Ben Tenney's factory complex along Vaughan Stream, the mill was later reorganized as the Boston Flint Company. A fire in April 1893 almost forced the closure of the mill, but it continued in operation until 1922.

Part of the sandpaper mill work crew is seen here, with most of them identified. Back row: John Jewett, Con Murphy, Dan Redd, Harold Grimes, Rodney Frohock, Bob Chadburn, Frank Stevens, Tom Vautour, Mark Grimes. Next row: Del Carlton, Aaron Norton, Frank Butler, unknown, Alden Grimes, Ray Littlefield, unknown, Jim Cummings, Earl Littlefield, Carol Austin, Burt Austin, Fred Tenney, Rod Jordan, a Page boy Seated: unknown, Charles Huff, Bob Grover, Arthur Baker.

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  • Title: Boston Flint Co. sandpaper mill, Hallowell, ca. 1910
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Local Name: Vaughan Stream
  • Town: Hallowell
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 24 cm
  • Local Code: B-95
  • Object Type: Image

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