Keywords: starch factory
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.
Not part of the American "farm belt," Maine nonetheless has been known over the years for a few agricultural items, especially blueberries, sweet corn, potatoes, apples, chickens and dairy products.
The Taber farm wagon was an innovative design that was popular on New England farms. It made lifting potato barrels onto a wagon easier and made more efficient use of the horse's work. These images glimpse the life work of its inventor, Silas W. Taber of Houlton, and the place of his invention in the farming community
A MARKET FOR STARCH Marketing potatoes at starch factories, Houlton, 1895Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum (Houlton Museum) A…
… the area which then processed the potatoes into starch; factory owners sold this powdery product to cotton textile mills in southern Maine where it…