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Stinson family, Swan's Island, 1904

Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Old buildings

Josie is sitting on the barrel, Gladys Stinson Hall is standing next to her, Sam Stinson is seated and beside him is Lizzie Stinson Smith.

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Softwood potato barrel, Hodgdon, ca. 1950

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 6 of 13

The barrel loaders would collect the tickets so that the farmer could keep track of the number of barrels picked by each picker.

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International Truck with Barrel Grapple, Littleton, 1945

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 11 of 13

Potato Barrel Truck, Presque IsleItem Contributed byPresque Isle Historical Society The truck on the right has a flat body.

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Loading Potato Barrels, Presque Isle, 1976

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 8 of 13

Workers there would unload the full barrels and put the empty barrels (empties) back onto the truck.

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Hand Grapple, Presque Isle, ca. 1910

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 12 of 13

Barrel grapples come in different styles. The grapples on the right will hold onto the barrel better than the grapple on the left.

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Potato Barrel Truck, Presque Isle

Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Harvest Memories - Page 3 of 5

… here to visit Richard Rand's Harvesting Potatoes. Potato Barrel Truck, Presque IsleItem Contributed byPresque Isle Historical Society

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Sweetser Farm, Presque Isle, ca. 1900

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 7 of 13

… right was taken on the Laurence Park farm in 1950. It shows two men loading barrels and one man setting the barrels in place on the truck body

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Early fishing schooner, ca. 1870

Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Islanders at Work

… 1879 the Swan’s Island fleet landed 15 thousand barrels of mackerel selling at $5 each. In 1881 three of the ten most successful boats of the New…

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Mono Aircraft Company, Presque Isle, 1935

Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Harvest Memories - Page 4 of 5

The workers would sing songs and play in the barrels. Edwena also had potato fights with her brothers and other kids.

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Pierpole Brand Maine Apples can label, ca. 1924

Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… were collected from farmers all over the area in barrels, processed at the apple shop into 6 lb. tin cans bearing this label and shipped by rail to…

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Potato Picker's Basket, Presque Isle, ca. 1940

Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13

It takes about four baskets of potatoes to fill a barrel. A full basket will weigh about 30 pounds. The basket pictured here is 16 inches (40 cm) in…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 10 of 13

<kids rolling on the barrels> As you can see, the younger pickers did not seem to mind a break. Students such as these would pick 15 to 40 barrels of…

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