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Historic Hallowell - Child Labor

"The mill employed young children and had to meet Hallowell School Board standards at its mill-run school."

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Historic Hallowell - Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community

"… and Immigrants-A Changing Community Workers in Wiler's Oil Cloth Factory.Hubbard Free Library When the railroad came to Hallowell in 1851 it…"

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - The History of Stockholm

"In 1902 the company had 150 workers working with a daily output of fifty thousand shingles and fifteen thousand different types of lumber a day."

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Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Strong's History - Page 2 of 4

"That first year, workers produced about 15,000 pounds of cheese, which was sold mostly to Lewiston and Portland businesses for 15¢ a pound."

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Baird's Quarry

"… about their own family connections to quarry workers. Please join us in our exploration of Baird's quarry, from its working days to its present…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Draining the quarry

"… operation, the pond was kept drained so that the workers could access the granite. When the quarrying season was over each year, the rain filled up…"

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Historic Hallowell - Hallowell Schools

"1900Hubbard Free Library Young factory workers (like people who worked at the local Hallowell cotton mills and shoe factories) had to attend school…"

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Skowhegan Community History - Kennebec River Log Drive

"In spring, workers from out of state came to drive the logs. The whole thing was a year-round process."

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Lincoln, Maine - Jonathan Clay Jr.

"… hurt or killed, and when you are a construction worker, you have to be careful and also try not to get hurt or killed because of the big machines…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Odd Fellows Hall

"Odd Fellows Hall workers, Swan's Island, ca. 1945Swan's Island Historical Society Eighth grade graduation, Swan's Island, 1954Swan's Island…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Quarrying

"… boarding houses sprang up on the island to meet the needs of housing the workers. Eva Wheaton talks about the boarding houses in her audio."

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Lincoln, Maine - Gordon's Fox Farms

"There were also usually two workers per farm. When a mother fox didn’t take care of her young and a cat on the farm just had a litter, the owners…"

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Salmon industry

"Fish factory worker, Marion Stinson, Swan's Island, ca. 1990Swan's Island Historical Society The business employed seven or eight islanders full…"

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Historic Hallowell - Nature's Bounty - Raw Material, Close at Hand

"The quarry worker gives scale to the granite slab. Stone and statuary were protected during shipment (by ship, and after 1852, by rail) in crates…"

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Historic Hallowell - Sweat on the Kennebec ~ Hallowell Steam and Boom Company

"The river is calm and workers are dressed in pants and long sleeved shirts. Hallowell was the location of the great sorting boom for down-river mills."

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - Industry

"… a store, twelve houses on Red Row for their workers’ families, a stable and two barns. By 1902 they had 150 men working with a daily output of…"

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Lubec, Maine - Klondike: Lubec's Gold from Sea Water Hoax

"Hundreds of workers, many of them Italian immigrants who had been working on the railroad in Machias, were drawn to the project with promises of high…"

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Historic Hallowell - Johnson Brothers and Their Shoe Factory

"… producer of shoes for ladies, had employed 450 workers, and made over 2.5 million dollars a year."

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - III. Boom, bustle, bust: The Steamboat Years to WWII

"During the busy years, the increase in workers had a visible result on the island; there were boarding houses, boardwalks, sidewalks, hotels…"

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - East New Portland Village

"Starbirds Mill X Chase Hewett Mill X Carrabassett Creamery X East New Portland has a site known as “The Mill District.” It has been the…"

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

"Fish factory workers, Swan's Island, ca. 1890Swan's Island Historical Society By the early 1900s there were six or more fish factories mostly on the…"

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Harvesting on Cascade Pond

"You would insulate it with sawdust from the mills. That would go on until the ice house was full.” Weston's Ox TeamHubbard Free Library “In the…"

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New Portland: Bridging the Past to the Future - North New Portland Village

"On June 17, 1912 this mill district burned and a stock company was formed and Mr. C.H. Bartlett soon rebuilt a modern wood turning plant."

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building Community and Commerce

"The work was demanding, with no set hours. Workers rushed to the factory whenever the whistle blew. The conditions were dismal."