Hallowell Boom and Steam Co., Log Drivers, Hallowell, ca. 1890
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Hubbard Free Library
How do you earn your daily bread?
How do you keep the roof over head?
Where do you toil the whole day long?
How do you manage to get along?
The challenges of keeping body and soul together, of feeding the family and livestock and providing shelter are shared by all humans.
Clearing land, planting crops, seeking shelter, caring for animals, making clothing - the tasks of human existence vary little at the basic level. So it was in Hallowell.
Quickly, however - as it was in all Maine communities – focus turned to turning a profit, accumulating wealth, earning daily bread and more. Vocations developed taking full advantage of the bountiful natural resources; water, wood, stone. How might you have managed to get along two centuries ago?