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The early settlers were a hardy, hard-working, and enterprising people, who found numerous ways to supplement their incomes.  The Gilleys on Baker Island gathered smooth rocks and shipped them to Boston for use as cobblestones; they also shot ducks for the feathers.

On Great Cranberry the larger industries were fishing and boat building.  Fish were caught and quickly sent fresh to market, or preserved for winter consumption.  Fish Point boasted large wooden racks—"fish flakes"—on which split fish were exposed and dried by the sun.  Fish could also be salted and stored in barrels.

Great ships were built along The Pool, and launched at high tide.  Some men built skiffs and punts at inland locations, others used their carpentry skills to design and build homes.

New businesses prospered: the Spurling ship's store, fish markets, a bakery, dairy farms, and grocery stores.  Ice was cut in the winter from small ponds and loaded on ships to sell in city markets.  Home produce and dairy products were sold on the Island or on Mt. Desert.

For entertainment, there was a dance hall and, in later years, the weekly movie boat to Southwest Harbor.  Teahouses and restaurants served the more well-to-do, but the common man could socialize at the various drinking establishments, pool halls, and the Grange.  The tradition continues, albeit on a smaller scale.