Canning Factory/Railroad Station

This is a picture of the canning factory as it looks today. The canning factory was built in 1915, and it canned corn.  It was located on the corner of Tracy Road and the corner of Station R0ad -- right

next to the train station so they could ship corn easily. At the time the factory was only opened for the months of September and October. Now people do not work there. The canning factory was closed in the 1930s because they got worms and also people weren't buying as much corn. Later it got torn down.  
Here is a funny story about the canning factory.  The canning factory was built by Twitchell and the Champlin Company.  They bought local South Hero corn and sold it under the name Maine's Finest Corn. It should have been South Hero's Finest Corn. I want to thank Hank and Patsy Robinson for helping me. By Stella Smith (June 2012)

This picture (above) shows the South Hero train station and the bean factory, owned by O.D. Fifield. The railroad was built in the 1900s. People say they could get to Burlington faster than we can today! Then in 1927, on November 4th, the station was flooded. Then, finally, in 1958, the railroad closed because highways and trucking improved and also the workers had a strike. It was very sad for everyone on the island to see the train gone. Now the rail trail is a bike and recreation path although it was ruined in the spring of 2011 when we had very high water and waves.

The bean factory was built between 1920 and 1930. The islands were known for growing beans. They sold them all over the country. Everybody would pitch in and bring the beans home and shell them. Then they brought them back in the morning to the factory. In the South Hero Museum there is a bean shelling machine. After the bean factory was closed, it collapsed. Then people took the wood for their own family dwellings. By Anna Sabourin (June 2012) 
This is a picture (above) of the old train station in South Hero. Do you wonder whatever happened to it? Well, my grandpa helped me found out. It was built in the early 1920s. It was torn down after the railroad closed in the 1950s. My great-grandfather, Jasper Santor, used the materials to build his home on South Street. He lived in it a long time ago with my grandmother, Joyce. There was a shooting range down in the basement. Today the Toths (see photo below) live there. I want to thank my grandfather, Michael Santor, for helping me with this research. By Jasper Santor (June 2012)

To hear Stella's, Jasper's and Anna's podcasts (below), click on the down arrows (below right).
 
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Canning factory_Stella.mp3
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Sharon Hayes,
May 20, 2012, 7:46 AM
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Train station Jasper.mp3
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Sharon Hayes,
May 20, 2012, 7:25 AM
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Train station_canning factory Anna.mp3
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Sharon Hayes,
May 20, 2012, 7:25 AM
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