What was happening in Maine during the Great Depression?

In the 1930s, Maine was still mostly rural, although its largest city, Portland, had more than 70,000 inhabitants. Fortunately, larger states with a mainly industrial and manufacturing base were harder hit by the Depression than Maine was: while people in the state certainly did suffer, Maine had a number of farms, and the farmers were able to survive the Depression by growing their own food and selling it locally; this was especially true for Maine's potato farmers.

At first, Maine's textile industry did not struggle as much as the textile industries in some of the states, but as the Depression worsened, Maine too had many business closures, and unemployment at some of the mills increased; but in certain industries like paper manufacturing, there was still a demand and jobs could still be found, although sometimes at lower wages. And even when people in Maine lost their jobs, many refused to accept government aid; there was a tradition of neighbors helping each other, and that persisted throughout the Depression.