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WORKING AT BAKER'S
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Seasonal Work
War-Time
Community
Remembering

Interior view of one of the
Baker's Chocolate mills, ca. 1936-37
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The work environment at Baker’s changed dramatically over the centuries, from the earliest seasonal work crafting a handful of products, to a year-round, air-conditioned environment developing a multitude of chocolates. The chocolate business in the late eighteenth century was quite unpredictable and the Baker family hired workers only as-needed. Business grew and technology improved in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and employment not only expanded but specialized as new workers brought different skills to the factory.

For decades, Baker’s employees lived within close range of the mills, creating a community that extended outside the factory walls. Making chocolate was often a family affair and the mills were full of brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters. Follow the links to find out more about Baker’s employees: who they were, where they lived, what kinds of jobs they performed, and what life was like inside the Baker’s mills.