A Rabbit Hole, In the Can

Must be too early in the morning, for a blog post subject, but …

Was doing some research and found an Occupation of this individual, and the Industry on a 1920 Census Record. A Timer in a Canning Company. What is that ?

This was in Carroll County, Maryland so what is going on there that might be of interest. Not finished my 2nd cup of coffee, I decided to see what this was all about, and I did.

The names of the people I am researching is not important here, but what is, seeing something that might seem weird (ok, unusual) but finding some documents that have some incredible amount of historical information.

I did s search for “canning company, westminster, maryland” (copied and pasted my search criterial.

Some great hits were returned, including a “Maryland Historical Trust Determination of Eligibility Form” A 24 page form for a preserving a property and buildings. At the top of the document, nothing was of interest, but I had to read down this document to put the house into historical context. On page 5, was mention of the Cannery that (remember the house of the subject) and the Family I was researching mentioned that in 1868 this cannery was established. The name is probably one or two generations further back from the information that I have, not sure if I will try to get back there, but it put that family into historical context.


There were several other articles, putting that Cannery into context.By JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23006480

The real kicker is, by follow that “what is this cannery” question, the Google Search found a web site on the history of the Union Mills Homestead (built in 1797) but a calendar of events that will take place this year.

One rabbit hole that I am glad that I followed.

2 Responses to A Rabbit Hole, In the Can

  1. Ron says:

    Here’s what the Timer question on the person’s job..
    experience. It has reminders for essential steps in the canning process. It also includes altitude adjustments and a built-in timer for the product you are canning.

    I’ve been canning for a couple of years now, but have a question regarding statements like these I find in recipes: “process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes.” At what point does the timer start for the 15 minutes? The water is boiling when I submerge the jars, but it usually takes 10 minutes for the water to return to a rolling boil. So does the timer start when I submerge them into the boiling water, or once the water returns to a boil. On

    • Russ Worthington says:


      Thank you for your comments. I am not even allowed in the kitchen, except to eat. Way above my pay grade.

      I get your question. I have seen stuff like that in my mother’s old recipe cards.


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