Source: The Manchester Republican, June 19, 1873


In the fall of 1871 Kurtz & Marsh commenced the manufacture of flax; they employed about twelve hands in the mill and twenty to thirty outdoors during the season for outdoor work. They made about twenty tons per week, worth $30.00 per ton. The manufacture of flax from flax straw is a new enterprise in most parts of the State; and it makes quite an addition to the cash income to farmers who have generally considered flax straw a nuisance.