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Pasadena History: Crabs Sell for $2 a Barrel

While farming was a way of business in Pasadena during the 1930s, some men worked as watermen collecting crabs.

Here’s your weekly dose of some Pasadena history thanks to The Pasadena Peninsula by Isabel Shipley Cunningham.

"Though farming was still the main employment on the Pasadena peninsula, a few men worked as watermen. They could catch crabs with a dip net and sell them for two dollars a barrel," Cunningham wrote.

"Milton Fick, Robert Gray, Buck Kaiser and Tom and Vince Bailey supplemented their income by fishing and crabbing, selling locally or shipping to Baltimore from Cook's wharf.

"Most watermen had winter jobs, but John Dreyer and John Gumpman made a living from water throughout the year, John Gupman lived on SilleryBay and used pound nets but not a seine net. John Dreyer and his wife came to Maryland from Austria-Hungary when they were in their teens.

"He bought land at Hickory Point on Sillery Bay in 1914 and built his own 28-foot rowboats to fish the Magothy and the Chesapeake Bay."

Check back next Wednesday for more Pasadena history. For a complete listing of all Tidbits of History columns, please click here.

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