Pennsylvania's Unique Occupations Found in the Census:
"Shook Maker"
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Shooks are disassembled barrel staves. In the 1870s they were often made of Pennsylvania oak. These pieces were sent to places like Cuba where they were assembled into barrels and filled with goods such as rum and molasses. The products could then be stored or sent to market. The men and companies who made these were known as "shook makers."

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