Remembering Maine's Canning King
Fred H. Snow started F.H. Snow Canning Company in 1920, and was called "Maine's Millionaire Clam Digger" by the Boston Sunday Post. His son Harold, after graduating MIT and working for DuPont, came back to Scarborough to run the company in 1942 and helped bring the business into the modern age. One of his first, and most influential acts was the design of an automated canning process that sped up production and would eventually be used across all four of the factories. He also tinkered with the clam chowder recipe to improve its consistency.
F.H. Snow Canning Company saw its heyday while Harold was in charge, and eventually merged with Bordens in 1958. The success of the company was helped in part by the musical "Carousel" which featured a character based on Harold's father and featured Snow's Clam Chowder in its commercials. The company is now owned by Bumble Bee Foods.
Harold Snow died of Leukemia at the age of 94 and will be remembered most fondly for his local clambakes that helped raise money for charitable causes including food for the hungry and a replacement fo the Blue Point Congregational Church. In 1957 he even helped organize the world's largest clambake. Read more on Harold and his family at The Forecaster.