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    While the big businesses in Cumberland were affected by the depression, they were what kept the town from slipping too far into depression. The depression was detrimental to the Foote’s Dye and Cleaning Works. It was a high quality dry cleaning business. Even the Whitehouse sent its rugs and linens there to be cleaned. They closed down in July of 1937 when other low-budget companies took its business. The Railway system also suffered from the economic decline. The amount of freight decreased, which decreased the number of trains needed to run. That in line decreased the number of employees that were needed. A few business strikes occurred during that time. The Kelly-Springfield Tire Company, Celanese, and Taylor Tin Mill all shut down production…

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