Huffmaster, and others, were in the business.
An observer on the bridge could see flounders and sculpins in the clear water at low tide.
Seals were sometimes captured, and bass were often caught with hook and line.
At the parting of Mystic Ponds, fish were caught by seines where the dam is now.
There were a few beaches where seines were set for catching alewives; wagon loads of these were often taken, salted, and shipped south.
A few shad were captured in this way.
Joseph and Milton James, before 1845, had a lumber yard on Main street, at the southwest corner of the bridge.
Mr. Joseph James lived just south of the yard, where Ames' paint shop, No. 49 Main street, stands.
About 1845, the Messrs.
James sold their property here and removed their business to the Branch Canal, near Swan street.
Parallel with Main street was an inclined way leading from the lumber yard to the river at the bridge, which was used as a boat landing and for hauling timber from the river.