Phelix Arthur

Felix Arthur boarded at this address along with stone cutters James King, William Hamilton and Peter Diamond. He died on May 4, 1898 when his leg was caught in a belt on one of the machines in the stone cutting shed. Arthur had come from Georgia along with the marble to work on the building and his body was sent to Nelson, Georgia for burial.

Coy Johnson


1899-1901 St. Paul City Directories. Coy Johnson was one of a number of African-American stone workers who moved from Georgia to St. Paul to work on the Capitol construction. He worked as a laborer on the building from 1899 to 1905. He was born in Georgia in 1870 and apparently left St. Paul shortly after the completion of the Capitol.

John Humphrey

1898 City Directory. This is probably the same John Humphrey, who appears in the 1900 Census in Pickens, Georgia working as an engineer. He was born in Georgia in 1860 and evidently came to St. Paul in 1898 to work on the Capitol, then returned to Georgia where he had a wife and family.

William Ellis


Itinerant stone cutter William Ellis does not list an employer but two Butler-Ryan employers also live at this address, Giordano and McKenna. He was active in the Local Union while he lived in St. Paul serving as Corresponding Secretary in 1899. In the Stone Cutter's Journal of February 1898 Ellis is listed as the "tyler" (warden) of the local union in Tate, Georgia. In June of 1898 the Journal reported that he had been cleared into the St. Paul local.

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