Individual Stories

Joseph Bourgeault


1900 St. Paul City Directory and Census. (In 1898 and 1899 Joseph and his family lived at 684 Wabasha.) Joseph Bourgeault supervised the stone cutting for the Capitol. He was born in 1849 in Montreal and came to the U.S. in 1880. Two of his sons also worked on the Capitol. Albert, born 1883, was a stonecutter and Joseph Henry was a foreman.

Charles Bourgoin

French Canadian stone cutter Charles Bourgoin was born in Canada in 1835 and came to St. Paul with his family in 1879. It was reported in the St. Paul Globe (13 Sept. 1901) that his Stone Cutter Union dues were reduced fronm $10 to $5 because of his age. He would have been 66 at that time.

Walter Bowe


1905 Payroll and 1898-1902 City Directories. Walter Bowe, son of Kate Butler Bowe and nephew of the Butler brothers, was born on June 30, 1882 in Dakota County, Minnesota. Walter married Olive Graham in 1904 in St. Paul, MN. He worked in the office as a clerk in 1898 but soon after learned the bricklaying trade and worked on the Capitol in that capacity. He boarded at 1345-47 Summit Avenue, along with his mother, Kate (widow of William Bowe). This address is known as the Pierce Butler house.

Leon Boyd


1905 Payroll and City Directory. Leon Boyd was born in Minnesota in about 1886 and worked as a laborer on the Capitol but also in Butler Bros. offices as a draftsman.

Maxime Jr. Boyer


1903 City Directory. Maxime Boyer Jr. was born in Minnesota in 1883 and worked in Butler Bros. office as a "draughtsman" during the Capitol construction. He became an architect in St. Paul and then a teacher at St. Paul Humboldt High School. Boyer died in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan in 1985

Henry Breemis

Henry Breemis was born in Belgium in 1872 and emigrated in 1890. He was active in the Stonecutters Union and served as President of the St. Paul Local in 1900. The May 1905 Stone Cutters Journal reported that Breemis was in Evanston, Wyoming organizing a stone cutters local there. By 1910 Breemis was living in San Francisco and was married and raising a family there. The Stone Cutter Journal of November 1916 reported that he had recently died in San Francisco.
In the 1899 CD he was living at 165 Como.