1904 City Directory. Henry A. Ostedt was born in Sweden in 1859 and moved to St. Paul in 1889. He and his Swedish born wife, Tilda Muhrbeck (1862-1942), were married and raised their family here. The couple had eight children, four who died before the age of six and four, among them Henry Jr. and George, who lived to be quite old. Their other children were Esther (1886-1892), Hannah (1908-1909), Joseph (1888-1974), Julius (1891-1892), Martin (1896-1898) and Myrtle (1903-1996).
Masons build stone walls, as well as set stone exteriors and floors. They work with two types of stone: natural-cut stone, such as marble, granite, and limestone; and artificial stone, made from concrete, marble chips, or other masonry materials. Using a special hammer or saws, workers cut stone to make various shapes and sizes. Some stonemasons specialize in setting marble, which is similar to setting large pieces of stone. The Capitol construction employed many individuals performing various types of stone and stone-related work.
For more information see:
Unites States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics at:http://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/brickmasons-blockmaso...
Work Day Minnesota-Artistry and Activism: Stonecutters have made Their Mark in Communities, Workplaces at:http://www.workdayminnesota.org/index.php?news_6_4283
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 1, Saint Paul, MN at: http://www.bac1mn-nd.org/
1897 Grant Payroll and City Directory. John Quinn was born in Ireland in 1863 and emigrated in 1882. He worked on the foundation of the Capitol for the George Grant Co. Quinn and his wife, Margaret, raised a large family here in St. Paul as he worked as a mason. According to a report in the St. Paul Globe, Quinn joined the Stone Masons Union in April of 1899.
1905 Payroll, St. Paul City Directory and Census. Jacob Schwartz (1858-1951) emigrated from Germany in 1870. He worked as a stonemason on the Capitol and was an activist in the Union and was elected to the executive board of the Local in Dec 1904 and ran for Local President in 1907.
1897 Payroll and City Directory. Stonemason Patrick Wheeler was born in Ireland in 1863 and emigrated in 1883. He worked for George Grant on the construction of the foundation of the Capitol. Wheeler was an early member of the Stonemasons' Union. He and his wife, Nora, raised a large family here in St. Paul.
1905 Payroll and 1904 St. Paul City Directory. Stonemason Ambrosio Zavattoni was born in 1857 in Italy and emigrated in 1895. He was naturalized in St. Paul in 1904 and worked on the Capitol that year then left without a trace.
1905 Payroll and 1904 St. Paul City Directory. Peter J. Molin was a mason who had a farm in Chisago County where his family lived as he was working on the Capitol in St. Paul. He was born in Sweden in 1858 and emigrated in 1878.
1905 Payroll and 1905 Census. John M. Johnson was born in Minnesota in 1878 to Norwegian parents. He was a stonemason on the Capitol.
1904 Payroll and City Directory. William Bardon (1855-1937)was born in Minnesota to German parents. He and his wife raised a large family at this address while he worked as a stonemason. He died in St. Paul in 1937.
1904 Payroll and City Directory. Martin Anderson was a mason who worked in the Capitol.
This is approximately where 161 Pleasent Avenue was located. The July 8, 1904 Union Advocate reported that A.Valley had been elected to the executive board of the Stone Masons Union.