1905 Payroll and St. Paul City Directory, 1900 Census. Another Swedish stonemason was a man named Eric Isaacson (1860-1934). Isaacson, the son of a charcoal maker named Isak Andersson and friend of Nils Nelson, grew up in Grangärde parish in Dalarna province. Born in 1860, he was the third son in the family and he left for America in 1880 at the age of 20. He named Rush City as his destination and he may have lived there for a few years, but by 1884 he was living in St. Paul at 718 De Soto and working as a mason.
Isaacson was one of the founders of the Stonemasons Union in St. Paul, served the Local in various capacities, and led their contingent in several Labor Day parades. His older brother, Andrew, apparently lived with him there for a couple years and also worked as a mason. In 1892 Eric Isaacson married another Swedish emigrant, Jennie Carlson, and they eventually raised two sons and two daughters here. Some of their descendents still live on the East Side of St. Paul.
Information from interview with Janet and David McAllister June 19, 2012 at their home in St. Paul: David is Janet’s son. Janet is the daughter in law of Lillian McAllister (nee Isaacson). She is the widow of Robert McAllister, son of Lillian McAllister. Lillian was Eric Isaacson’s daughter. Janet said that Eric broke his back when he fell from a scaffold at work. Lillian had to quit school to go to work to help support the family. He was working on a Butler Bros. job when this happened. Nils Nelson was called “Uncle Nils” by the family because he married Erick Isaacson’s daughter, Florence, Lillian’s sister. Nils Nelson got together with the family often.