These documents were typical of quarry transactions of the period.
Category Archives: Stone Quarry
This picture is of the Hobbs Quarry in Stevens Point. This quarry was located past our grandfather’s farm (Ray Rockwell) on what is now called, “Rockwell Road” . The original picture is a black and white 4” X 8” print pasted on heavy gray cardstock. No names are written on the back. Two people can be identified in this picture-the man with the heavy white beard on the far right is Bernard (Barney) Rockwell because of a labeled portrait of him that is in our possession. Barney Rockwell was the grandfather to Ray Rockwell. The little boy in the picture is either Ray Rockwell as a child or his older brother, Charles. A picture that came from Ethel Rockwell shows this boy at this exact age but with no name on the picture. My brother thinks that he remembers our grandfather, Ray Rockwell, saying that it is he in the picture. (Charles Rockwell died as a young man of 23 as a result of a quarry accident; he was hit in the hip with the boom and passed away after two years of bed rest). Ray Rockwell was born in 1898 and he looks to be about 10-12 in this picture, making the date to be in the early 1900’s.
This picture came from a collection of pictures from Ethel (Rockwell) (Glover) French, sister to Ray Rockwell. Her first husband was Walter Glover and in the several censuses, it has he and his family living and working in Thompson, as a farmer and a quarryman. The original picture is a black and white 4” X 8” print pasted on heavy gray cardstock. No names are written on the back. There were several active quarries around at the time of Walter Glover and because these pictures were from Ethel French, it is likely that this picture may have been taken at the Company Quarry (owned by Joseph Botts) on Pig Pen Alley Road in Lanesboro or the Hobbs Quarry (owned by the Rockwells) located in Stevens Point. Either way, the picture is unique that it shows the hard labor of quarrying and the lack of sophisticated equipment used to mine the stone from the earth.