It's always a treat when we learn the names of the everyday people who who built the major works around us. We know most of the men in this image described as "the Vermont stonecutters used to break the great blocks of marble accurately." The blocks were used to build the Cascade Locks. While the locks were only used for three and a half decades, they played a major role in the transformation of river commerce.
The men, left to right, are: Julius J. Carlson, Andy Vanstrom, Carl Carlson, Otto Schmidt (with dog), Thad Glazier, Charley Gray (in front marked X), George Glazier (seated behind Mr. Gray), Dave Merrill (next to George Glazier), Lawrence Peterson, Merl Yettick, Swan Peterson, ?, ?, ?, ?, J.F. Hendrick (Standing, far right).
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I wonder how many of the Vermont stonecutters remained in the area?
Some of the early German homesteaders here in the community of Glenwood, worked on the construction of the Locks. They stayed at Cascade Locks, but if they were able to come home, they would take the steam boat up to Lyle, then walk up over the hills to the Glenwood Valley. They probably only had a few days, then they would return to work.
L.E. on 12th August 2019 @ 7:26am
So....are the blocks that we see at the Locks marble?
L.E. on 12th August 2019 @ 7:30am
When I think of stone in Hood River, naturally I think of the Wilkeson Qaurry in Washington. They provided the sandstone for the Butler Bank. One of the loads of sandstone being shipped by train to HR caught fire near Bridal Vail Falls and had to be re-cut. The Wikeson Qaurry once had historic photos on their web-site, I did find this though . https://carbonrivercorridor.com/a-brief-history-of-the-wilkeson-sandstone-quarry/
Steffen on 12th August 2019 @ 7:53am
Carl Carlson was a Civil Engineer who came here from Illinois. He and his wife Clara eventually moved to Los Angeles.
Otto Schmidt and his wife Esther lived in the Barrett area of Hood River.
Thad Glazier and his wife Katherine lived here in Hood River. He was from Iowa and died here in 1941.
Charlott on 12th August 2019 @ 8:36am
A story I have wondered about is about the stonecutters who built much of the Columbia River highway bridges and bulworks. I think they may have moved on to RIverside Church and then to The Dalles and some homes up by TDHS but have no proof. Maybe it was these same men.
nels on 12th August 2019 @ 9:59am
I believe the stone masons on the Columbia River Highway were Italian. There were 20 years between the projects, so I doubt there were many of the same men involved.
The blocks don't look like marble to me. Hopefully we can find out what the material is.
ArthurB on 12th August 2019 @ 11:39am