Mason's first began to cut granite from ledges for foundations, steps and sills.
Barre's first commercial quarry is opened.
The second Vermont State House was built using granite extracted from local quarries.
A Day's Pay
Gone Too Soon
In 1920, the life expectancy for an average American Male was 53.6 years. Meanwhile, granite workers in Barre were dying from silicosis by their late 30s and early 40s.
Many workers from Montreal, Canada were brought in to cross picket lines of striking granite workers.
The granite industry was forced to stop production for 4 months due to a massive November flood that caused major devastation. The town barely got back to normal when the Great Depression hit.
A lowering of wages caused another strike. This time, the National Guard was called in to restore order, even escorting strike breaking workers to and from work.