The Rosseau Historical Society Digital Collection
History of Rosseau Stonemasonry and Related Trades
Stonemasonry
Besides Fireplaces - other masonry work includes:........... Stone barn and house foundations (pre 1950 by grandfather and father , Lorne And Allan Fraser). Note - probably the last stone foundation built in Rosseau, 21 Maple St., father’s house around 1948. Stone & clay brick water wells (& concrete by father, Allan Fraser) before drilled wells Barbeques, gate posts, garden walls, flagstone patios, walkways, steps, exterior wall facing, interior stone floors, interior stone, eg. bathrooms etc. Landscaping, including dry layed retaining walls, pools, etc. Concrete block house foundations, poured concrete Foundations, floors, pads for garages, new ICF (insulated concrete foundations) Concrete village sidewalks Concrete septic tanks (around 1960’s by father (Allan Fraser) following the demise of the outhouse. Clay brick work, fireplaces and chimneys primarily and a few houses Various types of manufactured stone, eg. culture stone etc. .....................Stonemasons................... Other Rosseau residents who have worked in stonemasonry over the years include: Mr. Blackstone - Mary Beley’s grandfather Conrad Smith - Operated his own business with employees for many years, built many fireplaces and did various large projects in the Rosseau area. David Smith, son of Conrad. George Clifford - (my father-in-law), worked with my father for over 20 years and continued on with me for about 4 years before retiring. His sons Art & Brent have also worked in the trade. His grandson, Steve Clifford operates Clifford masonry in Gravenhurst and area. Tom Ross - worked with my father for many years Vinny Bethune Currently John Tait - J.T. Masonry & Son (with employees) Fred Fraser - Reflections of Stone ( with sons & employees) John Aiken Roy West Jr. - Beaver & sons Ed Others include: Ray Weldon Joe Todd (Hekla) Curtis Mullen Art & Greg Fraser (Gerald’s sons ) Harvey West Jr.
RI0183 - lt to rt - George Clifford & Allan Fraser - Scroggy cottage - Whitefish Lake - mid 1950s
RI0183 - lt to rt - George Clifford & Allan Fraser - Scroggy cottage - Whitefish Lake - mid 1950s Details
RI0186 - lt to rt - Murray Taylor & George Clifford on scow - Tobin`s Island 1981 - Lake Rosseau
RI0186 - lt to rt - Murray Taylor & George Clifford on scow - Tobin`s Island 1981 - Lake Rosseau Details
RI0187 - lt to rt - Get name Fraser & Dan Fraser - sharpen stone hammers - 1981 - get location
RI0187 - lt to rt - Get name Fraser & Dan Fraser - sharpen stone hammers - 1981 - get location Details
RI0188 - lt to rt - Allan Fraser, Get name, Dan Fraser, small boy - name , baby - name - Sharpen stone hammers - 1981 - get location - 4 generations
RI0188 - lt to rt - Allan Fraser, Get name, Dan Fraser, small boy - name , baby - name - Sharpen stone hammers - 1981 - get location - 4 generations Details
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