Slate workers in Monson often were immigrants from Sweden and Finland and were a hardy group of men in this often dangerous occupation of quarry work.
There were many companies and mines in Monson from 1870 to the present day. The buildings were used to mill the slate into roofing tiles, electrical boards, headstones, ice box liners, etc.
Horses were used to move the slate into the mills from the hoister house and also to carry away the rubble.
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