The Westerly Granite Industry


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Columbia Granite Company

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       Columbia Granite Works offered artistically carved monuments created at its locations on Oak Street and later Old Hopkinton Road in Westerly, RI.  It was founded in the early 1900s by Elia Monti, an immigrant from Italy, who became one of the leading representatives of the Westerly granite industry.  Elia Monti was joined in the business by his sons, Americo and John L Monti.  John L Monti would serve for many years as Councilman and Treasurer for Westerly from the late 1920s to the early 1960s.  The company closed by 1958 as that is the last year it is listed in the Westerly Tax Book.  Columbia Granite Company was a partnership (Twenty-First Annual Report of the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Rhode Island for the Year Ending December 31, 1921, p310).
      The company was often referred to as Columbia Granite Company, a name used by several companies in other states including Connecticut, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.  Their own advertisements as well as government inspection reports always said Columbia Granite Works into the early 1920s.  Starting in 1924, Westerly taxes are assessed for the Columbia Granite Company until 1958.  Rhode Island business directories in the 1930s and 40s listed Columbia Granite Company on Old Hopkinton Road.  

 

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