My paternal Grandfather was a stone mason. He plied his trade in Sicily before
coming to the US pre-1900. He died just before I was born, but I have stories
from my father....
He told me that Grandpa made millstones in Sicily. This would have been in the
1870-1890's. He was a big man, strong. His brother, who outlived him had GIANT
hands. It was said he could lift a piece of granite for curbstones by himself.
His brother, my grandfather, was stronger!
Only now do I understand how he most likely made millstones..... and understand
to some degree the hard life it was.
Thank you for sharing.....