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100 Years Ago at Granite Rock Company

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

100 years ago, in 1912, at what was then known as the Logan Quarry (now A.R. Wilson Quarry), horse-drawn carts were replaced with a new Porter 0-4-0 steam locomotive. Granite Rock Company Engine Number One was used to haul carloads of broken rock from the quarry face to the crusher. The quarry face was 100 feet above the crushing plant and Southern Pacific mainline railroad tracks, and rock was dropped through chutes from above the crusher to the plant.
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Betty Clay Recalls Her Career at Central Supply Company and Graniterock

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Betty Clay shared her memories with Rose Ann Woolpert in April, 2012.
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John Green, Granite Rock Company 1953-1985, Logan Quarry Superintendent 1972-1985 - Part Three

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

In a recent interview, John Green spoke at length about his time with Granite Rock Company, where he worked first as a “sample boy” at Logan Quarry and eventually worked his way up to Quarry Superintendent. He told stories which include many of the people he worked with over the years, such as Paul Mahler, Elmer Neyens, Carl Preston, Oscar Davies, Roy Goodwin, Ray Johnson, Jay Woods, Claude Mason and Skeeter Hanson, and talked about many of the changes that transformed the Quarry and the Company during his thirty-two year career. In this Rockblog entry, John talks about the years just before the modernization of Graniterock’s Aromas quarry, when he worked as Quarry Superintendent.
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John Green, Granite Rock Company 1953-1985, Logan Quarry Superintendent 1972-1985

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

In a recent interview, John Green spoke at length about his time with Granite Rock Company, where he worked first as a “sample boy” at Logan Quarry and eventually worked his way up to Quarry Superintendent. He told stories which include many of the people he worked with over the years, such as Paul Mahler, Elmer Neyens, Carl Preston, Oscar Davies, Roy Goodwin, Ray Johnson, Jay Woods, Claude Mason and Skeeter Hanson, and talked about many of the changes that transformed the Quarry and the Company during his thirty-two year career.
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Bill Van Sandt – The Story of His Career With Graniterock – Part 2

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Bill Van Sandt’s career at Graniterock spanned nearly 50 years of the Company’s history. In a 2008 interview, Bill recalled his experiences as a driver in Santa Cruz during the 1950’s and later as manager of the Santa Cruz Branch of Graniterock. This is the second of a two part story of his career, and tells about his early years delivering concrete in the Santa Cruz area.
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Bill Van Sandt – The Story of His Career With Graniterock

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Bill Van Sandt’s time at Graniterock spanned nearly 50 years of the Company’s history. In a 2008 interview, Bill recalled his experiences as a driver in Santa Cruz during the 1950’s and later as manager of the Santa Cruz Branch of Graniterock. This is the first of a two part story of his career, and tells about his early years delivering concrete in the Santa Cruz area.
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Memories of Bruce

Posted by Keith Severson on Mar 18, 2015

We invite you to comment and share your fondest memories of Bruce W. Woolpert. 
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Housing Data Wrap-Up: April 2012

Posted by Keith Severson on Mar 18, 2015

Home Sales Have A Little More Spring In Their Step
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Big Rig Trucks and Safety on the Highway

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Everyone who drives our area highways passes commercial big haul trucks on a regular basis. But do we think about their drivers, the loads they carry or the importance of safe driving while we share the road with these big rigs? Graniterock transportation drivers recently talked about the challenges of safely navigating our area roads as they deliver construction products to our customers. 
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The Easton Family of Santa Cruz

Posted by Rose Ann Woolpert on Mar 18, 2015

Toward the end of the 19th century, many ambitious young men were drawn to careers in mining and construction. They dreamed of opportunity in the untapped riches of the West. Wallace Stegner’s novel, Angle of Repose, tells one such story and provides insight into the life and aspirations of western geologists and engineers of that era. The Easton family of Santa Cruz had three sons who followed a similar path, became civil engineers and played a large role in the early story of Graniterock and the development of California.
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