The Hammell Co. received most of its raw stock via rail from
the quarries of the North
Barre Granite Company,
and the Vermont Marble Company, to
name two, and from many others across the United States and the World.
Fine Italian marbles were imported to be carved into statues and other ornamental
shapes used on monuments.
mausoleums, and as benches, corner markers for burial lots and many other uses.
Other rare varieties of marbles,
granites and limestone were purchased as well.
The overhead cranes you see in these photos were used to
unload the rail cars and move the
large blocks of stone to a laydown area where they were marked and measured out
for each job.
Larger pieces were split into manageable blocks that would fit the large saws.
Some of the raw
blocks were so large that only two would fit on a rail flatcar.
This last photo shows the railroad siding which ran along the
North side of the building. this siding
serviced only the O J Hammell Company, the 2 adjacent tracks ran from Atlantic
City, passing through
downtown Pleasantville on the way to Camden and Philadelphia.