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In 1887, John L. Goss acquired Crotch Island, located off Stonington, Maine, and with his father, Job Goss, started a granite quarrying business. Goss died in 1936, but the company carried on with Max L. Button becoming president; Fred Torrey remained as treasurer and local manager, with William McKenzie serving as general superintendent. In 1953 the Deer Isle Granite Corporation purchased the Goss property on Crotch Island.

The collection is arranged in two series: Series I: Records of John L. Goss Corporation and Series II: Papers of Fred A Torrey. Series I is further divided into the following sub-series: 1. Administrative records; 2. Administrative correspondence of Fred Torrey; 3. General correspondence; 4. Invoices and receipts; and 5. Records of R.B. Corporation.

Publication Date



Business and Industry



Size of Collection

48 cubic feet (48 boxes)

Dates of Collection

1893-1955, bulk 1901-1940

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0206

Goss (John L.) and Torrey (Fred A.) Papers, 1893-1955

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