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The ancient, semi-artistic trade of the stone-cutter has engaged the attention of many men of talent and of business ability, who have left to the world a lasting record of their achievements as builders and decorators. These reflections are inspired by a mental review of the successful career of Andrew Carlaw, of Tenth and R streets, Sacramento.

It was in Maddiston, Stirling county, Scotland, that Mr. Carlaw was born. After having acquired a practical education in such public schools as were available to him in the vicinity of his boyhood home, he learned stone-cutting under the instruction of a competent old-country master, and he worked at it in his native land until 1881. Then he came to the United States, which he believed would afford him a better field for his activities than was open to him at home, and settled in Sacramento. Soon, in partnership with his brother, he established a stone-yard in a convenient locality, and they carried on a successful business in the handling of general stone imtil October, 1898, when his brother died; since then Andrew Carlaw has been manager of the enterprise. He has increased the business and is well and favorably known throughout the somewhat extensive territory which he reaches with his trade.

In his political views Mr. Carlaw is a Republican. Well informed upon the political issues of the day and their bearing on our economic conditions, he believes, that the best solution of many of the people's troubles will be found in the outcome of the work of that party, and to it, its men and its measures he yields most loyal allegiance. In his social affiliations he is a Mason and an Odd Fellow. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011