Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

Moses Jones, Practical Slater

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Moses Jones was a practical slater, and he knew whereof he spoke. Slate roofing is heavy, expensive, and difficult to work with, but when done right it’s beautiful and bulletproof. And as he pointed out, it’s reusable.

Interesting that in the 1862 Schenectady directory, Moses Jones listed his residence before his business address.

Fans of St. Joseph’s Church on Arbor Hill in Albany should take note that it was considered (by Moses Jones, at least, who installed it) to be the most complete slate roof in the United States. I have no idea what that means.

“Practical Slater” would have been an excellent name for a Puritan, by the way.

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