First of all I'd like to thank the individuals who wrote back re Arthur family. I was able to ascertain that there are 2 living grandchildren from that family. I've contacted them to see if they have any other information about the Arthurs. Lets hope that they do.
In addition, I'd like to fill you all in on our project. We've been researching the lives of the men and women who built our state capitol and we've also researched the building construction. We've identified a number of individuals who worked on the construction-most of whom were stone cutters or polishers. We've found some who worked as laborers and a few carpenters. At this point the people trail seems to disappear. As for the building, we have collected a large number of amazing photographs of the construction site, and we will be shortly traveling to Pickens County, Georgia to film the quarry where the marble on the face of the building was quarried and to do other research. It has been an amazing journey into the past.
We still have more to do: if you know of any women who worked directly on the site or who worked for a company that helped to build the site, or if you have any information about African Americans who worked there, especially if they were apart of a cohort of men who came north from Georgia with the marble to work, please get in contact with me as we've found very little and would like to be able to tell the stories of these people as well.
Again, I am grateful to those of you who answered my email and I'm also thankful for all of you who take the time to research Minnesota genealogy and history. Keep up the good work!