April 25, 2016

William Jack

1862 – 1915

William “Mr. Jack” Jack was originally from Aberdeenshire Scotland. In 1880 Jack immigrated to the United States, where he quickly found his way to Barre, Vermont.

Jack was a pioneer in the industry as one of the first individuals to pursue the occupation of memorial draftsman, which was new to the industry in the early 1890s. Jack was employed throughout his career as a draftsman by many prominent granite companies in Barre.

In the mid 1890s, Jack created a lettering book for the industry titled Jack’s Old English Capitals, containing full sized old english capital alphabets at 5 varying sizes to be transferred to stone via tracing and hand carved. It is perhaps the first lettering book, or method introduced to the monument industry for reproducing consistent inscriptions. The book saw relatively wide success in the industry, but was out of print by the time he passed away in 1915.