Biography of Joseph Carabelli
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH CARABELLI, proprietor of the Lake View Granite Works. Cleveland, was born at Porto Ceresio, Italy, in April, 1850, and at the age of twelve years he began an apprenticeship to the sculptor's trade and art, while he continued to attend school during the forenoon sessions. He gave special attention to the study of the English language, with an ambition to come eventually to the United States. He landed in New York City in 1870, and as an expert at his trade he soon found employment. He had the distinction of carving the statue of "Industry" for the New York postoffice, and he continued to give his attention to the producing of ornamental work for this building during a period of eight years. In 1880 he came to Cleveland and established the Lakeview Granite & Monumental Works, now the largest concern of the kind in Northern Ohio. Mr. Carabelli is not only an artist but has proved himself to be also a business man of marked ability, as shown by the splendid achievement that has been his during the period of his residence in Cleveland, where his circle of friends is coincident with that of his acquaintances. He has membership in the Chamber of Commerce and the Builders' Exchange, is a stalwart republican, and in 1908 he was elected a representative of Cuyahoga County in the State Legislature. He was the author of the bill which, as enacted by the legislature, makes October 12 a legal holiday in Ohio, in commemoration of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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