Hatton Granite Company was established in 1904 – making its mark as North Dakota’s oldest monument business. The Company opened its doors in Hatton, North Dakota, just 15 years after North Dakota gained Statehood. Christian Ness started the business just shortly after settling in Hatton after he and his family emigrated from the Hallingdal area of Norway. In the early years of Hatton Granite, the business necessitated personal artistry and design as most of the monuments were created by a hand and chisel. Through the years, Hatton Granite saw many changes not only in design, but as it passed through the hands of five generations of Christian’s family – Clarence Ness, Palmer and Inez (Ness) Wamstad, Don and Nicki Wamstad, and Blake and Jill Wamstad.