Memories from Goodwill, West Virginia

SISTERS FROM GOODWILL

Ralph Carner is a 1939 graduate of Bramwell High School. He was raised in Goodwill, WV and was featured in a article written about Goodwill in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph by Samantha Perry in 1996. His is also in this Web site's "Out-Of-The-Attic" photograph of the 1939 BHS graduating class. No doubt the two sisters, Dorothy Garrett and Vilda Gundisch, and many of the children pictured in front of the Goodwill School were also graduates of Bramwell High School. The story in the BLD emphasized life's experiences in the Goodwill coal mining camp in the early 1900s.

Many of these Goodwill Grade School children would have attended Montcalm School and spent their junior/senior years at Bramwell High School. This late 1950s photograph of the Goodwill children was made when they were sitting on the Louisville Company Store steps. The two girls that are sitting on the far left are Walter Gilmore's daughters Rita and Roxanne.  Roxanne is married to Paul Delida; the present pastor of the Church of Christ in Bramwell.

( Photographs from the September 6, 1998 edition of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. Identifications by Ken Bowen, Bluewell, WV. )

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