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Memories from Goodwill, West Virginia

The Goodwill Coal Camp got its name from the firm of Robert Goodwill and Company.  At the age of 25, Robert Goodwill came to America in 1852 from Northumberland County, England with his wife, Katherine Wake, and oldest son, Anthony G.  Robert settled in Gold Mine Gap, Pennsylvania, near thecity of Shamokin.  He had been a coal miner in England since the age of nineand continued until he started his own coal company at Shamokin. After hearing the news of the thick seams of coal in southern West Virginia, Robert traveled to Pocahontas and secured a lease for 800 acres of coal land from the Flat Top Land Association.  He returned to Shamokin to organize the
company, and in November 1886 the firm of Robert Goodwill and Company conducted business under this name until December 1888, when the company was incorporated as The Goodwill Coal and Coke Company.  The Goodwill Family owned the entire stock in the company.  Robert was President, Anthony G. was Vice President, Philip was general manager and treasurer, and William F. Goodwill was secretary. Robert Goodwill was listed as President of Goodwill Coal and Coke Companyuntil 1892, and then he resigned from that position on account of failing health.  Anthony and William became presidents of coal companies and other businesses in Shamokin, Pennsylvania.  Philip became President of the Goodwill Coal and Coke Company.  Robert Goodwill died in Shamokin in 1898.

After Robert and Philip Goodwill opened a coal mine in Goodwill in 1886 Justus Collins opened another Goodwill coal mine in 1887. Coal baron Philip Goodwill built his home in the Town of Bramwell and it is now featured as one of Bramwell's many HISTORIC HOUSES.

The former River's End B&B was originally the home of Justus Collin's brother, Jairus Collins who owned 6 mines. It is a brick and frame vernacular style home that is also located on the Bluestone River in the Town of Bramwell ,West Virginia. This historic house was built in 1911.

There were two Goodwill Coal Tipples ( Mercer County, WV ) that were operated by Louisville Coal & Coke Co. Winding Gulf Collieries. The second GOODWILL COAL TIPPLE was later built in Goodwill. It is featured in a 1939 photograph.

( Material Furnished: Ken Bowen, Bluewell, WV. )

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