HISTORIC GOODWILL & SINAI MT. COAL MINING INDEX

GOODWILL, WEST VIRGINIA HISTORY & INDEX

In the early 1900s Goodwill had two saw mills, two coal tipples, two power plant, two company stores, two schools, three churches, a union hall, post office, theater, dance hall, pool room, shoe shop, doctors office, and over a hundred homes. In 1950, Goodwill had a population of 1536. In 1958, the mine was closed, and the residents left. All the buildings were torn down except for one house. Today Goodwill is only a memory.

Robert and Phillip Goodwill opened a coal mine and started building this coal camp in 1886. Jairus Collins opened another mine in 1887. There were two saw mills, two coal tipples, two power plant, two company stores, two schools, three churches, a union hall, post office, theater, dance hall, pool room, shoe shop, doctors office, and over a hundred homes. In 1950, Goodwill had a population of 1536. In 1958, the mine was closed, and the residents left; all the buildings were torn down except for one house. This house was still occupied in the year 2001.

The Goodwill Coal Campany , located at Flipping, WV got its name from the from of Robert Goodwill. Robert Goodwill was born in Northumberland county, England, October 7, 1827. He was the son of Anthony G. and Margaret (Fleeman) Goodwill.

Robert Goodwill was married, in England, to Katherine, daughter of Philip and Margaret (Jures) Wake on July 27, 1847, He and Catherine had five childrern. Their three sons were Philip and William, both members of the Goodwill Coal and Coke Company of West Virginia and Anthony G. Goodwill.nthony was Vice President of the Goodwill Coal & Coke Co. and was a merchant of Shamokin, PA.

At the age of 25, Robert Goodwill came to America in 1852 with his wife, Katherine Wake, and oldest son, Anthony G.  Robert settled in Gold Mine Gap, Pennsylvania, near the  city of Shamokin.  He had been a coal miner in England since the age of nine  and 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. 

In 1886 Robert Goodwill first began organizing the Goodwill Coal and Coke Company of Flipping, West Virginia. He leased a colliery from the Blue Stone Coal Company and in November 1886 and 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 company President, Anthony G. was Vice President. Philip Goodwill was general manager and treasurer, and William F. Goodwill was secretary. Robert Goodwill was listed as President of Goodwill Coal and Coke Company until 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 returned to Shamokin, Pennsylvania and died in 1898. Philip Goodwill lived his life out in Bramwell, WV. He died in 1916.

( Text Provided By: Ken Bowen, Bluewell, West Virginia. )

Goodwill's Coal Community

VIEWS OF GOODWILL COAL CAMP BUILDINGS

GOODWILL COAL CAMP - 1886

GOODWILL COAL CAMP - 1905

1939 GOODWILL COAL TIPPLE

1887 LOUISVILLE COAL TIPPLE GOODWILL, WV

GOODWILL'S LOUISVILLE COMPANY STORE - 1957

INSIDE GOODWILL'S LOUISVILLE COMPANY STORE - 1957

LOUISVILLE COMPANY STORE EMPLOYEES - 1957

1924 GOODWILL FLOOD

GOODWILL MINING RESCUE TEAM

GOODWILL COAL CAMP TIPPLE CREW - 1940

GOODWILL COAL CAMP TIPPLE CREW - 1956

GOODWILL'S WINDING GULF COLLIERIES NIGHT SHIFT - 1940

GOODWILL'S WINDING GULF COLLIERIES NIGHT SHIFT - 1956

GOODWILL MINERS DAY SHIFT -1940

GOODWILL COAL CAMP SCHOOL

GOODWILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCHOOL -1948

Goodwill's Churches

THE CHURCHES OF GOODWILL

GOODWILL'S CHILDREN BIBLE SCHOOL

GOODWILL'S BAPTIST CHURCH MEN

GOODWILL'S SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS

Goodwill's Pioneers

JUSTUS COLLINS GOODWILL, WV COAL BARON

GOODWILL RESIDENT HARVEY MCBRIDE

MERCER COUNTY RAMBLERS - 1930

WINDING GULF COLLIERIES LUNCHEON - 1940s

GOODWILL'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION - 1920s

GOODWILL'S 1940s BASEBALL TEAM

GOODWILL'S MAIN COAL LINE MOTOR MEN

Residents Of Goodwill

MEMORIES OF GOODWILL RESIDENTS

GOODWILL'S WWII HEROS

A GOODWILL VIETNAM VETERAN

BILL PARAGON & FAMILY

REMEMBERING A BELOVED GOODWILL RESIDENT

A GOODWILL RESIDENT TO REMEMBER

THE DUNCANS OF GOODWILL

THE LADIES OF GOODWILL

A GOODWILL SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

THE GOODWILL GANG

"OUT-OF-THE-ATTIC" SISTERS FROM GOODWILL,WV

GOODWILL SCHOOL SIXTH GRADE- 1951

OUT-OF-THE-ATTIC GOODWILL,WV BIBLE SCHOOL

GOODWILL SCHOOL CLASSES FROM APPROX. 1950

CHILDREN OF GOODWELL RESIDENTS

GOODWILL SCHOOL CLASSMATES REUNION

Goodwill's Hurst Family

THE HURST FAMILY OF GOODWILL

CLARENCE HURST, JR. AND WIFE, BETTY HURST

CLARENCE HURST, JR. AND WIFE, BETTY HURST FIFTIETH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

HELEN (BORAY) HURST & CHILDREN

CLARENCE HURST, JR.- 5TH GRADE CLASS

GOODWILL'S CLARENCE AND HELEN HURST -1938

JAKE HURST - A GOODWILL COAL MINER

Goodwill's Boray Family

GOODWILL's - STEVE BORAY

THE BORAY FAMILY OF GOODWILL

STEVE BORAY, SR.

THREE BORAY FAMILY MEMBERS

STEVE BORAY AND DAUGHTERS

STEVE BORAY & FRANK OILER

STEVE BORAY & GRANDSON

BORAY FAMILY MEMBERS

WWII HERO - STEVE BORAY, JR.

JOHNNY & LOUISE BORAY

Sinai Mountain Material

SINAI MOUNTAIN PIONEER FAMILIES

SINAI MOUNTAIN PIONEER BARKER FAMILY

THE EARNEST BAILEY FAMILY OF SINAI MOUNTAIN

SINAI MOUNTAIN PIONEE RESIDENTS

SINAI MOUNTAIN PIONEER DILLON FAMILY

SINAI MOUNTAIN PIONEER BASIL AND WALTER DILLON

THE THE GIRLS OF SINAI MOUNTAIN

THE THE BOYS OF SINAI MOUNTAIN

THE THE GIRLS & BOYS OF SINAI MOUNTAIN

LORA & SON, TOMMY BAILEY

Miscellaneous

TAYLOR MOUNTAIN SCHOOL NEAR GOODWILL, WV

OLD MONTCALM SCHOOL - 1970

STUDENTS OF SHRADER SCHOOL,CLIFF YARDS, WV

THE MCCOMAS STORE -1909

SOUTHERN WV COAL TOWNS INDEX

COAL MINING MAP IN BRAMWELL AREA

LINK - A WEST VIRGINIA GHOST COAL TOWN - GOODWILL

Bluefield Daily Telegraph Sep't. 10, 1904: Phillip Goodwill, superindendent of the Goodwill Company, and his two sons, Phillip and Blondin returned to their home here yesterday after a visit to the World's Fair.

Acknowledgement: Ken Bowen Bluewell, West Virginia contributed heavily to the material for this Goodwill Index. Ken was born and raised in Goodwill, WV and now lives in Bluewell, WV. His numerous contributions are evidenced by his articles of interests dealing with the history of southern WV. He has also documented for posting on various Cemetery Web Sites many of the cemeteries in southern WV. Articles in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph have highlighted some of Ken's work.

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