Pioneers Of Historic Bramwell - Artifact
Valise of W. Harry Bowen - Bramwell Pioneer
This clothing valise was once the property of W. HARRY BOWEN (1860 - 1942) He was President of Booth - Bowen Coal & Coke Co. Harry Bowen was one of the founders of the Pocahontas Fuel Company. The Bowen families listed below were pioneers of Historic Bramwell, West Virginia. Mr. Bowen's valese is now ( July 2001 ) for sell Gerry Hoots ( http://www.oldtrunks.com/ ) who acquired the valise in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Each of these three families played important rolls in the history of Historic Bramwell and are amoung the most influential Bramwell founders and pioneers.
This clothing valise was made by M. C. Lilley & Company of Columbus, Ohio in the late 1870s or early 1880s for a "Knights Templar" uniform. Two compartments were designed to hold the hat in one and the other parts of the uniform in the other. Detailed instructions for packing the uniform are given on a label inside the case. A name and lodge are stenciled onto the left end of the case. A patent date of 1866 appears on the hinges, a patent date of 1877 appears on the lock escutcheon. Most of this case is original, only the straps and handle have been replaced (with leather from another old case that was otherwise unsalvageable). We recommend to the buyer of this case that the straps not be buckled/unbuckled very often, the original leather around the buckles is fragile, but then it's well over a hundred years old. The lock still works and an antique key is provided. Dimensions: 18" wide x 12" deep x 13" tall; 5 lbs.
JONATHAN P. BOWEN (1830 - 1902) Co-founder of Booth - Bowen Coal & Coke Co. ( Wife - Hanna Evans Bowen )
W. HARRY BOWEN (1860 - 1942) President of Booth - Bowen Coal & Coke Co. ( Wife - Harriet Hopkinson Bowen )
JOSEPH H. BOWEN (1887 - 1966) Chaiman - Pocahontas Fuel Co. ( Wife - Elizabeth Prichard Bowen )
THE JOSEPH BOWEN FAMILY
BOOTH-BOWEN COMPANY STORE
BRAMWELL'S PIONEER INDEX