in the 1800s, the town of
Bramwell, West Virginia is
located eight miles north of
Bluefield,West Virginia, adjacent
to Route 52. Bramwell is seated
2300 feet above sea level in
Mercer County, West Virginia. The
Bluestone River surrounds the
town in a horseshoe bend fashion
and it was first known as Horse
Shoe Bend in the early 1800s. The
Town's namesake, J.H. Bramwell
who arrived in Bramwell in 1883
was a New York civil engineer. As
first postmaster of a post office
that needed a legal label, he
said, "Every little baby has
a name, and this little town must
have the same. I therefore name
it Bramwell." Joseph H.
became first president of the
famed Bank of Bramwell, and a
big-time real estate investor. After
getting rich on real estate sales
in Bramwell he left the town for
Switzerland where he died in the
1890s. The town of Bramwell was
incorporated in 1888 under a
special charter granted by the
Circuit Court of Mercer County
with John D. Hewitt, Senior named
as the first mayor.
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TOWN OF BRAMWELL YR. 2020
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Town of Bramwell, WV Year 2019 Town Council Election Results:
By : CHARLES BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph Jun 12, 2019
Bramwell Mayor Lou Stoker retained her position, and two newcomers will serve on town council.
Municipal elections were held Tuesday in the town.
Stoker, who has been mayor for 12 years, was challenged by Michelle Cook. Stoker received 78 votes to Cook’s 35.
Town Council had five seats up for grabs with eight contenders. Incumbents Kelly Murphy Eller, Kelly Goins and Rufus Morgan were reelected. Eller garnered 79 votes, Goins received 73 and Morgan 50.
The two newcomers on council will be Susan Lance Troutner, who received 59 votes, and John Petrulis, with 47 votes.
Incumbent Mandy Fink did not retain her seat, getting 44 votes. The other contenders were Michelle Bourdua, who garnered 35 votes, and Cherish Weeks, who received 22 votes.
One seat that had to be filled was vacant after a resignation.
Town recorder Lara Sitler ran unopposed for that office and she had 82 votes.
20TH YEAR OF HISTORIC BRAMWELL.