JOSEPH HERBERT BRAMWELL - A Historic Bramwell Pioneer
JOSEPH HERBERT BRAMWELL
Historic Bramwell pioneer who gave his name to the town.
From Martha Jane Becker's Book ...." Bramwell, The Diary of a Millionaire Coal Town":
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. Bramwell 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.
By 1885, J. H. Duhring, a coal company engineer, finished mapping lots for homes and businesses in Bramwell that were located the Bluestone River's horseshoe bend. J. H. Duhring is credited with designing the two major brick streets to form a cross in the town. The community of Duhring near Bramwell is also named after Mr. Duhring. 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.
Another account of J. H. Bramwell;
J. H. Bramwell, an engineer from Staunton, Va., who accompanied Welch on his 1873 survey of the Pocahontas Coalfields. Bramwell later worked as general manager of the Crozier Coal and Coke Company.
Below text is from the Virginias Mining, Industrial and Scientific Journal - October, 1884: