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.

The Bank of Bramwell was formed in 1889, hard on the heels of the events of 1886-1887. The bank was capitalized chiefly by C.H. Duhring and James E. Mann, a landed West Virginian from Greenbrier County who also owned coal land in Fayette County. Other capitalists, such as J.P. Morgan, Collis P. Huntington, Edward H. Harriman, and John D. Rockefeller, were engaged in railroad building to open up the coal mines in Fayette County. (The possibility of a connection between Mann and the Clark interests in Philadelphia, that would have been represented by Duhring, presents an intriguing subject for investigation because of the potential competitive struggle.) James Mann installed a cousin, I.T. Mann, as cashier of the newly formed bank and the young man moved his family to Bramwell to begin a long career in financing coal operators, ultimately becoming one himself. The nationwide depression of 1893-94 weakened the Clark-N&W Railroad domination.

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:

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