BRAMWELL PIONEERS DEATH NOTICE
FROM: BLUEFIELD DAILY TELEGRAPH - MAY 19, 1932
From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, May 19, 1932:
The town of Bramwell was shaken by the deaths of two prominent citizens the same day. May 18, 1932, Jairus Collins was pronounced dead at his home in Bramwell at 7 p.m. by Dr. H. B. Luttrell, a well known local physician. Collins suffered from "myocarditis and endocarditis."
The 72-year old Jairus, along with his brother Justus, were originally from Alabama but had established themselves in West Virginia as major operators in the sprawling Winding Gulf coal field. By 9:30 that same night, Isaac T. Mann had passed away at his Washington, D.C. home, after having been in ill health for over a year.
The 68 year old Mann was president of Pocahontas Fuel Co. and was involved in dozens of other business ventures from the eastern United States to Mexico. A native of Greenbrier County, where he was a banker, Mann was later president of the Bank of Bramwell and sat on boards of a number of other banks regionally. He was a savvy investor whose interests included coal, railways, shipping, timbering and the development of at least one private golf club. Mann was one of the few native West Virginians to leave such a remarkable legacy of business investment, banking, political and social influence in the southern coal industry and beyond.
ACCOUNT OF JAIRUS COLLIN'S & ISAAC T. MANN LIVES BY HISTORIAN KEN BOWEN
JAIRUS COLLINS ( 1859 - 1932 )
Jairus Collins was born in Clayton, Alabama on December 14, 1859. After spending some time in Louisville, Kentucky, he moved to Goodwill, West Virginia in 1887 where he, Isaac T. Mann, and J. J. Tierney established the Louisville Coal and Coke Company on the west fork of Flipping Creek. In 1890, Jairus Collins and Isaac T. Mann organized the Greenbrier Coal and Coke Company in Northfork Hollow in McDowell County. They bought coal property again in 1896 in the Loop Creek Branch Area of Fayette County. In 1902, Collins, Mann, and company formed the Smokeless Fuel Company to sell all of their coal.
In 1903 and 1904 they bought three more coal mines in McDowell County and formed the Superior Pocahontas Coal Company. On December 1, 1905 Jairus Collins and Isaac T. Mann bought the Goodwill Coal and Coke Company from Philip Goodwill and his brothers, William F. and Anthony G.
In 1909 Collins and Mann dissolved the Pocahontas Company and merged all of their coal mines into the Winding Gulf Collieries. It is thought that Jarius and his brother, Justus Collins both served as general manager of the Greenbrier and Louisville Coal and Coke Companies. Philip Goodwill also was appointed general manager of Winding Gulf Collieries at Goodwill where he served until his death in 1916. Then, Emory Jones, and E. V. Bowman were appointed general managers.
Isaac T. Mann died in Washington, D. C. on May 18, 1932. Jairus Collins died on the same day and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery at Bluewell, WV.
The last day of operation for Winding Gulf Collieries in Goodwill was on January 4, 1958. At that time the Sprague Family of Beckley owned the company. They were also the owners of the New River Company.
Text furnished by: Ken Bowen, Bluewell , WV.
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