Town of Bramwell Memories
DR. J. C. NEWBOLD
( 1883-1976 )
year is approximately 1947 and Dr. J. C. Newbold was
standing in front of the Historic Issaic T. Mann House.
At that time he owned the Historic Hewitt House that is
located beside the Mann House. Dr. Newbold was a well
know prominent resident of The Town of Bramwell. He owned
a string of movie theaters in southern West Virginia,
including the Bramwell Theater and also owned the
Historic Bramwell Pharmacy.
Dr. Newbold attended pharmaceutical college in Louisville, Kentucky where he met Dr. Simeon Joseph " Doc" Bryant ( 1865 - 1939 ) another pharmacy student. Upon graduation they came to Bramwell together as pharmacists for the Bryant Company. Bryant's Pharmacy was first established in 1892 and rebuilt in 1910 following the Town of Bramwell Fire. S. J. Bryant was listed as pharmacy manager with J. C. Newbold and S. J. Bryant, pharmacists.
Dr. Newbold's full name is John Clyde Newbold and he was a druggist by profession. Dr. Newbold was born July 26, 1883 in Jefferson County, PA. Dr. Newbold died Nov. 8, 1976 and is buried in the Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery, Fostburg, PA. He was the son of Tobias S. Newbold, who was born June 1837 in Pennyslvania and Rosa I. ( born Nov. 1859 in PA). Dr. Newbold's parents, Tobias and Rosa were married in 1880, They had six children. Two of their children were John Clyde Newbold and Olive V. Newbold.
Email: 15. June 2011 - von Vaughn Cassell: "I was browsing on Rootsweb.com and came across this family. You have listed a John C. Newbold, b. 1883 born in PA. I believe this is the same Dr. John C. Newbold, Pharmacist, in Bramwell, Mercer County, WV (...West Virginia...). He died in November 1976 at age 93. He worked in Bryant Drugstore and I believe owned an interest in this business or possibly wholy owned the store. He also owned an interest in a movie theater chain with the Keesling family.
Note: Dr. Newbold's dog was named Satin.
Dr. J. C. Newbold grave marker at Hopewell Cemetery, Frostburg, PA.
Note: Emails and death information contributed by: Christian Frese
This 1873 Steinway square grand piano once stood in the Historic Bramwell home of Dr. J. C. Newbold. Dr. Newbold loved to play the piano and he composed music on this piano about his birthplace in Pennsyvalnia. Students from Bramwell High School sometimes played this piano in his Bramwell home. The piano was originally purchased new from the Steinway company and shipped April 4, 1873 to the home of William Ramsay in Greenville, TN. It is believed that it remained the Ramsay home until purchased by Dr. Newbold, perhaps in the 10930s. This antique Steinway piano was sold for $2750.00 at Dr. Newbold's estate sale in 1979.
The piano was purchased from the Newbold Estate in 1979 by Albert Bailey "Shorty" Johnson of Pocahontas, VA and given to his daughter Virginia Lucille Johnson Cassell at the same time. Virginia passed away on December 9, 2010. It remained at the Cassell home in Wytheville, VA from that time until it was purchased and transported to the Petty home in Amissville, VA on Dec. 30, 2011.
( This photograph furnished by Vaughn Cassell )