GOLDIE FRANCES RICKMON

( 1898 -1994 )

(Daughter of John Henry Rickmon (1865 - 1951)

Superintendent of Buckeye Coal & Coke Co.

John Henry Rickmon was born on month day 1865 in, North Carolina, to John Henry Rickmon, Sr. and Elizabeth Rickmon. John married Laura Bell Mitchell in 1889, at age 24 in Virginia. They had 2 daughters: Gladys Verneon Rickmon Eastwood and Goldie Frances Rickmon. John passed away in 1951, at age 86 in Bramwell, WV. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Bluewell, Mercer County, West Virginia

Goldie Frances Rickmon was born on June 23, 1898. She died on November 28, 1994 at 96 years of age. We know that Goldie Rickmon had been residing in Bramwell, Mercer County, West Virginia her entire life. She was extremely knowledgable of the town's history. In her later years she lived in the building that was once the Historic Pence Hotel.

Goldie Rickmon's own words on the Historic Bramwell fire in 1910:

Goldie remembered, “The big boys were sent from the school to help fight the fire. We girls could only stand at the windows and watch the black smoke as it rose from the town. I was worried about my mother and little sister, Gladys, but was not allowed to leave the safety of school.” The firefighters’ labors were daunting. “You know, it was cold. So cold. They said the water froze to ice as it was sprayed on the burning buildings,” continued Goldie. As the fire raged, it turned the capitol of the coalfield to ashes. Only foundations were left of the 21 buildings that burned. Loss was estimated at $200,000 by Mayor Waddell. “Practically every business in town of Bramwell devoured by furious flames, “ was the January 8 Bluefield Daily Telegraph headline. Special sightseeing trains were dispatched from the Bluefield station on Saturday and Sunday. Many people rode north “to see devastation of the unique town.”

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A 2010 newspaper article featuring a photograph of a young Goldie Rickmon and the 1910 fire that destroyed the Bramwell business district.

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