N&W in 1912--History book

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Fri Dec 30 19:46:15 EST 2011

The book, is commonly known among local history folks as "Jack's
History" but its actual title is "History of Roanoke County, Roanoke
City and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company. Jack is credited
with the history of Roanoke County, and Jacobs is credited with the
Roanoke City and Norfolk and Western portions. It was printed by Stone
Printing and has 256 pages, and is a reddish hardcover book with a
number of photos of people and a fairly extensive text. It is also the
basis of a considerable amount of Roanoke history to this day. Jacobs
worked for the N&W in motive power from 1888-1895 and later formed the
Roanoke Chamber of Commerce. Interestingly enough, out of all the bios
in the book, there is none for George Jack.

You can occasionally find them on ebay, but for the most part, almost
anything N&W in the book is virtually repeated in a large number of
other books.
Ken Miller

On Dec 30, 2011, at 11:10 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:

> Bluefield Daily Telegraph

> March 9, 1912



> ------

> History of Roanoke County, City and Norfolk and Western

> The Daily Telegraph has received from E. B. Jacobs and George S.

> Jack, of Roanoke, a copy of a publication, just off the press, which

> gives an interesting history of Roanoke county, Roanoke city and the

> Norfolk and Western Railway Company. The three histories are

> entirely separate so that the reader may devote his time at leisure

> to the study of any of them, and it may be said in passing that the

> histories, while lacking in many of the details which make history

> romantic, are extremely satisfactory from the standpoint of a busy

> business man who wants to get at the facts quickly. In addition to

> the histories, which cover important events up to the present day,

> the book contains a number of biographies of prominent men of

> Roanoke county and the city itself. Regarding the Pocahontas coal

> shipments during 1883 a little story is told of the first car of

> coal shipped, which was robbed of a large lump at Roanoke. This

> lump was afterwards divided, half of it being presented to President

> Kimball, whose servant at Radnor, near Philadelphia, sometime later

> burned it up, not recognizing the associations connected with it.

> The other half of the lump was afterwards presented to the railroad

> through President L. E. Johnson and now occupies a place of honor in

> a glass case in the museum at Richmond, Va. When the car reached

> Norfolk it was decorated with flags and bunting, switched to the

> street car tracks and hauled about the city, drawn by six horses,

> while ahead of it went a brass band. The coal was afterwards by

> order of President Kimball, distributed among the poor of Norfolk,

> who received the benefit of the first car of Pocahontas coal ever

> hauled to tidewater.

> ------

> [This description fits that of a book in the NWHS Archives.

> Regarding the ceremonial lump of coal, I wonder whether it is still

> in some Richmond museum. Regarding the first car of coal from

> Pocahontas to reach Norfolk, the story goes that it was actually the

> second car loaded, the first load having been used for locomotive

> fuel. So, I can imagine the reaction in the executive offices when

> they got the message: "They did WHAT with that first car of coal?"]


> Gordon Hamilton

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