E.R. "Jack" Price

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E.R. "Jack" Price - was the anger Wheelwright. Ky., Known Town That...
was the anger Wheelwright. Ky., Known Town That Jack (Price) Wheelwright. Kentucky. Is known to the residents of that small mining town of 3.000 as the "town thst Jack built." The Jack in the quotation is Edwin Reynolds "Jack" Price, manager of the Inland Steel coal mines in the town, who married the former Miss Lillian Motter, of Frederick. · In an article discussing Kentucky personalities in the Louisville Courier Journal recently. Price was described as the head man of a Big Business operation, "with twa capital B's. But the head man in a lot like the friendly policeman who occasionally stops a long line of fast traffic to let a little girl and her doll buggy cross the street in safety. "Price is called Jack by all who know him, and Wheelwright is called the town that Jack built." The town has been dubbed this title because of the untiring energy spent by Jack in changing the town from "a morass of mud in winter and dust in summer" to a neat, clean Residential town, according to the article. Born in Meyersdale, Pa., on January 10, 1889, Edwin was the second of four children. When he was fo'ur, his father died, and his grandfather took the family to Kentucky, where he has remained. After graduation rrom h i g h school, he elected to work instead of going to college. Jack's second job at the age of 16 was as a mine laborer where he received $1.75 for a 10-hour day. Today for similar work. Price pays laborers $14.75 for a portal-to-portal day of 8 hours. From laborer, rrice stepped up from engineering to management. He was assistant manager of the Consolidated mines at Van Lear, Kentucky, and In 1917 became manager. After a period of service at Somerset. Pa., he returned to Van Lear, where he also introduced many improvements. He was hired as general manager of the then Elkhorn Coal mines at Wheelwright in 1928. and in J930 when Inland Steel purchased the property, he was held in the same position. When Price went to Wheelwright, he saw the terrible, unsanitary conditions where outdoor privies drained into a nearby creek, and there Edwin K. "Jack" Price was only one hand pump for eight houses. The mines were dangerous, and the people half-sick. "Price knew what ought to done, and his superior holding Inland's money knew what could done. The Wheelwright of 1950 might still be a dream in one head if Price's superior back in had not been Clarence B. Randall. Inland's vice-president in charge raw materials. The Harvard-bred Randall saw eye-to-eye with and Randall sat in Chicago and said go ahead and spend the "Today Randall is president of Inland Steel. He is fiercely proud of Wheelwright, comes up here often as he can and keeps an photograph of the town hanging his private office." The Prices have no children, he is a tireless patron of the Scouts, and is vice-chairman and executive committeeman for Scout Region Four. He is a trustee of Berea College, member of the board of regents of Pine Mountain Settlement School. 6ne of his hobbies is the Inland Scholarship that keeps nine boys and girls college every year. On his retirement, Mr. stnd Mrs. Price expect move to Frederick and make home here.

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  1. The News,
  2. 22 Sep 1950, Fri,
  3. Page 9

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