Relationship between M. W. Saxman and Coal Company


Marcus W. Saxman, pictured here on the left, was the son of Mathias Saxman. The elder Saxman was the owner of numerous coal and coke companies in Westmoreland County.  He owned, controlled, or developed the Saxman Coal and Coke Company, Derry Coal and Coke Company, and the Superior Coal and Coke Company. In 1905 all of these companies were merged into the Latrobe-Connellsville Coal and Coke Company.

Marcus W. was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in 1867, and followed his father Mathias into the coal mining business. 

In the early years of the 20th century not only was he involved in his father's extensive mining operations, but he was also manager and treasurer of the Kent Coal Company, treasurer of the Unity Coal Company, and treasurer of the Greenwich Coal and Coke Company. In addition to his mining interests, he was also president of the Citizens National Bank, Latrobe, and the director of the Latrobe Trust Company.

In 1905, Marcus W. Saxman purchased approximately 4000 acres from H.B. McIntire known as the "Jacksonville Field." These various parcels of land which varied from 6 acres up to 220 were located in Young Township. A number of company towns, including McIntyre, would be developed on these lands. The land title of this sale indicates that Saxman sold the Jacksonville Field to the Kent Coal Company. The Kent Coal Company then sold the land to the Jefferson and Clearfield Coal and Iron Company. It is unclear whether or not M.W.Saxman was treasurer of the Kent Coal Company before or after the large sale of land that he transferred to the Company. Both the Kent Coal Company and the Jefferson and Clearfield Coal and Iron Company were subsidiaries of the Rochester and Pittsburgh Coal Company. M.W. Saxman died in 1934.  

 


John N. Boucher, History of Westmoreland County (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1906), 488-490.

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