Incorporation of the Herminie Land Company Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to Herminie Land Company To the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in compliance with the requirements of an act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania entitled: "An Act to Provide for the Incorporation and Regulation of Certain Corporations" approved on the 29th day of April, AD1874 and the several supplements thereto, the undersigned all of whom are citizens of Pennsylvania having associated themselves together for the purpose hereinafter specified and desiring that they may be incorporated, and that letters be patent may issue to them and their successors according to law hereby certify: 1st The name of the proposed Corporation is Herminie Land Company. 2nd Said Corporation is formed for the purpose of purchasing and selling real estate. 3rd The business of said Corporation is to be conducted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 4th Said Corporation is to exist for ninety-nine years. 5th The names and residences of the subscribers and the number of shares subscribed by each as follows: Name E. J. Berwind Residence New York City No. of Shares 38 " W. A. Crist " Osceola Mills Pa. " " " J. S. Cunningham " Horatio " " " " W. B. Howell " Irwin " " " " George D. Prentice " Pittsburgh " " " " J. M. Guffey " " " " " 6th The number of directors of said Corporation is fixed at six and names and residences of the directors who are chosen directors for the first year are as follows: Name E. J. Berwind New York City Residence " J. M. Guffey Pittsburgh Pa. " " W. A. Crist Osceola Mills " " " J. S. Cunningham Horatio " " " W. B. Howell Irwin " " " George D. Prentice Pittsburgh " " 7th The amount of the capital stock of said Corporation is $40,000 divided into 800 shares of the par value $50.00 and $4,000 bring ten percentum of the capital stock has been paid in cash to the Treasurer of said Corporation whose name and residence are: W. B Howell, Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Edward J. Berwind (seal) J. S. Cunningham (seal) W. B. Howell (seal) J. M. Guffey (seal) George D. Prentice (seal) W. A. Crist (seal) State of Pennsylvania ss County of Allegheny: Before me a Notary Public in and for the county aforesaid personally came the above named J. M. Guffey, W. B. Howell and George D. Prentice who in due form of law acknowledged the foregoing instrument to be their act and deed for the purposes therein specified witness my hand and seal of office the 25th day of April AD1894. G. A. Hileman Notary Public (notary seal) State of Pennsylvania ss County of Allegheny: Personally appeared before me this 25th day of April AD 1894 J. M. Guffey, W. B. Howell and George D. Prentice who bring duly sworn according to law depose and say that the statements continued in the forgoing instrument are true sworn and subscribed before me the day and year aforesaid. G. A. Hileman notary Public (notary seal) J. M. Guffey W. B. Howell George D. Prentice Executive Chamber Harrisburg May 1st. 1894 To the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Having examined the within application and found it to be in proper form and within the purposes of the class of corporations specified in section two of the act entitled "An Act to Provide for the Incorporation and Regulation of Certain Corporations" approved April 29th, AD1874, and the several supplements thereto, I hereby approve the same and I direct that Letters Patent issue according to law. Rob't E. Patterson Governor. Pennsylvania s.s. Enrolled in charter book 43 page 112 witness my hand and seal of office at Harrisburg this first day of May AD1894. A. L Treden Dept Secretary of the Commonwealth. State of Penna. County of Allegheny: Recorded in the Recorder's Office for said county in charter book vol. 20 page 127 witness my hand and official seal this 8th day of May AD1894. Geo. M. von Bonnhost? recorder Recorded May 22, 1894, Jno. R Oursler recorder NOTES: The Herminie Land Company comprised the privately owned properties on the south side of Sewickley Avenue occupied by business owners. The property on the north side of the street consisted of the coal company "works" and housing for the mine laborers. Edward J. Berwind was the president of the Ocean Coal Company that operated the Ocean Number-One mine in Herminie and the Number-Two mine just inside Hempfield Township. Edward later became the president of the Berwind-White Coal Mining Company (Ocean's parent company) after the death of his brother Charles. James Stewart Cunningham, a mining engineer and aide to E.J. Berwind, purchased much of the land used in Berwind-White's Cambria and Somerset operations. W. A. (AL) Crist was first a paymaster and later a general manager at Berwind-White. William Buchanan Howell was a farmer, businessman and a founding director of the First National Bank of Herminie. James M. Guffey bought and sold coal lands in the Herminie area for E. J. Berwind's mining operations.
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