THOMAS BRETTELL, JR., who, with his brother, operates the Brettell Coal Mines of Mingo Junction, Ohio, was born March 23, 1868, in Staffordshire, England, and is a son of Thomas and Pricilla (Andrews) Brettell, both of whom were natives of England. The father, who at the age of ten years began working in the iron mills in his native country, was identified with the iron and steel industry for about fifty-two years, and is now living in retirement at Mingo Junction, Ohio. Tee mother died in Mingo Junction, in 1907, at the age of fifty-seven years. Six children were born to the parents of our subject: Thomas; George; Edward; Bessie, who is the wife of Roy Welchhouse; Jessie, who is the wife of Harley Still; and Elizabeth, all of whom with the exception of Thomas, were born in America.
Thomas Brettell, Jr., came with his parents to America in 1871, and the family located at Akron, Ohio, where the father purchased property. They then resided for a time in Marquette, Mich., Green Castle, Ind., Terre Haute, Ind., and at Centralia, Ill., where the father was one of the organizers and stockholders of the Centralia Iron Mills. He began working at the mill the first day it was in operation, working under his father, who had charge of the puddling furnace, and continued in that business until 1883. In that year he went to Steubenville, and shortly afterward came to Mingo Junction, where he and his father both worked in the iron and steel mills. Mr. Brettell attended the public schools but a short time, entering the mills at the age of twelve years, but after coming to Mingo Junction he took a business course at the night school here. Since 1908, Mr. Brettell has devoted his entire attention to his coal interests, having embarked in that business with his brother, Edward, in 1904. They first leased and operated for six years, the Pratt Mines, which are located between, Mingo Junction and Steubenville, Ohio and in 1910, purchased the coal beds on the Means and Altimont farms near Mingo Junction. Here they employ about twent-five men in their mines, which are known as the Brettell Mines, and carry on an extensive and lucrative business.
On April 18, 1888, Mr. Brettell married Mary Toben, a daughter of Thomas Toben, and a member of one of the old established families of Jefferson County, Ohio, and to them have been born the following children: William J., Carrie, John E., Fred and Jessie, twins and Thomas. The Brettell residence is located on the Brilliant turnpike road, about one mile south of Mingo Junction. Mr. Brettell is a member of the fraternal orders of the K. of P., and the I. O. O. F., of Mingo Junction, the F. O. E. of Steubenville, and the German Schutzen Club of Mingo Junction.