Carroll Lewis Vickers

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
November 8, 1999

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 290-291

CARROLL LEWIS VICKERS. There is a class of men who, in
their own communities, are naturally accorded leadership
in public and private enterprises. This sovereignty is con-
ferred by popular recognition of superlative ability. Varied
talents adapt these few men to captain enterprises of a
varied nature. In this class is found Carroll Lewis Vickers,
a civil and mining engineer of Huntington, who has won
a high place in his profession and has contributed to the
success of various enterprises. Mr. Vickers was born at
Madison, Boone County, West Virginia, December 3, 1882,
and is a son of Lewis F. and Alice T. (Powell) Vickers.

John Vickers, the grandfather of Carroll Lewis Vickers,
was born in Virginia, and died in Boone County, Virginia
(now West Virginia), in 1845. He came to the Kanawha
Valley when he was still a young man, and later became a
pioneer into Boone County, where he engaged in agricultural
operations and became an extensive and prosperous agricul-
turist. He married a Miss Cunningham, who was born in
Virginia and died in what is now Boone County, this state.

Lewis F. Vickers was born September 10, 1837, in Boone
County, where he was reared, educated and married. As a
young man he became one of the pioneer school teachers of
the rural districts, and later was elected and served two
terms in the capacity of county superintendent of schools.
Continuing in this calling, he became one of the dis-
tinguished educators of the state, and when he retired, in
1901, went to his pleasant home at Madison, West Virginia,
where he now lives. Mr. Vickers is a stanch democrat, and
during the early days served as deputy sheriff and deputy
County Court clerk of Boone County. He is a veteran of
the war between the states, in which he fought as a soldier
of the Confederacy, serving through the entire struggle as a
member of the Thirty-sixth Regiment, Virginia Volunteer
Infantry. He participated in the battle of Winchester, was
at Fort Donelson, and took part in many lesser engagements
and skirmishes. In the battle of Cloyd ‘s Mountain, Vir-
ginia, he was wounded severely, being shot through the face
and right arm. His commanding officers were General Mc-
Causland, of West Virginia, and Gens. John C. Breckinridge
and John B. Floyd. Mr. Vickers married Miss Alice T.
Powell. who was born in 1854, at Madison, Virginia (now
West Virginia), and died at Madison in 1905. They became
the parents of the following children: A son who died in
infancy; John, who met death in an accident when only
five years of age; and Carroll Lewis.

Carroll Lewis Vickers attended the public schools at
Madison, West Virginia, but the greater part of his instruc-
tion was given him by his father, under whom he received
a splendid preparatory education. He left public school at
the age of twenty years and pursued a business course at
the Massey Business College, Richmond, Virginia, from
which he was graduated in 1902. It was at that time that
he took up engineering, subscribing to a course in civil en-
gineering with the International Correspondence school of
Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1906, but in the
meanwhile had started getting the practical experience as a
rodman with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad in 1904, and
continued with them until 1907. From 1907 to 1909 he was
employed by the Jefferson Coal Company of Cleveland, Ohio,
as an engineer, and was next with the United States Coal
and Oil Company of Holden, West Virginia, from 1909 to
1911, in the capacity of assistant engineer. His next posi-
tion was that of chief engineer for the Yawkey & Freeman
Coal Company and the Big Creek Development Company,
with headquarters at New York City. the metropolis being
the scene of his activities until 1916, when he formed a
partnership with G. K. Allman at Huntington, the firm style
being Allman & Vickers, civil and mining engineers. This
association was dissolved by Mr. Allman’s death in May,
1921, at which time Mr. Vickers took over Mr. Allman’s
interests. He has continued to carry on the business on his
own account, and has built up one of the largest and most
substantial enterprises of its kind in the State of West
Pritchard Building, Huntington. Mr. Vickers is secretary
Virginia. His offices are situated at 1005-6-7 Robson
and treasurer of the Goodby branch of the By-Products
Coal Company of Huntington, with mines at Chapmanville,
Logan County.

In his political faith Mr. Vickers is a democrat, and his
religious connection is with the Johnson Memorial Church,
Methodist Episcopal, South, of Huntington. As a frater-
nalist he holds membership in Smithfield Lodge No. 182, A.
P. and A. M., Smithfield, Ohio; Huntington Lodge of Per-
fection No. 4; Knights of Rose Croix Chapter No. 4, Hunt-
ington; West Virginia Consistory No. 1, Wheeling, thirty-
second degree; Beni-Kedem Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.,
Charleston; the National Masonic Club, of Wheeling;
Masonic Club, of Huntington; Huntington Chapter No. 8,
O. E. S.; and Huntington Lodge No. 313, B. P. O. E. He
is the owner of a modern and attractive residence at
809 Lincoln Place, Huntington, and a 200-acre farm in
Boone County, this state.

On September 25, 1903, at Madison, West Virginia, Mr.
Vickers was united in marriage with Miss Hattie M. Hager,
daughter of John B. and Mary (Cook) Hager, the latter of
whom is now deceased. Mr. Hager is one of the prominent
attorneys practicing at the Madison bar. Mrs. Vickers died
in February, 1921, leaving three children: Clifford S., born
July 21, 1905, a student at the Huntington High School;
Paul C., born September 8, 1914, who is attending the
graded school; and Ruth, born February 21, 1917.