Luther William Helmintoller

Submitted to the West Virginia Biographies Project by:
Valerie & Tommy Crook
March 19, 2000

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III,
pg. 370

LUTHER WILLIAM HELMINTOLLER, superintendent for the
Buffalo Thacker Coal Company at Chattaroy, Mingo County,
has run the full gamut of experience in connection with
the coal-mining industry, his first work having been as a
trapper boy, when he was but ten years of age.

Mr. Helmintoller was born at Ronceverte, Greenbrier
County, West Virginia, on the 17th of August, 1893, and
is a son of William B. and Margaret (Morgan) Helmintol-
ler, the former of whom was born in Alleghany County,
Virginia, and the latter in Greenbrier County, West Vir-
ginia, where their marriage was solemnized. Mrs. Helmin-
toller passed to the life eternal on the 3d of March, 1919,
at the age of fifty-four years. William B. Helmintoller was
engaged in farm enterprise for a number of years, and for
fifteen years thereafter he was identified with public work
in Raleigh County, this state. He is a republican and is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, as was
also his wife. He now, at the age of sixty-eight years
(1922) is living retired in the home of his son Luther W.,
of this review, who was fourth in a family of twelve chil-
dren, of whom eight are living.

Luther W. Helmintoller gained his early education in
the public schools of Greenbrier and Raleigh counties, but
early began to do practical work also in connection with
coal mining, as noted in the preceding paragraph. By his
mine work he earned the money to defray his course in the
Dunsmore Business College, Staunton, Virginia. His first
mine service was in Raleigh County, and he has since held
various progressive positions in different mines, besides
having had charge of general stores conducted by mining
companies. His work has been in Raleigh, Logan, Boone,
Kanawha, McDowell and Mingo counties, and his ambition
and effective service gained to him consecutive advancement,
as is shown by the fact that he became a mine superin-
tendent when he was but twenty-three years of age. He has
been a constant reader and student concerning matters per-
taining to the coal industry, and has well earned the success
which is his. He was with Jack Dalton in the World war
period, and had charge of three mines on Coal River in
Boone County. By thus spurring the production of coal he
made effective contribution to the nation’s war cause, the
fuel production having been one of major importance. He
has been associated with the Buffalo Thacker Coal Company
in the capacity of superintendent at Chattaroy since August,
1920. He is a republican, is affiliated with the Blue Lodge
and Chapter of the Masonic fraternity at Bramwell, and in
the Scottish Rite Consistory at Wheeling he has received
the thirty-second degree, besides which he is a member of
the Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Charleston, the Lodge
of Elks at Huntington, and the Lodge of Knights of
Pythias at Pocahontas, Virginia.

In 1916 Mr. Helmintoller married Miss Lillian White,
daughter of Charles H. White, of Maybeury, McDowell
County, and they have one daughter, Mary.