William Seddon Thomas was born in 1864, in Dravosburg, Pennsylvania. As a young man, he chose the hauling business as his profession. By the time he was thirty-five years old, he was known as the one to call when a moving problem was difficult. In 1899 in Fairmont, West Virginia, word of Thomas’s skills came to an industrialist, so the story goes, who was hard pressed to manage the logistics of a complex moving job. Presented with this challenge, Thomas accepted and began the slow expensive process of moving his teams to Fairmont. He brought his horses and rare rigging skills into the bustling and booming coal fields of northern West Virginia. He arrived in town, executed the assignment, and learned to his dismay that his employer had failed in business and was bankrupt. Never paid for the work, he did not have the funds to return to Dravosburg. Yet his fine horses required feed, and his wagons needed repairs. Without funds for these and other expenses, Thomas had little choice but to remain where he was. He went to work in Fairmont, advertising proudly that no job was too small, too dangerous, or too large for him to undertake. W.S. Thomas Transfer was born!
Over one hundred years later, W.S. Thomas Transfer still operates out of the town of Fairmont, West Virginia, and is known as the most dependable hauler in the area. We have been through the Great Depression, two World Wars, multiple smaller wars and numerous Recessions. We have watched competitors come and go, customers open and close and associates hired and retired. Some have asked “How have you stayed in business for so long?” To them we reply “Talk to a W.S. Thomas customer for the answer.” – less