Jay Pickands - Partner of Pickands Mather & Company
9619 Lake Shore Boulevard "Breezy Bluff"
Jay Morse Pickands became a partner in Pickands, Mather & Company, in 1911, a company founded by his father, Colonel James Pickands, and Samuel Mather in 1883. The business grew, including operation of iron-ore mines, mining and distribution of coal, distribution of coke, and management of The Interlake Steamship Company fleet of 36 freighters transporting iron ore, coal, limestone and grain on the Great Lakes.
Jay Morse Pickands was born on February 21, 1880, in Marquette, Michigan, to Colonel James and Caroline Martha Pickands. He was two years old when his mother died on May 15, 1882, and his father remarried to Seville Hanna, the sister of Mark Hanna.
Jay graduated from University School in 1898 and went on to graduate from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1902. After graduation, he went to work in the sales department of Pickands, Mather & Company. Jay’s brother, Henry, took over the partnership of the firm upon the death of their father.
Jay married Alice Maxwell Reynolds on January 7, 1903. She was born in Marquette, Michigan, on February 24, 1882, to Josiah and Jean Reynolds. Jay and Alice had one daughter, Jean Maxwell.
Jay was a member of the Athletic, The Country, Mayfield, Tavern, and Union clubs. Politically he was a staunch Republican. He actively participated with charitable organizations and, for several years, was Secretary of the Cleveland Branch of the Red Cross.
Jay Pickands died on November 18, 1913, at age 33 at Lakeside Hospital as the result of an operation for appendicitis and buried in Lake View Cemetery.
Alice remarried to Jeptha Homer Wade, Jr., and died in Santa Barbara, California, on January 22, 1919, at age 36.