Jay Pickands - Partner of Pickands Mather & Company

9619 Lake Shore Boulevard "Breezy Bluff"

Jay Morse Pickands was made a partner in Pickands, Mather & Company in 1911. The company was 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 was prominently connected 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. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery.

Alice remarried to Jeptha Homer Wade, Jr. Alice Reynolds Wade died in Santa Barbara, California on January 22, 1919, at age 36. She was buried in Lake View Cemetery.