Spring Street Property

George Parnell Home - 315 West Spring Street

The home of George Parnell at 315 West Spring Street that was built in the 1890's. George was born in Indiana to John Parnell and Katherine Croy Parnell. His father John was from England. George Parnell married Sarah E Campbell Parnell in 1882 and together they would have three sons, John Campbell Parnell who married Vesta Ruffner, the parents of Bromma Lane Parnell. The other sons were Charles Joseph Parnell and Harry Paul Parnell.


George Parnell was a lumberman and sawmill operator. The Parnells cut most of the virgin timber in the Windrock and New River area. This home was built of choice lumber of the virgin timber. George was also one the first city Alderman. He would leave for North Carolina sometime before 1920 and remain in the lumber business until he died in 1940 in North Carolina. He and Sarah are both buried in the Oliver Springs Cemetery.


His son, John C Parnell also worked as a coal miner as well as a lumberman. John's daughter, Bromma graduated from Oliver Springs High School in 1927. Because of the expense for her large family college wasn't an option but she did graduate from Knoxville Business College in 1928.


Looking for a job, Bromma moved to Oneida and lived with her aunt and uncle where she would soon be hired on a trial basis at the First National Bank. She started as a secretary but eventually became the first woman officer and director and the first senior vice president — man or woman. During her professional career she won many awards and held many top offices at the state level.


Bromma married twice, first to Roy Johnson in 1955 and later after his death to Grover C Pemberton in 1978. From this second marriage Bromma would eventually become president of Pemberton Oil and Lumber Company after Grover's death. In her later life she was known as a Philanthropist and a large supporter of the University of Tennessee. Before her death in 2011 Bromma made a donation to the Oliver Springs Historical Society that funded the Bromma Pemberton meeting room at the museum.


The home today is owned my Luke and Dot Hall and still has this fine woodwork