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Herald-Dispatch photo archive -

This is the south side of the 800 block of 4th Avenue. The late Okey J. Morrison was a Jackson County native who turned his original country store into a multi-million-dollar chain of 15 stores in West Virginia towns. The O.J. Morrison stores were department stores long before the advent of Walmart and Target. The Morrison’s store in Huntington opened in 1914 and closed in the mid-1960s. The chain’s last store, on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston, survived until 1986. A couple of other interesting things shown in this photo are the large metal sign atop the roof of the Hotel Governor Cabell at the corner of 4th Avenue and 9th Street and, in the next block, the painted sign on the side of the Jones Hotel. When the Jones Hotel was demolished, the property became a parking lot. Thanks to Jim Casto for the information.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- Feb. 23, 2011

Feb. 24, 2011 @ 10:49 AM

We have a treasure trove of old negatives and photos at The Herald-Dispatch. Some of the images, we know. Others, we have no idea.


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We are scanning the negatives and photos and running some of the photos in the newspaper.

These photos were from a box of 4x5 negatives. They are most likely from the late 1940s to early 1950s.

Browse through the gallery. If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), e-mail online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.