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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call 304-526-2764. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.
Herald-Dispatch photo archives -
Walter Payne was mayor of Huntington from 1949 to 1952. According to Richard McCoy, he was a feed merchant on 14th Street West (Central City). Here, he is chatting with firemen in the fire station at 14th Street and Madison Avenue, next door to his store. "Payne owned an active farm on Spring Valley Road in a broad curve of Twelve-pole Creek," McCoy writes. "It was marked by a very nice farmhouse on the creek-bank with stone walks and a white board-fence enclosing a pasture for livestock. I visited there on some occasions with my father. Mayor Payne may not have even lived in the City of Huntington. I often visited his feedstore on 14th Street, and it was a place with the odors of seed, feed and fertilizer. Often, I was allowed to look over the chicks, offered to those who grew their own chickens and gathered eggs. The feedstore is where one bought food for the chickens, hay bales, straw, garden seeds both in small packets and by the pound or sack-full. Even rabbit food for the live Easter bunny that grew up. It was a wonderful store with personal service for your needs. They loaded your car or truck and most likely delivered. Customers left with sacks, bales or a paper bag tied at the top with a piece of jute string. There were farm tools; shovels, hoes, mattocks, rakes ... it was there." Thanks also to Ralph Turner for the identification. Date is unknown.