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.
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The Fesenmeier Brewing Company was founded in 1899 in Central City by four brothers from Cumberland, Md. (Established by real estate investors in 1893, Central City extended roughly from 3rd Street West to 23rd Street West, from the Ohio River to the southern foothills, and was a bustling community of 5,000 residents. It also was home to a long list of businesses and industries. Most on that list, like the old Fesenmeier Brewery, are long gone, but at least one, Heiner's Bakery, remains. In 1909, Central City voted to be annexed into the city of Huntington.) Fesenmeier Brewing Company was located at West 14th Street and Madison Avenue in Huntington (where Big Lots is). It was composed of 27 buildings and took up a full city block. During prohibition years (1914-1934 for West Virginia), the company operated as a meat packer and ice packer. In 1968, it was sold and became the Little Switzerland Brewing Company. It was demolished in 1972. Date is unknown.