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On March 31, 1913, the Ohio River crested at 66.4 feet, 16.4 feet above flood stage. No local lives were lost in 1913 (three people died here in the 1937 Flood), but suffering was acute. Fuel, light and gas supplies were cut off; no floodwalls protected the city, and water mains were closed to keep out river water. More than 2,000 refugees were housed in churches, schools, City Hall and the city jail. The floodwaters showed no favor. Among those stranded in Ashland were former President William Howard Taft, and in Huntington, Chesapeake & Ohio Railway president George Stevens. And, oh yes, three babies were born in Oley Elementary School.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- Dec. 27, 2010

Dec. 27, 2010 @ 09:55 AM

On Sunday morning, Jan. 17, 1909, the first edition of The Herald-Dispatch appeared on the streets of Huntington. Fast-forward 101 years, and that's a lot of history.

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

In the coming months, we will scan the negatives and photos, which are crumbling and degrading as the years pass. We will create photo galleries with the images and add what caption information we know.

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.

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