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Flag raising at Oley Public School around 1890. The adjoining Oley Elementary and Junior High schools were named for John Hunt Oley, a Utica, N.Y., bachelor who was a member of the New York National Guard. Oley came to West Virginia during the Civil War and organized the 8th Regiment, Virginia Cavalry (later the 7th West Virginia Cavalry). He was honored after the conflict for his meritorious service by being promoted to the rank of brevet brigadier general. Oley served as Huntington's first recorder, from the city's inception in 1871 to his death on March 11, 1888. He also served on the local school board and helped organize Trinity Episcopal Church. The first Oley School was built in 1888, the year of its namesake's death, on the southeast corner of 5th Avenue and 13th Street. The elementary/ junior high complex, modified several times over the years, was closed in 1977 and was razed two years later.

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.