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 archive -
Capt. Howard G. Mayes Jr. was a retired pilot, airline executive and local aviation expert. He died July 31, 2011, at age 93 at The Woodlands, where he and his wife, Fran, resided. Mayes, a pilot since the age of 14, was the retired Vice President of Flight Operations for United Airlines, and after his days there were done, he returned to Huntington. Here, he liberally shared his experience and knowledge of aircraft and airports as a member of the Tri-State Airport Authority. Mayes’ career “was a foregone conclusion,” daughter Barbara Mayes, of Cleveland, said of her father. Her grandfather, Howard Mayes Sr., was a manager/operator for an airport in Chesapeake, Ohio, called, at the time, The Huntington Airport. Born in Chicago, the younger Mayes attended Marshall University and held memberships in the Retired United Pilots’ Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association and flew in the Air Transport Command in World War II. In 2008, The Herald-Dispatch featured Mayes and his wife, Fran, in a Valentine’s Day story. Their 70th wedding anniversary was Feb. 23 that year. The couple met at Huntington High School in the 1930s. His career took flight, and eventually, after moving from Huntington, Chicago, Denver, New York, Miami and Washington, they returned to town after his retirement from United Airlines. Thanks to Bill Martin for the identification. Date is unknown.