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The congregation of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church traces its roots back to 1870, when a chapel was built at 7th Avenue and 16th Street, where both Methodists and Presbyterians worshiped. The Presbyterians soon moved out, and the Methodist church grew and moved into a larger space over a store where Pullman Plaza Hotel now stands. Four years later, a larger chapel was built just up the street at 4th Avenue and 10th Street, and its namesake, the Rev. J.W. Johnson was named pastor in 1889. The next year, he died in an accident sustained in an initiation ceremony of a fraternal society. No specifics are given. In 1892, a church called Johnson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church is constructed, but the interior is destroyed by fire just four years later. For the next 17 years, the church met in various places, including the Cabell County Courthouse. According to the church's historical account, Johnson Memorial grew rapidly between 1900 and 1915, blossoming from 296 to 1,450 members, making it the largest church in Huntington at that time. The red brick frame of the present day facility at 513 10th St., was built in 1913 at a cost of $100,000. It burned in 1935, leaving just the outer structure standing. A local Jewish congregation invited the church members to worship in their synagogue on Sunday mornings while a new church was being reconstructed. The new, present day facility was completed in 1937, and the church moved back into its home, but has maintained a close relationship with B'Nai Sholom Congregation ever since, members said.

Gallery: Do you remember? -- March 26, 2012

Mar. 26, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1909, the first edition of The Herald-Dispatch hit the streets of Huntington.

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May 28, 2011 -- Field House Memories

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May 9, 2011 -- Huntington State Hospital fire on Nov. 26, 1952

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1984 Marshall vs. ETSU, welcome home rally

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While we no longer have very many photos from those early years, we do have a stash of negatives from the 1950s and early 1960s. Our dated, organized negative archives begin in April 1966.

Since December 2010, we have been scanning boxes of old negatives and posting them here at www.herald-dispatch.com/historicalphotos. We add what caption information we know, and readers have been helping to fill in the gaps.

If you can add caption information to any of the photos (or correct a caption we already have), email online editor Andrea Copley-Smith at acopley@herald-dispatch.com. Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.

Reprints of these photos are available. Find the photo you would like to purchase, then click "Purchase this photo" underneath it. Prices are $6 for a 4x6, $11 for a 5x7 and $15 for an 8x10. There are also bigger photo sizes and framing options, if you would be interested.

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