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 with the year 1961 written on the outside.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 -
Oley Junior High School students throw a birthday party for beloved coach Bill Shriner. Shriner began his career with young people in 1949. His philosophy was evident in a card he would often carry, according to a 1999 article in The Herald-Dispatch. It read, "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in or the kind of car I drove -- but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." Shriner was the executive director of the Boys Club of Huntington when it was formed in 1958, the first such club established in West Virginia. He was named to the Huntington Wall of Fame, and was a teacher at Guyandotte Elementary and Oley Elementary and Junior High, a school counselor at Oley and Huntington East, coach and job placement coordinator from 1949 through 1986 when he retired. Shriner died Sept. 17, 2001, at the age of 79. Thanks to Jim Casto and Ken Reffeitt for the information. The boy at left is Robert Dillon (thanks to Ellen Vanhoose Washburn, who says the photo is from 1961. The girls were cheerleaders, and the boys were on Oley Junior High's basketball team). The lady second from right is Nancie Cunningham Midkiff (thanks to her daughter Jody Cline for the identification). According to Anita Farrell, the girl on the far right is Jackie Bernard, who went on to be Miss Marshall around 1968. "She married Huntington boy Tom Krieger, who had completed West Point," she said. "He later went to WVU Law School and was in the Jenkins-Fenstermaker firm here till he retired several years ago. I believe they live in North Carolina now. Jackie met The Mary Kay of Mary Kay cosmetics when Tom was stationed out west and literally brought the product to West Virginia when Tom was in law school." According to Jim Mitchell, the student directly behind Shriner is James "Jim" Jordan.