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4th Avenue and 9th Street, looking north. The drug store at left is now Pet Palace. At right, Walgreen's is occupying the first floor of the West Virginia Building, which was built in 1924 and originally named the Union Bank and Trust Building. Other visible businesses include Hall's Shoes and Broh Clothing Company. "The drugstore on the left side is Lawrence Drugs in what is known as the Caldwell Building," said Ken Reffeitt. "There was a third drugstore on the west side of 9th Street, just past the Governor Cabell Hotel. So there were 'drugs' on or near three corners of this, the epicenter of downtown Huntington. Most folks went to drugstores or '10-cent stores' for lunch, as they all had lunch counters. Fountain cokes at these establishments always seemed much sweeter than ones you could get in a bottle." Ralph Turner identified the bus as one from the Ohio Valley Bus Company. "There use to be shoe repair shop right there next to Lawrence Drug story on 9th Street," Turner said. "People would wait there on a bus and and get shoes and shined or repaired. They would put their feet on brown wrapping paper while shoes were repaired, etc. There were lots of locally owned stores downtown rather than chain stores -- Bells, Nassers, Hobby Shop, Lambros, Frankels appliances, O.J. Morrison, George H. Wright, Peanut Shop, Arcade was full of stores, several jewelry stores and more."

Gallery: Do you remember? -- Feb. 7, 2012

Feb. 07, 2012 @ 05:12 PM

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.

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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 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.

Tony Broh emailed in more information about the first photo:

"Your photo gallery this week inspired a huge exchange of email among my siblings and cousins about the corner of 9th Street and 4th Avenue and the bus service throughout the city. ...

"The photograph of Owens Illinois Glass Plant shows the area where my family grew up.  My own home is visible on Johns Court, which is the block with very high density single family housing between 4th and 5th street west and 9th and 10th avenue. My cousin's homes are also visible in Fern Court, 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue. 

"As a matter of Huntington history, the Jewish community was very highly concentrated in the area shown in this photograph.  Most of the homes on 11th Avenue between 4th and 5th, for example, were owned by Jewish merchants and semi-professionals.  401 11th Ave. was owned by Herald Schradski (a cousin), who ran the Broh Clothing on 9th Street next to Halls Shoes.

"The original 'Broh Building' is also in your first photo on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 9th Street.  The clothing store was established at the end of the 19th Century by Mike and Julius Broh, who were among the first eight or 10 Jewish families in Huntington and founders of today's B'nai Sholom Temple.  

"If you are really interested in following Huntington history, you can drive out Route 10, and there is a barn where you can faintly see an advertisement for 'Broh Brothers,' which advertised the original store.  Broh Clothing Company was a men's clothing store owned by the next generation as I mentioned above.

"... The email exchange with my siblings and cousins about these two photos discussed the various bus lines that one could take from Ashland to Barboursville.  The corner of 9th Street and 10th Avenue, which had all of the drug stores, was the transfer point for all of the lines.  We marveled about the fact that 5- and 6-year-olds would take the bus alone (at about the time of the photo) without parental help from the Owens Illinois area to Marshall Lab School or to dancing school on 16th Street.  The bus drivers all knew the kids and would watch out for them to cross the street as school buses do today."
 

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