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Noted historian James E. Casto to sign new book today at mall

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 12:23 PM

HUNTINGTON — Noted local historian and author James E. Casto will sign copies of his new book, “Legendary Locals of Huntington, West Virginia” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Books A Million store at the Huntington Mall.

“My book is a collection of photographs and capsule biographies of some of the people who have built and shaped Huntington over the years,” Casto said. “It includes not only noteworthy individuals from the city’s past but also some of today’s best-known citizens.”

“Huntington has been home to such varied individuals as Carter Woodson, the father of Black History Month; Dr. Henry D. Hatfield, a West Virginia governor who said he would rather be known as a ‘country doctor;’ Dagmar, the blonde bombshell of 1950s television; basketball star Hal Greer; golfing great Bill Campbell; Stella Fuller, who spent her life ministering to Huntington’s poor, and the spectacularly generous Joan Edwards, who gave away $65 million. Their stories and others are included in the book.”

  Casto is the retired associate editor of The Herald-Dispatch and the author of a number of books on local and regional history.