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The Huntington Memorial Hospital at 6th Avenue and 1st Street. Kessler Hospital and Sanitarium was founded by Dr. A.K. Kessler and housed in a fine stone structure at 4th Avenue and 5th Street. The property was turned over to Mount Hope Hospital when Kessler moved to this facility at 6th Avenue and 1st Street. After Dr. Henry D. Hatfield, a former West Virginia governor, joined the staff in 1917, it became Kessler-Hatfield Hospital. Later, the business was known as Memorial Hospital. It closed Aug. 13, 1958, and was razed in February 1961 to make room for a shopping center (Food Fair is now located there). The photo is in the Feb. 20 Do You Remember gallery on our website.

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1909, the first edition of The Herald-Dispatch hit the streets of Huntington. 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 at 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 Be sure to include the title of the gallery, details of the photo, your name and phone number.

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