HUNTINGTON — Born in 1897, Darwin Ensign was a lifelong resident of Huntington and a veteran of World War I. He attended West Virginia University and was a graduate of the Bliss Electrical School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Monday, March 11, 2019
HUNTINGTON — Born in Leeper, Pennsylvania, in 1896, Walter Arnold came to Huntington in 1918 after he served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. Over the years, Arnold had various business interests. He owned and operated the Arnold Delivery Service, a package delivery service for local retail merchants, and at one time operated a garage and a dry cleaning business.
Monday, March 04, 2019
HUNTINGTON — Founded in 1916, Charles H. Hagan & Co. was engaged in the residential, commercial and industrial roofing, plumbing, heating and air conditioning business for 85 years.
Monday, February 25, 2019
HUNTINGTON — Sears, Roebuck & Co. has been much in the news of late. And the news hasn't been good. Plagued by sagging sales, the big retailer filed for bankruptcy and is barely clinging to life. Its future is uncertain.
Monday, February 18, 2019
John Quarles was a man with an inventive mind. Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1915, he graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1937 with a degree in industrial engineering. Early in his career, he worked in Alabama and Virginia.
Monday, February 11, 2019
HUNTINGTON — David Riter was president of the Riter Furniture Co. for more than 40 years before his death in 2002. The store was an integral part of the city's once-thriving 20th Street business community
Monday, February 04, 2019
HUNTINGTON — Over the years, the Becker Music Store, operated by a father and his two sons, played a huge role in the musical life of Huntington, tutoring and inspiring countless young musicians.
Monday, January 28, 2019
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HUNTINGTON — With the end of World War II in 1945, the nation's college campuses were swamped by returning veterans using their education benefits under the federal GI Bill. Marshall College was no exception.
Monday, January 14, 2019
HUNTINGTON — For 14 summers, the sternwheeler "Camden Queen" took passengers on a 45-minute ride from Camden Park's landing on Twelve Pole Creek. The craft, a small reproduction of an Ohio River packet boat from the 1890s, was owned and operated by Capt. Gene Lister.
Monday, January 07, 2019
Monday, December 31, 2018
HUNTINGTON — In its early years, the old State Theater showed first-run films, such as the 1939 classic "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which starred Charles Laughton as Quasimodo, the cathedral's hunchback bell ringer, and Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda, the beautiful gypsy girl he loved.
Monday, December 24, 2018
HUNTINGTON — The Christmas season is here, a good time to take a look back at the Anderson-Newcomb Co., all decked out in its holiday dcor. A local landmark, the Anderson-Newcomb department store was a mecca for Christmas shoppers for decades.
Monday, December 17, 2018
HUNTINGTON — In the early 1930s, Huntington had a homegrown minor league baseball team, the Huntington Boosters, which played at League Park in the city’s West End. The team finished dead last in the Class “C” Mid-Atlantic League in 1932 and 1933.
HUNTINGTON — Toufeek Abu Nasser left his birthplace in Kfeir, Lebanon, in 1919 and made his way to Huntington. In 1925, he established the Art Linen Shop at 316 9th St. The shop operated there for 22 years, selling quality linens. Over the years, Nasser gradually added other items to the store's offerings — including lingerie, women's sportswear and children's clothing.
HUNTINGTON — For years, youngsters would dream that Santa would bring them a fancy new bicycle for Christmas. For some lucky boys and girls, that dream came true when they found a top-of-the-line Western Flyer bike under their Christmas tree — one that Santa had picked up for them at the Western Auto store in downtown Huntington.
In 1923, radio engineer Glenn Chase began a semi-regular schedule of radio broadcasts in Pomeroy, Ohio. Chase said keeping his fledgling station on the air was such a headache that he chose the call letters WSAZ to stand for "Worst Station from A to Z." More likely the call letters were simply a matter of chance when the station's license was issued.
HUNTINGTON — In 1872, Aaron Montgomery Ward, a traveling dry goods salesman, started selling to farmers by mail through a one-page catalog list. By inventing the general merchandise mail-order catalog, Ward could keep prices low through bypassing the middlemen, like small-town shopkeepers and itinerant salesmen.
HUNTINGTON — On March 4, 1995, the Torlone brothers Louie, Dominic and Alfred closed the doors of Torlone's Community Bakery for the last time, after almost 50 years of serving the finest in baked goods, from tasty doughnuts and sweet rolls to elaborate wedding cakes, to their thousands of customers.
HUNTINGTON — Budd L. Moser, the founder of the Quality Bedding Company, was born in St. Louis in 1910. He didn't intend to enter the bedding business when he graduated from The Ohio State University. His goal was to become a lawyer.
HUNTINGTON — For years, Jake Brumfield operated a Meat Market and Grocery at 20th Street and 4th Avenue. The meat he sold was as fresh as you could get, as the animals were brought in on the hoof and butchered in the back of the store. When the Brumfield market closed, Marshall University acquired the building and used it as a makeshift home for its engineering program.
HUNTINGTON — Newspaper ads on the summer weekend of July 13-14, 1963, offered lots for entertainment-minded Tri-State residents to do. The Keith-Albee was showing the Jerry Lewis film "The Nutty Professor," while the Palace was screening "Bye Bye Birdie."
HUNTINGTON — The federal Works Progress Administration (WPA), renamed in 1939 as the Work Projects Administration, was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects, including the construction of roads and public buildings
HUNTINGTON — It's been nearly a half century since the Frederick Hotel checked out its last guest, but Huntingtonians still talk about it today. In its heyday, the Frederick was said to be the most elegant hotel between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. A newspaper account published when it opened in 1906 hailed it as "the greatest building project ever begun in Huntington."
HUNTINGTON — The Huntington Union Mission Settlement was founded in 1914 to care for neglected and orphaned children. At the time, there were no child welfare agencies in Huntington. Originally located in a building at 2nd Avenue and 8th Street, the Union Mission Settlement provided a kindergarten, day nursery, gymnasium and living quarters for neglected and orphaned infants and young children.
Friends Mack Webb and Dave Cohen worked together at B&B Loan, a downtown Huntington pawn shop. Cohen then went into the military, serving in the U.S. Air Force. When he got back home, the two men teamed up to open their own business.
Unhappy passengers frequently shook their heads in dismay and referred to it as "Agony Airlines." But over a 50-plus year period, thousands of passengers, whether they liked it or not, found themselves flying Allegheny Airlines between Huntington's Tri-State Airport and Pittsburgh International.
HUNTINGTON — Prior to the construction of Northcott Hall in 1915, Marshall had only one building, Old Main, which served as a multi-purpose facility that included classrooms, the library, administrative offices, a woman's dormitory, a cafeteria, an auditorium and even a basketball court in the basement.
HUNTNGTON — "You're kidding me, right? You're really telling me that one of the best restaurants in this town is in a bowling alley?" Over the years, people in Huntington took great delight in introducing disbelieving out-of-town visitors to Rebels & Redcoats Tavern, the nationally acclaimed restaurant housed under the same roof as Colonial Lanes.
HUNTINGTON — When the Huntington Mall opened in 1981, one of the mall's anchor stores was a branch of the Lazarus department store chain. In 1951, Simon Lazarus and his wife, Amelia, newly emigrated from Germany, used $3,000 in savings to open a 20-by-50 foot men's clothing store on S. High Street in downtown Columbus.
HUNTINGTON — Born in Russian Lithuania, Robert W. Schiff received a Talmudic education before coming to the United States in 1905. He recalled in 1951 that he had planned to resume his studies in Jewish law, but found himself instead as a clerk in a shoe store. He tried various businesses in Cincinnati, Dallas and Dayton, Ohio.
Charles W. Watts was one of early Huntington's most successful businessmen. He was not only president of the Watts, Ritter & Co., a large wholesale firm that distributed dry goods throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, he was a director of the First National Bank of Huntington, vice president of the Empire Furniture Co. and president of the Blue Jay Manufacturing Co.
HUNTINGTON - Over the years, the Smoot Advertising Company, founded in 1907, put up hundreds, if not thousands, of outdoor billboards in every corner of the Tri-State.
With its gleaming white paint and fancy red trim, its tall black stacks crowned with bright gold and its churning paddle-wheel, the "West Virginia Belle" was a colorful reminder of the steamboats of yesteryear. From 1988 to 1993, the "Belle" plied the Ohio and Kanawha rivers between Huntington and South Charleston, offering day-long trips between the two cities as well as brief dinner cruises out of both.
HUNTINGTON — Kiwanivista Park on U.S. 60 at Ona was once a popular roadside park. It provided a great setting for a Sunday picnic, and folks making what was then a long drive between Huntington and Charleston sometimes stopped there to get out of the car to stretch their legs a bit.
HUNTINGTON — Miller School, built in 1915, was long a landmark in its Southside neighborhood. It welcomed generations of elementary students until 2010, when it was closed and later demolished. Today, a small park stands at the former school site at 12th Avenue and 7th Street. In 2007, students at Miller and Cammack elementary schools were consolidated into a new school — named Southside Elementary
In April of this year, when the Shoney's restaurant at 1750 Washington Ave. closed its doors, it marked the end of an era. The West Huntington eatery was the last surviving location for a chain that once had multiple restaurants in the city. A star football player at The Ohio State University in the late 1930s, Alex Schoenbaum (1915-1996) also became a star in the world of business as the founder of the Shoney's chain.
In 1960, Richard Minnix helped a friend, Ronnie Wright, open a new Texaco service station across from Cabell Huntington Hospital. The following year he married the former Peggy S. Farley. The couple has been married for 57 years.
HUNTINGTON — In 1951, the Cabell County Board of Education revealed plans for Beverly Hills Junior High School, a new, modern school to be built on a 25-acre site near the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Saltwell Road at U.S. 60.
HUNTINGTON — The Frank P. Swan Co. was organized in 1916, with Swan as president and J.C. Kiger as secretary and treasurer. The business, which sold printing and office supplies, moved three times in the next decade, and in 1928 was located on 3rd Avenue.
In 1914, Mike Thabit, who came to the United States from Lebanon, opened a small restaurant on the corner of 3rd Avenue and 8th Street in downtown Huntington. A few years later, he moved to larger quarters on 8th Street where he operated the Aster Restaurant and Candy Co., selling a variety of homemade candies. In 1946, the Aster Restaurant moved to 1117 4th Ave. and became Thabit's Restaurant.
HUNTINGTON — The popular skating rink at Camden Park was destroyed in an April 23, 1996, fire. Camden's business office and Skee-Ball game, housed in the same building, also went up in flames. Motorists stopped along U.S. 60 and Interstate 64 above the park to observe the fire, which raged for two hours.
In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Huntington saw the opening of a number of wholesale houses that supplied an array of merchandise to retail stores in several states. One of the first was the Barlow-Henderson Co., which was founded in 1892 with B.F. Barlow as president and manager and Charles W. Watts as secretary and treasurer. In 1895, the company built a seven-story building that later all but burned to the ground in a spectacular fire.
HUNTINGTON - If you're a fan of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, then you know that Mycroft Holmes was Sherlock's smarter brother, who preferred solving crimes from his armchair rather than venturing forth and tracking down evildoers the way Sherlock did.
HUNTINGTON — A man jailed last month when he was accused of pushing a woman out of a moving vehicle has been charged federally after police accused him of illegally possessing ammunition. Landrius Tyler "Krack Korn" Boose, 34, was charged March 22 in Cabell County with felony malicious or unlawful assault, fleeing in a vehicle with reckless disregard, delivery of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
HUNTINGTON — A large crane filled much of the stretch of 10th Street between 4th and 5th avenues downtown on Saturday as workers exchanged transformers on the roof of The Herald-Dispatch building at 946 5th Ave.
HUNTINGTON — One West Virginia politician is urging Amtrak to provide more information on its new policy concerning private and charter trains. Recently, Amtrak officials announced the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society will no longer be allowed to operate any private car moves out of Huntington on Amtrak's tri-weekly Cardinal train.
In 1980, the Harrison family, who had created the popular Heritage Station restaurant at Heritage Village, opened a second eatery, Snaks Fifth Avenue, located on the lower level of the Fifth Avenue Hotel at 901 5th Ave.
HUNTINGTON — Employees of Midway Drive-In gave their all, including tips and sales, Sunday during the first fundraising event of the third annual Lily's Days. The fundraiser benefits Lily's Place, which cares for infants who are born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.
HUNTINGTON — For the ruthless women of Huntington roller derby, lacing up roller skates a few times a week symbolizes a moment where their fears and anxiety can rest and their suppressed ferocious personalities can shine. After days of practicing, the Poison Apples, Huntington's flat-track roller derby team, opened its season Sunday against the Silver Bridge Bruisers of Gallipolis, Ohio, on Sunday at Roll-A-Rama in Huntington.
HUNTINGTON — After nearly 30 years, Chili Willi's closed its doors in 2011. For much of that time, it was one of Huntington's most popular restaurants. "It's hard if you're an independent, small business. We've been in this 'economic downturn' for four years now," owner Ron Smith explained. And they just didn't have the capital to continue, he said.
HUNTINGTON — As one of the oldest businesses in downtown Huntington, Wender's Apparel, on the corner at 901 4th Ave., outfitted many of the area's most sophisticated women for 75 years.
HUNTINGTON — Robert Hall Clothes, Inc., generally known simply as Robert Hall, was a chain of retail stores that flourished circa 1938-1977. According to a Time magazine story of 1949, the corporate name was a complete invention; the actual founder and company head was a garment merchant by the name of Jacob Schwab, who "plucked the name out of the air."
HUNTINGTON — Prior to 1934, Huntington's Westmoreland neighborhood had no high school. Students who wished to go on to high school, had to do so at Huntington High, Ceredo-Kenova High or Buffalo High. In 1934, Westmoreland's Vinson Junior High (named for one of Wayne County's most prominent families) was redesignated Vinson High School.
HUNTINGTON — Before Walmart became the monolith it is today, many communities had homegrown retailers that operated low overhead, deep discount operations. In the 1950s and '60s in Huntington, entrepreneur Joe Crans operated Whiz Discount Stores, a hometown chain with multiple locations, including 4378 U.S. 60 East, 2125 5th Ave. and 1017 3rd Ave.
Dickinson Furniture was founded by P. E. Dickinson, who came to Huntington in the late 1800s from Louisa County, Virginia, to work in the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway shops. In 1906, while still working for the C&O, he and his brother decided to go into the furniture business on 20th Street.
HUNTINGTON — Today's Gallaher Village neighborhood, once known as Gallaherville, was named for John B. Gallaher, who in the 1880s owned most of the land in the vicinity. Gallaherville was made up of a cluster of houses grouped around a store and a one-room school.
HUNTINGTON — Over the years, the Huntington area has been home to a number of dairies — Guyan Creamery, Spring Hill, Tinsley's, Blatt's and others. One of the community's largest and best-known dairies was the Kennedy Dairy Co., formed by Wallace Kennedy in 1930 when he bought out the former Blue Ribbon Dairy Co.