Daily Mail reporter Charles Ferguson tests a theory that turkeys can be hypnotized by placing a piece of string on the ground in this Nov. 21, 1974, file photo. Ferguson met up with Gobble-the-Turkey, a bird owned by Gary and Bev Ball of Putnam County, and attempted the experiment, but the t…

That’s no way to treat a hat! However, it was a testimonial of the endurance of a new space-age material — one that will never wear out or lose shape. It was introduced in by the Hat Company of America and Union Carbide in South . Doing the pouring is Ted Kaufman, a Hat …

One of the participants in the Veterans Day Parade passes along Kanawha Boulevard in 1990. The float, sponsored by the American Legion Post 20 Ladies Auxiliary, had the theme of “In Flanders Field Where Poppies Grow,” referring to the first line of the war poem written by Canadian…

Former Mayor Elmer Dodson didn’t get a chance to try his hand in a milking contest because the cow didn’t make its scheduled appearance, but the city’s chief executive helped the Kanawha City Lions Club open its three-day arts and crafts show by handing out pumpkins. Oct. 20, 1967…

An hour-long Civil Rights rally was held on the steps of the Kanawha County Public Library where demonstrators held signs proclaiming their interest in a subject that became paramount when City Council rejected an open housing provision a week earlier. After the rally, all traffic…

Painting one room is ordinarily not a big job — unless the room happens to be the huge chamber of the West Virginia House of Delegates inside the state Capitol building. With everything wrapped in protective plastic covering, workers of the Watters Co. go about their job, high above the chan…

The lights went on at Virginia and Laidley streets this morning on the new no-wires traffic standard seen here, with lane lights eastbound on Virginia and north-south on Laidley. Capt. Van Brown of the police Traffic Division said the new standard, just completed by the electrical division, …

Sixth-grade students at Flinn Elementary at Sissonville line up to fill their breakfast plates with pancakes and bacon that they had a hand in preparing. The students cooked the meal as part of a health class study on nutrition. The movie “Jaws” was released in June 1975. More than 67 millio…

Women peel apples before making apple butter in this Sept. 22, 1960 photo. The apples will cooked in a large copper kettle over and open fire for several hours and need to be constantly stirred to keep them from sticking to the pot and burning. Making apple butter usually turns into a social…

These Rocket boosters are making so many telephone calls that they probably walk out of the office at Capitol Street every day with a ringing in their ears! But they are selling season tickets, the Rockets report. Among the volunteers at work are (from left): Christy Smith, Sandy …

Casper Ruby, Roy Eads and S.D. Kinder of Price Landscaping Co., in South , put in a flowering crab apple tree as workers plant trees and shrubs at the city of 's new parking facility near city hall. The landscaping is going in before the actual paving of the lot, which wi…

Campers attending American Heritage Camp at Cedar Lakes near Ripley head for the dining room at the close of a meeting in this photo take July 9, 1967. The camp is sponsored by the West Virginia Society, Daughters of the American Revolution. Photo by Earl Benton.

D.H. Amick gathers eggs laid by some of the 6,800 hens that he and his wife raise on four acres of land on the south side of Rand. The eggs are sold to hundreds of customers in the Kanawha Valley. The Amicks are concerned about the drop in egg prices. A dozen medium eggs are selling for 15 c…

These photos from 1967 show D.H. Amick and his wife, who raised 6,800 hens on four acres of land on the south side of Rand. The eggs were sold to hundreds of customers in the Kanawha Valley. RIGHT: Mrs. Amick washes a basketful of eggs in a solution that kills bacteria on the shell. D.H. Ami…

It just doesn’t seem like Independence Day without flying a flag. Ida Berry of Bradford Street holds memories of the past. “When I was little and used to go to funerals they would always give me a flag.” She said she usually flies three flags — representing brothers in World War I and World …

It was Hoop-La Day at Union Carbide as the company promoted Carbide Nights it will stage at Watt Powell Park in June and July. Charlies manager Tim Murtaugh (in uniform), took part and directed a fungo-hitting contest. Among the contestants was Sharon Slater, showing here her cont…

Spring Hill Cemetery presented an appearance more conducive to thoughtful reflection on the past following a renovation program by the city. The interior roads have been resurfaced, the grass has been cut and visitors are being provide litter bags for the disposal of dead flowers. In keeping…

They ran, they walked, they came in braces and in wheelchairs, and 98% of the 1,300 walkers in a March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon finished the 20-mile course. While some people ran, Roger Boothe completed the course in his wheelchair. A member of the Moonshiners Wheelchair Team of the West Virgini…

Sheik, the camel, gets acquainted with Shriners members, who are part of the approximately 800 Shriners attending the three-day Mid-Atlantic Shrine Jamboree in . The event will be highlighted by a parade featuring visiting oriental bands. The camel and its owner, Shriner Gus Scaran…

Dale Maggard, who has operated the vendor stand for the blind at the Kanawha County Courthouse for several years, recently had his business quarters remodeled. The State Vocational Rehabilitation Division spent about $10,000 in tearing out the old stand built in the late 1940s and constructi…

Making a practice run on their raft are (from left) Kay Skiles, Sandy Bostic, Mary Ellen Loy (standing), Rosemary Cook and Karen Tyree. The quintet of secretaries was looking for something different to do when they read about Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s oil drum regatta. The nine-mile raft rac…

Patrolman Tommy Young (left) and Jack Cadle were called to Capitol Street early to capture a ’possum which was sitting at the front door of the Kresge’s variety store. Young cautiously picked up the animal and placed it in a trash can until Humane Officer Ken Pauley could reach the scene. Th…

Oh, what is more fun for kids than splashing through the water after a big spring rain? Some Kanawha County elementary students were having a ball puddle-jumping near the school. April 4, 1968 photo by Earl Benton.

Protesting coal miners leave Coonskin Park to assemble at the West Virginia Capitol. A rally held at the park gathered approximately 200 striking miners, most of whom were from Boone County. The miners were seeking an end to the governor’s gasoline rationing. March 8, 1974 photo by William Tiernan.

To reduce panic buying and long lines at gasoline stations due to shortages, Gov. Arch Moore imposed a new ruling which prohibits sales to motorists who have more than a quarter tank of gas. Cars were lined up before this Red Head service station on Washington Street East opened at 8 a.m. Ma…

Spring was in the air in downtown in February for these pedestrians at the Lee Street Triangle. The 75-degree weather broke a record for the day in — the highest for Feb. 29 since a 68-degree day in 1940. Feb. 29, 1972 photo by Earl Benton.

On the evening of Feb. 19, 1969, while traveling from Neola to Alvon in Greenbrier County, Helen Scott, a U.S. mail carrier, became aware of an object flying at a high altitude above her car. A few minutes later, the object streaked down out of the sky, flew alongside her car at near ground …

Gov. Jay Rockefeller was taking a break from the office to enjoy a concert by country-rock singer Kenny Rogers, one of the governor’s three or four favorite entertainers. Rockefeller attended the second show, set up after tickets for the first concert sold out after a few hours. Before the s…

Stonewall Jackson High School drafting students (from left) Billy Kelley, 17, Charles Cunningham Jr., 18, Stephen Becher, 18, and Bill Lewis, 17, review plans for their scale model of the New River Gorge Bridge. The four are making the bridge as a class project and have been working on it si…

First-hand knowledge of the metric system is being gained by South High students who have posters scattered about school to remind them of kilometers, centimeters and the like. LEFT: Student Karen Harrah pauses below a speed limit sign. RIGHT: Students Brasil Hamrick (left) and Ch…

First-hand knowledge of the metric system is being gained by South High students who have posters scattered about school to remind them of kilometers, centimeters and the like. Students Brasil Hamrick (left) and Chip Ellis stop for a height-measuring exercise. Jan. 16, 1976 photo …

The Fire Department began issuing $34,300 worth of new fire-fighting apparel, which is said to make the firemen’s work safer and more effective. Fireman Marvin High (left) models the new coat with lime fluorescent strips to increase visibility and Gary McClure wears one of the dep…

A group of quiet demonstrators who said their only link was friendship and concern for the embassy hostages being held in Iran, solicited about signatures in front of the Kanawha County Public Library. The group planned to collect signatures and turn them over to Gov. Jay Rockefeller to pass…

Construction was underway in late 1967 in the National Bank Plaza, which is now Chase Bank. A parking garage for the building will be under Summers Street. The stone building in the background is the old Jobs Corps building. Nov. 18, 1967 photo.

All the pageantry of a gubernatorial inauguration was accented by bright sunshine when Arch Moore Jr. took the oath of office as West Virginia’s 28th governor. Between 4,000 and 5,000 people turned out in the chilly weather to watch as Moore was sworn in on the Capitol steps. Afterwards, a t…

A new year is just that for Gregory Alan Lyall who was ’s first baby of 1968. He was born at 12:37 a.m., Jan. 1, 1968 at Kanawha Valley Hospital. Today he plans to celebrate that year-one birthday by having dinner downtown with his mother, Iris Lyall of Corton. She is clerk-typist …

appears ready for any winter weather that might lay ahead. City Manager Vincent Reishman, Mayor Elmer Dodson and Street Commissioner E.A. McCoy view the three salt trucks recently purchased by the City. Jan. 2, 1969 photo by Ray Wheeler.

Wow, look what Santa brought! Not much snow, but enough for Kevin Struthers, 2, to try out his new sled with an assist from his 6-year-old sister, Anne, who shows him a handful of the white stuff. They are the children of Dr. and Mrs. George Struthers of Churchill Drive. Dec. 26, 1968 photo …

The Silver Bridge across the Ohio River in Point Pleasant was built in 1928 and named for the color of its aluminum paint. On Dec. 15, 1967, the bridge collapsed under the weight of rush-hour traffic, resulting in the deaths of 46 people. This undated photo shows the toll house, looking towa…

Ups and downs of ice skating were learned first hand by High School 10th graders who spent their physical education class time on a field trip to the ice rink at the Civic Center. The students were accompanied by teacher Charles Thom, Frances Anderson and Barbara Angelo. Rink mana…