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Janet Ballengee Estep 68

USA
119 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2006 :  08:34:19  Show Profile  Send Janet Ballengee Estep 68 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Also found on ebay a speaker from the Sunset Drive-in, East Rainelle, WV. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190036006466&ssPageName=ADME:L:DBS:US:11
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Nell Powers Gwinn

USA
10 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2006 :  21:46:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have very special memories of the skating rink, first in the Osborne Addition, then at the old A & P. We lived 5 houses up from the 1st skating rink...I was "too young" to go skating in the evening hours in it's earliest years, yet my brothers were there on a Friday or Saturday night. I could and did skate during the Saturday afternoon hours when it was mostly reserved for those of us under age 10 or so, yet there would be the occasional teenager, showing off their skills and we 'lil girls would swoon and "ahhh". Every now and then, Daddy would take me down on Friday/Saturday night to watch Mark or Gary skate for an hour or so and I can vividly recall the "girls" skating so gracefully wearing those colorful pom-poms on their freshly polished skates. I vowed I would have the same and skate as well. I eventually graduated to an occasional Friday skate (Saturday was still taboo--God only knows what went on on a Saturday night that I was not allowed to see?). When the rink closed and became a bowling alley...I was there too, HOWEVER, I was one of the first in line to skate at the "new" rink and the music at that time was mostly The Monkees--(Day Dream Believer)--or the Beatles. Eventually, my interest faded and growing up got in the way of me going as much as I once did. Just this evening, my husband and I were discussing an old skating injury to my right knee...it is still numb, yet now it "creeks", just like those old oak floors at the skating rinks.
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Patty Cox Osborne 67

128 Posts

Posted - 10/03/2006 :  23:08:34  Show Profile  Send Patty Cox Osborne 67 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Hi Sis!!!
So good to hear from you! I just had to reply to your skating rink memories. I can tell you for a fact that Gary was a great skater. We went around that rink together hundreds of times---yes, I had the pretty pom-poms, but I don't know about the graceful part!!! Some of my very favorite memories from Jr. High are of those nights at the skating rink---it was a special time and I will always cherish the memories!
Gosh-I haven't seen you for ages. I think the last time was when I took your picture with the Surbaugh Avenue street sign
Hope all is well!


Patty
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Nell Powers Gwinn

USA
10 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2006 :  08:11:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hey Patty...yes, the last you saw me was probably that day I asked you to help out with a picture. I have been back in Rainelle several times since then, but just not down your way.

I sent you an email about some Rainelle pictures...have you seen this yet?
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Patty Cox Osborne 67

128 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2006 :  09:31:53  Show Profile  Send Patty Cox Osborne 67 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Sorry---haven't seen it---when did you send it???

Patty
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Nell Powers Gwinn

USA
10 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2006 :  09:50:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I sent it a couple evenings ago to this addy: patty.cox.osborne@rainellereunion.com
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Gwatson

United Kingdom
1 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2006 :  16:30:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,

I recently purchased some oak panelling from a local reclamation yard that had been taken out of a company Board Room. It will be used in our Victorian farmhouse (no longer a farm) that we are slowly renovating.

Stamped on the back of the timber is "Meadow River Lumber Company, W. VA. USA." I'm no timber expert, but it is beautifully grained wood.

I couldn't resist searching for the source and have had great pleasure in looking at the photos of Rainelle and the history of the Meadow River Lumber Company.

Many thanks for enabling me to see where the wood originated - it's been fascinating.

Good luck with your web site and future projects.

kind regards

Gordon Watson
Co. Durham
England
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Andy Aide Pendleton 64

USA
297 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2006 :  17:22:17  Show Profile  Send Andy Aide Pendleton 64 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Gwatson,

WELCOME

I looked at your profile to see who you were and when you graduated.
I could not believe anyone from England had posted something....

How Exciting !!!! We are certainly overjoyed you are enjoying our wonderful www.rainellereunion.com that Dale Tincher our classmate has created....

Gwatson, I would like to encourage you to take pictures of the paneling.....As an added bonus maybe your victorian farmhouse and post them on our website...It would be exciting for us as well.....

We hope to hear from you again

Thank you,

Andy
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jdavis

USA
9 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2006 :  17:59:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As I have said many times before Rainelle has touched people all over the world lol
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Evelyn Utterback Drake 56

USA
67 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2006 :  11:35:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I thought the topic from G Watson was so interesting about Meadow River Lumber and sent it on to David Gray, son of President H.L. Gray . He sent back a message saying that after WWII they had two people from England living with them, for a period of time, to learn the lumber business. Also that a lot of lumber was shipped to England after war for reconstruction.

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Dale Tincher 64

USA
480 Posts

Posted - 12/01/2006 :  08:44:42  Show Profile  Visit Dale Tincher 64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gerry Mitchell sent six very interesting photos of Rainelle in the 1920's to 1940's.

Gerry's comments are,
"ENCLOSED ARE SIX INTERESTING PICTURES FROM ONES I HAD FOR A LONG TIME. ON ONE, YOU CAN SEE THE RAINELLE DIRT MAIN STREET AND THE TRAIN ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD THE CHURCH IS ON. THIS PICTURE MUST BE REALLY OLD. THERE ARE HARDLY ANY BUILDINGS.

IN ANOTHER PICTURE YOU CAN SEE THE SAME MAIN STREET SCENE IN THE 1920S WHERE THE OLD CARS ARE RUNNING AROUND STILL ON DIRT ROAD AND THE RAILS CROSSING THE STREET WERE STILL THERE BUT THERE ARE MORE BUILDING IN THAT SHOT. THEN THERE IS A VERY OLD PICTURE OF THE LUMBER MILL. IT MUST BE OLD. LOOK AT THE WATER TANK. I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT TANK BEFORE. IT MUST BE OLD. AND A GOOD PICTURE OF THE RAINE MANSION AND A PICTURE OF THE PIONEER HOTEL. I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THE RAINE MANSION PICTURE WAS TAKEN BUT I NEVER REMEMBER IT LOOKING LIKE THAT SO IT MUST BE OLD TOO. LATER PICTURES LOOK DIFFERENT WITH BIGGER TREES AND THE PIONEER HOTEL PIC MUST BE IN THE LATE 40S OR EARLY 50S. HOPEFULLY I MAY GET SOME MORE OF THESE. FINALLY THERE IS A OLD PICTURE OF EAST RAINELLE WITH A SODA STORE BUT I CAN NOT TELL WHERE IT WAS TAKEN. IT MUST HAVE BEEN TAKEN WHILE THE TOWN WAS CALLED SLAB TOWN."

Thank you, Gerry:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.56bgnj30&x=0&y=-mullu0

Dale Tincher - Class of 64
919-272-8052
dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com
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Dale Tincher 64

USA
480 Posts

Posted - 01/18/2007 :  19:49:28  Show Profile  Visit Dale Tincher 64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dale Tincher 64

Hello everyone,

Gerry Mitchell sent some photos of the old Meadow River Lumber Company, the Rainelle Department store being torn down, the King Coal Hotel being torn down and the big block of coal, a copy of a commencement. You can see some of them at: http://www.photoworks.com/share/shareLanding.jsp?shareCode=A53D1F1BFF7&cb=PW and others of a Rainelle gas station http://www.rainellereunion.com/images/history/GASSTATION a Shay Engine photo http://www.rainellereunion.com/images/history/THESHAYENGINEPICTUREBYLOCALARTISTREDUCED.jpg and two photos of the Rainelle Department store being torn down http://www.rainellereunion.com/images/history/TEARINGDOWNRAINELLEDEPTSTORE-HARDWARE,OFFICEGONE-1988.jpg and http://www.rainellereunion.com/images/history/TEARINGDOWNRAINELLEDEPTSTORE-VIEWFROMACROSSHIGHWAY-1988.jpg

Photos of the Rainelle Department store sign are in Gerry's possession - see or http://www.photoworks.com/share/shareLanding.jsp?shareCode=AB87392C060&cb=PW (Photoworks) or http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.12ecco5s&x=0&y=-udrhmu

You can right mouse click on photos to save them to your hard drive or you can write to GERRY or me for the originals. You can also order prints from Photoworks for 15 to 19 cents each.

Andy Aide Pendleton sent this very nice link to numerous Rainelle photos on the Rainelle Memory Project. http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/photoresults.aspx?Per=&Topic=&Geo=rainelle&Col=&Words=rainelle&Op=AND&NumRec=50

I hear that Tink Collins can probably help us a lot also. Speaking of Tink, Gerry Mitchell and Tink were winners of the Greenbrier County Science Fair in 1963 and 1964 - see newspaper photos at Photoworks http://www.photoworks.com/share/shareLanding.jsp?shareCode=A204382C061&cb=PW or Kodak Gallery http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.ev2wz1s&x=1&y=4ncvtw This will also be posted on the Class of 64 page.

Check back for more photos and images under this topic/thread. Dale


Dale Tincher - Class of 64
919-272-8052
dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com



Update: I had accidentally posted the incorrect link. Gerry has since added some additional photos of e.g., the Greenbrier Lanes, the Sunset Drive Inn and others..

Gerry Mitchell has added some additional historical Rainelle treasures. They include newspaper clippings with photos and text that cover the Pioneer Hotel, formerly the Rainelle Theatre,; Aide's store; East Rainelle Hospital / Flint's store / the bus station and more... You can see them at this link
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.c3lrsa84&x=0&y=ew7ums
They will also be linked from the photos page.

Dale Tincher - Class of 64
919-272-8052
dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com

Edited by - Dale Tincher 64 on 01/19/2007 07:50:48
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Frank E. Manspile 58

7 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2007 :  22:55:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gerry, Thank you so much for sharing your photos of the Alpine theatre. I remember going to see Howdy Doody, the fun programs they put on, sitting in the balcony. Sandy, Genie & Martha all worked at the theatre selling tickets & different jobs. They got to see the movies free. Blind Mitchell had the best candy, we always bought the big cinnamon sticks for .02cents. We remember having dances at the King Coal hotel & luncheons at the Pioneer. Does'nt seem that long ago. Again, Thanks for sharing. See you in July. Gingy Walker Manspile 62. (my age) HA HA!
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Dale Tincher 64

USA
480 Posts

Posted - 01/27/2007 :  13:30:52  Show Profile  Visit Dale Tincher 64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello everyone, Gerry Mitchell sent some more excellent history about the Meadow River Lumber Company. Included are 8 pages of text that gives an excellent history, a few photos he had sent previously, then an additional 19 photos. In summary, his collection gives us a good historical overview, then a total of 47 great photos:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.5lzc3hsc&x=0&y=aialtj

Dale

Dale Tincher - Class of 64
919-272-8052
dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com
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Dale Tincher 64

USA
480 Posts

Posted - 01/27/2007 :  13:33:23  Show Profile  Visit Dale Tincher 64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Remember the old Purity Maid Baking Company? Gerry did and sent scans of 4 newspaper pages and pictures: http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.903heikc&x=0&y=-jd0cc5

Thanks, again, Gerry, for caring about the Rainelle history and working to collect and provide it.

Dale Tincher - Class of 64
919-272-8052
dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com
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