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Rainelle School taken in 2006 by Gerry Mitchell
 
Entering Rainelle - Photo by Andy Aide Pendleton 2006
 

Reunion Photos

Rainelle Reunion 5 (2010) are now available - see below.
New item

Rainelle Reunion 1 Updated 12-2006

Rainelle Reunion 2 Updated 12-2006

Rainelle Reunion 3 - Groupings by Class Reunion 3
- Group 1 Rainelle Reunion 3 Attendees  in Color! Updates 9-04
- Group 2 Photos Including Golf Outing and The Parade(Click on Photos to Enlarge)

Rainelle Reunion 4  July 2007 - Set 1 by Dale, Set 2 by J.W. Puckett, Set 3 by J.L. Holsberry, Set 4 by Evelyn Utterback Drake, Set 5 by Erik Keister, Set 6 by Charles Tuck, Set 7 by Kenneth Napier, Set 8 sent October 3, 2007 by Garvin and Jewel Brown Smith.  See the Discussion Board for more detail.
- A newspaper extract about the reunion "Rainelle Alumni Visits Memory Lane", scanned by Gerry.

The photos below were taken by Mrs. Meadows and the function photographers.  They also appear in the reunion booklet.  Posted 9-16-2007

1. The Golf Tournament:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.6irvmxew&x=0&y=9mky62

2. The Pig Roast:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.8596rq20&x=0&y=53zp9v

3. The Downtown Parade - Part 1
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.8596rq20&x=0&y=53zp9v

4. The Downtown Parade - Part 2
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.80djw9m0&x=0&y=ku6eu

5. General (Candid) Photos (Gerry is still working on photos to add to this slide show - please check back):
http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=u46feyk.ae0ri694&x=0&y=2v45g0


October 1, 2007 - The Reunion 4 Booklet Class Photos taken by Mrs. Meadows and the Cardinal Photographics and other photographers - scanned by Gerry.

October 1, 2007 - The Hometown Hero Award presented by the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Other Reunion 4 Photos:
Reunion Photos (mostly 1960 Class) from 2001 class get-together - sent by Harold Viers

Class of 64 reunion at The Ponderosa in 1974

Rainelle Reunion 5 (2010) Photos:
7-6-10 Photos by Virginia Meadows (600 photos), Dale Tincher (408), Pamela Barnett (107), J.W. Puckett (200)

7-6-10 Photos by Janet Estep (41)

7-9-10 Photos by Terry Clower (28) and Dave Parks (53)

New itemFifth All-School Reunion Booklet

12-2-10 Fifth All-School Reunion Booklet


Yearbook Photos

Please see the Class Pages to view photos of a particular year.

Collective High School Yearbook Scans
   Photoworks (Larger Images)
   Kodak Gallery (Smaller, Faster Loading)


2-28-06 - Class of 66 20th Reunion Photo (Forwarded by Tom Rider)

3-6-07 - Class of '65 - 40th Reunion sent by Ann Womack 65 - Also included are some teachers -- Mr. and Mrs. Bob Zopp; Mr. and Mrs. Don Smith; and Mr. Anderson.

6-21-06 - Class of 56 - 50th Reunion

Historical Photos

12-2-07 See the new Meadow River Lumber Company Page (Updated frequently)

The Discussion Board has numerous historical photos, along with explanations.  They include the King Coal Hotel and Rainelle  Department store being torn down and more..

See the Memories page for 60's and antique car photos.

2-26-06 Class of '38 and spouses taken in 1968 at the Pioneer Hotel.

2-28-06 - Photos from a 1938 Newspaper Clipping of the Class of 38  Small Version    Large

3-1-06 - Current photos of the Chessie caboose by Andy Aide Pendleton 64.

3-1-06 - Wonderful photo of the Shay Engine (and another) taken in the 1950's - 1   2   3 forward by Harold Ivers.

3-6-06 - Photos from Kenneth Napier 52 - Some are from post cards, others are older pictures, and a few are Kenneth's own shots.

3-7-06 - Photos of Rainelle businesses from '57 yearbook ads.

3-15-07 - First High School - Forwarded by J.L. Holsberry

3-30-06 - 1941 Mountain Ranger

4-05-06 - Photos of children taken in 1948 (approximately) - Post Prom and Elementary Dance - Submitted by Evelyn Utterback

5-12-06 - Wonderful old photos and postcards of Rainelle, Hawks Nest, Slab Town, the flood, parades & more sent by Kenneth Napier:
Set 1
Set 2

5-12-06
Excellent Aerial view of the Meadow River Lumber Company - loaned by Terry Clower, scanned by Gerry Mitchell

5-13-06
The Rainelle Methodist Church directory 1966-71 loaned by Terry Clower, scanned by Gerry Mitchell
PhotoWorks
Kodak Gallery

6-21-06 - A 1947 Mountain Ranger article that discusses the development of the football field - an impressive community effort.

6-30-06 - Meadow River Post 1986 Article - Meadow River - A Heritage Celebrated PG 1    PG 2 from Rip Johnson estate.

6-30-06 - Photos from the 30's & 40's from Joan Burns, football teams, graduates, articles

6-30-06 - Photos from the Rip Johnson estate - Meadow River Lumber Co & Workers 1925 and a photo of the NEHI Bottling Softball Team -1956

7-3-06 - Photos loaned by Terry Clower, Scans and Comments by Gerry Mitchell.  They can be viewed as originals below or can be viewed as a Kodak slide show.

A PICTURE OF A C & O RAILROAD ENGINE WITH A LOT OF LOCAL RAINELLE PEOPLE STANDING IN FRONT. THE PICTURE IS DATED, NOV. 1956. SUCH PEOPLE AS RC BISHOP WHO WAS A C AND O SUPERVISOR AND HUBERT BUSTER WERE AMONG THE PEOPLE SHOWN.

A 1950S PICTURE OF THE RAINELLE METHODIST CHURCH WHEN IT HAD THE WALKWAY TO THE LEFT AND IVY ALL OVER THE BASEMENT AREA. RON FLESHMAN TOLD GERRY THAT THIS IS THE ONLY CHURCH KNOWN MADE OF CHESNUT, HOWEVER, THE CHESTNUT HAD TO BE SUBSTITUTED WHERE FIRE DAMAGE OCCURRED. FORTUNATELY, THE MAIN SACTUARY, WHERE THE CHESTNUT IS MOST NOTICEABLE, WAS NOT DAMAGED BY THE FIRE.

A 1920S PICTURE OF THE RAINELLE DEPT STORE (RAINELLE SUPPLY CO THEN WITHOUT THE GROCERY ON IT). YOU CAN SEE THE GAS PUMPS OUT IN FRONT. I DID NOT KNOW THEY HAD GAS PUMPS IN FRONT. I THOUGHT THEY WERE ON THE SIDE. LOOK AT THE STYLE OF THE GAS PUMPS.

A very large poplar log being
hauled by a team of two horses and Meadow River Lumber Company employees as pictured in a newspaper article.

7-07-06 - A photo of the Rainelle Department Store staff in 1970

7-15-06 - Photo taken in 1916, Forwarded by Evelyn Utterback Drake.  Teacher Amy Brown is identified.  Please let us know if you know any of the others in the photo.

7-22-06 - 1934 Photo of Jimmy Hammer party submitted by Norma Walker Zopp (send names if you know any of the attendees.)  A Text Description.  A Small Horizontal Printable Version and a Larger Vertical Version 7" x 10.5".

7-25-06 - Meadow River Lumber Company and Rainelle Methodist Church Chestnut Interior Photos scanned with the permission of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History documents loaned by Norma Walker Zopp, scanned by Gerry Mitchell - 1) Kodak 2) Photoworks.  Separate include 1) Rainelle Methodist Church interior in Color 2) Rainelle Methodist B&W 3) Meadow River Lumber Co. Lumber Stacks 4) Meadow River Interior Stack

07-29-06 Sewell Valley Church in the 60's contributed by Janet Estep

7-29-06 Meadow River house (now a museum at State Fair) and an old MR Rooming House photo scanned & prepared by Gerry Mitchell.

8-2-06 Historical Articles Submitted by Joan Quick Burns, Scanned by Gerry 1)1946 Rainelle Flood 2) Rainelle Band Early 1900's 3) Rainelle School Early Years 4) Winter Photo From Lee's Tree Tavern

8-19-06 Photo of the Rainelle Home Guard Probably Taken In The Early 40's - Submitted by J.L. Holsberry.

8-21-06 Photos from the Rip Johnson estate, scanned by Gerry Mitchell in Kodak Gallery (KG) and PhotoWorks (PW) (click on View Photos Now on lower left (do not enter a password) choose FULLSCREEN) (ask Gerry or me if you want larger versions of these or others e-mailed to you.  Kodak versions are difficult to read):
1) State Fair History KG PW
2) Mountain Ranger 4-1948 and 12-1948 KG PW
3) Pioneer Theatre Concert Program 1923 KG PW
4) Dr. Cales & Others at Raine House Before Repairs KG PW

Historical Photos Continued..

8-21-06 Wonderful photos submitted by Bobby Ayers II - several show historic location views compared to the current view.  Greenbrier Ghost photos & others are included.

8-24-06 Photos of towns surrounding Rainelle taken & scanned by Bobby Ayers

9-17-06 East Rainelle Rotary Club & Three Children sent by Janet Estep.

11-18-06 Fred Young / Jennis Studio Photos (Please check back - several hundred photos are in process) - A slideshow of photos that include some of the Young's and a variety of Babcock State Park, Hawks' Nest and Rainelle photos.

Photos
of Mr. Louis Young, Jennis Young and some Rainelle Flood photos (I put these in their own area so you can enjoy them in their full size (click on the photos to enlarge them.)

Mr. Louis Young's Obituary

11-20-06 Ten Jennis photos sent by Bob Young. They include ball teams, Benny Napier's boy scout troop, a parade float, a carnival and others.

11-20-06 A color photo of Meadow River Lumber Company (probably in the 50's) sent by Kenneth Napier.

11-20-06 An excellent collection of Jennis Studio photos sent by Fred Young.  We will add additional photos over the next few weeks.

12-01-06 Six historic photos from the 20's to 40's of Rainelle & E. Rainelle sent by Gerry Mitchell.  See the discussion board for a description.

12-30-06 - Early pre and evolving history of Western Greenbrier County.

1-5-07 - Early Rainelle photos including the Raine mansion, Gray home & others.

1-19-07 - Newspaper clippings that include photos and text about Rainelle landmarks.  They include Pioneer Hotel, formerly the Rainelle Theatre; Aide's store; East Rainelle Hospital / Flint's store / the bus station and more... See the discussion board for additional historical Rainelle links.

1-27-07 - Articles are posted about Wallace & Wallace and the Purity Maid Baking Company - all thanks to Gerry Mitchell's scanning & sending them.

1-31-07 - Clear Creek Coal article and photos scanned & sent by Gerry Mitchell.

2-18-07 - 1951 Ranger Football Schedule, 1942 Postcard offering Lilly Park lots for sale for $10 down, $5 per month and the back of the postcard showing a photo of the Lilly Park before it was developed - submitted by Mike Goddard.

2-19-07 - J.L. Hosberry sent some interesting historical photos. One was his mother's (Leone Beattie (Holsberry)) 1928 high school diploma). Another is a 1930 Rainelle Class and another is a 1932-33 class. The signature on the back of the class pictures was Helen Lanham's. She was either the principal George Lanham's daughter or wife who taught at Rainelle.

2-28-07 - Chestnut Tree's Blight of Passage - scanned  & sent by Gerry

2-28-07 - THE "MOTOR" TROLLEY CAR OF THE N F AND G With article by Mike McQuain, photos by Ruth Osborne and enhancement by Gerry Mitchell.

3-02-07 - The Walker Furniture Store and its history, put together and scanned by Gerry Mitchell.

3-21-07 - Rainelle Airport - The Way It Used to Be.  A great article & photos about the airport and popular restaurant. Scanned by Gerry Mitchell.

3-24-07 - Rainelle teacher photos, some of whom may be at the upcoming reunion - scanned by Gerry Mitchell.  (Note: Some of the photos were small & difficult to scan.)

5-17-07 - Photos of Snake Run (including Snake Run school) and some Rainelle folks supplied by James (Jim) Bottomly

6-23-07 - A memories booklet from the 1941 Junior / Senior prom.  Pgs 1 2 3 4 5

8-02-07 - A historic photo of three ladies and one gentleman playing golf on the Rainelle golf course - from the Helen Green estate, submitted by Elda Utterback.  Note the lady golfers' long skirts. Original Photo - Edited Photo

3-9-08 - A collection of old gas stations from the 30's, 40's and 50's.

3-9-08 - Trail Blazer, a bulletin published by East Rainelle Grade School in the 1940's sent by Kenneth Napier - 
For a refresher on what it was like in 1941, see Betty June Altizer's poem, "We've Got To Whip The Japs" as well as Peggy Levisay's "My America" and the page, "For The Service Of Our Country".

7-10-10 - Orph Puckett's store in Craig, WV courtesy of of Yvonne Puckett and Dave Parks.New item 7-23-10 - A PDF newspaper picture of Orph in the store.

Current Photos

Rainelle Cotton Throw developed by Reunion Committee - Photo 1, Photo 2

Rainelle Today
2006 by Gerry Mitchell - Kodak - Updated 2-17-07 - This slideshow will be constantly updated with new Rainelle information.  It now has more than 150 photos of
Rainelle today!  Update: 8-19-07 Approximately 50 additional photos added - taken by Dale and Andy, enhanced by Gerry.
Updated: 9-2007

Photos of Rainelle School in 2006 and some individuals by Andy Aide Pendleton.

Photos by Harold Viers - Class of 60 (Impressive!) - See the Discussion Board for more info.

Classmates "Caught" by Andy - More caught 3-1-06

A cold snowy walking day Susie Weber Minturn '61 and Andy Aide Pendleton '64 ventured out to find updates for the discussion board.

Lewisburg & Charleston (Capitol, etc.) - Dale Tincher, Class of 64.  (No charge for classmates.)

Please see the Discussion Board for photos & comments on the Aides' family, the Mitchell's and others, plus see the Classes pages for small group photos.

April 3, 2006 - Photos by Andy from the March 23, 2006 Reunion Meeting

8-15-06
Rainelle area photos by Dale
Tincher

8-15-06
Rainelle area photos by
Gerry Mitchell

8-19-06
Andy Aide Pendleton has submitted some very nice WV State Fair photos.  Fair scenery and Governor and
Ms. Manchin are pictured.

9-4-06
Gerry Mitchell sent some photos of vintage cars taken at a fairground car show.  See '57 Chevys, white side-wall tires & much
more. Updated 9-2007

8-15-08
Gerry Mitchell sent some photos of primarily Massey Ferguson tractors of the 1940, 1950 and 1960 vintage.

02-10-07
Before & after photos of Rainelle Parks areas by Andy Aide Pendleton.

10-16-07 Some nice fall photos of a walk taken from Rainelle to Sam Black by Andy and Susie.

3-9-07 - Veterans and the 2007 Run For The Wall Photos, along with comments from Rainelle School Children

6-17-08 - LZ Rainelle Moving Wall Celebration For 2008.  J.W. Puckett is heavily involved in the celebration.  Gerry Mitchell enhanced some of the photos and forwarded 145 LZ photos to us.

Other Photos

Discussion Board Link to Photos

All School Reunion Planning Photos 1

All School Reunion Planning Photos 2 (Note all the photos and work in the background)

Over 90 Years Young Photos

For more about our over-90 classmates, see the discussion board.

Freda Surbaugh Pruitt - Class of 35

Ms. Agnes Haynes - Class of 32
 

Miscellaneous Photos

NBC's Best Pictures of 2005 - Moving, Inspirational Slideshow

3-10-07 - Green Bank, WV telescopes - The world's window to the universe - articles and pictures scanned and prepared by Gerry.

9-08-07 - The Greenbrier Hotel Bomb Shelter - newspaper article scanned by Gerry.

 


Special thanks go to Virginia Meadows for her diligence and great work in taking and cataloguing reunion photos and booklets and to the Reunion Committee (partially pictured) and Class Contact individuals for their work.

If you have digital photos to share, please upload them to www.photoworks.com or www.kodakgallery.com, "share" the link with us (dale.tincher@rainellereunion.com) and we will post the link.  The advantage of these services is that you can retain your photos while making them available for others to view, save or order prints.  If that is not possible, please e-mail the photo or contact me (Dale) and we will work out a way to get the photos on the site.
 


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