Rainelle Reunion 5 (2010) are now available - see
Rainelle Reunion 1
Rainelle Reunion 2
Rainelle Reunion 3
- Groupings by Class Reunion 3
Group 1 Rainelle Reunion 3 Attendees in Color!
Group 2 Photos Including Golf Outing and The
Parade(Click on Photos to Enlarge)
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
for more detail.
newspaper extract about the reunion "Rainelle Alumni Visits Memory
Lane", scanned by Gerry.
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:
2. The Pig Roast:
3. The Downtown Parade - Part 1
4. The Downtown Parade - Part 2
5. General (Candid) Photos (Gerry is still working on photos to add to
this slide show - please check back):
1, 2007 - The
Reunion 4 Booklet Class Photos taken by Mrs. Meadows and the
Cardinal Photographics and other photographers - scanned by Gerry.
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
of 64 reunion at The Ponderosa in 1974
Reunion 5 (2010) Photos:
Photos by Virginia Meadows (600 photos), Dale Tincher (408), Pamela
Barnett (107), J.W. Puckett (200)
Photos by Janet Estep (41)
Photos by Terry Clower (28) and Dave Parks (53)
All-School Reunion Booklet
Fifth All-School Reunion Booklet
Please see the
Class Pages to view photos of a
Collective High School Yearbook
Photoworks (Larger Images)
Kodak Gallery (Smaller, Faster Loading)
of 66 20th Reunion Photo (Forwarded by Tom Rider)
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.
Class of 56 - 50th
12-2-07 See the new
Lumber Company Page (Updated frequently)
Discussion Board has numerous historical photos, along with
explanations. They include the King Coal Hotel and Rainelle
Department store being torn down and more..
Memories page for 60's and antique car photos.
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
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 -
3 forward by Harold Ivers.
Photos from Kenneth Napier 52
are from post cards, others are
older pictures, and a few are Kenneth's own shots.
Photos of Rainelle businesses from '57 yearbook ads.
First High School -
Forwarded by J.L. Holsberry
1941 Mountain Ranger
4-05-06 - Photos of children
taken in 1948 (approximately) -
Post Prom and
- Submitted by Evelyn Utterback
- Wonderful old photos and postcards of Rainelle, Hawks Nest, Slab Town,
the flood, parades & more sent by Kenneth Napier:
Aerial view of the Meadow River Lumber Company - loaned by Terry
Clower, scanned by Gerry Mitchell
The Rainelle Methodist Church directory 1966-71 loaned by Terry Clower,
scanned by Gerry Mitchell
6-21-06 - A 1947
Mountain Ranger article that discusses the development of the
football field - an impressive community effort.
- Meadow River Post 1986 Article - Meadow River - A Heritage Celebrated
PG 2 from Rip Johnson estate.
6-30-06 - Photos from
30's & 40's from Joan Burns, football teams, graduates, articles
6-30-06 - Photos from
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
Kodak slide show.
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.
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
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
very large poplar log
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
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
7-22-06 - 1934
Jimmy Hammer party submitted by Norma Walker Zopp (send names if you know
any of the attendees.)
A Text Description. A
Horizontal Printable Version and a
Larger Vertical Version 7" x
7-25-06 - Meadow River
Lumber Company and Rainelle Methodist Church Chestnut Interior Photos
scanned with the permission of the
Division of Culture & History documents loaned by Norma Walker Zopp,
scanned by Gerry Mitchell - 1)
Photoworks. Separate include 1)
Rainelle Methodist Church interior in Color 2)
Rainelle Methodist B&W 3)
Meadow River Lumber Co. Lumber Stacks
Meadow River Interior
Church in the 60's
contributed by Janet Estep
house (now a museum at State Fair) and an old MR Rooming House photo
scanned & prepared by Gerry
Articles Submitted by Joan Quick Burns, Scanned by Gerry 1)1946
Rainelle Flood 2)
Band Early 1900's 3)
Rainelle School Early Years 4)
Winter Photo From Lee's
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
2) Mountain Ranger 4-1948 and 12-1948
3) Pioneer Theatre Concert Program 1923
4) Dr. Cales & Others at Raine
House Before Repairs
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
East Rainelle Rotary
Club & Three
Children sent by Janet Estep.
Fred Young / Jennis Studio Photos (Please check back - several hundred
photos are in process) -
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
Jennis photos sent by Bob Young.
They include ball teams,
Benny Napier's boy scout troop, a parade float, a carnival and others.
A color photo of
Meadow River Lumber Company (probably in the 50's) sent by Kenneth
photos sent by Fred
Young. We will add additional photos over the next few weeks.
historic photos from the 20's to 40's of Rainelle & E. Rainelle sent
by Gerry Mitchell. See the
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.
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
Wallace & Wallace and the
Purity Maid Baking Company - all thanks to Gerry Mitchell's scanning
& sending them.
Clear Creek Coal article and photos scanned & sent by Gerry
- 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
- 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.
Chestnut Tree's Blight of Passage - scanned & sent by Gerry
THE "MOTOR" TROLLEY CAR OF THE N F AND G With article by Mike
McQuain, photos by Ruth Osborne and enhancement by Gerry Mitchell.
The Walker Furniture Store and its history, put together and scanned
by Gerry Mitchell.
Airport - The Way It Used to Be. A great article & photos
about the airport and popular restaurant. Scanned by Gerry Mitchell.
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.)
Photos of Snake Run (including Snake Run school) and some Rainelle
folks supplied by James (Jim) Bottomly
- A memories booklet from the 1941 Junior / Senior prom. Pgs
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.
Photo - Edited
A collection of old gas stations
from the 30's, 40's and
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
Yvonne Puckett and
7-23-10 - A PDF newspaper
picture of Orph in the store.
Rainelle Cotton Throw developed
by Reunion Committee -
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
Update: 8-19-07 Approximately 50 additional photos added - taken
by Dale and Andy, enhanced by Gerry.
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
cold snowy walking day Susie Weber Minturn '61 and Andy Aide
Pendleton '64 ventured out to find updates for the discussion board.
Charleston (Capitol, etc.) - Dale Tincher, Class of 64. (No
charge for classmates.)
Discussion Board for photos & comments on the Aides' family, the
Mitchell's and others, plus see the Classes pages
for small group photos.
3, 2006 -
Photos by Andy from the March 23, 2006 Reunion Meeting
Rainelle area photos by Dale
Rainelle area photos by
Andy Aide Pendleton has submitted some very nice
WV State Fair photos. Fair scenery and Governor and Ms.
Manchin are pictured.
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
Gerry Mitchell sent
some photos of primarily Massey Ferguson tractors of the 1940, 1950
and 1960 vintage.
Before & after
photos of Rainelle Parks areas by Andy Aide Pendleton.
Some nice fall
photos of a walk taken from Rainelle to Sam Black by Andy and Susie.
Veterans and the 2007 Run For The Wall Photos, along with comments
from Rainelle School Children
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.
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
Freda Surbaugh Pruitt
- Class of 35
Ms. Agnes Haynes - Class of 32
Best Pictures of 2005 - Moving, Inspirational Slideshow
Green Bank, WV telescopes - The world's window to the universe -
articles and pictures scanned and prepared by Gerry.
The Greenbrier Hotel Bomb Shelter - newspaper article scanned by