Morley Safer, co-editor of CBS television’s “60 Minutes,” chats with Jack Maurice, editor of the Charleston Daily Mail, in the newsroom on May 20, 1975. The news show was doing a segment on the Kanawha textbook controversy. Photo by William Tiernan.

Arching across the Kanawha River at the mouth of Elk River is the first section of interstate bridge that appeared almost overnight. Picture was shot from north bank of Kanawha River. May 13, 1973 photo by Ferrell Friend.

The fire tower near the Putnam County community of Liberty is “manned” by a 67-year-old woman. Beulah Miller has been doing part-time work (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week during the eight-week spring and fall seasons) for the past eight years. She is an observer, employed by the West Vi…

State Senate members get the once-over from education television cameras at the Capitol during the filming of a segment for its “America 73” series by the National Public Affairs Center for Television (NPACT) network in Washington. April 15, 1973 photo by Ferrell Friend.

Fifty-one workers fell about 170 feet to their deaths from a collapsed scaffolding inside this cooling tower under construction at the Monongahela Power Co. plant in St. Marys. A completed tower is at rear. The accident occurred on Thursday, April 27, 1978. Photo by William Tiernan.

Vicki Fenwick, 18 months, has decided the handbag displayed with the mannequin at JC Penney is “just the thing” for her Easter outfit. Shoppers had to brave a cold, raw, blustery day with snow to go out looking for new clothes. April 11, 1973 photo by Ferrell Friend.

Cub Scout Pack 48, sponsored by St. Peter’s Methodist Church of St. Albans, try out some amateur radio equipment. The pack and Cubmaster Dave Bush visited Tom Holton of Tornado an equipment owner. April 2, 1974 photo by Frank Wilkin

Charleston Charlies outfielder Ed Ott makes a big hit opening day at Watt Powell Park with his fans (from left) Tommy Battle, Dell Battle, Peter Roberts, Brian Gatchel and Blair Gatchel. However, it wasn’t a good night for the home team. Rochester Red Wings pitcher Wayne Garland threw a no-h…

Three members of the Lost Souls motorcycle club wait at a traffic light at Broad (now Leon Sullivan Way) and Virginia streets on their way to open road. Warm weather has brought out an abundance of motorcyclists in Kanawha County. April 12, 1974 photo by Ferrell Friend.

Twelve students and two professors from schools throughout the East participated in a test project at Appalachian Power Company’s Kanawha River plant. The college seniors received practical application of thermodynamic studies in the unique experiment. Photo was taken during the summer of 19…

After eight hours of work in a coal mine, Debbie Pratt, 20, has to clean up at home in Marmet because of a lack of bathhouse facilities at Bethlehem Mine Corp.’s mine at Kayford. Pratt is one of the first three women working underground mines in Kanawha County. Her mother, Jean Pratt, has gi…

Piers there’s a new Washington Street Bridge rising across the Kanawha River. Construction work continues on Interstate 64 as big cranes are being used to erect steel for the bridge. March 9, 1973 photo by Ferrell Friend.

Water reached record-setting depths in Logan, cresting at 12 feet above flood stage and 4 feet higher than the previous record. Up to 2 inches of rain was reported in some areas. March 12, 1963 photo by Earl Benton.

State Conference basketball fans watching the action in the 37th annual WVIC Tournament at the Civic Center can read about it, too. Claudia Dietry hawks the Daily Mail’s Night Final in the new portable booth erected by Charleston Newspapers in the Civic Center lobby. Feb. 27, 1974 photo by C…

Movie goers shell out $2.50 to buy tickets to see the Charleston premier of “The Exorcist” at the Virginian Theater on Lee Street. The warning sign alerted potential audiences that some of the scenes depicted were more graphic than any others seen before in film. The movie is still considere…

Moviegoers line up to see the Charleston premier of “The Exorcist” at the Virginian Theater on Lee Street. Larger than normal audiences came to see some of the grossest actions ever depicted in a general audience release film. The marquee reads, “William Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist’ based on the …

Helicopters were used to take survivors to refugee centers following the February 1972 disaster at Buffalo Creek. An earthen dam crumbled following heavy rains, unleashing an 18-acre lake that sent a 20-foot-high wall of water along a 17-mile stretch of Buffalo Creek in Logan County. The sam…

Damage following the 1972 disaster at Buffalo Creek, in Logan County. A dam securing a Pittston Coal Company coal slurry impoundment failed, destroying two other impoundments and sending more than 132 million gallons of black waste water along Buffalo Creek hollow. The catastrophic flood kil…

Cleveland Wrecking Co. has almost leveled the downtown block between Dickinson and McFarland streets in less than two weeks to make room for the city’s proposed parking building. The photographer got the overview from the top of the Kanawha Drug Co. building on Virginia Street. Feb. 25, 1974…

Construction work on Magic Island is on standby to allow the city to study the effects of rising water on the land next spring. It is also awaiting additional landfill that will come when the Kanawha and Elk rivers need to be dredged. Officials expect work to be completed by 1989. Aug. 27, 1…

Goldie Sheets Noble is a businesswoman on the move. For the fourth time in her 26-year professional career, she is preparing to move Mrs. Sheets Bakery to a new location. Faced with an eviction notice because the building she was leasing was sold, the shop will move from 212 Broad St. to 615…

Panic buying created traffic jams and bedlam at the Oakwood Center section at Oakwood and Oakhurst roads, South Hills. Some drivers in this line said they waited as long as 45 minutes to get gas. Nearby are Exxon and Sunoco stations, also jammed. Feb. 6, 1974 photo by William Tiernan

Back view of the Capitol and the construction in progress. This angle shows all the buildings between Greenbrier Street and the Capitol that were removed for the parking garage, the Veteran’s Memorial, and the Culture Center. Jan. 2, 1969 photo by Chet Hawes.

Historic marker sign in Ravenswood, that reads, “Ohio River Ford: Sand Creek Riffle, where the Indians and pioneers crossed the Ohio, was used by General Jenkins when he carried the Confederate flag into Ohio in 1862, and also by the Union Army under General Lightburn in its retreat the same…

Miners who represent the West Virginia Black Lung Association carried in and deposited a casket in the lobby of the Statehouse, put a funeral wreath on it and draped on a white sheet with inscription: “Compensation we are asking, while alive and still a’gasping; when life is o’er and hymns a…

It would be several days before some 800 students could start class again at Clay County High School. Students and town residents survey what is left of the main high school building after a pre-dawn fire of undetermined origin gutted it. The original building opened in 1912. Jan. 28, 1969, …

Farmer’s Hardware, located below the Alderson Hotel, was located at Virginia and Alderson streets, Charleston. Alderson Street would eventually be connected to Laidley Street and the entire street would be renamed Laidley Street. Dec. 23, 1959 photo.

This cardboard “cutie” welcoming customers throughout the country is none other than Charleston’s own Jennie Smith, a popular vocalist. Jennie, 29, is actually Jo Ann Kristof and has singing engagements throughout the country and with RCA Victor records. This particular cutout can be found a…

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

Before this job is finished, Raymond Concrete Pile Co. will have driven more than 400 steel pilings along the edge of the new federal building excavation. The office and courtroom structure will be located on Quarrier Street, between Laidley and Court streets. Dec. 22, 1959 photo by Ray Wheeler.

The Toys for Tots campaign, sponsored by the Salvation Army, the U.S. Marine Corps. and the Charleston Daily Mail, exceeded its goal of collecting more than 18,000 toys. Two women look over the arsenal of toy guns that will soon be distributed to children. Dec. 22, 1959 photo by Ray Wheeler.

Rain, fog, dipping temperatures, the angry honking of car horns and the shrill whistle of a shrouded policeman directing traffic greeted holiday shoppers in downtown Charleston the day after Thanksgiving. Nov. 23, 1973 photo by Earl Benton.

Bob DeHart, owner of an all-electric car, checks out the 20 six-volt batteries in the 1968 model vehicle he purchased from Monongahela Power Co. The Mars II Renault, at a cost of $13,000, is only one of six in the U.S. DeHart admits the vehicle is not practical for long-distance travel, but …

In the back of the state Capitol, a white spruce grown at EvUn-Breth Acres, a United Methodist Church education center near Buckhannon, twinkles at night. Dec. 11, 1975, photo by William Tiernan.

Charleston Post Office called extra hands into service as Christmas mail from all points of the compass zeroed in on the local facility. The postal workers handled nearly 1.5 million letters, parcels and other classes of mail. Dec. 14, 1967 photo by Chet Hawes.

This is only a portion of the 1,500 pounds of fruit cakes being sent to servicemen in Vietnam for Christmas by the Charleston Civitan Club. Civitan Elmer Steinmetz looks on as the Rev. Clyde Murdock, chairman of the fruit cake drive, assists in the unloading at the Lee Street dock of the pos…

Shopping bags and parcels were the order of the day as hundreds of bargain-bound shoppers took advantage of the opening of Charleston Days. The semi-annual sale promotion in which more than 65 merchants are participating is not only offering a host of values but also awards to shopper regist…