Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the newspaper under its current name, The Star has teamed up with the Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library to provide the raw materials for a picture book called “Calhoun County Memories” which will capture the images and photographs of the area throughout its history.
On Wednesday the book’s publisher, Pediment Publishing, invited members of the public to share their collections in The Star’s lobby as the first of three scanning dates this week.
They weren’t disappointed with what they found.
“We got roughly about 50 photos today,” said Brad Fenison, president of Pediment. “Some of the people we talked to today said they were going to come back with more photos.”
The biggest collection they pored through belonged to Oxford resident Jerry York, who brought along just a small sample of his 400 postcards of Calhoun County. Reaching back to the 1800s, York’s collection depicted baseball games at Zinn Park, the old City Hall, the Woodstock Iron Company, parades downtown, Anniston’s first fire chief, Roscoe Rainwater, and of course, the simple passage of time.
“In this one he’s riding the carriage pulled by horses,” York said, showing a postcard depicting Rainwater and the Anniston Fire Department that he estimated dates from around 1910. “And in this one, about five years later, he’s driving the fancy new town fire truck.”
Fenison said along with photos submitted by the public, “Calhoun County Memories” will include photos from the library and historic front pages from The Star’s archives.
Residents with photos to share are encouraged to have their collections scanned today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Anniston-Calhoun County Public Library. Private collectors with sizable collections can also call 360-687-6731 for an appointment.
“Calhoun County Memories” should be available for purchase in November, and will be sold at stores in the area and The Anniston Star lobby.
Star staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.