MOUNT VERNON — For most people, 25 or 30 years at the same job represents a major career. But as Mount Vernon News photographer, Virgil Shipley, completes his 57th year with the newspaper, his work just keeps getting better. Virgil’s stories and many of his favorite photographs will be the featured program on Wednesday evening, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knox County Historical Society Museum, 875 Harcourt Road.
After graduating from Fredericktown High School, Virgil did a short hitch in the army before studying photography at Ohio University. From 1952-54 he served as a photographer in the Army Military Police Criminal Investigative Division (CID.)
In April, 1955, after a brief interview with Mount Vernon News Publisher, George Culbertson, and Editor, Fred Lorey, Virgil was hired and began his long career as the News staff photographer. Throughout the years, Virgil has become known for his outstanding photographs of current news stories in Knox County. He has ridden with pilots to take aerial photographs of the area, and with State and local police to cover highway safety stories, and his past columns on automotive topics were popular with car buffs.
His Wednesday evening presentation will feature photos of major weather events, aircraft, musicians, sports, and agricultural scenes in Knox County. The meeting is free and open to the public, and all persons interested in area history are invited to attend.
The March meeting marks the reopening of the Historical Society Museum after the winter break. Regular Museum hours are Thursday through Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Upcoming monthly meetings will feature the 1913 Flood (April 3), Clement Vallandigham’s famous May 1,1863 speech on our Public Square (May 1), and Victorian children’s novels (June 5). For more information, call the Museum at 740-393-5247.
Published on March 4, 2013