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Class Of 1902 -- Biographical Sketches

[NOTE: Names with a bar indicate that the person was deceased at the time this was published in 1955.]

Adrian Otis Arvin

We have no information as to Arvin’s background prior to his entering V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Drakes Branch, Charlotte County, Virginia and enrolling in the freshman class in the special studies course, He acquired no nickname and was usually addressed by his surname.

He later took the mechanical engineering course. The record indicates that he did not attend the 99-00 session but reentered in September, 1900 as a junior and graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned the next session for a post graduate course and in June, 1903 received the degree of M.E.

In his senior year he was a second lieutenant, special duty, on the battalion staff.

Arvin is best remembered for his likable personality and his close attention to his studies. The 1902 Bugle has this to say of him: “No man has a right to be idle if he can find work to do”.

There is little information on his career and none about his family after leaving V.P.I. All we know is that his last position was with the Glenn L. Martin Co., Baltimore, Md. from which he retired in 1938. He resided at Parkville, Md. and died February 27, 1939.

Homer Christian Atkinson

We have no record whatsoever about this classmate prior to his entering and after his leaving V.P.I. He registered in September, 1898 from Petersburg, Virginia, enrolling in the freshman class. He returned in 1899 for his sophomore year but did not return as a junior.

Homer was somewhat the artistic type and had quite a talent for illustrating. He is remembered for his contributions to the 1902 Bugle—an illustration of the Gibson Girl type entitled “The Senior Girl”, and several others not titled.

Clayton Emmett (Windy) Ayre

Born in Loudon County, Virginia, August 5, 1880, the son of Henry D. and Julia Peck Ayre, he had three brothers and four sisters. Clayton gives us the interesting information that his father, Henry D. Ayre, graduated August 7, 1876 from Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC), the former name for V.P.I.

He attended primary schools at Woolf’s Mill, Kerfoot and Upperville in Fauquier County from 1886 to 1894, and high school at Upperville from September, 1894 to May 1898. He then helped on his father’s farm for a few months.

Clayton entered V.P.I in September, 1898 in the freshman class and enrolled in special studies course. He either brought with him or soon acquired the nickname “Windy”, probably because of his proficiency in telling tall stories ad infinitum without the flicker of an eyelash. He completed his freshman and sophomore years, leaving V.P.I. in June 1900 and not returning for his junior year.

His business career began in 1901. Evidently, by this time, his family had moved to Tennessee as Clayton was employed by his father in operating a saw mill in Bradley County from January 1901 to 1909. From then on he held down various jobs in several different locations, and was somewhat like the rolling stone that gathers no moss though acquiring quite a bit of polish. But let him tell the story in his own words that he used in quoting his record to the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) prior to his employment in 1939 by that organization:

“From June, 1909 to December, 1910 I worked for the Cleveland (Tenn.) Lumber Co., Mr. B. M. Webb, General Manager.

“January, 1911 I went to work for the J. G. White Engineering Construction Co., Parksville, Tenn. Was repair man at 25c per hour. I was transferred to transmission line construction as team foreman at $110 per month, Mr. John Munson, Gen. Superintendent. Transmission line was completed in April, 1912 and I was laid off.

“July, 1912 I went to work for the J. G. White Co. at Ocoee (dam or plant) No.2 as team foreman at $3 per day. September, 1912 I was transferred to grade work on flumes as labor foreman at 40c per hour. This job was completed in December, 1913.

“January, 1914 I went to work for Hardaway Construction Co., Baden, N. C. as carpenter at 30c per hour and quit in the following month to work for the J. G. White Co. at Augusta, Ga. as team foreman, transmission line, at $110 per month. This job was completed in May following and I went to work in June for the Tennessee Power Co. as labor foreman at 30 per hour, transmission line crossing over the Tennessee river. Work completed in September, 1914.

“November, 1914 I went to work for the J. G. White Engr. Corp. as team foreman in Orange County, New York, at $4.50 per day. After completion of a short transmission line job, I continued with the same company to repair Poughkeepsie power house and install some new equipment. This job was completed in October, 1915 and I went with the same company to Pottsville, Pa. as helper in rigging crew at 35c per hour. In January 1916 I was promoted to rigger foreman at 60 per hour. This work was on transmission lines, substation and also increasing capacity of power house of the Eastern Pennsylvania Railway and Light Co.

“Following completion of the above job in December, 1917 I then went to Arcadia, Florida for work with the same company on construction of Carlton Aviation Field as team foreman and rigger foreman at $50 per week. And still with the J. G. White Engr. Corp. I worked as labor foreman at 80c per hour at the Sheffield Nitrate Plant No. 1 from February 1918 to May 1919.

“In July, 1919 I went to work for the Tennessee Power Co. as construction foreman at $150 per month rebuilding the switch room and office at Ocoee No.1 power house. Then was transferred in September, 1919 to Hales Bar as construction foreman at $200 per month rebuilding sluice gate at Hales Bar Hydro Station completed in 1920.

“After the above job was finished I was out of power construction work for some time, and during 1921 served as carpenter foreman in building a house for John McKamy in Crandall, Georgia.

“In 1922 went to work for the Tennessee Power Company at $150 per month rebuilding flume at Ocoee No. 2 plant. Then in April 1923 was transferred to Rock Island, Tenn. as Superintendent of Construction at $250 per month in raising the dam and increasing size of power house and installing second unit. Salary increased to $350 per month in 1924. After that, in April, 1925 I went to Hales Bar Steam Station as superintendent of building south boiler and fan room and south stack and installing No. 4 boiler. In November, 1925 I started construction of camp for Blue Ridge preparatory to building dam and power house on the Tocoa river, which job was shut down in 1926. From August to November I went to Scott County to assist in surveying for proposed dam site on the Big South Fork river.

“I did not work for the Tennessee Power Co. any more until July, 1927 when I started to work on cooling water intakes at the First Ave. steam station at Nashville, Tenn. From January to November, 1928 worked in the electrical department moving transformers and other miscellaneous jobs.

“In November, 1928 went to work in Nashville for Stevens & Wood Construction Co. on transmission river crossing tower foundations. In March, 1929 was transferred to Rock Island, Tenn. to repair flood damage to plant and yard, which job was completed September 7, 1929.

“On September 10, 1929 started to work at Blue Ridge, Ga. as Assistant Superintendent with Allied Engineers, Inc. We cleared the reservoir and built the power house and intake.

“In January, 1931 I rejoined the Tennessee Electric Power Co. as superintendent of Hales Bar Stations. When this company’s properties were acquired by the TVA I continued as superintendent of the Hales Bar Hydro and Steam plants under the TVA from August, 1939 until December 15, 1943, at which time I was “fired”. (Ed. note: Clayton tells us that he was fired because he was alleged to have knocked hell out of a prize (presume he means “pet”) TVA employee while on duty on TVA property, to which charge he plead nolo contendere).

After this, he took up farming on January 1, 1944. He now resides on his farm two miles east of Cleveland, Tenn., along U.S. Highway 64. His address is R. 5, Cleveland, Tenn. Thus, brought up as a boy on the soil he returns to it, apparently very happy.

Clayton was married October 7, 1907 to Mattie E. Chappelear (his roommate at V.P.I. was his wife’s brother, L. L. Chappelear, who died in September, 1927). They have a daughter, Josephine, born December 2, 1910, who was employed by the U.S. Government in Japan, until her return recently to the United States.

Clayton was among those who came to our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952. It was indeed a pleasure to see him and renew former pleasant associations.

Randal McGavock Barton

Born at Dublin, Virginia, January 28, 1881, son of Robert and Lucy T. Barton. He had four brothers and one sister.

His primary education was by private tutor at his home. He attended high school at Ingles Ferry, Virginia.

Randal entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898 and enrolled in civil engineering course. He was assigned to Company A of the battalion and remained with that company thru his senior year. He was progressively promoted from private in his freshman year to corporal as a sophomore, first sergeant as a junior, and ranking captain as a senior. He did not graduate at the end of his senior year because of illness during that year, though he passed all studies with high grades except two language studies which he purposely omitted.

Randal decided not to return to V.P.I. for the 02-03 session but to obtain employment at once in his profession as an engineer. Therefore, in the latter part of June, 1902 he went to work for the Norfolk and Western Railway as a draftsman in the office at Radford, Virginia, and was assigned to the project involving the Big Sandy cut-off or short line between Kenova and Naugatuck, West Virginia. Later on his office was moved to Kenova; In January 1903 he gave up work for the Norfolk and Western Railway at Kenova on account of a serious attack of pleurisy.

From then on to the middle of 1906 Randal had several jobs of short duration. He worked as a draftsman for about six months in 1904 in the office of the Division Engineer of Chesapeake and Ohio Railway at Raleigh P.O. near Beckley, West Virginia on a project involving an extension of a branch railway line. Then for three months in the same year he worked for the Meadow River Railway as a topographer and camp draftsman on survey of a proposed line from Ronceverte, West Virginia in to the coal fields; this line was never constructed. He was employed for a month in 1904 as a guard on the police force at the St. Louis Worlds Fair grounds. From then on for about two years he was employed by the Virginian Railway as camp draftsman at various points along the west end of the line, and as instrument man for bridge site surveys, topographer, and draftsman in the general offices at Roanoke and Norfolk, Virginia.

From July 5, 1906 to January 31, 1951 Randal was employed by the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern and the New York Central Railways as draftsman, engineer-draftsman, and designer at Cleveland, Ohio. During that period he was obliged because of illness to spend periods at three different sanitariums on sick leave. He retired on January 31, 1951, at the age of 70, from employment with these companies.

After his retirement from railway work Randal obtained a position with the engineering department of East Cleveland, Ohio, as an inspector on paving and sewer and gas lines, etc., which position he still holds as this is written. He resides at 1877 Grasmere Street, East Cleveland. In 1910 he joined the East End Baptist Church at Euclid Ave. and E. 97 Street, Cleveland; and was active for two years at the City Mission. He joined the First Assembly of God Church (Pentecostal), E. 55 St. and Lexington Ave., Cleveland; was S.S. Secretary from 1918 to 1948.

On September B, 1936 Randal was married to Mildred Emily Schaefer; they have no children.

Probably Randal is best remembered at V.P.I. for his dignified manner and his excellent standing in his classes and as an officer in the Cadet Battalion. In the Bugle election of 1902 he was voted the “best officer”. Also, the Bugle paid him this tribute: “He is a soldier fit to stand by Caesar and give direction.”

Note: As the history goes to press, we are informed by Randal that he is in process of moving to California, where his address will be—1100 Linda Vista Drive, Banning, California.

Theron Cecil Baum

We have very little record of this classmate. He entered the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Norfolk. He completed his freshman year and returned in September, 1899 for his sophomore year. At some time in his career after leaving V.P.I. he was associated with the O.D.S.S. Company, New York City. He died in 1948. His last known address was — 69 Midland Avenue, Arlington, New Jersey.

Wyndham Randolph Bean

Born November 7, 1878 at Daggers White Sulphur Springs, Botetourt County, Virginia, the son of William Bennett Bean and Willie Ariana Carper Bean. He had four brothers and three sisters. His primary education was received in the schools at Gala, Botetourt County from 1886 to 1898. Before entering V.P.I. he worked on the family farm, water-power grist mill, saw mill and country store; also he was employed at an ore mine at Glen Wilton, Virginia, at the fabulous wages of 3 cents an hour---$1.80 per week.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Gala, and remained for only one session. He was a special apprentice with Atlantic Coast Line Railway, Locomotive Repair Shop and Engineering Department, from October, 1899 to May, 1901.

His professional career began in May, 1901 when he was employed by the T. H. Symington Company, Baltimore, Md., manufacturers of railway equipment. He remained with this company until November, 1912, being progressively draftsman, inspector, engineer, superintendent and plant manager, and serving at Corning and Rochester, N. Y., as well as Baltimore. This company was later under the name Symington-Gould Company of Depew, New York, with offices throughout the United States.

From January to November, 1913 he was engaged in studies for several bankers of Philadelphia who, with a vice-president of Otis Elevator Company, were serving as managing directors of a large foundry company for which financing had been arranged. This assignment included studies relating to mechanization of foundry practices.

From January to September, 1914 he worked with the Quigley Furnace & Foundry Company, New York City, as special engineer on the application of pulverized coal firing to rolling mill melting and heating furnaces, and the application of pulverized coal to the melting of malleable iron at the Deering Works of International Harvester Company of Chicago.

From October, 1914 to August, 1916 he was with Locomotive Pulverized Fuel Equipment Company, New York City, which company, at the outbreak of World War I was experimenting with the application of pulverized coal firing to the conventional type of steam locomotives used in freight service in this country. He relates that this work was of exceptional interest but after two years of persistent effort it was determined that there was insufficient space in our type of locomotive boiler for combustion of sufficient coal to produce the steam required.

From August, 1916 to August 1927 he was associated with Eastern Malleable Iron Company of Naugatuck, Conn., having foundry plants in Connecticut, New York and Delaware. His work with this company included metallurgical research and development with responsibilities for improvement in processes and products. While with this company he served as president of American Foundrymens Association of which he is now an honorary life member. He wrote a very interesting and informative paper, while with this company, entitled “Deterioration of Malleable Iron in the Hot-Dip Galvanizing Process”, for which he has been given much credit by members of the industry.

From August, 1927 to April, 1949 he was associated with the Whiting Corporation, Harvey, Illinois, in executive positions with an opportunity to continue the application of pulverized coal firing of the high temperature melting furnaces then used in the manufacture of malleable castings. He was, first, vice-president of a subsidiary, Grindle Fuel Equipment Company, and later vice-president in charge of the Foundry Equipment Division of the parent company. In January, 1946, during this period, he went as consultant to McKay Massie Harris Pty: Ltd., Melbourne, Australia, in preparation of plans for mechanization of their foundries in production of grey iron, malleable iron and steel castings.

He served one year in the 5th Regiment, Maryland National Guard. During World War II, he served as a dollar-a-year employee of the War Production Board—Tools Division—Foundry Equipment Section.

He has been a member of: American Chemical Society; The American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers; The United States Bureau of Standards; and American Society for Testing Materials.

He is now retired from his professional work though he retains a position as consultant to the Whiting Corporation. His address is: Elwyn Farm, Staunton, Virginia, where he resides with Mrs. Bean and farms their 700 acres. He is a member of Hebron Presbyterian Church and Men’s Fellowship, and was active in the building of the Church’s Educational Building. His other local activities include—member of Building Committee and Board of Trustees of the new King’s Daughters’ Hospital; membership in the Ruritans, Farm Bureau Federation, Farmers Cooperative, Shen Valley Meat Packers Cooperative, and Virginia Beef Cattle Association. He has participated in procuring, as a gift, the Cyrus Hall McCormick Farm for V.P.I.

Wyndham was married — first, November 14, 1905 to Helen Hutton (deceased). Of this union there were four children: Virginia Carper, 1906 (deceased); Harriet Hyatt, 1908 (deceased); Eleanor Randolph, 1911 (Mrs. Lewis Dennett); and Wyndham Randolph Bean, Jr., 1915. His second marriage, in 1922, was to Eleanor Louise Spencer who resides with him at Elwyn Farm.

He and Mrs. Bean attended our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952 and contributed much to the success of that memorable occasion.

Peter Berkeley Belches

We have had no response from this classmate to our requests for information for the history.

According to college and alumni records, he entered the freshman class for the session of 1898-99, but did not return for subsequent sessions. He registered from Haymarket, Prince William County, Virginia.

At some time in his career he was an Industrial Engineering Consultant at St. Louis, Mo., from which activity it is believed he has retired. His last known address was — 3660 Connecticut Street, St. Louis 16, Mo.

Robert Bland (Little Bones) Beverley

Born September 13, 1882 in Fauquier County, Virginia, the son of Robert and Richard Detta Earl Beverley. He had three brothers and one sister. An older brother, R. Carter Beverley, attended V.P.I. and graduated with the class of 1900. It seems that both Carter and Bland were a bit on the slender side while at V.P.I. Carter acquired the nickname, “Big Bones”, and Bland was “Little Bones”. So far as we know the nickname passed into disuse after he left V.P.I.; probably it was no longer significant as he returned to his home farm and no doubt had more appetizing victuals to fatten up on than growley. He is now addressed as Bland by his many friends.

His primary and high school education was acquired in his home community. He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, enrolled in the General Science Course and was assigned to Company A of the battalion. He completed the four year course and graduated in June 1902 with the degree of B.S.

After graduation, Bland returned to his home at Caret, Virginia and was employed by his father, Robert Beverley, till 1912 in operating his farm.

Then, from 1912 to 1928 he operated a farm at The Plains, Virginia, for himself.

From 1928 to January, 1951 he managed the ancestral Beverley home, Blandfield Farm, for R. Carter and W. W. Beverley. From then on to the present he has been manager of the same farm for W. N. Beverley who bought out W. W. Beverley’s half interest in the equipment. Also, he rents W. W. Beverley’s half of the farm.

Bland has been active in many civic affairs. He was chairman of the Extension Department for 15 years. In 1936 he organized the local Ruritan Club, and was its first chairman; it now has a membership of eighty. For five years he was chairman of the Soil District Association. During World War II he was chairman of the War Agricultural Board, and for five years was chairman of the Production Marketing Association (P.M.A.). Since 1936 he has been chairman of the local Welfare Department.

For his church activities, he was a member of the Vestry of Whittle Parish up to 1929; a member of the Vestry and treasurer of St. Ann Parish, and Senior and Junior Warden of both parishes.

In September, 1913 he was married to Mary Welby Carter; they had two children, Alexander Carter, born November 30, 1914, and Mary Welby, born January 12, 1922 (she died in infancy). His present address is: Blandfield Farm, Caret, Virginia.

Bland ended the questionnaire with the following: “I was interested in a few other civic affairs but this is enough. I have retired from all but one or two as in any community a willing horse soon gets tired”.

Edward Chiles Blackmore

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class September, 1898, registering from Hampton, Virginia. He attended three sessions, taking special studies and agricultural courses. We have no record of his activities after leaving V.P.I. in 1901. His last known address was 45 South King Street, Hampton, Virginia. He died in September, 1953.

James Moncure Bland

“J. M.”, as he was familiarly known at V.P.I. has not replied to the questionnaire-request for information sent him; we trust that illness has not been the cause of his failure to reply. There is given below the little information we have about him as obtained from available college and alumni records.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Bland. He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Shacklefords, King and Queen County, Virginia, and enrolled in the general science course. He completed the four year course and graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S.

In his senior year he was captain of Company D. He was local editor of the Gray Jacket, 01-02; and president and treasurer of the Lee Literary Society in 01-02.

After leaving V.P.I. he evidently studied medicine somewhere as he is now a practicing physician at Boykins, Virginia.

He was married November 27, 1927 to Rosa Pearle Wilroy of Grannon, Virginia.

He and Mrs. Bland were among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952. If the plan to publish this history had been adopted at that time, no doubt we would have obtained from him complete information for this sketch.

James Bolton

Born June 27, 1880 at Richmond, Virginia. The son of Jackson and Susan Taliaferro Bolton. He had three sisters.

He attended private schools in Richmond from 1887 to June, 1898. During that period he worked as an engineering aid on railroad location and construction.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Richmond, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. He was assigned to Company D during his sophomore year; in his junior year he was assigned to the Battery E, and was second lieutenant in that military unit in his senior year. Among his other activities at V.P.I. were: secretary and treasurer, Maury Literary Society, 01; member of Executive Committee Athletic Association, 00-01; and manager of the football team, 01.

After the close of his senior year, he entered the employ of the Norfolk and Western Railway as a civil engineer on railroad construction. He then returned to V.P.I. and in June, 1905 obtained his degree, B.S. in C.E.

From 1905 to 1909 he was assistant chief engineer on construction of railway passenger terminals at Birmingham, Alabama.

From 1909 he was engaged in various engineering activities and undertakings in Atlanta, Georgia and in Richmond, Virginia.

During part of 1918 he was with the DuPont Engineering Company engaged in munitions plant construction, first at Nashville, Tennessee, then at Racine, Wisconsin.

During 1919 and 1920 he was engaged in various engineering activities in and near Richmond.

In the fall of 1921 he joined the staff of the Director of Public Works of the city of Richmond, Virginia. He was associated with the Department of Public Works for nearly twenty-nine years, and was assistant director for fifteen years. While with the department he had allied duties as secretary of the Richmond City Planning Commission and as secretary of the Richmond Port Commission.

He retired June 27, 1950, from active service with the Richmond Department of Public Works, and has continued to reside in Richmond. His home address is 2411 Stuart Avenue, Richmond 20, Virginia. He is affiliated with St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church in that city.

Jim was married August 16, 1924 to Sadie Winter Payne of Harrisonburg, Virginia. They have two children—James Bolton, Jr., born August 30, 1925; and William Payne Bolton, born January 20, 1927. Also one granddaughter, Dorothy Anne Bolton, born November 6, 1952.

He and Mrs. Bolton were among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952.

Samford Burnell Bragg

In answer to the questionnaire sent out to all members in April, 1953, Burnell sent in such a complete biographical sketch of his career, including several interesting high lights, that it is being included just as he wrote it. However, credit is given him at this point for being an active supporter of this class history project; he was an early, and may have been the original promoter of it. From here on to the end of this sketch just imagine you are listening to Burnell Bragg.

My home is “Shorehaven” on Lynnhaven Bay, P.O. Box 36, Route 1, London Bridge, Virginia.

I was born February 23, 1879, on a plantation owned by my father, known as “Woodstock”, about three miles south of Lunenburg Circuit Court House, Lunenburg County, Virginia.

My parents were Robert Waller and Martha (Patty) Elizabeth Bagley Bragg. I was one of nine children—six boys and three girls.

When I was about three or four years old, my parents moved to Farmville, Virginia, where we lived about five years, and then we moved to my mother’s plantation in Brunswick County, Virginia, one mile north of Alberta, Virginia.

I attended primary schools both in Farmville and Brunswick County, and business college at Richmond, Virginia.

I left the plantation when I was about fifteen years old, and worked as a clerk for nearly three years in a commissary owned by Major Ginter, “The Cigarette King”, in his development of Ginter Park, which is now part of Richmond, Virginia, and took my business course at Richmond during my stay with Major Ginter.

I entered V.P.I. in September, 1899 as a sophomore and enrolled in the course of electrical engineering, and was assigned to the band. I finished my sophomore and junior years at V.P.I. and then decided that I did not want to complete my course in electrical engineering, so did not return for my senior year.

While attending V.P.I. I was a member of the track team and also played on the scrub football teams.

Among the many incidents which occurred while I was at V.P.I. was the placing of the 02 flag on top of the smoke stack of the new heating plant, which was then located in the rear of the barracks. This was the first, and I think the only, class flag that was ever placed on that smokestack. I was one of the boys who participated in that occurrence. The flag was made out of a sheet in my room. Frank Key was one of the boys that climbed the smokestack to put the flag on top. The flag remained on the stack for some time.

Another incident which stands out in my memory was the New Year’s Eve celebration at Blacksburg in 1899—my first year at V.P.I. Having entered the sophomore class I got behind in one of my subjects and decided to spend my Christmas vacation there to catch up on this work. There were twenty or thirty other boys who spent Christmas there also. Dr. McBryde, the President, and his wife entertained us on several occasions during the holidays and we had a very pleasant Christmas, but decided that we would have a big celebration on New Year’s Eve. A few days before we investigated and found a way to get in all of the churches in Blacksburg which had a church for nearly every denomination—being about ten or twelve in number, each having a large bell. We also found a way to get on top of the power plant of the flour mills, and the college power plant. We had one boy in each church, one or two on the outside, and one boy each on top of the flour mill power house and the shop power house. When the hour of twelve arrived, we lowered a heavy weight on the steam whistles of the two shops so that the whistles would blow at full blast. Upon this signal each boy in the churches began to ring the bells. At this time there were very few lights in Blacksburg; but after this bedlam was turned loose nearly every house in town was lighted up. The boys in the churches had to leave on account of people coming to investigate, but there was no way to stop the blowing of the whistles until the fire man arrived and cut off the steam.

In September, 1901 I went to Richmond College and studied law. I was sick for the greater part of my first year there. In my second year I was elected vice-president of the law class, and president of the graduating class in 1905. I was also manager of the ’04 baseball team and took an active part in athletics including track, football and baseball. I was one of the boys that organized THE COLLEGIAN, a college weekly paper, and was business manager of that paper, and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

The first position that I held after graduating in law was with the Equitable Life Assurance Society at Richmond. This company sent me into the cotton-mill district of western North Carolina, where I spent two months interviewing large policy-holders of that company in an effort to persuade them not to lapse their policies on account of the investigation of this company then going on in New York under supervision of Charles E. Hughes, who afterwards became Governor of New York and later on Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. I succeeded in this effort and when I returned to Richmond I was offered a permanent position with the Equitable but decided that I would take my chance with law, and went through the southwestern part of Virginia and West Virginia looking for a place that I could locate. Not being able to find a place that suited me I decided to go to Norfolk where I secured a position with the law firm of Jeffries, Wolcott and Wolcott, with whom I practiced as associate counsel from May 23, 1906 until September 30, 1908, at which time I entered the general practice of law in Norfolk, individually. I continued in this practice until September 15, 1937 when I accepted a position of assistant general counsel to the receivers of the Norfolk-Southern Railroad Company. I held that position until January 21, 1942 when the new company (Norfolk-Southern Railway Company) took over the properties of the Norfolk-Southern Railroad Company, then in receivership. The general counsel having retired on that date, I was made general solicitor of the new company and all of its subsidiaries, and held that position until my health broke in 1951, retiring as of December 31, that year.

In 1914 my residence was in Norfolk County, about seven miles out of Norfolk City and I took a very active part in politics in that county as a member of what was known as the “Straight-Out Party”. This party ousted the party then in office and put new men in all the county offices, including a circuit judge, but I never ran for a public office. At that time horse racing was being carried on in Norfolk County twice a year—Spring and Fall—in violation of the law of Virginia. Mr. John Garland Pollard, then attorney general of the state, made several attempts to enforce the law and break up racing in Norfolk County, but was unable to do so on account of the fact that the tribunals in the county, before whom these proceedings were instituted, would always dismiss the defendants. Mr. Pollard recommended to Henry Stuart, who was then governor of Virginia, that he request the new judge of the circuit court of Norfolk County to appoint me as a special justice of the peace for the county which the judge promptly did, and very shortly thereafter these race track operators were brought before me for trial, which resulted in conviction of all the parties and the discontinuance of racing in Virginia. I remained a justice of the peace for several months and succeeded in breaking up many of the notorious dives that had been operating in that county.

At the beginning of World War I, I was made food administrator for Norfolk County and served during the war.

In 1926 I was appointed examiner of records for Norfolk County and served for about four years.

In 1934 I was elected vice-president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association and was elected president of that association in 1935. The same year I was appointed by the council of the city of Norfolk as chairman of the police and firemen trial board of the city and served until January, 1942 (seven years).

In 1943, upon resignation of the special master of the Norfolk-Southern Railroad receivership, the Judge of the United States District Court at Norfolk appointed me as his successor, and I served as substitute special master and prepared and filed reports and distribution decrees distributing the funds from all the railroad properties sold under the decrees of the receivership court.

I am a member of the Virginia State Bar Association, the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, and was a member of the American Bar Association. I am a member of the Virginia Club of Norfolk, and I am an Episcopalian, having served the Church of the Advent as treasurer and vestryman for more than ten years. I joined the Masons in January, 1909 and became a Shriner in October of the same year. I was a charter member of the Khedive Temple which was established in Norfolk in May 1910, and I am still a Mason and a Shriner.

On June 28, 1910 I married Virginia Page Lane and as a result of this wedlock we had four children—two boys and two girls. My oldest, Burnell, Jr., age 41, is engaged in the transportation business. My next, a girl, Virginia Page, age 39, married J. M. Roehm and resides at Niles, Michigan. My next child, a boy, Frank Bagley age 35, entered United States Service as a Naval pilot in 1940 and now holds the rank of commander; he married Ann Miller of St. Louis, Missouri. My youngest child, Alice Dugger age 33, married Wilson P. Bishop who was a naval pilot and now resides at Falls Church, Virginia. Each of my two daughters has two children.

Benjamin Riddick Britt

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Suffolk, Virginia, and enrolled in an engineering course. He came back the following session as a junior but did not return for his senior year.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. his address was: 310 Buckhannon Avenue, Clarksburg, West Virginia. He died March 2, 1947.

Robert Thomas Brooke

Born December 12, 1880 at Sutherlin, Virginia, one of six children, three boys and three girls, of Dr. Thomas Vaden Brooke. He attended primary school at Sutherlin, Virginia, from 1889 to 1895, and high school at Woodville, Virginia, from 1895 to 1898.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Sutherlin, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He was assigned to Company A and remained with that company, progressing from private to corporal to sergeant, and to first lieutenant in his senior year. He graduated in June, 1903 and received the degree of B.S. in E.E. His activities at V.P.I. included—Pittsylvania Club, treasurer, 98-99, vice-president 00-01, president, 01-02; Lee Literary Society, treasurer, 00-01, vice-president, 01-02; exchange editor Gray Jacket, 01-02.

After leaving V.P.I. he was employed by the General Electric Company and remained with that company throughout his business and professional career. His first assignment was in the student training course at Lynn, Mass., from 1902 to 1905. In 1906 he was assigned to construction and service work, and in 1907 he was given a commercial training course. In 1908 he was sent to Birmingham, Ala., and until 1911 was assigned to commercial sales work. In 1912 he was promoted to manager of the Birmingham office of the General Electric Company, which position he occupied until his retirement, January 1, 1947.

During his stay in Birmingham he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and associated with the following business concerns: president and director, The Security Savings and Loan Company; director, The American Traders National Bank; director, The First National Bank of Birmingham; director, The Continental Gin Company; and director, The Protective Life Insurance Company. While in Birmingham he was also a member of the Birmingham Country Club, the Rotary Club, and the Engineers Club. Also while in Birmingham he was a vestryman of the Church of the Advent.

His professional associations include membership in American Institute of Electrical Engineers, American Institute of Iron and Steel Electrical Engineers, and American Society of Naval Architects.

After his retirement he moved to Panama City, Florida, his present address there being 455 Bunkers Cove Road. He is a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church in that city. His hobbies are traveling, gardening, hunting and fishing, and he is a member of the Panama Country Club and St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club, both of Panama City. Also he is a Mason, a Knights Templar and a Shriner.

Robert was married October 29, 1913 to Gamaliel Homes Dixon. They had two children—Robert Thomas Brooke, III (died at age 13), and Frederick Dixon Brooke, born 1919.

David Tucker (Towhead) Brown

Born September 30, 1884 at Ivy Cliff, his family home, at Brierfield, Bedford County, Virginia. He was one of six children, four sons and two daughters, of John Thompson and Cassie Tucker Brown. His brother, Peronneau, and his cousins, Donaldson and Thompson, were also in 02 class and their biographical sketches follow. His pre-college education was received at his home.

He entered V.P.I. in September, 1899, in the sophomore class and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He, like a few of us others, did not graduate with his class but returned to get his degree of B.S. in E.E. in June 1905. In his military career, and again like some of us, he remained a distinguished buck private to the end. He acquired the nickname “Towhead” by which he was familiarly best known at V.P.I.

After graduating at V.P.I. and until 1907 he traveled widely over the United States, including working at his profession in Chicago, San Francisco and New Orleans. In Chicago he was employed for a short time at the Hawthorne Works of the Western Electric Company.

During the period 1907-1914 he was in the service of the Virginia State Highway Department.

In 1914 he joined the North Carolina State Geological and Economic Survey and while there he participated in drafting the first North Carolina highway bill. World War I brought this assignment to an end.

In 1917 he was commissioned, from civilian life, a captain in the U.S. Army, 305th Engineers, and in December, 1917 was among the first group of engineers to go overseas for service, most of which was in France.

He left the army in 1919 and was with the DuPont Company as an engineer until 1920. He was then engaged in private engineering work for about four years.

In 1924 he was appointed a highway engineer in the United States Bureau of Public Roads. Among his other assignments was as location engineer for the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway. As a result of the good record he made on this job he was appointed a senior highway engineer, and in 1930 was commissioned by President Hoover to go to Panama for work on the Inter-American Highway and was subsequently placed in charge of the work in Central America. His most significant accomplishment on this highway was carrying to successful completion the survey of the most practical route from Mexico to Panama City, most of it through jungle and over mountain ranges. That survey necessitated examination of about 190,000 square miles of territory.

Not long after the survey was completed, Tucker died suddenly of a heart ailment on March 10, 1939 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; while on an inspection trip to view the progress of work on the highway. His death was attributed to the result of heart strain incident to strenuous exertions.

Among the tributes paid Tucker was the following from the Costa Rican engineer in charge of the Costa Rican part of the highway: “His clear engineering mind, his charming personality, his tact and common sense, the knowledge he had of these countries and the knack to deal with them, his integrity as a friend, made him a great engineer, a natural leader of men and a true friend”.

Tucker was married November 22, 1913 to Barbara Colquhoun Trigg of Richmond. They had two sons—David Tucker, Jr., 1916-1945, first lieutenant U.S. Marines in World War II, killed in action while fighting with the First Marine Division May 14, 1945 on Okinawa; and Edward Trigg Brown, 1918, who attended V.P.I. and later was captain U.S. Army World War II, now vice-president of John W. Daniel Construction Co., Danville, Virginia.

He was affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Note: The committee is indebted to his widow, Mrs. D. Tucker Brown, who resides at 1505 Rugby Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia, for most of the information in this sketch.

Donaldson Brown

Born February 1, 1885 at Baltimore, Md., one of several children of John Willcox and Ellen Turner (Macfarland) Brown. Don, as he was informally known to his many friends at V.P.I., is a younger brother of Thompson (also a member of 02 class) whose biographical sketch is given later in this history. For his primary and high school education, he attended the Baltimore public schools.

In September, 1898, he entered the freshman class at V.P.I., registering from Baltimore, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He graduated in June, 1902, and received the degree of B.S. in E.E. As far as we know he holds the record of being the youngest graduate of V.P.I. In his senior year he was second lieutenant in Company A of the battalion of cadets. Among his extra-collegiate activities were: president of Maryland Club, 01-02; secretary and treasurer Thespian Club, 00-01; local editor Gray Jacket, 00-01; secretary Maury Literary Society, 00-01; and also sergeant at arms of our class.

After graduating at V.P.I., he took a one year course in electrical engineering at Cornell University.

His business career began in 1903 when he was employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a draftsman. Following that job he joined the Sprague Electric Company in 1904 as manager of the Baltimore Sales Office.

In 1909 he entered into employment by E. I. duPont de Nemours Powder Company, since changed to the name E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company. After a period of some months of engagement in chemical laboratory work, he entered the sales department with varying assignments mostly concerned with the sale of explosives to railroad contractors and others on heavy construction contracts, and in 1912, was brought in as an assistant in the office of the general manager of the duPont Company. In 1910, he was transferred to the Treasurers Department as assistant treasurer, and on March 27, 1918 was elected treasurer of the company. In October, 1918, he was elected a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee, and later also a member of the Finance Committee.

At the close of 1920, he resigned from executive positions with the duPont Company, retaining membership of the Finance Committee, to accept the position of vice-president of General Motors Corporation, in charge of finance, and membership on the Board and Finance Committee of that corporation. In May, 1924 he was elected a member of the Executive Committee and remained as such until May, 1937 when the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee were superseded by a top governing committee known as the Policy Committee. At this time he was elected Vice-chairman of the Board, having served as chairman of the Finance Committee up to that time since May 9, 1929.

In June, 1946 Don retired from active duties in executive management. At this time the Policy Committee was superseded by two committees which are still existent, known as the Financial Policy Committee and the Operations Policy Committee, when he was elected a member of the former, which membership he retains. He also retains his membership of the Finance Committee of the duPont Company, and has been a member of its Bonus and Salary Committee since May, 1924.

Since retirement from active service, Don has devoted much time to various civic activities in his home state of Maryland, and is serving as a director of Gulf Oil Corporation, Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company of Baltimore, and as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University. In fact, his wife says, “Since Don retired, the only difference is that he now works seven days a week, whereas previously he frequently took a day or two off for association with his family.”

Don was married June 16, 1916, to Greta duP. Barksdale. They have six children (ages given as of June, 1955)—H. Barksdale Brown, 38; Frank D. Brown, Jr., 36; Bruce Ford Brown, 34; Mrs. Rodney M. Layton, 30; Vaughn W. Brown, 28; and Keene C. Brown, 26. All are married except the last two.

Don is generally known as Donaldson Brown, and the residence is Mt. Ararat, Port Deposit, Md.

Henry Peronneau (Perk) Brown

Born August 24, 1883 at “Ivy Cliff”, Brierfield, Bedford County, Virginia, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson Brown. He had three brothers, one of whom was Tucker, whose biographical sketch precedes, and two sisters. Also, he and his brother, Tucker, were first cousins of Donaldson and Thompson Brown who were members of 02 class. His primary and pre-college education was given by tutors and coaches at his home.

Peronneau entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Brierfield, and enrolled in the general science course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. In his senior year he was second lieutenant in the signal corps. He was president of the Bedford Club, 01-02; and secretary and treasurer of the German Club, 01-02. He acquired the occasionally used nickname, “Perk”.

After graduating from V.P.I. he studied medicine at University of Virginia for four years and received his M.D. degree. He was then employed at the Polyclinic Hospital, Philadelphia, as interne. Following that he substituted for six months at some West Virginia coal mines for another doctor.

In 1908 he started his own practice as physician at Clay, a small village a few miles west of Lynchburg, Virginia. He took over the practice of Dr. Thomas K. Ferrell who gave it up because of illness. He died on January 29, 1942 as the result of a motor car accident that occurred on a wintry night when he was returning home from a visit to one of his patients. Thus, he was faithful to his profession to the end.

Peronneau was greatly beloved and respected in the community where he practiced medicine. As evidence of this, many children, whose births he attended, were named after him.

On January 18, 1916 he was married to Corinne Caroline Hampton of Columbia, S. C. They had three children: Corinne Hampton Brown (Davis); Eloise Urquhart Brown (Betts); and Henry Peronneau Brown, Jr. There are nine grand children, five girls and four boys.

Note: The committee is indebted to his widow, Mrs. H. Peronneau Brown, who resides at 2905 Dellwood Circle, Lynchburg, Virginia, for most of the information in this sketch.

J. Thompson Brown

Born June 8, 1882 at Baltimore, Md., the tenth child of thirteen children of John Willcox and Ellen Turner (Macfarland) Brown. A younger brother, Donaldson, whose biographical sketch is also included in this history, attended V.P.I. at the same time. He received his primary education in the Baltimore public schools.

Thompson (he never acquired a nickname at V.P.I. as many of us did) entered V.P.I. in September, 1898 in the freshman class, registering from Baltimore, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in E.E. His principal activities at V.P.I. included: First Lieutenant, Signal Corps; Associate Editor of The Bugle 01; and Editor in Chief of The Bugle 02.

On graduating from V.P.I., he took a one-year post-graduate course at Cornell University.

After finishing at Cornell, his active business career for upwards of forty-nine years was as an employee and official of the duPont Company (E. I. duPont de Nemours & Co.). He began with duPont in November, 1903 at Wilmington, Del., as a draftsman in the light, heat and power division and continued on engineering and construction activities for several years. During 1909-1910, he was engaged in special engineering at the Hercules Works in California. Following that assignment he was assistant resident engineer during construction of the Atlas Dynamite Works at Joplin, Mo.

He returned to Wilmington in 1911 to be an assistant in the high explosive department. Then he was successively appointed manager of dynamite plants in 1915, general superintendent of high explosive in 1917, director of the explosives manufacturing department in 1919, assistant general manager of the explosives department in 1921, and general manager the following year.

In 1923 he was elected a director of the company, and in 1929 became a vice-president and member of the executive committee. During World War I he was general superintendent of high explosives in the explosives manufacturing department. During World War II he was a senior member of the company’s executive committee. As a vice-president he was adviser on engineering, legal, advertising, traffic and personnel matters. For a number of years he was a member of the Board of Benefits and Pensions of the company. Also, he was a director of various subsidiaries and affiliated companies, among which were: Remington Arms Company; Canadian Industries, Ltd.; DuPont Nitrate Company; American Glycerin Company; DuPont Rayon Company; DuPont Cellophane Company; and Compania Mexicana de Explosivos.

As of January 1, 1947, he retired from active participation in the various activities of the company, except that he continued as a director and was elected a member of the finance committee.

Thompson was married on April 23, 1914 to Yolande de Vignier. They had six children: J. Willcox Brown; Robert M. Brown; Odile de V. (died aged 5 years); J. Glenn Brown (who attended V.P.I.); Ysabel de V. (Mrs. John Dulken); and Mary Turner Brown (Mrs. William B. Riley). There are thirteen grand children—seven boys and six girls.

He participated in many civic, charitable and philanthropic activities. He was chairman of the State Board of Charities; a vice-president of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Hospital; a director of the Family Society and of the Del-Mar-Va Council, Boy Scouts of America; a trustee of the Episcopal School Foundation (St. Andrew’s School); and formerly a trustee of the Tower Hill School Association. He was Junior Warden of the Vestry of Immanuel Episcopal Church, and a trustee of the Diocese of Delaware. Also, he was active in the United Community Fund of Northern Delaware.

Thompson continued his active interest in V.P.I., particularly in alumni matters. He was president of the Alumni Association in 1930-1931 and had served as member of the Board of Directors and Fund Council. He was a member of the Educational Foundation, Inc. of V.P.I. He usually was in attendance on home-coming days and at class reunions. His last appearance at V.P.I. was in October, 1952 at the fiftieth anniversary reunion of our class which he and Mrs. Brown attended. It was only a short time after that happy occasion when the sad news reached us that he had passed away at his home, White Oaks, Montchanin, Delaware, on January 31, 1953.

We include here excerpts from an editorial that appeared in a Wilmington newspaper, a wonderful tribute from his home town neighbors: “Few men have brought more zest to living and few have contributed more generously to the welfare of the community and to the company he worked for during his long career. Tom Brown’s work for the du Pont Co. would have been enough, by itself, to have occupied the full energies of a lifetime … But he also found time and energy, somehow, to lend his keen, questing mind and his broad human sympathies to the boards of such organizations as (those named above) … These gifts of mind and spirit and the genial warmth that he brought to all his friendships will be long remembered.”

Note: The history committee is indebted to Mrs. Brown, who resides at her home, White Oaks, Montchanin, Delaware, for much of the information contained in this sketch.

Joseph Mortimer Bryant

He entered V.P.I. in the sophomore class in September, 1899, registering from Martinsville, Virginia, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in C.E., and then took post-graduate work in the 04-05 session and obtained his C.E. degree. He was assistant manager of the football team in 1901.

Sometime after leaving V.P.I. he evidently studied law as he settled in Jacksonville, Fla., and was associated with a law firm there. He was back at V.P.I. for our class reunion in 1930, and he was back once again at some reunion or homecoming day.

He was married January 10, 1911 to Edna Mann of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He died in Jacksonville January 29, 1943.

Robert Hutcheson Buchanan, Jr.

Born May 24, 1880, at Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia. He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Brownsburg, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. In his senior year he was second lieutenant, hospital steward, on the Battalion Staff. In 00-01, he was historian, Rockbridge and Augusta Club. In 01-02, he was president and secretary of Lee Literary Society. He graduated in June, 1902 with the class.

We have no record of his business or professional activities until 1916. In that year he joined the Hudson Coal Company, at Scranton, Pa., and was successively chief engineer, general superintendent and general manager, until 1925.

From 1925 to 1930, he was president of the Northumberland Mining Company at Scranton, Pa. The following year he was with the Penn Anthracite Company at Scranton as president. From 1932 to 1941, he was in business for himself in connection with coal and coal mining.

He was employed by Remington Arms Company, Bridgeport, Conn., on February 12, 1941, in the capacity of accountant. He lived only a short time thereafter and died December 1, 1941.

Note: We have no information about his family. We are indebted for the foregoing information regarding his business career, to Mr. H. K. Faulkner, a V.P.I. alumnus, who is a vice-president of the Remington Arms Company, Bridgeport, Conn.

John Dickenson (Hockey) Burrall

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Burrall of Richmond, Virginia, and he entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, enrolling in a chemistry course. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in Applied Chemistry. He was president of our class, 99-00; vice-president of the Athletic Association, 00-01; president Richmond Club, 00-01; member of the baseball team four years, and captain of the 01 team.

We have no record of his career after leaving V.P.I. and do not know if he is living.

Caius Hunter Carpenter

Born June 23, 1883, in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Carpenter. He had three brothers and four sisters. His pre-college education was received in a private school at his home.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Clifton Forge, Virginia, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. He obtained his degree, B.S. in C.E., in June, 1903, and returned the following session for post-graduate study. He went to the University of North Carolina for the session, 1904-05 for a one year’s course in law. He returned to V.P.I. in the fall of 1905 for further study.

His non-collegiate activities at V.P.I. included: member of the football teams of 1899, 00, 01, 02, 03 and 05; captain of the team of 1902; substitute on All-Southern team of 1900; and All-Southern fullback in 1901. Member of the baseball teams of 1900, 01 and captain in 1902. Best Athlete, 00-01. President, Alleghany Club, 00-01, and vice-president, 01-02.

After leaving V.P.I., Hunter went into the contracting business with his father who then had a contract for double tracking the C. & O. Railway between Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia. Following that assignment, he went to Tennessee to do some work for the C. C. & O. Railway.

He then moved to New York State continuing his contracting business, and one of his first jobs was in helping to build the aqueduct for supplying water to New York City. Just before World War I, he contracted to build a section of the New York City subway in Brooklyn. Then came the war and the consequent high prices and the contract was not profitable. After the war he engaged in other business but the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent depression lasting for several years, again had an adverse effect on his business activities.

About 1933, he moved to Gardiner, N. Y., where he acquired and began operating a fruit farm. While there he came down to West Point to see the V.P.I. football team challenge the Army, in the fall of 1939. V.P.I. lost the game but no doubt Hunter had the satisfaction of recalling that about thirty-five years previous, he was instrumental in leading the V.P.I. team, probably on the same field, to a 16-6 victory over Army. Hunter’s health was failing at the time of our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952, which he was unable to attend because of illness. He died, from a cerebral thrombosis, at his home, Gardiner, N. Y., on February 24, 1953, at the age of sixty-nine.

He was married, first, on June 5, 1907, to Kathryn Anne Reilly of Huntington, W. Va.; and, second, on April 11, 1933, to Beatrice Moore Tiffany of Hempstead, L. I. He was survived by his widow, Beatrice, who continues to live at Gardiner, N. Y., and three sons, John Albert and James Hunter Carpenter; and stepson Edward F. Tiffany, Jr.; also, by a brother, J. C. Carpenter, Jr., who attended V.P.I. for two years when Hunter was there, and who now is a prominent business man in Clifton Forge, Virginia, and Virginia State Senator for his district.

Hunter was an all-around athlete, not only because of his excellent physique but because he enjoyed the spirited contests and always gave his best. He is most well remembered for his outstanding achievements on the gridiron, but he was also good on the track, and on the diamond as a shortstop with a batting average around .400 at V.P.I. He was offered a try-out for the Chicago White Sox but on the advice of his father, declined and went into business.

It was on the football field that he achieved his greatest fame. To record his most spectacular achievements would take more space than may be alloted here. In 1938, his nephew, Deverton Carpenter (son of J. C., Jr.), then a staff writer on the Richmond, Va. News Leader, and later killed in action in Germany in World War II, interviewed Hunter at his home in Gardiner, N. Y., and then wrote for his paper a series of articles about him. After Hunter’s death, the Roanoke, Va. World News published in its issues of March 4, 5, and 6 of 1953, a condensation of Deverton’s story. Also, the Roanoke Times, in its issue of February 25, 1953, and the Norfolk-Virginian Pilot, in its issue of February 27, 1953, had interesting articles about his career. Anyone interested may wish to look up those accounts. It may well be, however, that this modest little volume will be handy some day when the conversation turns on the “greats” of football, so we give here a few interesting high lights of his football career.

When he entered V.P.I. in 1898 he wanted to play football so when candidates for the team were called for, he reported but the coach would not let him play, even on the scrubs, saying he was too young—only fifteen—and too light—only 128 pounds. When he came back in the fall of 1899, they issued him a uniform this time and let him scrimmage, and he made the squad. He was put at fullback.

In 1900, he was shifted to right halfback, the position at which he later became “the great Carpenter”. His father did not want him to play, thinking it would interfere with his studies, so part of that season he played under an assumed name. After the closing game of the season at Norfolk, Va., in the hotel lobby he bumped into his father who had been persuaded by a friend to go to the game. His father, proudly surprised to see his son the star of the, game, forgave the deception and bestowed his fatherly blessing on his future playing.

In the session of 1901, Hunter weighed 197 pounds and he became the fastest man on the team, having been clocked at 10.2 for the 100 yards, in his football uniform. In addition he had the benefit of coaching by A. B. Morrison, from Cornell, who at that time was considered the best coach V.P.I. ever had. The team played Georgetown University team in Washington, D. C., for what was expected to be a close game, but it turned out to be a walkover for V.P.I. Hunter scored three touchdowns, adding five extra points. The final score was. V.P.I. 32, Georgetown 6.

Hunter was elected captain of the 1902 V.P.I. team and led it through a winning season except for the game lost to University of Virginia. He was disbarred from this game on a technicality, and so was Virginia’s Branch Johnson. V.P.I. lost, 0-20. Then followed soon the game with the Navy, one of the roughest in which Hunter ever played. Soon after V.P.I. received the ball he ran around right end 50 yards for a touchdown and kicked the extra point. In the second half he kicked the longest field goal ever seen up to that time on Navy’s field, from the 46 yard line. V.P.I. won, 11-0, however Hunter paid for his success; his uniform was almost entirely ripped from his back, and at the end of the game he was a mass of bruises. At Norfolk that year, V.P.I. defeated V.M.I., 50-5; Hunter scored 30 of the 50 points, including a field goal.

In 1903, Hunter was again at his best. In the V.P.I.-North Carolina game, the first time he carried the ball from scrimmage, he ran 85 yards for a touchdown. He did not attempt to dodge the safety man, just dived over him, landing on the back of his shoulder, jumped up and ran on.

In 1904, Hunter went to the University of North Carolina for a year’s study of law, and he played on the Carolina football team. In the Carolina-Virginia game, he scored his team’s second touchdown, putting Carolina ahead, 11-6. Virginia came right back and scored the tying touchdown. In Virginia’s try for the extra point, a Carolina player, attempting to block the kick, deflected the ball up and through the posts, which might otherwise have missed, giving Virginia the game, 12-11.

In the fall of 1905, Hunter came back to V.P.I. for post-graduate study and again played on the team. Sally Miles was coach but not playing, and he and Hunter trained the team. In the game with Army at West Point, Hunter returned Army’s first punt 35 yards to Army’s 20 yard line, and from there he kicked a field goal for the 5 points. A few minutes later, he ran around left end from mid-field to Army’s one yard line; in the next play his team-mate, Treadwell, carried the ball over for the touchdown. V.P.I. won, 16-6. The following Saturday, V.P.I. met the Virginia team at Charlottesville, Va., in Hunter’s final opportunity to win over the University, something he had not previously accomplished. V.P.I. made two touchdowns and an extra point, winning, 11-0. Thus was his cherished ambition to beat Virginia, achieved.

Hunter was always ready to give full credit to his team-mates; he realized that team work was essential for a winning team. Asked which of his teammates he thought were outstanding, he said all were good. He selected John Counselman, Treadwell, and little “Cub” Bear, of Roanoke, as the best of the backs, saying that Bear was the best blocker he had ever played with. Of the linemen, he selected Pete Wilson and Sally Miles, tackles, Lewis at end, Rube Stiles, center; also named Stewart of North Carolina at center. For opponents, he thought Hammond Johnson, V.M.I., and his brother Branch. V.M.I. and Virginia, were outstanding. He also named Council of Virginia.

He never made the All-America team. Walter Camp, who did the picking in those days, said one year that undoubtedly Hunter was the greatest back in the United States, but he could not place a man on All-America he had not seen play. Hunter was All-Southern repeatedly.

The writer of this sketch, when living in Chicago just after the turn of the century, saw several of the “Big Ten” mid-western universities’ teams play on the Chicago University field at the time when Alonzo Stagg was coach there. Also, he saw the Carlisle Indians play there once or twice. Then during the period, 1919 to the late 1930’s, he saw some of the outstanding teams of Army, Navy and Notre Dame, play at the Polo Grounds and Yankee Stadium, New York City. In his opinion, Hunter Carpenter was the outstanding individual player of all those he has seen in action.

Note: The history committee is indebted to Mrs. Hunter Carpenter, and to Hunter’s brother, J. C. Carpenter, Jr., for much of the information contained in this sketch.

Walter Lewis Chewning

Born November 2, 1881, at Richmond, Virginia, the son of Alpheus James and Kate Carpenter Chewning. He had three brothers and three sisters.

At Richmond, he attended primary school from 1888 to 1894, and high school and the Mechanics Institute from 1894 to 1898. While he was studying at Mechanics Institute in the evenings he was employed during the day by the Richmond Locomotive Works.

He entered the junior class at V.P.I. in September, 1900, registering from Richmond, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. In his senior year he was second lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He was associate editor of the 1902 Bugle and vice-president of the Richmond Club in 01-02. He is well remembered for his excellent academic standing while at V.P.I.

Following his graduation from V.P.I. he took a post-graduate course at Stevens Institute and obtained his M.E. degree in 1903. He completed the normal two-year course in one year, a record equaled by only one other student in the history of Stevens Institute.

After graduating at Stevens Institute he was employed by the Public Service Company of New Jersey as gas engineer.

In 1910 he became associated with the Reading Gas Company at Reading, Penn. and remained there until 1911 when he was transferred to the United Gas Improvement Company at Philadelphia, Penn., and was assigned to their contracting division, the U. G. I. Contracting Company. During his career with this company he was successively, engineer, general superintendent, manager and vice-president. He supervised construction of the following important projects while serving as general superintendent and vice-president:

Bridge over the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, Miss.;

Gas plants at Tampa, Fla., Chester, Penn., Bridgeport, Conn., and Conshohocken, Penn. At this latter plant a ten million capacity gas holder was erected, the largest in the United States at that time;

Various steel transmission line towers for the Connecticut Light and Power Company throughout the state;

Designed for the United Gas Improvement Company the tar separator that enabled U.G.I. to place on the market one of their most profitable by-products, viz., “Ugite” for road construction;

Supervised the change over from coal to sump oil fuel in gas generating.

He remained with U.G.I. until 1936 and then became associated with Day and Zimmerman, Inc., Engineers, Philadelphia, Penn. He remained with the latter company until 1946 at which time he retired. Five years later he died on November 11, 1951.

He was affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church. During his lifetime his hobbies were: raising wild flowers and extensive traveling in this country, including Alaska, and in Mexico.

Walter was married February 21, 1910 to Alene L. Lockwood; they had two children—Virginia L. Chewning (Mrs. S. H. Brown), and Walter L. Chewning, Jr.

Note: For the information on his career, we are indebted to his widow, Mrs. Walter L, Chewning, who resides at Pembroke & Bala Avenue, Cynywd, Penn.

Charles Lochier Collier

He was a freshman at V.P.I. during the session of 1898-99, having registered from Hampton, Virginia. He did not return for any other session.

We have no record of his career after leaving V.P.I. other than at some time he was an attorney and counselor at law, practicing in Hampton, Virginia.

Clarence LaFar Cook

Born September 7, 1882 at Charleston, S. C., the son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Cook. He had two brothers and one sister.

He attended primary schools at Summerville, S. C., and Bon Air, Chesterfield County, Virginia, from 1888 to 1895, and high school at Bon Air from 1895 to 1898.

In September, 1898, he entered the freshman class at V.P.I., registering from Bon Air, Virginia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. In his military career he was successively promoted from private, to corporal, to first sergeant, and in his senior year to captain of Company C of the battalion. His extra-collegiate activities included: treasurer Y.M.C.A., 00; vice-president Maury Literary Society, 02; and editor Gray Jacket, 02.

Immediately after graduating at V.P.I. he was employed by the Consolidation Coal Company at Frostburg, Md., in mining engineering work, particularly mine surveys, map drafting and construction work. He remained at Frostburg until 1907 and then went with the Consolidation Coal Company at Fairmont, W. Va., which job on drafting, mine equipment and field work he held until 1909.

From 1909 to 1913 he was with the Fairmont Machinery Company, also at Fairmont, as chief draftsman on mining equipment and structures.

In 1913 he went with Heyl and Patterson at Pittsburgh, Pa., working on estimates and design of coal and material handling equipment. Then in 1915 he went with the Pittsburgh Coal Washer Company, in Pittsburgh, and remained there until 1921 working on estimates and design of coal preparation plants.

In 1921 the Pittsburgh Coal Washer Company sent him to Huntington, W. Va., as sales engineer, where he remained until 1925.

In 1925 he went back to Fairmont with the Fairmont Machinery Company, as sales engineer until 1928.

From 1928 to 1936 he was chief engineer with the American Coal Cleaning Corporation at Welch, W. Va., working on the design and development of pneumatic coal cleaning plants.

Then in 1936 he went with the Koppers Company in Pittsburgh, and remained until 1938, doing experimental work and design, in field and office, on pneumatic coal cleaning equipment.

He returned to Fairmont, W. Va., in 1938 and rejoined the Consolidation Coal Company in the construction department, where he remained until 1948 doing drafting and field work on mine equipment and structures.

He remained in Fairmont until 1950 but rejoined the Fairmont Machinery Company to work on design of equipment and structures for coal preparation plants, including pneumatic and wet washing processes.

After this active business career in various locations but all in connection with coal mining operations and operating methods, Clarence retired in 1950, and in the same year moved to Florida and now resides at 3120 West Washington Street, Orlando. He sent us a snap shot taken a few years back from which it appears that he has retained his youthful figure and the same military bearing he had when captain of Company C in 1902. His principal hobby is gardening, and he is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

Clarence married, first, in September, 1903, Ethel Muse Opie; and, second, in September 1918, Helen A. Opie. He has two children—Lilian Opie (Mrs. J. L. McFarland) born in 1908; and Helen France (Mrs. L. V. McQuillen) born in 1923.

Charles Henry (Curly) Cuthbert, Jr.

Born August 23, 1882 at Petersburg, Virginia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Cuthbert. He had one brother and two sisters. He attended primary schools at Petersburg.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898 and registered from Petersburg. We do not know what course he enrolled in.

He returned in September, 1899 for his sophomore year. We do not know if he completed that year but he did not return for his junior year.

He either brought with him or acquired at V.P.I. the nickname “Curly” by which he was familiarly known to his friends. He is remembered as being very popular. Our recollection is that he roomed with Homer Atkinson, also from Petersburg.

We have little record of Curly after he left V.P.I. According to alumni records, his last known address was 4520 Devonshire Road, Richmond, Virginia, and he may have been living at that address when he died November 17, 1947. An unknown person furnished us the foregoing family information and what follows.

He was in the insurance business, probably in Richmond, and was affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

He was married April 10, 1926 to Margaret Van Patten. They had no children.

Julius Clarence Dantzler

Born April 12, 1882, at Greenville, S. C., the son of George L. and Elizabeth M. (Smith) Dantzler. He had one sister.

He attended primary and high schools at Greenville, S. C.

Julius entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Greenville, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. In the military organization he was assigned to the band and in his senior year he was captain of that unit. His favorite instrument was the trombone. His other activities included: president of the South Carolina Club and vice-president Camera Club, in 01-02. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in E.E.

His professional career began immediately after graduation when, in June, 1902, he was employed by the General Electric Company at Lynn, Mass., and assigned to the students training course. After two years he was transferred to the engineering department where he specialized on transformers and motors.

In 1909 he entered the commercial department of the General Electric Company at Boston, Mass., specializing on individual electric motor drives in textile mills.

In 1917, he joined the Crompton & Knowles Loom Works at Worcester, Mass., in the sales department, and specializing on individual electric motor drive for looms. He was also engaged in the selling of cotton duck and special looms. He served as textile machinery consultant in the modification and development of the various types of looms built by the company. He retired from active business in June 1952. During the period of his business career in Worcester, he made his home six miles distant in the town of Leicester.

During World War I, he was a member of the Home Guard. In World War II, he was a member of the Ground Observers Corps of the U.S. Air Force.

His civic activities included:

Trustee and auditor of Leicester Savings Bank, Leicester, Mass, for several years;

Trustee and treasurer of Leicester Public Library for two years;

Member of Leicester Congregational Church until 1952, and serving as chairman of Committee on Invested Funds, and chairman of the Prudential Committee for several years; also moderator of the Church Committee from 1950 to 1952.

After his retirement in 1952, he moved to Henniker, New Hampshire, where he now resides. He joined the Congregational Church there.

His principal hobby has been home and color photography which he no doubt continues to pursue in his new home.

On September 15, 1909 Julius was married to Marion Wardwell of Swampscott, Mass.; they have three daughters: Barbara Dantzler; Eleanor Dantzler Chase; and Elizabeth Dantzler Burton.

Archer (Military) Davidson

Born February 18, 1881 at Farmville, Virginia, son of William and Julia Wiltse Davidson. He had three brothers and four sisters. He attended primary and high schools at Farmville.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Farmville, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course, and was assigned to the cadet band. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E.

He is best remembered at V.P.I. for his high academic standing and for his participation in class and other activities. In his senior year he was first lieutenant in the Band, assistant business manager of the 02 Bugle, substitute on the 1901 football team and chairman of the field day exercises in 1902.

After graduation from V.P.I., he went to work with the Westinghouse Machine Company, Pittsburgh, Pa. During one period with this company, he was associated with the installation of some twenty turbine units for plants furnishing power for cotton mills, electric railway and lighting service, and for general industrial purposes. From 1905 to 1915 he was district engineer for the Atlanta District of the company.

In 1915 he was transferred to the Boston office of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company, as head of the New England steam engineering division.

During his long service with Westinghouse, he took out a number of patents pertaining to turbines. Also, he was highly regarded in engineering circles for the design and operation of steam equipment, and he was responsible for many of the large turbine installations throughout New England.

He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the Brae Burn Country Club, and he was affiliated with the Methodist Church. His principal hobby was golf.

Archer was married September 27, 1922 to Florence Meadows of Newton, Mass. They had no children. He died July 7, 1938, at the age of fifty-seven.

He acquired the nickname “Military” because he was not particularly military in his bearing.

Note: The history committee is indebted to Mrs. Archer Davidson, who resides at Longwood Towers, Brookline 46, Mass., for the information regarding Archer’s family and his career after leaving V.P.I.

Harry Lemuel Davidson

He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Davidson of Blacksburg, Virginia, and who later moved to Poolsville, Maryland. He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, and enrolled in the general science course. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S., and returned for post-graduate study in the 02-03 session, obtaining his M.S. degree in June, 1903.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. he became superintendent and secretary, Virginia Mechanics Institute, Richmond, Virginia. He died in that city, November 28, 1946.

He was married September 5, 1906 to Ellen F. Gilliam of Echo Hall, Virginia.

William Watson (Billy) Davison

We do not know when or where “Billy”, as he was affectionately known at V.P.I., was born. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. W. M. Davison of Midlothian, Virginia.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September 1898, registering from Middletown, Virginia, and probably enrolled in the general science course as he finished that course.

During his sophomore or junior year he had an unfortunate accident in the wood working shops, resulting in loss of part of his left arm. This caused a set-back in his studies and he did not graduate until 1903, at which time he received the degree of B.S. in General Science.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. he went to Atlanta, Georgia. We have no direct record of his career there but have been informed that he became one of the leading teachers in the public schools, and was highly regarded as outstanding in education and in civic life. Also, we are informed that he had three children—two boys and one girl. His last address known to us was: 1730 North Decatur Road, Atlanta.

Franklin Haylender (Admiral) Dewey, Jr.

We have no information regarding Frank’s family history other than he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Dewey, Sr.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, and registered from Portsmouth, Virginia. He completed his sophomore year and a part or all of his junior year, but did not return for his senior year.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. he went to Detroit, Mich., and was associated there with the Gar Wood Industries. He came to our class reunion in 1940 at V.P.I., and appears in an amateur moving picture with other members taken at the time.

He died September 9, 1943. His last known address was: 16841 Cranford Lane, Detroit 30, Mich.

Carl Marcellus Dunklee

Born April 18, 1881 at Christiansburg, Virginia, the son of William M. and Alice S. Dunklee. He had two brothers. He attended primary and high schools at Christiansburg from 1887 to 1898.

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Christiansburg, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. In his senior year he was second lieutenant, color officer, on the battalion staff. He remained at V.P.I. during the 02-03 session for further study.

He left V.P.I. to join the Western Electric Company as sales specialist at the main office in Chicago, Ill., in 1903. In 1906 he was transferred to that company’s distributing house at Atlanta, Ga., and later to the distributing house at San Francisco, Cal., and then to the general sales department in New York City. In 1917 he was transferred from New York to the Pittsburgh distributing house, where he remained until 1923 when he resigned from Western Electric Company to enter the laundry business in Winston-Salem, N. C. In 1927 he bought a going laundry and dry cleaning business in Hickory, N. C., which he continued to operate until 1946 when he retired from active business.

He came, with Mrs. Dunklee, to our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952, even though his activities were much restricted because of a severe asthmatic condition. However, he was determined to be with us and his brave efforts to join in the programs won the admiration of us all.

He and Mrs. Dunklee returned to their home in Hickory, N. C., and on June 6, 1953 Carl passed away.

He was affiliated with the Evangelical Reformed Church, and was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Shriner. Also, he was a member of the Elks and of the Kiwanis Club. His hobbies were: hunting, fishing, golf and traveling.

Carl was married March 19, 1938 to Madelle Lucille Weatherbee, who survives him and resides at 263 3rd Avenue, N.W., Hickory, North Carolina.

Note: The committee is indebted to Mrs. Dunklee for most of the foregoing information.

Chapman Johnston (Chap.) French

Born August 15, 1880, at “Lone; Branch” Farm, Giles County, Virginia, son of Charles Dingess French and Annie Chapman Johnston French. He has one sister. He is familiarly known as “Chap” to his many friends. From here on his biography is just as he sent it in to the committee.

Education: Attended primary schools of Giles County, Virginia, 1887 to 1894; Pearisburg, Virginia, Academy and High School, 1894 to 1899. Entered V.P.I. September, 1899, in the sophomore class and graduated in June, 1902 with degree of B.S. in C.E. (Editor’s note: He forgot to tell us that he registered from Bluff City, Giles County, enrolled in the civil engineering course, and was assigned to Company B. In his senior year, he was second lieutenant in that company).

Business and Professional Career: Entered service of Norfolk and Western Railway Company at Kenova, W. Va., on June 25, 1902 as chainman; promoted to rodman on July 1, 1902, and went on location of Big Sandy Line, N. & W. Ry. Co., between Naugatuck and Kenova; then on construction work. Promoted to transit man, October 1, 1902, on construction of a twelve mile section just east of Fort Gay, W. Va. Transferred to construction work, first section out of Iaeger, W. Va., on Iaeger & Southern Ry. (N. & W. Ry Co.), January, 1905. Promoted to chief inspector (tunnel lining with concrete) on Big Sandy Line N. & W. Ry., on June 1, 1905. Promoted to assistant engineer on November 10, 1905, in charge of party on location of Guyandot & Tug River Ry. (N. & W. Ry.), on Guyandot River, Gilbert and Ben Creeks in Mingo and Wyoming counties, W. Va., and on preliminary and location of the Clear Fork and Oceana Ry. (N. & W. Ry.), in Wyoming County, W. Va. Transferred to Bedford, Virginia, in charge of party on heavy double track and change of line, Forest to Montvale, Va., May to October, 1901; then sent to Crewe, Va., in charge of party on survey for double track, Burkeville to Nottoway, October 1901 to February, 1908; then went back to Bedford, looking after odd jobs and finishing up lining on certain large arch culverts on the double track work.

April 15, 1908—went on maintenance of way work, N. & W. Ry., Radford, Pocahontas and part of Scioto Divisions, covering territories, Roanoke, Va, to Ohio River at Kenova, Radford to Bristol, Va., and Bluefield, W. Va. to Norton, Va. (Clinch Valley), including all branch lines in the territory.

Transferred to General Office of N. & W. Ry. Co., Roanoke, Va., on February 15, 1923, as office engineer in charge of certain engineering work, with estimates of cost, yard extension and enlargements, grade crossing elimination, double tracking and change of line work, and other innumerable detail jobs.

Went out to Grundy, Va., in May 1934, as resident engineer on construction of the Bull Creek Spur to a large coal operation, and then on construction of the Buchanan Branch Extension into other coal fields.

Transferred back to the chief engineer’s office, Roanoke, handling general engineering problems and working with the general attorney on contracts, agreements, etc., including preparation of plans, etc., to go before the I.C.C. in the N. & W. Ry. Co.’s applications to construct new branch lines and abandon others.

Chap retired from the N. & W. Ry. Co., August 31, 1950. Since then he has continued to pursue his favorite hobbies, hunting and fishing. He was among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952.

His civic and fraternal activities include: life member, American Society of Civil Engineers, of Norfolk and Western Veterans Association, and honorary citizen of Boys Town, Nebraska; member, B.P.O. Elks, Lodge No. 1067, Pulaski, Va., of Knights of Pythias, Osceola Lodge No. 47, Roanoke, Va., of Dramatic Order, Knights of Khorassan, Rajah Temple 195, Roanoke, Va., and of Blue Ridge Game and Fish Association.

He was married, first, on February 27, 1918, in Richmond, Va., to Lela Lee Weatherly, who died Oct. 25, 1952 in Roanoke, Va.; and second, on June 21, 1954, in Bristol, Tenn., to Mildred Lucille Greer, a niece of his first wife. He has had no children.

Kelley Snidow French

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. French, Narrows, Virginia, and he entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898. He left at the end of his sophomore year and returned to his home to engage in farming. He died in 1941.

Arthur Charles Gardner

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Gardner, Blacksburg, Virginia.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, and enrolled in the special studies course. He continued through four sessions, ending in June, 1902.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. he was in the employ of Norfolk and Western Railway Company, as shop foreman at Portsmouth, Ohio. He died in November, 1929.

Edward Wood (Ed) Hardaway

He was a freshman and sophomore at V.P.I. during the sessions of 98-99 and 99-00, registering from Lynchburg, Virginia. He is remembered at V.P.I. as an important member of the football team, being a substitute in his first season and a full member for the two succeeding seasons. We have no record of his career after leaving V.P.I. and do not know if he is living.

Channing Williams (Charming) Harrison

Born October 14, 1882, at “Elkora”, Cumberland County, Virginia, the son of Edward C. and Marie L. Harrison. He had three brothers and one sister. He received his primary schooling by tutor at home. For his high school education he attended McCabe’s school in Richmond, Virginia.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898 registering from Cartersville, Virginia, and enrolled in the chemistry course. He completed the four year course and graduated with the class in June, 1902, receiving the degree of B.S. in Applied Chemistry. He returned for the following session for post-graduate study and during that session was an instructor in applied chemistry. In June, 1903 he received his M.S. degree.

In September, 1903, Channing obtained a job with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, in the Bureau of Chemistry at Washington, D. C. By the end of his first year he had qualified as a scientific aid in a civil service examination. He was one of the pioneers in food and drug enforcement work, and one of his early assignments was as an analyst on Dr. H. W. Wiley’s “Poison Squad” experiments. At the time of his retirement he was one of the few men still in the service who entered before the Food and Drug Act of 1906 became a law. As soon as the enforcement of that act got under way, he was appointed chief of the New Orleans laboratory, reporting there on July 1, 1907.

While at New Orleans an interesting incident occurred that involved his being summoned to Washington to explain to President Theodore Roosevelt an enforcement action that he had taken. It seems that he detained an importation of a misbranded beverage from a friendly nation and ordered it reshipped to its country of origin. It came back to New Orleans with the misbranding only partially corrected, and was again refused entry. Word of this evidently came to the attention of the President through the embassy of the nation involved. Channing was summoned to be at Washington at an appointed hour but his train was quite late and his superior, Dr. Wiley, had to explain the situation to the President without Channing being present. In the end his action in the matter was commended.

He remained as chief of the New Orleans laboratory for four years. He afterwards filled assignments as a chemist for work on both foods and drugs in Washington, New York, and Boston from 1911 to 1919. He was then sent to Baltimore where he served as chief chemist. In 1927 he was named chief of the Minneapolis, Minn., Station, a position he filled with distinction until his voluntary retirement in November, 1944, at the age of 62.

After his retirement, he and Mrs. Harrison returned to Virginia and made their home at Halifax. After failing health, that grew steadily worse after April, 1950, he died October 8 the same year, at Memorial Hospital, Danville, Virginia. He was buried in the Harrison family section in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

Channing was married November 17, 1917 to Rebecca Leigh, at Halifax, Virginia. He was a life-long member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Note: The information concerning Channing’s career with the Food and Drug Administration was obtained from excerpts taken from that organization’s official paper, “Food and Drug Review”. For this, and other information the committee is indebted to Mrs. Harrison whose address is Box 354, Halifax, Virginia.

Adam (Shorty) Haskell

He was born September 1, 1882, at Columbia, S. C., one of ten children, four boys and six girls, of Alexander Cheves Haskell. He attended primary school at Columbia, S. C., and for his high school education, attended Patrick Military Institute at Anderson, S. C., from 1896 to 1899.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Columbia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was sergeant in the Battery E in his junior year, and in his senior year was second lieutenant, quartermaster, on the Battalion Staff. He graduated with the class in June, 1902, receiving the degree, B.S. in M.E.

After leaving V.P.I., he took a year’s course at Harvard University, and was awarded the degree of B.S. in 1903.

His professional and business career began in 1904, when he was employed by the General Electric Company at Lynn, Mass., in the student course. Later he was foreman on special tests and steam turbines.

Following his work with G.E. Co., he was with the National Carbon Company, and then with Valentine and Company, manufacturers of paints and varnishes. While with the latter company he was successful in putting “Valspar” varnish on the market. At some time during these assignments he resided and maintained an office in New York City.

He returned to his home state, and, since 1935 has conducted a “Guest House” in Beaufort. S. C. Of his activity during these twenty years, Adam says: “It is the best time we ever had”. His present address is P.O. Box 296, Beaufort, S. C.

He was married in 1912 to Natalie S. Howlett. They have four children, all adopted—William Haskell, born 1917; Natalie Haskell, born 1918; and John and Roger Haskell, twins, born 1921.

Wylie Pope (Grand Pa) Hill

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Newnan, Coweta County, Georgia. He returned for his sophomore and junior sessions, and before completing the latter he was taken seriously ill in the Spring, and died in the V.P.I. Hospital, April 2, 1901. His remains were taken to his home in Georgia for interment; the Corps of Cadets marched in a body with the funeral cortege to the railway station at Christiansburg. Carroll Proctor accompanied the remains to the home in Newnan, Georgia.

Wylie was one of our most beloved classmates, and his passing was a great loss to the class.

Reginald Earl (Rex) Hollister

Rex, as he was familiarly known to his many friends, entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Hillburn, Rockland County, New York, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He completed the four year course but did not receive his degree, B.S. in E.E., until 1903.

In his senior year he was second lieutenant in the Band. His other activities included: member, Mandolin-Glee Club; in 00-01 was president of our class, vice-president of the Engineering Club and of the Camera Club; in 01-02, literary editor, Gray Jacket and president, Camera Club.

It is believed that he was at his home town, Hillburn, for a while after leaving V.P.I. Beyond that, we have no record of his career, and it is a great source of regret that we have lost contact with him as he was one of the most popular members of the class. It is not known if he is living.

Paul Tudor (Oom Paul) Jones

Born March 22, 1881 at Somerville, Tenn., one of seven children, three sons and four daughters, of Dr. Paul Tudor Jones and Annie M. Smith Jones. He attended primary school at Somerville, Tenn., and high school at Corinth, Miss.

He entered V.P.I. in the sophomore class in September, 1899, registering from Corinth, Miss., enrolled in the mechanical engineering course and was assigned to Company C of the cadet battalion. In his junior year he was a sergeant and in his senior year he was second lieutenant in Company C. His other activities included: secretary and chaplain, Maury Literary Society, 00, and president, 01; president Y.M.C.A., 01-02; exchange editor Gray Jacket, 02; and assistant business manager Bugle, 02. He graduated with the class in June 1902, receiving the degree of B.S. in M.E.

He returned during the session of 02-03 for post-graduate study and in June, 1903 obtained his M.E. degree. During the sessions of 01-02 and 02-03 he was assistant to Prof. Randolph which, in his own words, was the “most valuable part of my training.” Also, he was instructor in mathematics in his post-graduate year. Let him tell us about his subsequent career in his own words:

“After completion of my post-graduate year, I was offered a position with the United Gas and Electric Company of Philadelphia, Pa., but since my family was interested in the Alcorn Woolen Manufacturing Company and the Alcorn Electric Light and Power Company, both of Corinth, Miss., I decided to return there, and took a position as engineer with the woolen manufacturing company and helped in the management of the light and power company.

“In 1905 I went with the Corinth Engine and Boiler Works which had recently been organized by local people. My close friend and classmate, Tom Young, as mechanical engineer was already bringing out the drawing for steam engines to power the Brennan Saw Mills being produced in the new plant. After a few years (1912) this company was reorganized and called the Corinth Machinery Company. I was elected secretary and continued in that capacity until 1919 when my brother, Jameson C. Jones, returned from France and entered the company. He became secretary, and at that time I was elected vice president.

“On March 20, 1920 I was admitted to membership in the Society of Mechanical Engineers with the help of Prof. Randolph who was a member.

“We were manufacturing and shipping our complete saw milling plants throughout the South and Southwest. Just before the depression in 1929, my brother and I acquired most of the outstanding stock of the Corinth Machinery Company. The depression and bank failures dealt some hard blows., However our customers and friends stood by us and we ran our plant continuously through these trying years.

“In January, 1939 I was elected president of the company and held this position until January 1, 1951. My duties with the company have been principally in managing foundry and machine shop, selling and servicing machines of our own manufacture and other machines used in the production and finishing of lumber produced in this area.

“When World War II came along we were successful in securing the contract to supply the Army Engineers with the complete portable mills which they sent all over the world. Our plant had to increase its capacity to care for this government demand. The records show that we produced 65% of all saw mills bought by U.S. Armed Forces, and 85% of all bought by the Army. As recognition of our achievement we were awarded the Army and Navy “E” October 6, 1944.

“After World War II, I began disposing of my interests in the Corinth Machinery Company, also a great many of my duties. My associates continue to employ me in an advisory capacity, since my health continues good and I enjoy having a part in the business which has been my life since 1905.

“In 1949 I was appointed to the Board of Directors of Alcorn County Electric Power Association. Then in the latter part of 1952 was elected president of the Board.

“Since Corinth and Alcorn County have been my home, I have taken an active interest in many civic affairs. Served on the Board of Directors of Chamber of Commerce many years, and was several times elected and served as president. For nine and a half years served as county chairman of the Alcorn County Chapter of American Red Cross, and still serve as a director of the Red Cross. When the Corinth Kiwanis Club was awarded a charter in 1925 I became a charter member and have been in the club continuously, and served as president in 1941.

“I have been fairly active for a long time in Boy Scouts and past president of Yocona Council and received the Beaver Award many years ago. Our city has a very active and useful Y.M.C.A. program for our youth and it is my pleasure to serve on this board.

“We have a local charity organization known as Corinth Welfare Association which is over twenty five years old, and I have been a director since its organization and have served as secretary.

“Many years ago I joined the Masonic Order and am now a Scottish Rite Mason.”

“I am a member of the Presbyterian Church in Corinth, and have been an Elder since 1907, and was superintendent of First Presbyterian Sunday School from 1909, to 1952. In the Presbyterian Church, I have been given several appointments on our Church School Boards. I have served on the Board of Trustees of Chickasaw College, Ponotoc, Miss., and on the Board of Trustees of French Camp Academy, French Camp, Miss.”

“The world has been good to me. I value beyond expression the friendship of my V.P.I. schoolmates, and the splendid men on the campus who formed the faculty, 1899 to 1903.”

“As I turn the pages of our 1902 Bugle my memory clothes each face with character and personality to accompany the love and affection—as in memory, I live over the happy days of a student on the beautiful campus of our Alma Mater—May her service ever increase in effectiveness.”

Paul was married June 10, 1908, to Sara Shelton. There are three children — Paul Tudor Jones, Jr., born September 23, 1909; Thomas Shelton Jones, born May 23, 1913; and Jameson Miller Jones, born January 8, 1916.

James Francis (Scribe) Key

He entered the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Leonardtown, St., Mary’s County, Maryland, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He completed four sessions through 1902.

He is well remembered for his inventive talent and for his knack of developing gadgets. Neither the college nor the Alumni Association has any direct record of his career after leaving V.P.I. Son George Miller reports that he saw him once or twice; first, in 1905 in or near New York City, when Frank told Son George, that he had taken a laboratory course at Stevens Institute which had been of great benefit to him. After leaving Stevens Institute he went with G. E. Co. or Westinghouse at Quincy, Mass. and worked on installation of switchboards and a large steam turbine. He told Son George of his experience with a motor on a condenser circulation pump, which had developed a hot box and the motor shaft had heated to a cherry red, but Frank kept it going and cooled it down gradually without stopping the pump. At that time he was associated in the development of a hydraulic brake for a turbine that was very successful. Son George had some correspondence with him in 1906. After that Frank worked his way westward across the country and one job he had was in an iron foundry in California.

Son George, in endeavoring to get more information about Frank for this history, was informed by the postmaster at Leonardtown that he had died many years ago.

James Isaac Lee, Jr.

Jim, as he is familiarly known to his many friends, sent in his complete biographical sketch, so we will let him tell us about it in his own words.

“I was born April 16, 1879 at Lynchburg, Virginia, the eldest of five children of James I. Lee and Nannie Branch Anthony. On both my parental and maternal sides, my ancestry is traced to the earliest settlers of Virginia.

“Upon completion of my education in the public schools of Lynchburg, I entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in the fall of 1898.

“After two years at V.P.I. I entered service with the engineering department of Southern Railway Company on August 10, 1900, and continued in the service of that organization until I retired on my seventieth birthday in 1949. During service with Southern Railway, I was advanced through the positions of rodman, draftsman, assistant engineer, field engineer and office engineer. At the time of my retirement, I was located in the office of chief engineer at Washington, D. C.

“During World War I, I was appointed captain of the Southern Railway unit of the Home Defense League, a local military organization formed to assist the government in an emergency.

“During World War II, at the request of the Secretary of Commerce, I was loaned for about four and a half years to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and placed in charge of contracts entered into by that corporation during the construction of defense plants incidental to the development of the synthetic rubber program. On completion of that assignment, the R. F. C. awarded me a certificate for outstanding services.

“I was married December 9, 1903, to Clara Lucie Brown, a native of North Carolina, and a descendant of Governor Bacon, one of the colonial governors of Virginia. Of that union there were two sons, and we also have three grandchildren, “teen-agers”, two boys and a girl.

“Our elder son, James Richard Lee, entered the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated at the head of his class in 1928. During World War II, he was stationed on the carrier “Enterprise” where, as scout plane leader during the battle of Santa Cruz Islands, October 26, 1942, he won the Distinguished Fying Cross. A short time thereafter, as Commander Lee during the action at Guadalcanal, he won the Navy Cross. Subsequently he was cited for other outstanding services and later promoted to Captain in the U.S. Navy. More recently he has been commanding officer of the large carrier, U.S.S. Randolph in the Mediterranean. He has lately been honored by election to membership in the exclusive “Society Of The Cincinnati”.

“Our younger son, Stephen Bacon Lee, graduated from Washington and Lee University with distinction in 1938. He entered the U. S. Navy at the beginning of World War II and was assigned to the battleship “Alabama” where he saw action in both the north Atlantic and the south Pacific areas. He was also cited for outstanding service and has since been promoted to the rank of commander. Recently he has been assigned as Admiral’s Aid, located in Washington.

“After retirement, Mrs. Lee and I resided in Arlington, Virginia. I maintained a desk in the retired official’s room of Southern Railway Building, Washington, D. C., where I met almost daily with other retired officials of Southern Railway. In the summer of 1953, we moved to my home city and are now residing at 1924 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia. Since moving here, I have been appointed a member of the Lynchburg Planning Commission, which has kept me quite busy. I have been a member of the Court Street M.E. Church at Lynchburg for more than sixty years. Have also been interested in youth development programs and served for several years as deputy commissioner of Boy Scouts of America in the Washington area.

“For many years, Mrs. Lee and I have been ardent collectors of antiques, principally early American glass specimens. Our collection of the colonial pattern, “Ashburton” is considered one of the outstanding collections of this glass in America.”

Louis C. Linkous

The college and alumni records regarding this classmate are very meager. It is presumed that he was a freshman at V.P.I. in the session, 98-99. There is no further record of his career.

It is believed that he is living at Williamson, West Virginia, address — P.O. Box 1145. A history questionnaire was mailed to him at that address, and a follow-up was sent him, but so far no reply has been received. It is regretted that we have no further information to include in this history.

William Norman (Billy) McAnge, Jr.

Born August 1, 1882 at Suffolk, Virginia, son of William N. and Aline Riddick McAnge. He had one sister. He received his primary and high school education in Suffolk.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Suffolk and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He completed the four year course and graduated with the class in June, 1902. It may be that he changed his course after the freshman year as according to college records he received the degree of B.S. in general science.

While at V.P.I. he was known informally to his associates and many friends as “Billy”, and sometimes as “Mac.”. He was greatly interested in class social activities and was a member of the German club.

After graduation he joined the Atlantic Coast Line Telephone Company and rose to the position of vice president. He resigned from this company to take the position of sales engineer with the Electric Heating and Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles, California.

About this time he became interested in the independent telephone utilities operating systems. In 1908, he joined the Jackson Home Telephone Company, Jackson, Tenn., and as general manager directed the affairs of this fast growing property for two or three years.

In 1911 he joined the Allen properties, with operating headquarters at Corinth, Miss., and in 1919 became operating vice-president, and soon thereafter was elected president and treasurer.

He remained with the Allen organization until 1925, at which time he acquired the controlling interest in the Inter-Mountain Telephone Company, with headquarters in Bristol, Tenn. He immediately became president and treasurer of this company. During the period of his controlling ownership and management, this company expanded rapidly and operated about thirty telephone exchanges in eleven counties in southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee.

His career as a prominent and successful executive and manager of independent telephone operating properties was cut short by death on August 30, 1940 at his home in Bristol, Tenn., when he was only fifty-eight years of age.

In addition to his successful operation of telephone properties, he was always deeply interested in civic and business affairs in the state and nation as well as locally. He was first vice-president and a director of the Dominion National Bank, Bristol; president and director of the Bristol Theater Corporation; and held directorships in the First National Bank, Bristol, Southwest Virginia, Inc., a regional chamber of commerce at Wytheville, Virginia, and the United States Independent Telephone Association, Chicago. Also he was a trustee of Milligan College, Milligan, Tenn., and a member of the national council of Boy Scouts of America.

He retained active interest in V.P.I. up to the time of his death, and was past president of the Alumni Association, and vice-president of the V.P.I. Alumni Fund at the time of his death.

His club affiliations included: Bankers Club of New York City; University Club, Washington, D. C.; Commonwealth Club, Richmond, Virginia; Hampton Yacht Club, Hampton, Virginia; Bristol Rotary Club and Bristol Country Club, having served as president of these latter two clubs. Also, he was a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, The Society of Military Engineers, the ODK Honor Society, and the Phi Beta Kappa honor Society.

For hobbies, he was greatly interested in fishing and boats. Yachting was a major interest from boyhood on, and in later years he spent much time in the summers fishing and cruising on Chesapeake Bay waters in the cruiser, Matoaka III.

He had been a life long member of the Protestant Episcopal Church and was a vestryman of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bristol.

He was married October 19, 1907 to Penelope Smith, of Suffolk, Virginia.

Of this union there is one son, Thomas Riddick McAnge, born April 25, 1921. There are two grandchildren, Mary Louise McAnge, born December 3, 1944, and Thomas Riddick McAnge, Jr., born March 27, 1947.

Note: The history committee is indebted to Mrs. McAnge, who resides at 1110 Holston Avenue, Bristol, Tenn., for most of the information in this sketch.

Herbert Gilmore (Hub) McCormick

Born August 16, 1878 at Fairfield, Rockbridge County, Virginia, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. McCormick. He received his primary school education at Fairfield, and for his high school education he attended Augusta Military Academy, near Staunton, Virginia, from 1896 to 1898.

In September, 1898 he entered the freshman class at V.P.I., registering from Fairfield, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in C.E. In his senior year he was second lieutenant, Battery (field artillery) E of the battalion. His extra-collegiate activities included: member of the football team for the four seasons 98 through 01, and in his last season was tackle on the All-Southern Team; baseball team, 00-01; secretary Athletic Association, 00-01 and president, 01-02; president Rockbridge and Augusta Club, 00-01; German Club, assistant leader 00-01 and leader 01-02; president Final Ball, 02; vice president of our class, 99-00 and president, 01-02, which office he still holds.

After graduating at V.P.I. he was employed by the Norfolk and Western Railway, as civil engineer on surveys and construction, until 1908.

He then returned to V.P.I. for a year of post-graduate study and in 1909 he received the degree of C.E. at V.P.I. During that post-graduate year he also was an instructor in civil engineering at V.P.I.

In 1909 he went with the Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, as junior engineer (civilian status) and assigned to work on improvement of the Ohio River and its tributaries until 1917.

In 1917-18 he was assigned to the job of setting coast defense artillery on the Atlantic Coast.

From 1919 to 1930 his assignment was on construction of locks and dams on the Ohio River.

From 1930 to 1946 he was engaged in the same kind of work on the upper Mississippi from St. Louis to Minneapolis. This project consisted of twenty-six locks and dams costing approximately two hundred million dollars.

From here on let Mac. tell us about the remainder of his career in his own words:

“During the war years, 1942-45, our office handled much heavy military construction on which I was supervising engineer. This work included — two shell and bomb loading plants; one small arms ammunition manufacturing plant; one fifteen hundred bed hospital; the camp for the WAC training center at Des Moines, Iowa, to accommodate twelve thousand trainees; and the expansion of storage facilities at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill.

“I retired from the U.S. Government service in 1946 and took a position as consultant with one of the large contracting outfits of the country.

“But a year later a surgical operation cost me my voice. I then gave up all work and my wife and I moved to Clearwater, Florida, where we now reside at 8 Supplee Place. We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.”

Mac. was married in 1912 at Georgetown, Ky., to Carrie Lyon. They have one daughter, Carolyn Ann, born 1919, who was a Powers photographic model, and from 1942 to 1945 was WAC First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps. She is now married and living in New York City.

Note: As the history goes to press, a letter has been received from Mac containing the sad news that his wife passed away June 29, 1955 at their home in Clearwater. He is at present visiting his daughter and her husband (an official of Standard Oil Co. of N. Y.) who are temporarily located in Venezuela. His address is—c/o Mr. David Anderson, Creole Petroleum Company, Apartado 889, Caracas, Venezuela.

Charles Purcell McCue

Born August 15, 1880 at Greenwood, Albermarle County, Virginia, the only child of Dr. Massie L. McCue and Emma F. Purcell.

He attended the public schools of Albermarle County for nine years, and then was at Pantops Academy during the period 1896 to 1898.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Greenwood, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course, and was assigned to the Battery. In his junior year he was sergeant in the Battery. He did not return for his senior year but went into the orchard business in June 1901 with his father who began planting apple and peach orchards in 1894.

From 1904 to 1907 he was associated with the firm of Langhorne & Langhorne, railroad contractors, on a variety of jobs.

In 1907 he returned to his orchard business in which he has continued to date. It is now operated under the firm name, McCue & Son, Greenwood, Virginia.

For thirty-eight years, Purcell has served Albermarle County in elective offices. From 1912 to 1916 he was justice of the peace. For the past thirty-four years he has been a member of the Board of Supervisors of the County, and during much of that time he was chairman of the finance committee. He is now chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He was chairman of the Citizens League which helped set up the county executive form of government in Albemarle in 1933.

In 1936, when the apple producers of Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia joined forces to promote the apples of this area and formed the Appalachian Apple Service, he was elected president of that organization and continued to serve in that capacity until 1953.

For several years he was president of the Agricultural Conference Board of Virginia, and in 1931 was awarded a certificate by V.P.I. for “meritorious service in promoting the development of agriculture and interests dependent thereon”.

For six years he served as vice president of the Virginia State Horticultural Society, and subsequently served as president during four terms, and was a director of the Society for twelve years. In 1950, he was elected an honorary member of the Virginia State Horticultural Society—one of four such members—in recognition, as stated in the Society’s monthly magazine, Virginia Fruit, of his “tremendous contribution of his effort and time in building the Society and in conduct of its affairs for the benefit of all Virginia Fruit growers”.

Purcell was married November 22, 1916 to Mary Ellen Allen. They have two children: C. Purcell McCue, Jr., born November 11, 1918, and now in charge of the orchard at Greenwood after three years service in the U.S. Army; and Margaret Persis, born in 1921, and now wife of Lt. Col. W. R. Washington.

Purcell is affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church. His principal hobbies are hunting and fishing.

Boyce Miller

Born February 14, 1879, at Greenville, South Carolina, one of seven children, three boys and four girls, of Dr. W. S. Miller and Keziah Walker Miller. He attended primary and high schools at Greenville from 1887 to 1896; and in 1897-98, he attended Furman University at Greenville.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Greenville, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He was assigned to Company B, and later was transferred to the Band. He was a sergeant in his junior year and second lieutenant in his senior year. Also, he was editor-in-chief, Gray Jacket, in 1901. He graduated and in 1903 received the degree of B.S. in E.E.

His business and professional career began in 1904 when he was employed by the General Electric Company in the testing department, which job he held until 1906.

From 1906 to 1909 he was associated with H. Eckstein Company, Ltd., of Johannesburg, South Africa, in their engineering department, installing and operating electrical apparatus.

From 1909 to 1917 he was engaged in electrical work at the Panama Canal. In 1918 he returned to Greenville, S. C., where he remained until 1922 and again went to the Panama Canal to undertake electrical work.

In 1925 he returned to Greenville, and is now engaged in farming. His address is: Route 2, Greenville, S. C. He is affiliated with the Baptist Church.

Boyce was married September 14, 1910, to Mary Richardson Pack of Blacksburg, Virginia. They have three children—Mary Pack Miller (Mrs. S. H. Thomason), born in 1912; Boyce Miller, Jr., born 1914; and Hariet Kathryn Miller (single), born 1919.

George Coleman (Son George) Miller

Born January 29, 1879, at Garland Hill, Lynchburg, Virginia, the son of Thomas Cecil Miller and Mary Hunt Coleman Miller. He has one brother, also three sisters, one of whom is living.

George, in reply to the history questionnaire, sent in such a complete record of his career with many interesting side lights that, from here on, most of it is given in his own words.

“Entered Lynchburg public schools in 1886 in lowest grade. System was made up of eight primary grades, six grammar grades and six high school grades. Had to repeat one primary grade on account of severe case of scarlet fever and one high school grade on account of typhoid fever.

“Quit high school in April, 1896 when about two-thirds through. Worked two years in retail store; firm sold books and stationery, also newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines, wall paper, window shades and pictures, framed and unframed. Firm also employed three men for printing, paper hanging, making window shades and framing pictures.

“Went back to high school in September, 1898 for special one year course in math. and English.

“Entered sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Lynchburg, and enrolled in electrical engineering course. Was assigned to Company A, Infantry, and remained a front rank private all three years. First year roomed with W. B. Gibbs, 08, in Fifth Division, No.1 Barracks; junior year roomed with R. H. Buchanan, Jr., (02) in same barracks First Division, second floor back, inside corner room. Senior year roomed with Bryant Heard, 04, in No. 3 Barracks, second floor, middle front room on side next to Y.M.C.A. building. Fourth (post-senior) year roomed in Y.M.C.A., top floor, middle room, with “Reuben” Stiles and A. S. Frazier, Jr., 96.

To digress at this point, he brought with him to V.P.I. the nick name, “Son George”. How did he get it? Well, it seems that when he was a boy there were two other Georges in school, and one day our George’s father wanted to send him a message so he said “tell my Son George . . . . .”, and the name has stayed with him ever since.

In his senior year he was in the Signal Corps. Also, he was end on the 1901 football team, and was secretary-treasurer of the Lynchburg Club.

Like some others, he did not graduate with the class in June, 1902, and returned for the 02-03 session to get his degree, B.S. in E.E., June, 1903. Now let Son George resume his own story.

“Attended some post-graduate lectures under Professors Patton and Randolph. Taught a section of the 06 class in mechanical technology for half a session. Also, under Professor Claudius Lee, did some bookeeping and collecting for the Lighting Dept. and the Telephone Co., and operating the electric water-pump motors mostly from 7:00 to 11:00 P.M.

“Substituted for Sally Miles, 01, a few times as Dr. Henderson’s secretary at sick call. Also spent a few nights as nurse’s assistant at the hospital on a pneumonia case; this was when a member of the 05 class, B. C. Tynes, went seven days and six nights without sleep; there were only two nurses at the hospital and there were other patients with pink-eye and mumps.

“During the 02-03 session, operated a post-graduate mess hall (Waldorf-Astoria) over Murrill’s store. Among my clients, twelve in all, were — Arvin; Proctor; Miller, B.; Talcott; Boogie Walsh, 03; Frazier, 06. Have forgotten whom I succeeded but sold out the equipment to Ritchie Sale, 03, in June 1903.

“Climbed the water tank a few times. Walked to Mountain Lake one night by moonlight (six hours, 8:00 P.M. to 2:00 A.M.) with Frank Key; slept on a pile of lumber for a few hours and took breakfast at the hotel, Sunday, June 1, 1902. Looked for rattlesnakes but could not find any so went back to V.P.I. (Son Geo. don’t tell us how long it took them to get back. —Ed). Also walked to Yellow Sulphur Springs one Sunday. And went swimming in Roanoke River one Sunday, April 1, 1900 or 1901, with one or both of the Tams boys.”

That’s all Son George tells us about his side-line activities at V.P.I. He did not say if he was involved in the acts of the Haircutites the night of Feb. 18, 1902. He now relates his professional and business career, and he certainly did get around a bit—almost as much as did Windy Ayre.

“I started work for General Electric Company at Lynn, Mass., about July 7, 1903, on the Testing Course. Factories were at West Lynn in two bunches about three-quarters of a mile apart. The lower group was known as the River Works and it was only a few feet above sea level. Concrete foundations of the buildings probably cost as much as the buildings. Each group had its independent steam plant but the two were electrically connected so that a transformer at the River Works could be connected to a variable number of lamps at the West Lynn (older group) factory.

“At the West Lynn plant I was on the testing of motors, generators, arc lamps and meters, and on shop operation (motor-generator sub-station). At the River Works I was on the testing of transformers, commercial and special, and on steam turbine tests (15 to 1500 KW). Had five months on turbines, thirteen hours per night. Was also on a few outside assignments such as — Lynn Gas & Electric Co., Rumford Falls, Me. (transformer repairs and all night operation of arc lamps), and Brockton, Mass., overhauling street lighting arc lamps. This job, about six weeks, ending July 6, 1906, was my last work for G. E. Company. Three years very satisfactorily spent. Also got a good definition of an engineer—a man who can get for $2.50 what a dam fool pays $5.00 for.

“Returned to Virginia, by rail to Fall River, Mass., and then by boat to Norfolk. About middle of August, 1906 I went to Sweet Briar to represent Wiley & Wilson, and observe the completion of the steam-electric plant preparatory to its operation. I was designated superintendent of Department of Machinery and Lighting and operated the plant for three years. The lighting system was extended to St. Angelo and the dairy barn. The second year a two-ton refrigeration and cold storage plant was added to the system, and electric service extended to the pump house to operate pump motor replacing steam pump. This necessitated a change from 2-phase, 2200 volts, to 3-phase, 440 volts, and included two more transformers and lightning arresters along with motor and starter. In my third year another dormitory was built which necessitated more water, steam heating and lights. I lived at the farm superintendent’s residence for two years, and at the faculty apartment house the third year. I learned a good deal by listening to the educators’ out-of-class room conversation and miscellaneous reading in the library. In my first year we lost one transformer due to lightning, and during the Christmas holiday a short section of small water pipe in an unoccupied residence, due to freezing. Also did some civil engineering instrument work in laying out orchard for one thousand apple trees, and running over old property lines. Had three telephone systems, an electric clock and bell ringing apparatus to keep up. Altogether three years operations with very home like surroundings, and one week off-premises vacation during Jamestown Exposition in 1907.

“In October, 1909 I went to work with Glamorgan Pipe & Foundry Company, Lynchburg, Virginia, as electrician. Had about twenty three meters and lighting to look after. This company makes cast iron water pipe and hydrants, mostly, but also some brass castings and special cast iron articles.

“In February, 1910, went to work for Virginia Electrolytic Company, at Holcombs Rock, Virginia. Due to sale of metallic sodium patents and stoppage of development and experimental work, my job was discontinued in September, 1910. The following month I went back to electric service work with Roanoke Railway & Electric Company, mostly meter testing. On January 1, 1913 I started engineering and operating in the coal fields of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. Left the coal fields in September, 1915 and returned to Holcombs Rock.

“In August, 1918 I went to the Pennamon shell loading plant, near Yorktown, Virginia, where I worked until February, 1919. In 1919 I was working with an electrical contractor in Richmond, Virginia, for a short time, and then with the Street Railway & Electric Company at Girardville, Penn. From November, 1919 to January, 1920, I was with the Chevrolet Company at Flint, Mich.

“It seems that 1919 was a bad year for labor troubles. When I stopped by Richmond, most of the electricians had gone on strike. Later in the year when I was line foreman on the job in Pennsylvania, the whole gang quit me one Saturday morning in July. I finished the month mostly painting cross arms, while the line work and pole painting was let out to contract. Then in the fall while I was at Flint, Mich., the bricklayers struck and the du Pont company gave up brick construction and turned to concrete for foundations and porches for a large number of houses for the Chevrolet company. The coal strike cut down factory operation, and before the power shortage was remedied I was called home in January, 1920 because of illness.

“Since returning in 1920 to Bedford County, Virginia, for the last time, I have been more or less busy with postoffice operations and reading, along with taking care of some livestock, chickens and gardening. In all these things I have found the Adam Haskell instructions for lubricating a steam turbine very helpful and generally applicable, i.e., ‘Use just enough and not too much’. I have been very lucky in some ways, never having been in a serious accident nor seen one. On the other hand, I have been close enough to prevent a possible homicide, help extinguish a few small fires, and pull a boy out of deep water by his hair.

“My postmaster’s commission is dated February, 1926, and I was retired January 31, 1949. That service, together with mail-messenger service, totals about thirty years.

“My wife and I now live at Riverview, Holcombs Rock, Bedford, County, Virginia. I am a Contract Mail Messenger, making twelve round trips a week, holidays included. Among my hobbies is a small collection of old smoking-pipes and razors; one of the latter is over a hundred and fifty years old and is hand forged and hollow-ground. I am a member of the Ruritans and Parent Teachers Association, and also a member of the National League of District Postmasters. I am a Baptist but have been attending Methodist and Episcopal services more often and regularly on account of location.”

George was married June 25, 1913 to Mary Elizabeth Steptoe. They had two sons. The younger, George Thomas Miller, was born January 14, 1926. In World War II, he was with the U.S. Marine Corps, 4th Division, and was killed in action March 2, 1945 during the fight on Iwo Jima.

The elder son, Macon Steptoe Miller, born September 1, 1916, is Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, at Tacoma, Wash. He is a graduate of the Air Corps photographic course and also has served as gunner. He is a Mason and member of Order of Eastern Star. There are three grandchildren, two sons and one daughter.

Harry Bell (Smish) Mish

He is the son of Mrs. Charles B. McClure, Route 1, Staunton, Virginia.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registered from Middlebrook, Augusta County, Virginia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He completed the four year course and graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M. E. During his senior year he was second lieutenant, ordnance, on the Battalion Staff. He was secretary, Lee Literary Society, 99-00; and vice-president, Augusta and Rockbridge Club, 01-02.

The college records show that he was under guardianship of Mr. and Mrs. Bosserman, Middlebrook, Virginia. There is little record of his career after leaving V.P.I. The alumni records show that he was at one time, vice-president, Bridgeweld Engineering Corporation, New York City. Other members of our class have reported seeing him in New York in the 1930’s. His present address is unknown to us.

Edgar Stark Moore

Born February 5, 1879 at Edgewood Farm, Stafford County, Virginia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Smith Moore. He had one brother.

His primary education was received in small, one-room, public schools at Chappawaumsic and Mt. Airy, in Stafford County, during the period 1886 to 1894. He attended high school at Warrenton, Virginia from 1894 to June, 1898. During this period he worked with his father on a large farm, and at that time became a member of the Odd Fellows and the P.O.S. of America Organizations.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, and registered from Onville, Stafford County. He did not complete the course at V.P.I. because of the death of his father in October, 1900, which necessitated his returning home to take care of his mother and assume charge of the farm. While at V.P.I. he roomed with Jim Lee whose sketch appears elsewhere in this history.

In 1901 he taught a six-months public school at Concord, Stafford County. In 1902 he took a short course at Massey Business College, Richmond, Virginia. Upon returning home he was appointed Deputy Clerk of Stafford County, which position he held until 1910. During that period he also engaged in the fire and life insurance business, which he continued to handle until 1946.

After his marriage in 1903, the home place and farm was sold and he and Mrs. Moore moved into the town of Stafford.

In 1917 he began operation of the first garage and service station, including sale of Ford Motor Cars, on Highway No.1, between Fredericksburg and Alexandria, and continued that business until 1926 when, because of illness, he sold it and gave up active business for nearly a year.

In 1918 he was appointed postmaster at Stafford, Virginia, and held that office for twenty-eight years until his retirement in 1946, at the age of sixty-seven, because of disability.

After his retirement as postmaster, his health gradually became worse and he died June 1, 1954.

During his career he was active in many civic and church affairs in the community. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church at Stafford, and was steward and charge lay leader.

He was married June 10, 1903 to Clara M Chewning. They had no children.

Note: The committee is indebted to Mrs. Moore, who continues to reside at Stafford, Virginia, for most of the foregoing information.

Pitt Samuel (Shorty) Murrill

Born February 9, 1881, at R.F.D, Roanoke, Virginia, son of Samuel Leroy Murrill and Virginia D. Woodruff. He had three brothers and three sisters. He attended primary school at Blacksburg, Virginia, from 1887 to 1895; and high school at Blacksburg from 1895 to 1898. He then attended Randolph-Macon Academy for his high school senior year.

Pitt, as he was usually addressed informally, entered the sophomore class at V P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Blacksburg, and enrolled in the chemistry course. He was assigned to Company B, and in his junior and senior years was in the Band, being second lieutenant in his senior year. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 and received the degree of B.S. He took post-graduate study at V.P.I. and obtained his M.S. degree in 1904. During his post-graduate period he was instructor in Spanish and English.

At some time after his professional career began, Pitt obtained his B.A. and M.A (in school administration) degrees at Columbia University, New York. For three years he was principal in North Carolina public schools. He was head of religious schools in Kentucky for two years. Following that, he was engaged in teaching in Virginia public schools for five years.

About 1922 he was appointed a high school teacher in the public school system of Richmond, Virginia, and about a year and a half later he was appointed an elementary school principal. He held this position for twenty-six years until he retired in 1950 because of ill health.

During World War I, he served with the Y.M.C.A. at Camp Lee and in Richmond. During World War II he served as head of various activities, such as, Bond and Red Cross drives, and USO for soldiers from nearby camps. His four sons served in the U.S. armed forces, and his daughter served in the USO.

Pitt and his wife and their five children were all interested in music. After Pitt retired in 1950 he took up painting, principally of landscapes in oils. He tells us that he has done upwards of sixty paintings of places in the United States and Canada that he and his wife visited, and has sold quite a large number of them.

He continued his church activities and was a member of the Highland Park Methodist Church in Richmond, and of the Boggs Bible Class of one hundred twenty adult men; he taught the class for a year.

After his retirement his health gradually failed and he died at his home in Richmond, January 19, 1954. Mrs. Murrill continues to reside at their home, 3111 4th Avenue, Richmond 22, Virginia.

Pitt was married September 5, 1911 to Edith Branson Simmons. Of this union there were five children—George Howard, 42, who played clarinet in the Yale University orchestra while taking his B.A. degree; Malcolm Lee, 39, played piano and pipe organ while taking his B.A. at Yale; Robert Douglas, 37, was first flutist while taking his B.S. at Richmond College and his M.S. at V.P.I.; Donald Pitt, 35, took his B.S. at Richmond and B.A. in music at R.P.I.; Anna Lilian, 30, took voice and piano and is now married and lives with her family in California. There are seven grandchildren.

Pitt evidently lived a full and happy life. The following excerpts from his letter of November, 1952 to a member of the class history committee certainly indicates that:

“It was thoughtful and kind of you to send me a picture of the old boys of Class ’02 (a snap-shot of the group at our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952) . . . Life has been exceedingly good to me. I married in 1911 . . . was on my way to receive an M A. at Columbia and we made that our wedding trip.

My wife took voice there and later at New England Conservatory as she had a diploma in voice and piano. This fact colored our entire life; our five children followed in piano, voice, flute, violin and pipe organ . . . After forty-one years of school work I retired and turned to painting. I have sold many canvasses and have a picture of Long’s Peak in Colorado to deliver today. It is a great hobby and I enjoy it to the fullest. My wife is still singing in a sixty-voice choir and is happy in church work as also am I . . . I played first violin in a sizable orchestra here for a good many years . . . our home group of clarinet, piano, two flutes and two violins was a preventive of boredom for the boys and greatly in demand at church gatherings and city club meetings . . . Now I am semi-invalid and see the rich blessings I have been enjoying and do now appreciate greater than ever. During the summers, my wife and I, and sometimes two of the boys, went traveling. We visited every state in the Union, Mexico, and five provinces in Canada You can imagine how rich are my memories of scenes from Seattle to Nova Scotia, and from Ottawa to Mexico. Thank you again for your kind letter on the back of the appreciated snap-shot of the “boys” of our old class—a great class.”

William Wirt Neale

We have little family information about Neale other than he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Neale of Bowler’s Wharf, Essex County, Virginia.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Bowler’s Wharf, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. In his senior year he was second lieutenant in the signal corps. He completed the four year course and graduated in June 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. He was secretary and treasurer of the Rappahannock Valley Club in 01-02.

His last known address was R F.D. 1, Owings Mills, Maryland. He died April 23, 1931.

Clarence Dearborn (Scribe) Newman

The only family information we have about Clarence is that he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newman, Magruder, Virginia.

He entered V.P.I. in September, 1898 in the freshman class, registering from Magruder, York County, Virginia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. In his senior year he was captain of Company B. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B S. in M.E. He was assistant business manager of Gray Jacket, 00-01, and business manager, 01-02; vice-president Lee Literary Society, 01-02; vice-president of our class, 00-01; and president of Final Celebration, 02.

At some time after leaving V.P.I. he was with Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, at Newport News, Virginia. Also, it is thought that he worked on the Panama Canal construction. His last known address was 27 South King Street, Hampton, Virginia. He died October 3, 1929.

Eugene Newnham

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Newnham, Columbia, South Carolina. He entered V.P.I. as a sophomore in September, 1899, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course after registering from Columbia, S. C. He completed his course in three years, graduating in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S in E.E.

During his career after leaving V.P.I. he was associated with Knapp-Monarch Company, St. Louis, Mo., as electrical engineer. Also, at some time he resided at 1017 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Cal. He died March 29,1940

Julian Ivanhoe (Turkey) Palmore

Born January 14, 1882, at Cartersville, Virginia, the son of Callydonia and Bennett W. Palmore. He had one brother and one sister. His pre-college education was received in the schools at Cartersville.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Cartersville, and enrolled in the chemistry course. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 and received the degree of B.S. in Applied Chemistry. In his senior year he was first lieutenant, and adjutant of the battalion of cadets. His other activities included: treasurer Lee Literary Society, 00-01, and vice-president of that society, 01-02; local editor of Gray Jacket, 01-02. He returned during the next two sessions, 02-03 and 03-04, for post-graduate study and obtained his M.S. degree in 1904.

After leaving V.P.I., he taught for some time in a military school in the South, the name and location of which we have not been able to learn.

Then he went to the University of Maryland as assistant chemist and remained about three years.

His next position was with the U. S. Department of Agriculture at Washington, D. C., as analytical and research chemist in the Food and Drug Administration. This position he held until his retirement in May, 1948.

In December, 1949, he became seriously ill, requiring hospitalization, and has not yet recovered sufficiently to permit his returning to his home.

Julian was married on December 5, 1908 to Nora G. Justice. They have one son, Julian I. Palmore, Jr., born October 24, 1909. There is one grandson, Julian I. Palmore III, born September 26, 1938.

His principal hobby before his illness was raising flowers; he was evidently quite proficient at this as he has won many prizes.

He is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. He has been active in civic and fraternal organizations and is a member of the Maryland State Grange, and for twelve years was lecturer for his local chapter. He is a Thirty-Second Degree Mason; also a member of Almas A.A.O.N.M.S of Washington, D. C.

Note: The history committee is indebted for most of the foregoing information to Julian’s wife, Mrs. Nora G. Palmore, who resides at 4905 Calvert Road, College Park, Maryland. Julian is a patient in the Spring Grove Hospital, Catonsville 28, Md., and Mrs. Palmore writes that he would enjoy very much hearing from any of his classmates.

Charles Stephens Patterson

Born May 13, 1878, in Wythe County, Virginia, one of nine children, six sons and three daughters, of Charles Crockett and Eliza Patterson. Before going to V.P.I., he attended Baker Boys’ School, Dr. McDonald’s school in Wytheville, Virginia, and the Wytheville Public School.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Wytheville, Wythe County, and remained for only one session.

After leaving V.P.I. he was employed by the Virginia Iron, Coal & Coke Company as a mechanic.

He was married in March, 1905 to Ruth Dickens. They had no children. After his marriage, he engaged in farming and continued that activity up to the time of his death, December 1, 1951, at which time he was living in the Crockett’s Cove section of Wythe County, Virginia.

Among his survivors is his brother, E. B. Patterson, whose address is: Route 2, Crockett’s Cove, Wytheville, Virginia, and to whom the history committee is indebted for most of the foregoing information.

William Jeter Phillips

Born December 23, 1879 at Nandua, Accomac County, Virginia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jesse Phillips. He had two brothers.

He attended primary schools at Pungoteague, Onancock and New Church in Accomac County. For his high school education he attended the Pungoteague Academy in 1896-97, and Margaret Academy at Onancock in 1897-98.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in 1898, registering from Miona, Accomac County, and enrolled in the horticulture course. He was in the cadet military corps only one year, but he completed the four year academic course.

In June, 1902 he graduated with the class and received the degree of B.S. He returned the following session for post-graduate study and received his M.S. degree. At some time later during his professional career, he attended the University of Illinois for seven months. And in 1925 he received his Ph. D. degree from the University of Virginia.

His professional career began in August, 1904 when he was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Bureau of Entomology. He was in charge of the department's Field Laboratory at Richmond, Indiana from 1905 to 1909. From that time until 1913 he was located at Purdue University, Indiana. In 1913 he was assigned to the Department of Agriculture Field Laboratory at Charlottesville, Virginia, where he remained until his retirement from the department in 1935.

In the course of his career he has published thirty bulletins and professional papers through the Bureau of Entomology of the Department of Agriculture. After retirement, he has served the Virginia State Entomologist in a professional capacity during the spring and summer of the ten years since 1944.

He was married April 28, 1909 to Hazel M. Lough. They have no children. He resides at 718 Cargil Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia and has been treasurer of Christ Protestant Episcopal Church in that city for the past fifteen years.

Nelson Carter (Pruitt) Poe, Jr.

Born May 14, 1881, at Greenville, South Carolina, son of Nelson Carter Poe and Nancy Crawford Poe. He had two brothers and two sisters. He received his primary education in the schools at Greenville, attending primary school till 1890, and high school from then on to 1895.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Greenville, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He was assigned to Battery E, and in his senior year was second lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He was vice-president of the German Club in 00-01, and president in 01-02. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 and received the degree B.S. in E.E.

His business career began in August, 1902 when he was employed by Wilkins, Poe and Company as machinery salesman. In 1907 he bought a one-third ownership in that company.

He has continued in business in Greenville and is now president and treasurer, Poe Hardware and Supply Company; and president and treasurer, Poe Piping and Heating Company. Also, he is a director of the First National Bank in Greenville, and is affiliated with the Presbyterian and Protestant Episcopal churches.

He resides at 44 West Avondale Drive, Greenville, S. C., and his business address is P.O. Drawer 1940.

Nelson was married, first, in 1907 to Sallie Beattie; and second, in 1929 to Florence Trussell. There are four children—Mary, born 1916; Nelson Poe, III, born 1935; Nancy, born 1938; and Patricia, born 1943.

He had expected to attend our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952, but unforseen circumstances prevented his coming.

Carroll Leigh Proctor

Born February 1, 1880 in Charlotte County, Virginia, one of ten children, seven boys and three girls, of Dr. Thomas A. and Margaret S. Proctor. His pre-college education was received at country schools in Charlotte County from 1886 to 1898. Also he worked on his father’s farm during those years.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. September 22, 1898, registering from Drakes Branch, Charlotte County, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was first assigned to Company A and later in the session was transferred to the field artillery, Battery E. During his four years term he was successively promoted to corporal, first sergeant and, in his senior year, to captain of the Battery. His other activities included: vice-president Lee Literary Society, 00-01, and president, 01-02; secretary and treasurer of our class, 00-01; local editor Gray Jacket, 00-01; vice-president Athletic Association, 01-02; business manager The Bugle, 02; treasurer Final Ball, 02; and manager 03, base ball team.

He graduated with the class in June, 1902 and received the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned for the 02-03 session for post-graduate study, and in June, 1903 received his M.E. degree. During his junior, senior and post-graduate sessions he was an instructor in Spanish.

After leaving V.P.I. he was employed in August, 1903 by General Electric Company at Schenectady, New York, where he remained until 1908 working in the Testing, Foreign and Railway Commercial departments.

In 1908, his career as an executive began, and we will let him tell us about it in his own words; if Carroll were not so modest he probably could have recited some specific accomplishments during that career:

“After five years with General Electric Company, I spent seven years as general superintendent of the Athens (Georgia) Railway & Electric Company. In 1915, I went to the Empire District Electric Company in Joplin, Missouri, as sales manager. In 1918, I was elected vice-president and general manager of the Danbury & Bethel Gas & Electric Company, at Danbury, Conn. In 1919, I returned to Joplin as vice-president and general manager of the Empire District Electric Company. In 1925, I was elected vice-president and general manager of The Toledo Edison Company, Toledo, Ohio, which position I held until 1938 when I became president. I served as president of The Toledo Edison Company until 1949, when I was elected chairman of the Board of Directors, the position I now hold.”

In addition to his many duties during his business career, he found time to take an active interest in many important civic affairs. Again, let him tell us about it:

“I have been an honorary member of The Edison Club (General Electric Co.), Schenectady, N. Y., since 1908. I am a life director of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce; and an honorary trustee of the Toledo Zoological Society, the Boys’ Club of Toledo, and the Toledo Y.M.C.A. I am a life member of the National Foremen’s Club, and of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. I am an honorary member and past president of the Toledo Rotary Club, and a past president of the Joplin Rotary Club. I am a past president of the Toledo Chamber of Commerce; past chairman of the Budget Committee of the Toledo Community Chest; and vice-president and trustee of the Toledo Museum of Art.”

Carroll was married, first, in 1909 to Mabelle Weldon of Schenectady, who died in 1930; and second, in 1937 to Ruth Scott.

He is affiliated with the Methodist Church. His addresses in Toledo, Ohio, are: residence—2237 Evergreen Road, Toledo 6; business—The Toledo Edison Company, Toledo 4.

He and Mrs. Proctor were among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952.

Alfred Aldrich Richardson

Born August 17, 1881 in Hampton County, South Carolina, son of Henry Warren and Sara Aldrich Richardson. He had one brother. His pre-college education was received in the public schools at Columbia, South Carolina.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Columbia, S. C., and enrolled in the engineering course. He was assigned to Battery E, and during his four year term was successively promoted to corporal, sergeant and to lieutenant in his senior year. He left before finishing his senior year to go into the business of farming.

His professional career began in 1913 when he became an official of the State of South Carolina, and he has continued in that capacity to date.

In March 7, 1913 he was appointed chief of the South Carolina Game and Fish Department. He held this position until July 1, 1952, at which time, by an act of the Legislature, the Game and Fish Department and the State Board of Fisheries were combined, and he was made director of the new department, known as Wild Life Resources Department, which official position he now occupies.

He was married November 28, 1905 to Annie Ferris. They have one daughter, Sara. He is affiliated with the Episcopal Church.

Since his official business has to do with wild life resources, it is obvious that his hobbies would be hunting and fishing.

His present address is: Director, Wild Life Resources Department, Columbia, South Carolina.

Edmund Hunter Riddle

Born August 9 1881 at Martinsburg, West Virginia, the son of Henry A. and Martha Hunter Riddle. He had three brothers and one sister. He received his pre-college education in the schools at Chambersburg, Pa., and at the Chambersburg Academy.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Chambersburg, and enrolled in the special studies course. He completed his freshman and sophomore years but did not return for his junior year.

Some time after leaving V.P.I. he joined the Atlantic Refining Company and was district manager at Chambersburg, Pa., until his death on September 29, 1933, except during the period of his military service in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War I.

In 1918, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the U. S. Motor Transport Corps and, after training at Camp Holabird, was sent to France. After the armistice in November, 1918, he was in charge of a large transportation depot near Paris until September, 1919. Upon his return to the United States, he continued in the military reserves and was a captain at the time of his death. He also resumed his business association with Atlantic Refining Company.

He was married June 16, 1908 to Mary Blanche Bard. He was a member of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, Chambersburg, Pa., and was always active in community affairs.

Note: The history committee is indebted to Hunter’s sister for most of the foregoing information; her address is—Miss Elizabeth Brown Riddle, The College Inn, Chambersburg, Pa,

Walker Wallace Sanford, Jr.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Sanford, Madison Run, Orange County, Virginia. He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Madison Run, Virginia, and took special studies and agriculture courses. He remained for three sessions but did not return for the 01-02 session. After leaving V.P.I., he returned to his home county and was engaged in dairy farming. His address was: Kenwood Dairy Farm, Orange, Virginia. He died in July, 1954.

Anderson Howard Sayers

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Barren Springs, Wythe County, Virginia, and enrolled in a modified chemistry course. He graduated in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in Applied Chemistry. In his senior year he was first lieutenant in Battery E. He was substitute on the football team of 1901; and in 01-02, was secretary, Athletic Association, and president, Wythe County Club.

After leaving V.P.I., he became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and was a practicing veterinarian at North Fork, West Virginia. He died September 8, 1908.

Custis Brown (Tuck) Seagle

Born November 30, 1881 at Wytheville, Virginia, the son of George A. and Sarah E. Seagle. He had five sisters. His primary education was received at a school near Wytheville, and he attended Wytheville High School during the session 1897-98.

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Wytheville, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He was assigned to Company C, and in his sophomore and junior years was in Company D, first as corporal and then as sergeant. In his senior year he was first lieutenant and range officer on the Staff. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in E.E. He either brought with him or acquired at V.P.I. the nickname “Tuck”, by which he is yet familiarly known to many of his friends.

His professional career began in October, 1902, when he entered the employ of General Electric Company at Lynn, Mass., and was assigned to the Student’s Training Course. For two years his principal job was testing all types of electrical equipment. In October, 1904 he was transferred to the engineering department for work on induction motor design.

In February, 1909, he was transferred to General Electric’s Philadelphia office, where his work consisted mainly of “Trouble Shooting” and installation of various types of electrical equipment.

In November, 1912, he left the General Electric Company and accepted a position with the American Bridge Company in the capacity of electrical engineer, with headquarters at Ambridge, Pa., near Pittsburgh. In this position he supervised the electrical power and lighting equipment at the company’s various plants, of which there were fifteen in number in 1912. Over a period of several years, nine of these plants were abandoned and the remaining six were enlarged to better serve the interests of the company. It was also the responsibility of the electrical engineer’s office to apply and install electrical equipment for products of the company, such as movable bridges, electric furnaces (Heroult), turntables, etc.

In November, 1946, he retired from the American Bridge Company at the age of sixty-five. He and Mrs. Seagle now live at Bristol, Tenn., her former home city; their address is: 803 Spruce Street. His hobby is gardening and he is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

Custis was married August 22, 1906 to Lillian Gertrude Fulwider. They had two children—George A. Seagle, born November 6, 1910; and William Richard Seagle, born June 17, 1917 (died 1919).

He and Mrs. Seagle were among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952.

William Taylor (Little Mouse) Smith

Born 1882 at “Adalbert Farm”, King George County, Virginia, son of Albert Turner Smith and Ada Virginia Dickenson Smith. He has one sister, now Mrs. J. G. Pollock, who lives at the “Adalbert Farm”. For his early education he was taught at home by a private teacher, and he also attended a private school in King George County for a year.

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Dogue, Virginia, enrolled in the agriculture course, and was assigned to Company C. Being of short stature, he was promptly accepted into the “Mouse” Club, and was dubbed “Little Mouse” by his company captain, Fred Wilson, who was none too tall himself.

He remained at V.P.I. only one session, returning in 1899 to his home to undertake management and operation of his widowed mother’s “Adalbert” farm, at which he continued until 1914. He then built his home on his half portion of the “Adalbert” farm and engaged in general farming, including raising some pure bred Jersey cattle. From 1899 to 1951, he managed and operated four farms.

From 1937 to 1942, he was employed by Bank of Commerce and Trust Co., of Richmond, Virginia, to manage the “Wilton” farm of 1260 acres. At the end of the five years, what with the improvements he had effected, the farm sold for a top price.

He retired from active farming operations in 1951 and turned the management and operation of his own farm over to his son, William T. Smith, Jr., who also manages another farm, and wherever possible uses power equipment in his operations.

William T.’s motto has been, “I love farm life”. His principal hobby is bird shooting, in pursuance of which he has owned and handled various breeds of bird dogs. He is a vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and a Mason. His address is, Dogue, Virginia.

He was married in 1919 to Elizabeth May Burroughs. They have two children—William T., Jr., born 1921, who has five children, two boys, three girls; and Elizabeth May, born 1926, who has one daughter.

His mother, who lived to the venerable age of ninety-seven, died in 1953.

Frank Markham (Zeke) Spiller

Born January 3, 1881, at Old Rosedale, Russell County, Virginia, one of eleven children, eight sons and three daughters, and the fourth son, of William Hickman Spiller, II, and Cynthia Boyd Spiller. He was a brother of Stuart whose sketch follows. When he was about two years of age, the family moved to Wytheville, Virginia, the native home town of his father and mother.

For his primary education he attended Mrs. Mary Pettit’s school in Wytheville. For his high schooling, he attended Plumer College and Wythe County High School, both in Wytheville.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Wytheville, and enrolled in the electrical engineering course. He was a corporal in his sophomore year, sergeant in his junior year, and first lieutenant Company D, in his senior year. Also he was director of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew. Because of a serious attack of typhoid fever during his senior year, he was absent during final exams, and thus did not graduate and obtain his degree, B.S. in E.E., until 1903. He remained at V.P.I. until the latter part of 1904, during which time he was instructor in Graphics under Prof. Rasche, and in the shops under Prof. Parrott.

His business career began in 1904 with employment by Western Electric Company at the Hawthorne Plant, Chicago, as draftsman on electrical power apparatus, principally motors and generators.

After about a year with Western Electric Company, he left to take a position as draftsman-engineer with a mining company at Mineral Point, Wis. Following this position, he had a similar job with a company at a small town, DePue, Ill., and for awhile was at South Bend, Ind.

About this time he gave up engineering work and engaged in business promotions in various states, including Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama.

In 1915 he gave up his business activities in order to return to Wytheville to care for his father and mother who had become invalids. During this period he was also associated with an automobile agency in Wytheville. After death of his parents he resumed his business activities.

In 1932, he joined the U.S. National Park Service. His first assignment was in an engineering capacity with the Smoky Mountain National Park headquarters at Gatlinburg, Tenn. In 1941, he was placed in charge of the park at Fall Creek Falls in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, with headquarters at Pikeville, Tenn. In 1943 he was transferred to Kentucky to be manager of Otter Creek Park (near Fort Knox) with headquarters at Rock Haven, Ky. In 1944 he developed a serious illness necessitating an operation, for which he went to St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville. He never recovered from the effects of the operation, dying three days afterward on November 13, 1944. His remains were sent to Wytheville for interment in the Spiller family plot.

Frank was married April 18, 1931, to Mary Jackson Borches who survives him and now lives in Knoxville, Tenn. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

Stuart Magruder (Reddy) Spiller

It has been my privilege to collect and assemble the data for this history of the V.P.I. class of 1902, and as there is no one else to write me up for the history I must do it myself.

I was born November 14, 1882 at Old Rosedale, Russell County, Virginia, the fifth son of William Hickman Spiller, II, and Cynthia Boyd Spiller, and younger brother of Frank, whose sketch immediately precedes this. Five of my father’s sons attended V.P.I., which I claim is a record.

When I was three months old, my father moved his family to Wytheville, Virginia, where I was raised as a boy. Attended Mrs. Mary Pettit’s elementary school, then went to Plumer College for two years, and to Wytheville High School for two years. After finishing school and before going to V.P.I., I worked in Bruce’s grocery store in Wytheville.

Entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Wytheville, enrolled in the electrical engineering course, and was assigned to Company D under Captain Scotchy McGregor, as a high private in the rear rank. By strict adherence to the principles of military science and tactics, I managed to retain my private status for three sessions and was even promoted to the front rank. Because of a little difficulty in solving the mysteries of Prof. Rasche’s descriptive geometry and Prof. Vawter’s calculus, I did not finish with the class and thus did not graduate until the following year, receiving the degree of B.S. in E.E. in June 1903. Was instructor in the physical laboratory and also worked in the machine shops during the session of 02-03 and part of 03-04.

Left V.P.I. in February, 1904 to take a job with Western Electric Company at its Clinton Street plant, Chicago, Ill., as telephone switchboard draftsman. The company’s telephone switchboard activities were later moved out to the Hawthorne plant which became the company’s largest manufacturing unit. I remained at Chicago and Hawthorne for seven years. During a period of expansion, was in charge of a group of about sixty draftsmen. Later, as a telephone switchboard engineer, was associated with the completion of specifications and drawings for a completely new line of small switchboards for the independent telephone companies’ business.

Early in 1911, was transferred to the company’s main office in New York City as telephone sales engineer. Then in May, 1912 left New York to take the position as Western Electric Company representative in China. Crossed the Atlantic and spent about two months visiting the company’s branch factories at London, Paris, Antwerp, Berlin and St. Petersburg (now Leningrad). Spent a few days in Moscow and from there took the Trans-Siberian Railway overland toward China. Arrived in Peking, China after ten days of continuous railway travel.

My headquarters in China were at Peking with the company’s agents, Arnhold, Karberg & Co., who had offices in the principal cities of China. During my stay in China, I assisted in negotiating contracts for new telephone exchange equipments in several Chinese cities, including Tientsin, Tsinanfu and Changsha. Made several trips as far as one thousand miles into the interior of China, but did not visit the territory south of Shanghai.

The outbreak of World War I in August, 1914, had a serious effect on my company’s foreign business, not only in China but all over the world. As my expected three-year stay in China was nearly finished, I was recalled to New York early in 1910. Left Peking by rail, went through Mukden, then down through Korea to Fusan (now Pusan), then by steamer overnight to Shimonoseki, Japan and on by rail to Tokyo where I visited several days at our Japanese factory, the Nippon Electric Company. Then went by Pacific Mail Co. steamship “Korea” from Yokohama to San Francisco, stopping for a day at Honolulu. From San Francisco went via Santa Fe Railway to Chicago, stopping for a day in Arizona to view the Grand Canyon. After spending a few days visiting our Hawthorne plant went on to report to headquarters at New York City.

During the summer and fall of 1910 I visited several company locations studying their methods in what turned out to be a “grooming course” for another job. Was offered and accepted the position of Far Eastern Manager of Western Electric Company, with headquarters at the company’s branch factory, Nippon Electric Company, Tokyo, Japan. The position also included the offices of director and secretary of the Nippon Company.

I was married before leaving New York for the new assignment. We sailed from San Francisco, November 20, on the Japanese steamship, S.S. Shinyo Maru, arriving Tokyo on December 1. My company had decided to open its own office in Shanghai, China, instead of continuing to work through agents. To assist in opening the office, I started for Shanghai, Mrs. Spiller accompanying me. We traveled, first to Peking, over the same route, in reverse, I had taken earlier in the year, that is, to Shimonoseki by rail; then by steamer across the Sea of Japan to Fusan, Korea; then by rail to Seoul where we stopped for two days to visit the branch house of Nippon Electric Company; then by rail to Mukden and thence to Peking. We spent Christmas day and week among my Peking friends, and then proceeded to Shanghai, via Tientsin and Nanking.

My successor as company representative in China had been there for sometime. After a months stay in Shanghai we had not completed arrangements for opening the office so Mrs. Spiller and I returned to Tokyo. We went by steamer to Nagasaki and then through the inland sea to Koke, where we stopped for a few days and then proceeded by train to Tokyo. On March 23, 1916, I again left for Shanghai to resume arrangements for the new office which were completed satisfactorily in time for me to return to Tokyo on May 2. This was my last trip to China until my tour of duty in Japan was finished in early 1919.

After the United States entered World War I in April, 1917, I registered with the U.S. Naval Attache at Tokyo for any service in the armed forces where I might be useful, but was never called on for service. My successor at Tokyo arrived in December, 1918. I was then asked by the company to make a sales and investigation trip through the East Indies, to which I consented. Because of the unsettled conditions, particularly in respect to traveling and living accommodations, caused by World War I, we thought it was inadvisable for Mrs. Spiller to accompany me on the trip, so she returned to the United States by herself, leaving Tokyo early in February 1919 via steamer to San Francisco, and thence by rail to her mother’s home in Lexington, Virginia.

I left Tokyo in February, 1919 for the East Indies trip, stopping off at Peking and Shanghai in China. Then went by steamer to Manila, P. I. where I remained several weeks. Then took a steamer for Hongkong, stopping there only long enough to get accommodations on another steamer to Singapore. While at Singapore I took a side trip northward by rail into the Federated Malay States as far as a small city, Ipoh, where our London company had an agent. Also, made a steamer trip to Batavia, Java (now Jakarta, Indonesia) for a weeks stay. From Singapore, I took a steamer for Bombay, India, and stopped for a day at Colombo, Ceylon. Visited with the company’s agent in Bombay for several weeks, taking a few side trips to nearby cities. Then, went across India by rail to Madras for a few days stay. Then went by rail to Calcutta for several weeks stay. Our company was in process of installing a new telephone exchange in Calcutta and I conferred with the local telephone people from time to time. From Calcutta, I went by steamer across the Bay of Bengal to Penang, near the middle of the Malay Peninsula, and after a few days stay there returned to Singapore. Since I had covered most of the contemplated territory my objective now was to get back to New York. So I took a steamer for Hongkong and after remaining there for a few days secured passage on the old Empress of Japan, which was scheduled to land at Vancouver, B. C. On the way we stopped at Yokohoma for a few days and then proceeded to Vladivostok to pick up a batallion of Canadian troops returning from duty in Siberia. Landed at Vancouver and from there took a small steamer south through Puget Sound to Seattle, stopping for a few days to visit the company’s Seattle branch house. Then proceeded by rail direct to Chicago and on to New York City, arriving in August, 1919.

Remained in New York City, in charge of sales to the company’s foreign branch factories and offices, until the spring of 1922. Then, in March, 1922 started out on a sales and investigation trip to Mexico. Went by steamer to Tampico, Mexico, stopping for a day or two at Havana, Cuba, and Progresso and Vera Cruz in Mexico. For the next five and a half months, I traveled through the central portion of Mexico, from Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico to the city of Guadalajara on the west, visiting the principal cities in that area, including, of course, Mexico City, where I remained nearly a month. I made the trip back to New York by rail, crossing the border at Laredo and stopping a few days at Dallas, Texas, to visit the company’s branch house there. Arrived in New York City August 21, 1922.

On October 28, 1922, I left New York, by steamer, on a sales trip to Havana, Cuba. Mrs. Spiller accompanied me on this trip, and we remained in Havana about one month, returning by steamer to New York the end of November.

The trip to Havana was my last one abroad. However, I continued at New York to be associated with the company’s foreign business until 1925, at which time the company’s factories and branch houses in foreign countries (except in Canada) were sold to the International Telephone and Telegraph Company.

From 1925 to 1943, I was located at the Western Electric Company’s head office in New York City, first in the installation department, then in the comptroller’s organization, then for five years as assistant secretary, and then back to the comptroller’s organization. I retired July 1, 1943, after nearly forty years service with Western Electric Company and its subsidiary companies.

During my residence in New York I was a member of the Douglaston Club and of the Port Washington Rifle and Revolver Club, both on Long Island. I am now a member of the National Rifle Association of America and a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Following retirement, Mrs. Spiller and I decided to settle in Wytheville, Virginia, and we acquired a home place at 485 Withers Road where we now reside. I kept up my former hobbies, hunting, fishing and gardening. We are affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

In 1945, I served as chairman of the Zoning Commission to draft a zoning ordinance for the Town of Wytheville. The proposed ordinance was submitted to the Town Council in 1946 but was not finally adopted until a few years later.

In response to the suggestion of local friends, I became a candidate in the June, 1946 election, for member of the Town Council but was not elected. This was my first experience as a small town politician. Early in 1951, I was appointed by the Council to fill the unexpired term of a resigning member. In the June, 1952 election, I filed as a candidate and was elected for a four year term expiring in 1956. In September, 1952, I was appointed Mayor of Wytheville by the Town Council, the position which I now hold.

I was married November 2, 1915, at Lexington, Virginia, to Nannie Marie Patton, a daughter of Colonel William M. Patton who was professor of civil engineering at V.P.I. from 1895 until his death in 1905. We have no children.

My latest activity has been to collect and assemble the data for this history of the class of 1902. It has been quite a chore but there have been many gratifying compensations, particularly the renewal of the pleasant associations with my living classmates and the contacts through correspondence with near relatives of our classmates who have passed on.

George Russell (Mouse) Talcott

Born December 19, 1882 at Annapolis, Md., the son of George Russell and Frances Mason Berry Talcott. He had one brother and three sisters. He obtained his pre-college education in the primary schools at Bon Air, Virginia and at the Bon Air Academy.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Bon Air, Chesterfield County, Virginia, and enrolled in the civil engineering course, and was assigned to Company C. He progressed to corporal, to sergeant and in his senior year was first lieutenant of that company. In June, 1902 he graduated with the class with the degree of B.S. in C.E. He returned for post graduate study in the next session and obtained his C.E. degree in June, 1903.

While at V.P.I. he was secretary and treasurer Camera Club, 00-01; secretary Maury Literary Society, 00-01, and president, 01-02.

After leaving V.P.I., he was employed by the Baltimore & Ohio R. R. as civil engineer. He left the B. & O. because of ill health and went to Texas, where he took a position in January, 1917 as division engineer with the Santa Fe R. R in the Texas-Panhandle section. He gave up this position in October, 1917 and returned to Richmond, Virginia, where he died December 7, 1917. He was affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

He was married June 19, 1915 to Liesa Bolling Archer. They had one daughter, born in 1916, and now Mrs. E. Griffith Dodson, who resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

Note: The history committee is indebted for some of the foregoing information to his widow, Mrs. George R. Talcott, who resides at 2221 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia.

William Frazier (Weeze) Tams

Born March 17, 1882 at Staunton, Virginia, one of two sons of William Purviance Tams and Sue Frazier Tams. The other son is Purviance Tams, Jr., also a member of our class and whose biographical sketch follows this. They had no sisters.

He attended the public schools at Staunton—primary school from 1890 to 1896, and high school from 1896 to 1899.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Staunton, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was assigned to Company B and remained with that company until he graduated, progressing from private to sergeant, and then in his senior year to first lieutenant. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned to V.P.I. the following session for one year of post-graduate study, and in June, 1903 obtained his M.E. degree. During his post-graduate year he was instructor in mathematics.

His non-collegiate activities at V.P.I. included—secretary and treasurer Staunton Club, 00-01, and vice-president, 01-02; treasurer Mandolin and Glee Club, 01-02; vice-president Engineering Club, 01-02; historian of our class, 01-02 and also historian of The Bugle, 02.

He was usually addressed formally by his middle name, Frazier, but he brought with him the nickname “Weeze” by which he was affectionately known to his many friends. Both he and his brother, Purviance, were among the high-ranking members of our class, academically.

After leaving V.P.I. he was employed from September, 1903 to January, 1904, by the Illinois Central Railway at Webster City, Iowa, as rodman on survey work.

From January, 1904 to January, 1905, he was with the Seaboard Air Line Railway as instrument man in the chief engineer’s office at Norfolk, Virginia.

In January, 1905, he joined the New River Company as resident engineer in coal mining operations at Scarbro and Parral, West Virginia. He remained with this company until June, 1906.

From June, 1906 to April, 1918, he was with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, as assistant engineer in the chief engineer’s office at Richmond, Virginia. During this period he was in charge of the construction of the railway company’s large coal loading pier at Newport News, Virginia.

In April, 1918 he went back to West Virginia and joined the Gulf Smokeless Coal Company as general manager. He continued in this position until his death on December 23, 1942 from an embolism caused by an accident at the mine resulting in a crushed chest. He was a member of St. Stephen’s Protestant Episcopal Church at Beckley, West Virginia.

Frazier was married in October, 1914 to Edna Davies. Of this union there were two children, both now married—William P. Tams, born in 1916; and Sarah Allison Tams, born in 1918.

William Purviance Tams, Jr.

Born May 19, 1883 at Staunton, Virginia, the son of William Purviance Tams and Sue Frazier Tams. He had one brother, Frazier, also a member of our class and whose biographical sketch precedes this.

His pre-college education was obtained in the public schools at Staunton, Virginia, during the period 1890 to 1899, six years primary school and three years high school.

He entered V.P.I. in the sophomore class in September, 1899, registering from Staunton, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was assigned to Company A, and later in the session was transferred to the Battery E. In his junior year he was quartermaster sergeant on the Battalion Staff, and in his senior year was first lieutenant and quartermaster on the Staff. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 and received the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned in September, 1902 for one year of post-graduate study, and in June, 1903 received his M.E. degree. During his post-graduate year he was instructor in mathematics.

Among his non-collegiate activities were—vice-president Staunton Club, 00-01; class historian, 00-01; secretary and treasurer Engineering Club, 01-02; vice-president of our class, 01-02; and associate editor of The Bugle, 02. In the 02 Bugle election he ran a close second for the title, “most intellectual cadet”.

His business and professional career began in November, 1903, when he was employed by the Seaboard Air Line Railway in its Construction Engineering Department.

From February to October, 1904, he was assistant engineer in the Light, Heat and Power Department of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. at Wilmington, Del.

In October, 1904, he went to West Virginia as mining engineer for the New River Company, at Scarbro and Macdonald, West Virginia. He held that position until July, 1908.

In July, 1908, he joined the Gulf Smokeless Coal Company, at Tams, West Virginia, and has been associated with that company ever since, except for a period of service in the United States Armed Forces during World War I. He was general manager from July, 1908 to May, 1911 and then he became president, the position which he now holds.

In August, 1917 he joined the U.S. Armed Forces, first as an officer candidate for three months; and then as captain in the 79th Infantry Division at Camp Meade, Md.; and next, until February, 1919, as major, commanding the 32nd Machine Gun Battalion, at Camp Custer, Michigan.

After completion of his service in the army he returned to Tams, West Virginia to resume his coal mining business as president of Gulf Smokeless Coal Company, of which he is principal owner. His present address is —Tams, West Virginia.

Purviance has never married, and by many, is considered the most eligible bachelor in West Virginia. Tennis is his principal recreation. He is affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal Church.

He was among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952. Purviance served as chairman at our gatherings, in the absence of our class president, McCormick.

Richard Carter (Shoestring) Turner

We have not received direct from Dick, as he is familiarly known, any information for the history regarding his early life and his career after leaving V.P.I. The information given herein has been obtained from college and alumni records or furnished by friends who live near him.

He was born September 19, 1883, in Fauquier County, Virginia, and received his early education at The Plains in that County.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from The Plains, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. In his senior year he was second lieutenant in the Signal Corps. He graduated with the class in June, 1902, with the degree of B.S. in M.E.

After graduating, he joined the Sydnor Pump and Well Co., in Richmond. After that he was employed in New York State for a year or two, and then came back to the Sydnor Pump and Well Co. At some time in his career he took over his family home “Netherlands” and farmed it. When the farm was sold he moved to The Plains and engaged in the plumbing and heating business.

His address is: The Plains, Virginia—where he now resides. He has always been interested in church work, and has served as Vestryman, Superintendent of Sunday School and in other capacities.

Dick was married—first to Willie Nash, and second, to Anna Page, both now deceased. Of these marriages there were three children—Richard Carter Turner, Jr., John Page Turner and Edward Turner.

Dick has generally maintained his association with the class and nearly always attended reunions. He joined with others at the fiftieth anniversary reunion of our class at V.P.I. in October, 1952, in making that occasion a great success. We know that he is in sympathy with the history project as he has already contributed toward its cost.

George Hannah Watkins

He entered V.P.I. as a sophomore in September, 1899, registering from Smithville, Charlotte County, Virginia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He completed his course but did not graduate until 1903, when he obtained the degree of B.S. in M.E. The record we have is not quite clear but it seems that he was there for only a part of the 01-02 session.

All we know about his career after leaving V.P.I. is that he was Motive Power Inspector with the Pennsylvania Railway, with headquarters at West Philadelphia, Pa., and that he is no longer living.

James Powell Watson

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Watson, 25 Union St., Petersburg, Virginia. He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Petersburg. He was there only two sessions and did not return for his junior year, but went into business in his home city. Later in his career, he was manager of the Petersburg Trunk and Bag Company, and his residence was 109 N. Union St., Petersburg, Virginia. He died, November 11, 1943.

John William Casper West

He entered V.P.I. as a sophomore in September, 1899, registering from Portsmouth, Virginia, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in C.E. In his senior year he was second lieutenant, Company B, and was local editor of Gray Jacket. He returned the following session for post-graduate study and in June, 1903, received his C.E. degree. During his post-graduate year he was instructor in mathematics.

After finishing at V.P.I. he returned to his home county, and at some time in his career became associated with the Eureka Brick Company, Norfolk, Virginia, and at the time of his death, was president and treasurer of that company. He died, at the age of seventy-one, in a Norfolk hospital, on April 20, 1954.

His home at the time of his death was “Westwood”, near Lynhaven. He was a vestryman of the Old Eastern Shore Chapel at Oceana. He was married, November 11, 1908, to Addie D. Woodhouse. Surviving at the time of his death, were three daughters; a son; and thirteen grandchildren.

Courtney (Beast) Williams

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class September, 1898, registering from Lynchburg, Virginia, and was there during seven or eight consecutive sessions. He obtained the degree, B.S. in M.E., in 1905. In his senior year he was second lieutenant, Company A. He was our class Historian, 98-99; secretary-treasurer, St. Andrew’s Brotherhood, 00-01; vice-president, Lynchburg Club, 00-01, and president, 01-02.

Little is known of his career after leaving V.P.I. For a time, he was in Seattle, Wash. He died, March 15, 1941, in Los Angeles, Cal.

William Thomas Wilson

Born November 6, 1881 at Keysville, Virginia, one of seven children, five boys and two girls, of William A. and Pauline Wilson. His primary and high school education was received in the schools at Keysville during the period 1890 to 1898.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Williams’ Mill, Lunenburg County, Virginia, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was assigned to Company C but finished up in his senior year as second lieutenant in Company D. Also in his senior year he was secretary of the Lee Literary Society. He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned the following session for post-graduate study and received his M.E. degree in June, 1903. During his post-graduate year he was instructor in mathematics and mechanical drawing.

His professional and business career began in October, 1903 when he joined the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, Pa., and spent his first two years with that company as special apprentice. He was then appointed track foreman in the erecting shop which position he held for three years. Following that assignment, he was sent to San Jose, Costa Rica as representative for the Baldwin Company, where he remained three years.

On returning to the United States he joined the Carnation Milk Company at Seattle, Wash., and served as construction engineer for six years.

In 1917 he came back to Philadelphia and joined the E. G. Budd Company, and was appointed chief inspector on automobile bodies and stream lined cars. He held this position until his retirement in 1952.

After his retirement he continued to reside in Philadelphia, his present address being 6813 North 7th Street, Philadelphia 26, Pa. His hobby is gardening. He is a Deacon in Grace Baptist Church, Philadelphia.

He was married in October, 1933 to Mrs. Belle C. Sublett; they have no children.

Henry (Solomon) Wysor

Born April 20, 1880 near Dublin, Virginia, the son of Henry C. and Mary E. Shipp Wysor. He had three brothers and two sisters. His precollege education was received in private schools during the period 1888 to 1898.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Dublin, Virginia, and enrolled in the chemistry course. He was assigned to Company C and became a corporal in his sophomore year and a sergeant in his junior year. He left V.P.I. at the end of his junior year to go into business and did not return for his senior year. From here on let Henry tell us about his career in his own words:

“Following my sophomore year, I did special work in the chemistry of iron and steel under Professors Price and Davidson. I left V.P.I. at the end of my junior year for a position with the Carnegie Steel Company. When called to teach at Lafayette College in 1904, and upon submission of satisfactory papers and thesis, the president and faculty at V.P.I. awarded me the degree of B.S. in Applied Chemistry, and I was recorded as having graduated with my class of 1902.

“My first job began May 1, 1901 as analytical chemist with the Carnegie Steel Company at their Duquesne Works. During this same year the United States Steel Corporation was organized, following the purchase of the Carnegie Company by J. P. Morgan. There was popular lack of confidence in mergers at that time, and labor unrest was growing with a fresh influx of foreign workers, but big business was on the march, and participation in some way was a challenge to ambitious young men.

“During 1902 I was made assistant chief chemist at the Duquesne Steel Plant, and in 1904 accepted a job with the Open Hearth Superintendent, which brought me into close contact with the manufacture of iron and steel.

“In September, 1904, I was called to Lafayette College as assistant professor of analytical chemistry and metallurgy. Was appointed professor of metallurgy in 1913, but I continued teaching chemistry also until 1918, which completed fourteen years at Lafayette. Exigency of World War I caused me to again enter the steel business.

“On July 1, 1918, I was employed by the Bethlehem Steel Company, serving as consultant, trainer of young engineers, and as metallurgical engineer until July 1, 1948, when I retired.

“Since retirement I have tried to stick to my hobbies, including community activities, looking after my farm and gardening, but have accepted several calls as a steel consultant. In 1949 I had a government assignment of three months with ECA in France, requiring a study of the French steel industry and recommendations for restoration and possible expansion. In 1953, I completed a part time assignment, extending over two years, in connection with construction of an Atomic Energy Commission’s rolling mill plant in Ohio.

“My residence has been Easton, Pennsylvania, for fifty-one years, present address is 1 Edgewood Avenue. I hope to finish here with several things yet to be done. I think the best place in which to pass one’s retirement is in one’s home community for there is where most of the friends are. Each undertaking has been a challenge, and my associates have been good friends.

“As we grow older we are prone to think more about people and places and events of the past days, and memory can be kind as well as true. How fine is that picture of college life, surrounded by Virginia mountains, where we were guided into adult responsibility and careers. I feel truly thankful for the experience and inspiration of 1898-1902 at Alma Mater. With apologies to Browning, I avow: Open my heart and you shall spy graved inside of it, V.P.I.”

Henry was married August 29, 1906 to Mary Belle Ernest, of Glade Spring, Va. They had four children: Frances Elizabeth, world famous concert and opera singer; Henry Ernest, 1909-1929; Virginia Mason (Mrs. Douglas H. Purdy); and Philip Byars, lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Air Force in the Pacific in World War II, and now with Bethlehem Steel Corporation.

Henry, Mrs. Wysor and daughter, Elizabeth, were among those attending our fiftieth anniversary reunion at V.P.I. in October, 1952.

Thornton McDuffey Yancey

Born February 28, 1883, at Red Bank, Halifax County, Virginia, the son of William C. and Alice Terrell Yancey. He had one brother and no sisters. From 1889 to 1897, he attended public school and a private school at Buffalo Junction, Mecklenburg County, Virginia. During these years he was an expert at drying or curing cigarette tobacco raised on his father’s farm.

He entered V.P.I. in the freshman class in September, 1898, registering from Buffalo Junction, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He was assigned to Company C; in his sophomore year was a corporal in Company B; in his junior year a sergeant in Company A; and in his senior year he was first lieutenant and ordnance officer on the Battalion Staff. He graduated with the class in June 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E.

His professional and business career began in November, 1902, when he was employed by the Pocahontas Coal and Coke Company at Bramwell, West Virginia, as field engineer. For the remainder of his career, see the annexed chart which he prepared for the history; it has the earmarks of the training in the graphic arts which Thornton received under Professor Rasche. Let him tell us in his own words a bit of his philosophy regarding his career.

“When I left the Pocahontas Coal and Coke Company, I thought to get with a small outfit and by diligence grow up with the company into a responsible position. It so happened that most of the small companies I worked for failed to pay off the way I had hoped they might. I did gain a lot of valuable experience with the smaller outfits, however, and that experience paid off in other ways with larger companies I worked for later . . . I have had, for me, a most exciting and adventurous life; . . . if I had to do it all over again, I am sure I would study engineering, and possibly follow pretty much the same course, except to be better prepared to enter V.P.I.”

Upon his retirement, March 1, 1949 from Western Electric Company, he continued to reside at 1112 North Harvey Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois, and obtained employment with the Water Department of that village.

He was active for several years in Boy Scout work, and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. His hobbies are mainly doing things around his home; he has installed his own home gas heating plant and a complete television unit with antennae; also has added new lighting fixtures and put up new wall paper. In addition to all this, he does quite a bit of gardening.

He is a Life Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

He was married January 29, 1917 to Alice Carol Bendinger of Milwaukee, Wis. They have one son, Robert Lee, born 1919, who has three children; and a daughter, Betty Jane, born 1923, who has two children.

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William Thomas Young

Born March 21, 1882 at Corinth, Miss., son of Robert F. and Mary J. Young. He had one brother and two sisters. He attended primary school from 1888 to 1895, and high school from 1895 to 1899, at Corinth. Prior to going to V.P.I. he worked with his father in the lumber business.

He entered the sophomore class at V.P.I. in September, 1899, registering from Corinth, and enrolled in the mechanical engineering course. He roomed with his home city neighbor, Paul Jones, first in barracks No.2, then later in No. 1. In his senior year he was second lieutenant Company D. His other activities included: secretary Y.M.C.A., 00-01; vice-president Maury Literary Society, 01, and president, 01-02; local editor Gray Jacket, 01-02 and editor-in-chief, 02; class secretary and treasurer, 01-02.

He graduated with the class in June, 1902 with the degree of B.S. in M.E. He returned for post-graduate study in the session 02-03, during which he was an instructor in mechanical technology and in freshman English.

His business and professional career began in June, 1903 when he was employed as a draftsman by American Car & Foundry Co., St. Louis, Mo. He left this position to return to Corinth, and we will let him tell us about his further career in his own words:

“After leaving the position with American Car & Foundry Co., at St. Louis in October, 1903, and on account of the death of my father, I returned to Corinth, Miss., where I conducted a real estate business for a brief period. Following that I was instrumental in assisting in the organization of a corporation for the erection of a machine shop and foundry in Corinth, known as Corinth Engine and Boiler Works, for the purpose of manufacturing and selling saw mill machinery. I was employed there as machine designer, draftsman and later as salesman. I also engaged in the organization of a bank in Corinth in which I was a stockholder and director for several years.

“About 1910, I entered the lumber business under my own name, later organizing Corinth Saw Mills, Inc., which manufactured hardwood lumber for domestic and foreign trade, catering largely to export of lumber. I was president of this company until 1937. During the period, 1910 to 1937, we manufactured all species of timber native to the South, with special emphasis to plain and quartered oak which was in good demand in England, Scotland, Belgium, Holland and other European countries. At the beginning of World War II, it became very difficult to conduct a lumber export business, so we liquidated that business.

“In June, 1937, I started operating a wholesale oil and gas business which is still in operation with myself as owner under the name of Young Oil Company. My street addresses in Corinth are: business, East Cruse Street; residence, 811 Jackson Street.”

Tom is an elder and trustee of the First Presbyterian Church, and teacher of the Mens’ Bible Class. His civic activities include: Chamber of Commerce, Community Chest, Y.M.C.A., Red Cross and Boy Scouts. His hobbies are: golf, fishing and traveling.

He was married October 17, 1907 to Lillian Knott. They have two children —Mrs. A. J. Vaughan, born 1909, and Mrs. J. D. Reynolds, born 1911.

William Andrew Yowell

Born November 23, 1880, at Culpeper, Virginia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Sidney Yowell. He had two sisters but no brothers. His primary and high school education was received in the schools at Culpepper.

He entered the freshman class at V.P.I. in September, 1898, registering from Culpeper, and enrolled in the civil engineering course. In his senior year he was first lieutenant and quartermaster on the Battalion Staff. He graduated with his class in June, 1902 and received the degree of B.S. in C.E. While at V.P.I. he was awarded a gold medal for winning some event at a track meet.

After leaving V.P.I., he was engaged in his profession, civil engineering, for several years. Then he was appointed deputy clerk of the court at Culpeper. Following this he moved to Bedford, Virginia, and was appointed deputy clerk of the court there, which position he held from 1914 until he died December 2, 1931 at Bedford. While in Bedford he was captain of the Home Guards during World War I, and was also active in various civic affairs there. For a time he was in the insurance business in Bedford.

He was married April 16, 1915 to Emma C. Fant. They had two sons — William Andrew Yowell, Jr., born April 15, 1916; and Charles Adam Yowell, born October 3, 1922. Both sons were in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and William Andrew, Jr., was also in Korea and returned to the United States in the middle of 1953.

Note: The history committee is indebted for most of the foregoing information, to some member of his family or relative whose name we do not know.