Pulaski High School - Oriole Yearbook (Pulaski, VA)

 - Class of 1927

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Page 6 THE ORIOLE unknown to the average Englishman or Virginian, and its com- ing sharply defined the man of that age from the man of all preceding ages. It set a new standard of taste. Some have attributed the paralysis which attended Chinese civilization to the use of the chop-stick. Of course, the development of our own country has for us the greater interest. At the beginning of 1776 the United States was a small confederacy of about 3,000,000 people, and in 1920, according to the census of that year, the population, not including its outlying dependencies, was 105,710,620. The extent of its territory in 1790 was 892,135 square miles and in 1920 it was 3,026,789 square miles. At the beginning of the period there were no railroads, no steamboats, no telegraph or telephone lines, no automobiles, and indeed few of the ac- companiments that render modern life so agreeable. The Mississippi bounded on the west territory of the United States, but beyond the Alleghany Mountains the population was scant and scattered. We naturally think of the part played by Virginia in this great development. Democracy, immigration and territorial aggrandizement have been the keynotes of the American ex- pansion, and it was Virginia that led the way in sounding these notes. Under the guidance of Jefferson and the great Repub- lican party, of which Virginia was the headquarters, the prin- ciples of expatriation and democracy were infused into the soul of the country, and it was owing to her pioneers, led by her Washington and her George Rogers Clark, that the gateway of the West was thrown open, and the march of the country begun overland to the Pacific. At the head of the great pro- cession went the spirit of the Virginia Presidents — Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler. Thus the area of the United States was increased, and thousands of the hardy population of Europe came to swell the population of this country. Nor has science felt hardly less the exacting touch of ir- ginia’s plastic hand. It was James Rumsey, of Shepherds- town, Virginia, that first successfully applied steam to river navigation in 1786. It was Henry Draper, of Prince Edward County, who discovered oxygen in the sun by photography, pronounced by many the most brilliant discovery of his day. It was Cyrus II. McCormick, of Rockbridge County, irginia, who revolutionized the agriculture of the world by his invention of the reaper which gave a stimulus to all other agricultural

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THE ORIOLE Page 5 (The Class of 1927 of the Pulaski High School hereby expresses its appreciation of the following contribution for The Oriole from the Hon. Lyon G. Tyler, Presi- dent Emeritus of William and Mary College, and son of the late John Tyler, ex-President of the United States.) AN ERA OF ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS 1776-1926 NE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS what a flood of thoughts these words suggest! During that time what changes in society and government have taken place throughout the world! What progress in science has occurred, what inventions have revolutionized agriculture, surgery, engineering, and all the other arts! Not always has man worked steadily and honestly to this end. Oftentimes his ways have been crooked and directly opposed. Unjust wars have set back the world and the im- mediate results have been sometimes lamentable. But some- how the onrushing tide of civilization, however obstructed, has swept over all impediments to higher and nobler conditions. There can be no doubt that the happiness of the human race, the security of private property, and the safety of mankind everywhere have been enormously increased. Only one great Hand could be capable of accomplishing this glorious result — “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform.” The previous one hundred and fifty years had, of course, its changes and developments, but outside of the accumulation of stock and personal property the conditions ot the individual life in 1776 were not greatly different from the conditions in 1626. The domestic and farming utensils were practically the same. Plows had been known in Virginia from the earliest days but they were little more than a point of hard wood or iron which tore up the ground. We are told that in Virginia, as late as 1770, nearly all of the work done in the fields was with the hoe, and transportation on the farms was done, not by carts, but by casks rolled about on the land. Man was not idle, however. The nature of gravity and electricity was explained and the power of steam was demonstrated. Chemistry was cultivated and made great advances. Some have claimed that the master invention of this period was the table fork. Till late in the 17th century that humble but useful instrument was

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA THE ORIOLE Page 7 inventions. It was Matthew F. Maury, of Spotsylvania County, who gave a new era to ocean navigation and effected long distance communication by the cable across the broad waters of the Atlantic. It was Dr. Walter Reed, of Gloucester County, and Dr. Henry Carter, of Hanover County, who saved the lives of thousands by discovering the cause of yellow fever, the greatest curse next to smallpox which has afflicted mankind. War had its heroes in this long period, and in the front of the armies stood the majestic figure of Washington followed by Daniel Morgan, Winfield Scott, Zachary Taylor, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Joseph E. Johnston -all to the manner born. The romantic history of Southwestern Virginia is no un- important part of this astonishing development. The begin- ning of this era saw freshly settled there an enterprising race which had defied the Indians, the hard winters and the thickly wooded and difficult mountains. They were few in numbers but great in spirit. In 1769 the southern part of Augusta County west of the Blue Ridge Mountains (Augusta then extended to the Mis- sissippi) was set off by the Legislature and called Botetourt County. In 1 772 the population on the New River and the Holston had increased to such an extent as to require a new division. The country west of the New River to the Mis- sissippi was set off and named Fincastle County. Then in October, 1776, Fincastle was divided into three counties, Ken- tucky, Washington and Montgomery. The great names of Patton, Preston, Floyd, Campbell, Edmuridson, Cloyd, Buchanan, etc., illustrate the subsequent annals of the great County of Montgomery, of which Pulaski was a part, and upon the valor of its backwoodsmen depended, in great measure, the issue of the famous battle of “King’s Mountain” which, at the most depressing period of the Revolu- tion, turned the tide against the British and preserved the South- ern States to the American Republic. In 1790, Wythe County was formed out of Montgomery County, and in 1839 Pulaski County was created west of the New River, out of Montgomery and Wythe. This county was named in honor of Count Pulaski, who sealed with his life at Savannah, Georgia, his devotion to the struggling Republic of the Revolution. It is located in the great valley of the Southwest and has an area of 245 square miles. It is a county of beautiful hills and dales, and Peak

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