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Knob, rising to an altitude of 1,000 feet above Peak Creek, stands like a sentinel overlooking the whole. The population of Pulaski County in 1920 was 17,111. During the War for Southern Independence (1861-65) its people were loyal and con- stant in the fight for self-determination, which failed. In the World War, when the principle came out victorious, their patriotism was unsurpassed. Pulaski, the chief city and county seat, is on the Norfolk and Western Railway, and through it passes the transcon- tinental Lee Highway from Washington. In natural resources, mineral wealth and fertility ot soil, Pulaski County is sur- passed by no other county in Virginia. In beauty of scenery it is, in the language of the great poet, John Keats, “a thing of beauty and joy a forever.” Page 8 THE ORIOLE Feb. 7, 1927.
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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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CONTENTS I. Historic II. School III. Cl asses IV. Literary V. Clubs VI. Athletics VII. Jokes [91
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