Blacksburg

Its situation, surroundings, society, as related to Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Blacksburg Post, 1896
Professor E.R. Price, Editor

During the past week there have come into the town young men from every part of Virginia and many from other States. Blacksburg hitherto an unknown name in many families now becomes of deepest interest because a son of that home is quartered here for a time. And while it may be partially true that some of the cadets may be thrown very little with the members of the community, yet it is quite impossible that they should be other than influenced by their surroundings.

The people of the town take pleasure in welcoming the young men to our midst and it is the general wish that their sojourn here may be pleasant and agreeable.

Its Situation

Blacksburg is the second town in size in Montgomery county, situated about half way between the New River on the west and the borders of Roanoke on the east, Giles and Floyd being its boundaries on the north and south respectively.

The soil of the county is one especially adapted to the raising of wheat and cattle grazing, while it has always been noted for its beautiful scenery and natural advantages of all kinds. Blacksburg had always been unfortunate in that it has no railroad facilities at its own doors. The Norfolk and Western Railway traverses the county, its nearest station being Christiansburg, seven miles distant, reached by a fairly good road, and traversed by three lines of hacks, which meet all trains except those arriving at midnight. The town itself, nestles between hills from which commanding views of the surrounding country may be had. The population is about one thousand. Many new houses have been erected recently in the north end and gives the town quite a thrifty appearance.

The Order of the Town

For quite a while the order prevailing in Blacksburg was no good but recently this has been remedied and a new order prevails. H.C. Peck is mayor and Mark Scanland, Esq., town sergeant while the council is selected from among our best citizens who are interested in the town.

Business Houses

One of the disadvantages usually to be found with a country town is that so few things can be purchased from the home stores. This is not true of Blacksburg. Eight good stores, embracing in their stock nearly everything a reasonable person can desire, are on Main street and with a full force of clerks always ready to wait upon you, and prices in reason make shopping an easy task. A good meat market under charge of Mr. Robt. A. Green affords our people the luxury of fresh meat, oysters, etc., always in season. Hair cutting and shaving are attended to by Grant Williams, a tonsorial artist of experience.

The Bank

A depository for you gold, silver, greenbacks and checks can be found at corner of Main and Roanoke streets nearly opposite postoffice. This institution is in sound and safe condition and enjoys the confidence and patronage of our citizens. Alex Black, Esq., is the president and Mr. W. E. Hubert is cashier, with Miss Bessie Cook as assistant. Students, money affairs always receive attention here.

The Medical Profession

In case you should be ill while a sojourner amongst us, I am glad to refer you to our two competent and talented physicians, both men of ability and carefully trained in the medical sciences. Dr. Kent Black occupies a residence on the edge of town, only a square from Main street, a pretty brick building in the rear of which may be found his office. Dr. Black drives a handsome turnout, and with his wife, formally Miss Bell, of Pulaski, entertains most charmingly many guests at their charming home.

About midway of Main street stands a large brick dwelling perhaps the most noticeable on Main street. Here the maim. the halt, the blind and the grievously afflicted may find relief, for here Dr. William F. Henderson, the regular physician to the cadets, resides. The Doctor has recently remodeled and fitted up his office, which is in the front room of his residence. The Doctor by his cordial manner and cheerful spirits adds many patients to his list in which he is ably seconded by his wife, formerly Miss Figgatt of Christiansburg, herself the daughter of a noted physician.

Churches and Ministers

The ministers of the town are in turn, chaplains of the college and the cadets are required to march to some church every Sunday. The only church on Main street is the Presbyterian, a neat brick edifice very near the entrance to town. The pastor of this church is Rev. James M. Holladay, a minister, who during his brief period of pastorate in Blacksburg has endeared himself to not only the members of his congregation but others. His wife, formerly Miss Syme Ayers, of Rocky Mount, is equally popular as her husband and the manse is noted for its hospitality. The largest church in town in point of members is the Methodist. Rev. W. L. Dolly is now in his fourth year as pastor here, a thing not often allowed by his Conference, and this speaks more than words of his popularity as with his members. His wife, a most cultivated woman, was former Miss Peters, of Bedford county.

Rev. J.H. Edwards, of the Baptist church, Rev. E. W. Gamble, of the Episcopal, and Rev. Killian, of Luther Memorial, have not yet completed their first year in Blacksburg, but their success is already assured. The two former occupy residences where numbers of Student body are cordially welcome. Mrs. Edwards, formerly Miss Watson, of Wake Forest, entrances in her manner, that charm so noticeable, in the women of North Carolina. Mrs. Gamble, nee Miss Whitehead of Norfolk, continues the popularity as a married woman. These ministers gladly welcome all students [into their] churches and homes.

The Law

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