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Early Days of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1886, the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station was located on the 283 acre campus of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (VAMC) (later named Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI), and today - Virginia Tech).

Station Personnel - 1889 to 1905

A list of station staff by year from 1889 to 1905.

Station - based on bulletins 1 to 5 (1889 to March 1890)

Executive Committee

  • Major J. Hoge Tyler, Rector, Belle Hampton, VA
  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet, VA
  • Dr. John L. Buchanan, Richmond, VA
  • General L. L. Lomax, President

 

Station Staff

  • William B. Preston, Director
  • William B. Alwood, Botanist and Entomologist
  • Walker Bowman, M. A., Ph.D., Chemist
  • D. O. Nourse, B.S., Agriculturist
  • Judge John Gardner, Treasurer

 

Assistants

  • B. F. Finney, Assistant Chemist
  • R. H. Price, Assistant Botanist and Entomologist; later Assistant in Horticulture
  • W. H. Reynolds, Assistant Agriculturist; in charge of meteorological instruments

 

All communications for Station should be addressed to: Director, Experiment Station, Blacksburg, VA

All freight and express packages should be addressed to:  Director, Experiment Station, Christiansburg, (N&W RR) VA

 

Station - based on bulletin 6 (March 1890)

Executive Committee

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. John E. Massey, Richmond
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • General L. L. Lomax, President

 

Station Staff

  • William B. Preston, Director
  • William B. Alwood, Botanist and Entomologist
  • Walker Bowman, M. A., Ph.D., Chemist
  • D. O. Nourse, B.S., Agriculturist
  • Judge John Gardner, Treasurer

 

Assistants

  • B. F. Finney, Assistant Chemist
  • R. H. Price, Assistant Botanist and Entomologist; later Assistant in Horticulture
  • W. H. Reynolds, Assistant Agriculturist; in charge of meteorological instruments

 

All communications for Station should be addressed to: Director, Experiment Station, Blacksburg, VA

All freight and express packages should be addressed to:  Director, Experiment Station, Christiansburg, (N&W RR) VA

 

Station - based on bulletin 7 (July 1890)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. John E. Massey, Richmond
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • General L. L. Lomax, President

 

Station Staff

  • General L. L. Lomax, Acting Director
  • William B. Alwood, Botanist and Entomologist
  • Walker Bowman, M. A., Ph.D., Chemist
  • D. O. Nourse, B.S., Agriculturist
  • W. H. Reynolds, Assistant in Agriculture
  • R. H. Price, Assistant in Horticulture
  • Thos. L. Watson, Assistant in Chemistry
  • Judge John Gardner, Treasurer
  • W. W. Hurt, Clerk and Stenographer

 

All communications for Station should be addressed, Director, Experiment Station, Blacksburg, VA

All freight and express offices is in Christiansburg, VA

 

Station - based on bulletins 8 and 9 (January 1891 to February 1891)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. John E. Massey, Richmond
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • General L. L. Lomax, President

 

The Station Council, of which the President of the College is chairman, is composed of the several heads of Departments.

 

Station Staff

  • William D. Saunders, Director and Agriculurist
  • William B. Alwood, Botanist and Entomologist
  • Walker Bowman, M. A., Ph.D., Chemist*
  • Chas. Ellis, D. V. M., Veterinarian
  • Col. H. M. Magruder, Superintendent Outside Experiment Work
  • R. H. Price, Assistant in Horticulture
  • Thos. L. Watson, Assistant Chemist
  • Judge John Gardner, Treasurer
  • W. W. Hurt, Clerk and Stenographer

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

*Resigned, February 1, 1891.

 

Station - based on bulletin 10 (June 1891)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. John E. Massey, Richmond
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield

 

The Station Council, of which the President of the College is chairman, is composed of the several heads of Departments.

 

Station Staff

  • William D. Saunders, Director and Agriculturist
  • William B. Alwood, Botanist and Entomologist
  • Chas. Ellis, D. V. M., Veterinarian
  • R. H. Price, Assistant in Horticulture
  • Judge John Gardner, Treasurer
  • W. W. Hurt, Clerk and Stenographer

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 11 to 17 (October 1891 to June 1892)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Maj. A. R. Venable, Jr., Farmville
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Elliston A. Smyth, Jr., A.M., Botanist (later listed as biologist)
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • R. J. Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • R. H. Price, Assistant Horticulturist
  • T. L. Watson, Assistant Chemist

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 18 to 35 (July 1892 to December 1893)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • D. M. Cloyd, Esq., Dublin

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Elliston A. Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • R. J. Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • T. L. Watson, Assistant Chemist

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 36 to 54 (January 1894 to July 1895)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • S. H. Graves, Esq., Roanoke

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Elliston A. Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • Robert James Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • Thomas Leonard Watson, Assistant Chemist

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 55 to 60 (August 1895 to January 1896)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • Hon. J. Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • S. H. Graves, Esq., Roanoke

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Elliston A. Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • Robert James Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • W. B. Ellett, B.S., Assistant Chemist
  • A. T. Eskridge, B.S., Assistant Chemist

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

 

Station - based on bulletins 61 to 88 (February 1896 to May 1898)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet
  • S. H. Graves, Esq., Roanoke
  • J. M. Barton, Esq., Kernstown*
  • John M. McBryde, Blacksburg**

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • Robert James Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • W. B. Ellett, B.S., Assistant Chemist
  • A. T. Eskridge, B.S., Assistant Chemist
  • Frank Sidney Roop, D.V.M, Assistant Veterinarian***

 

   *dropped from list in Bulletin 66, July 1896

 **listed first in Bulletin 65, June 1896

***listed first in Bulletin 63, April 1896

 

Station - based on bulletins 89 to 113 (June 1898 to June 1900)

Board of Control

  • Capt. C. E. Vawter, Crozet (later listed at Miller School)*
  • S. H, Graves, Esq., Roanoke**
  • John Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • R.B. Selden, Richmond
  • D.M. Cloyd, Dublin***
  • J. M. McBryde, Blacksburg

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • Robert James Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian
  • W. B. Ellett, B.S., Assistant Chemist
  • A. T. Eskridge, B.S., Assistant Chemist**
  • Frank Sidney Roop, D.V.M, Assistant Veterinarian****
  • Chas. McCulloch, D. V. S., M.D., Assistant Veterinarian*****

 

*dropped from Board in bulletin 114, July 1900

**dropped in bulletin 102, July 1899

***added to Board in bulletin 102, July 1899

****dropped from list in bulletin 93, October 1898

*****added to list in bulletin 93, October 1898

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 114 to 149 (July 1900 to June 1903)

Board of Control

  • John Thompson Brown, Esq., Brierfield
  • R.B. Selden, Richmond
  • D.M. Cloyd, Dublin
  • W.B. Robertson, Plasterco
  • J. M. McBryde, Blacksburg

 

Station Staff

  • John M. McBryde, Ph.D., LL.D., Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist
  • Ellison Adger Smyth, Jr., A.M., Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse, B. S., Agriculturist and Farm Superintendent
  • Robert James Davidson, A. M., Chemist
  • E. P. Niles, D.V.M., Veterinarian*
  • W. B. Ellett, B.S., Assistant Chemist**
  • Chas. McCulloch, D. V. S., M.D., Assistant Veterinarian***
  • John Spencer, V.S., Assistant Veterinarian*** (promoted to veterinarian in 1902)
  • J. B. Huffard, Assistant Chemist*****
  • J.H. Gibboney, Assistant Chemist*****
  • J. G. Ferneyhough, D.V.M., Assistant Veterinarian******
  • C. W. Harrison, Assistant Chemist*****

 

*dropped in bulletin 138, July 1902

**dropped in bulletin 124, May 1901 and later (listed in bulletin 125, June 1901)

*

**dropped from staff in bulletin 115, August 1900

****added to staff in bulletin 115, August 1900

*****added in bulletin 124, May 1901, Huffard replaced by C.W. Harrison in bulletin 144, January 1903

******added in bulletin 138, July 1902

 

The Station, Post and Telegraph Office, is Blacksburg, VA; Freight and Express Office is Christiansburg, VA (N & W R'y.)

 

Station - based on bulletins 150 to 154 (July 1904 to April 1905)

Board of Control

  • John Thompson Brown, Chairman, Brierfield, Bedford County
  • D.M. Cloyd, Dublin, Pulaski County
  • W.B. Robertson, Plasterco, Washington County
  • J. B. Watkins, Hallsboro, Chesterfield County
  • J. M. McBryde, President of the College, ex officio, Blacksburg, Montgomery County

 

John M. McBryde, President of the College

 

Station Staff

  • Andrew M. Soule, Director
  • William B. Alwood, Vice-Director, Horticulturist, Entomologist and Mycologist*
  • Robert James Davidson, Chemist
  • John Spencer, Veterinarian
  • Harvey L. Price, Horticulturist
  • John R. Fain, Agronomist
  • Meade Ferguson, Bacteriologist
  • William D. Saunders, Dairy Husbandry
  • Phares O. Vanatter, Field Experiments
  • John L. Phillips, Entomologist
  • Walter Ellett, Assistant Chemist
  • William A. P. Moncure, Assistant Mycologist
  • Arthur P. Spencer, Assistant in Animal Husbandry
  • Ellison A. Smyth, Consulting Biologist
  • David Oliver Nourse,Consulting Agronomist
  • Thomas L. Watson, Consulting Geologist
  • Ambrose P. Winston, Foreman of the Farm
  • Charles J. Wade, Treasurer
  • Mary G. Lucy, Librarian
  • Ethel Reese, Secretary to Director

 

*resigned September 1, 1904

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