R. H. Price
Assistant Horticulturist at the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in the 1890s. He resigned his position in 1892.
R. H. Price was born January 16, 1864, near Price's Fork, Montgomery County, Virginia. He was brought up on the farm. He graduated at the high school, near his home, March, 1882. Price entered VAMC in September, 1883, and studied two years in the school of agriculture. After this he taught two sessions.
He then reentered the college again in September, 1887, and graduated first in the school of agriculture on June 11, 1888. He received a gold medal for the best essay on "Lime and its application to the soils of Virginia," and a gold medal for the best debater in the Maury Literary Society. He was assistant under Colonel W. B. Preston when the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station was organized.
He accepted the position of assistant horticulturist on May 19,1889, at a salary of $300 per annum. He accepted the same position July, 1890 at a salary of $600 per annum and the same position at the same salary July, 1891. He constantly assisted Professor W. B. Alwood in the work pertaining to his departments in the station, and with several of the bulletins from the department of horticulture. He helped Alwood set and care for the orchards and vineyards. He was elected secretary of the Montgomery County Farmers' Alliance July 4, 1891.
In addition to his work in the station in 1891, he took a course of study, mostly at night, for the degree of bachelor of science.
He resigned his position in 1892 to become Professor of Horticulture, Botany and Entomology in the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. He built up one of the best horticultural departments at these institutions known in the South. His scientific work in a new classification of peaches over the old classification, which had stood for more than a century, placed peach culture on a more sure basis. His experiments with a small canning factory led the way for a large number of small factories in Texas and some other Southern States. His bulletins on fruits and experimenting along horticultural lines for ten years in Texas, his health began to fail owing to an attack of malarial fever, and he resigned in June 1902, and returned to his bluegrass farm in Montgomery County, Virginia. One of his own graduates was elected to the position he left. He was a member of various scientific and horticultural organizations. He was the author of a book on sweet potato culture, which was recognized as a standard authority.