National Geographic : 1949 Jul
The National Geographic Magazine VMI Cadets Meet Their Dates Beneath a Statue to Stonewall Jackson: Lexington, Virginia Virginia Military Institute graduates may be commissioned directly into the Army. They have fought in every conflict since the Mexican War. More than 4,000 served in World War II. General of the Army George C. Marshall took his degree here. General Jackson was the Institute's philosophy professor and artillery instructor. Freshmen generally salute as they pass his statue (page 24). The afternoon I arrived, Hagerstown was busy dressing itself for the first Mummers' Parade since World War II. Bordering the public square, business buildings of 19th century design, mingling with modern chrome trimmed shops, were bunting-bedecked. Nar row side streets, with stocky stone houses built by early German inhabitants, were roped off. Geography of Pipe Organs Hagerstown's trademark, Gruber's Alma nack, now 152 years old, forecast for October 31 "fair and pleasant." Hagerstown's industries, many locally owned, are widely diversified-from dust control equipment to pipe organs. The M. P. Moller pipe organ factory has produced more than 8,000 organs. The hand carved grilles and exterior woodwork of pipe organs are fashioned in Moller's cabinet shops from Appalachian maple and walnut, West Virginia spruce, California pine, Gulf coast cypress, Canadian birch, Honduras mahogany. The many valves admitting air to pipes are made from lambskins imported from England; shellac used on wind chests is supplied by gum from India; manual keys are of African ivory and South American ebony.