1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



Percy H. Hullings - "Music Man"

 May 29, 2014


As far back as I can remember, I always heard of Percy Hullings. When his name was mentioned I got the sense that he was well liked and a pretty good musician. I don't recall ever hearing him play the organ, but I did hear him on piano a few times.

If you know more history on Percy Hullings, please put it in the comment box and I'll integrate it in the text later.- Barry Worrell (Click on photo for larger view)

Percy Hullings grew up in Colonial Beach, Va. Before leaving Colonial Beach, he organized and was the leader of an orchestra called "The Night Hawk Orchestra" in 1925.

He was a U. S. Army Veteran having served in World War I,  and a Foreign War Veteran.

Formerly a theater organist in Washington, D.C. movie houses, Percy came to Alderson after the advent of talkies all but ruined music opportunities for young organist at the time. At the same time had his own music band in Washington, D. C.

Percy was one of the first members of the Reformatory Staff to arrive in Alderson when the Institution was opened in 1927.  From the beginning of his work there he was Superintendent of the Laundry as part of the Federal Prison Industries, Inc. He and his wife lived on the Reformatory grounds in the small home that after time was turned into the gate house. He retired about 1960, making his home between Alderson and Colonial Beach.

He was and active member in the Alderson Lodge No. 70 A. F. and A. M., a member of the Beni Kedem Shrine of Charleston, W.Va.  and Chapter No. 119 of the Order of Eastern Star.  He became an active citizen in Greenbrier County.

Percy played for banquets and other events in Alderson. He and Ossie Keadle played their pianos in Alderson together at various events. He played the Shriner's Calliope in the parades and other Shriner's functions. He also played the piano for the Vaudeville shows performed at Camp Greenbrier.  

One of the Charter Member of the Alderson Fourth of July Steering Committee. I remember he would have the members of Committee and 4th workers move his organ to where ever he was performing! 

 Lots of great memories and good times for all that remember these times and the "Music Man".

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