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Today in Milligan History
an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Good Day, Milligan!
Proverbs 17:13 – Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good.
This is Thursday, January 17, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1779 The town of Jonesborough was chartered, making it not only the oldest town in Tennessee, but the oldest town west of the Allegheny Mountains. Now the county seat of Washington County, TN, Jonesborough was the site of the first two assemblies of the State of Franklin; Andrew Jackson initiated his law practice there in 1788. Ray Stahl’s Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History displays a photograph of Jonesborough’s Main Street circa 1850. Ray Stahl, Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History (Norfolk/Virginia Beach: The Donning Company, 1983), p. 31
1887 Col. Nathaniel Taylor wrote the following letter to his son, Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor shortly after the latter’s inauguration as governor of Tennessee. Robert Taylor was an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the high-school-level forerunner of Milligan College.
My Dear Son –
As you enter today on your official career as Governor of Tennessee, I want to say a few things by way of encouragement and warning. As a public officer you will meet with success or failure in proportion to your observance or non-observance of certain simple rules:
1. Learn all your duties.
2. Then promptly and fearlessly discharge them.
3. In every transaction be governed –
a. by the requirements of the law.
b. by the demands of an enlightened conscience.
c. by the Supreme Divine Code.
4. Let no temptation induce you to ignore the requirements of your self-respect.
5. Let your promises be few and strictly performed.
6. Do not forget that the eyes and ears of enemies are open to all you say or do. Therefore, think much, and let your words be well chosen.
7. In all questionable cases choose to say and do those things that are clearly right and never doubtful.
8. Remember and forget not that all the material treasures of this world can’t restore a bankrupt character or replace a ruined reputation.
9. Place your hand in the hand of Jesus and beg His guidance and protection in every condition of life, and may the love and peace of God be with you always.
Affectionately, your father,
N. G. Taylor
Paul Deresco Augsburg, Bob and Alf Taylor: Their Lives and Lectures (Morristown, TN: Morristown Book Company, Inc., 1925), 20.
1955 Students and faculty of Milligan College mourned the passing of Mrs. Pearlea J. Derthick at a memorial service in the college auditorium (now the south wing of Derthick Hall). Mrs. Derthick and her husband Henry J. Derthick served at the helm of Milligan College for twenty-three years, 1917-1940. Dr. C. M. Eyler, superintendent of schools in Bristol, TN, and former Milligan College dean, delivered the eulogy. A student trio of Patsy Masters (1957), Carol Wardle, and Diane Barnes (1958) sang for the service. The Stampede, February 9, 1955, p. 1
2006 Three hundred Milligan students signed up to participate in 18 organized activities in Carter and Washington Counties as part of “Make it a day on, not a day off” for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
2008 It snowed, and Milligan College began with a two-hour delay, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm for the first, formal gathering in the brand new Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts. Humanities Chair Craig S. Farmer (Milligan since 1993) presided over the first lecture session in HUMN 102. The program included a song, “What Does It Mean to Be Human?” by the Profcoats – Andrew Gibbens (2006) and Amos Nidiffer (2008); and testimonials from eight people who were products of Milligan College’s Humanities Program: Vice President for Institutional Advancement Bill Greer (1985; Milligan since 1994; President since 2011); Professor of Nursing Melinda Collins (Milligan since 1994); Assistant Public Defender for the First Judicial Circuit, Tennessee, Joy Phillips (1980); Band Director of Greene County Schools Michael Douty (2004); Dr. Randy Hoover (1996) of Johnson City Internal Medicine; Science Hill English Teacher Josh Carter (1999); senior Joe Brown (2008); and junior Autumn Hardy Pruitt (2009).
Birthdays: Frederick III, “The Wise,” Elector of Saxony in 1463 . . . Benjamin Franklin, 1706, in Boston, MA . . . Al Capone, 1899, in Brooklyn, NY . . . Betty White, 1922, in Oak Park, IL . . . James Earl Jones, 1931, in Arkabutla Township, MS . . . Muhammed Ali (né Cassius Clay), 1942, in Louisville, KY.
Elsewhere . . .
In 1893 the Kingdom of Hawaii became a republic when a cabal of American annexationist businessmen deposed Queen Liliuokalani.
In 1904 Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard opened at the Moscow Art Theater under the direction of Constantin Stanislavsky.
In 1926 George Burns and Gracie Allen married.
In 1991 a coalition of United Nations allies went to war to drive Saddam Hussein’s army out of Kuwait. During the following six weeks Iraq fired Scud missiles at U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia and at the civilian population in Israel. The Iraqi army was routed, retreating to Baghdad or surrendering in the field.
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