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Today in Milligan History (2/19)


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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 19:13 – Foolish children are their parents’ ruin, and a quarrelsome spouse is like the constant dripping of a leaky roof.

This is Tuesday, February 19, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1870    Sarah Glenn Lyon Barker, the wife of Wilson Gilvan Barker, the first president of record of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, died. Cynthia Ann Cornwell (1985): Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941. Milligan College History Project: Milligan College, TN, 1989, p. 128

1948    Milligan closed out its regular season basketball schedule with a 63-49 victory over Carson-Newman. Keneth Hyder (1951) had an outstanding season with 469 points in 34 games. The Stampede, February 16, 1948

1959    Milligan College President Dean E. Walker announced that the T. W. Phillips Charitable Trust and the Phillips Family of Butler, PA, had agreed to make a gift of a new library to the college. The library would be named The P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library in memory of the late minister of the First Christian Church of Canton, OH. Welshimer’s family had, the previous year, made a gift to the college of 7,000 volumes from his personal library. The Stampede, March 19, 1959, p.1.

1968    The Stampede printed the Dean’s List. Among the thirty-five names were Donald R. Jeanes (1968), Jack L. Knowles (1969), James Lee Magness (1969), and Patricia Phillips Magness (1969). The Stampede, Vol XXXII, No. 7, February 19, 1968.

1968    The Stampede announced the publication of A Diagram of the Greek New Testament with Notes by Milligan College professor Dr. Owen L. Crouch. The book, published by Christian Research Foundation, was printed in Johnson City. The Stampede, February 19, 1968

1968    Carol Wilson (1968) introduced new sociology professor Robert Hall (Fide et Amore; Milligan 1967-1994) to the Milligan community in an article in The Stampede. Prof. Hall had joined the faculty the previous Fall. The Stampede, February 19, 1968.

2004    Dr. Orvel Calhoun Crowder, who taught at Milligan College 1957-1982, died. Dr. Crowder served as Professor of Psychology and Chairman of Social Sciences, and organized and coached a successful wrestling team for ten years. He also filled the pulpit of Hopwood Memorial Christian Church 1957-1982. Dr. Crowder was chaplain at Phillips University, Enid, OK. Previous to coming to Milligan, Dr. Crowder served as the minister of First Christian Church in Columbus, MS; as a captain in the Signal Corps in the South Pacific theater; as president of Atlanta Christian College, Atlanta, GA; as minister of Bethany Congregational Church in Quincy, MA; and resident director of Packard Manse, an Ecumenical Study Center for students and faculty of New England colleges while he was a student at Harvard. Dr. Crowder was a practicing clinical psychologist for over fifty years, specializing in both adult and child psychology. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. Robert Ralph Botkin, Milligan College president Dr. Jess W. Johnson and Dr. W. Edward Fine (1961).

2006    Milligan College held its annual “Spiritual Renewal Week” Feb. 19-23, with special guest Micah Weedman (1998). Weedman had authored the booklet, The Discipleship of Togetherness: Essays in Christian Unity, which the Lilly Endowment’s Theological Exploration of Vocation program distributed to all the colleges and universities it was funding.

2007    Workmen on the emerging Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts started laying up the brickwork.

2008    Milligan College announced a new Ethnic Studies Minor to its array of twenty-seven academic majors and over thirty-six minors. The new, interdisciplinary minor would be available in the Fall. Campus-wide e-mail from Vice President for Enrollment Management Lee Fierbaugh (1994), February 19, 2008

Birthdays: In 1473 Nicolaus Copernicus in Torún, Poland . . . in 1917 Carson McCullers in Columbus, GA . . . in 1943 Ellen Cohen (“Mama” Cass Elliot) in Baltimore, MD . . . and Milligan College alumnus Tim Ross (1980).

Elsewhere . . .

In 1878 Thomas Alva Edison patented the phonograph (the “gramophone”).

In 1881 Kansas prohibited all alcoholic beverages.

In 1923 Moore vs. Dempsey secured the Supreme Court’s guarantee of due process of law for African Americans in state courts.

In 1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 began placing 100,000 persons of Japanese ancestry (of whom most were American-born citizens) into ten armed, barbed-wired “relocation centers” for the duration of WWII.

In 1987 television aired the first anti-smoking ad, featuring cancer victim Yul Brynner.

Do you know of a Milligan College event, birthday or anniversary that should be mentioned here? Write phialphatheta@milligan.edu.