Today in Milligan History
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Proverbs 27:14 – If people loudly bless their neighbors early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
This is Monday, October 27, 2014, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1902 Because of a charge of heresy leveled by alumnus William Henry Book (1903) against Milligan College president Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935; president 1881-1903, 1915-1917), the president had to explain and defend his actions before the Board of Trustees. Some called for his resignation because he had attended a Holiness tent meeting in Salem, VA, on September 23. 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, pp. 27-28; 163
1905 Colonel Wilson Gilvan Barker (1830-1905), who had served as the president of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute 1866-1872, and had returned to teach on the faculty of Milligan College in 1900, passed away in what is now known as the campus’s Phillips-Taylor-House. The house belonged to Mr. and Mrs. George T. Williams (Mrs. Williams being the daughter of Colonel Barker); it passed then to Tennessee Governor Alf Taylor (an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute); and then to the governor’s son, Milligan alumnus Robert Love “Little Bob” Taylor (1921). Judge Taylor sold the historic home to Milligan College in 1986. One of Barker’s last acts was to make a gift of $500 for the building of a Bible room in an emerging new building. Clinton Jack Holloway (1995), Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College 1940-1966. (Unpublished thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998), p. 83; and Cynthia Ann Cornwell (1985).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. 61.
1964 The Board of Trustees announced the plans to build a new chapel. The major gift of $450,000 for the new building came from Mrs. B. D. Phillips, née Helen Welshimer, of Butler, PA. The estimated construction cost for the three-story structure in 1964 was $1,200,000. The tower and spire were planned to rise 170 feet above the ground, providing the dominant focal point on the campus. Originally the Board intended to name the building the W.R. Walker Memorial Chapel. The name was later changed to the Ura Seeger Memorial Chapel The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 14, November-December 1964.
1972 The William E. Sweeney Prayer Chapel in Seeger Chapel was dedicated as a quiet place for prayer and small worshiping groups. The room was furnished to honor the former Milligan College Trustee and Minister of the First Christian Church in Johnson City. Originally the chapel was in the lower level of the building, Room 108. The prayer chapel was moved upstairs to its present location backstage when Room 109 was remodeled in the 1990’s as the present keyboard lab. Input from Prof. David Runner (Milligan since 1972)
2005 Professor of Music Dr. Kellie Brown led a 39 piece orchestra when the Milligan College drama department opened Rogers’ & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Tyler Simmons (2007) served as stage manager; Associate Professor of Music John Wakefield (Milligan 1974-1980 and 1998-2009) was the musical director. The cast included Assistant Professor of Humanities Rosemarie Shields (1959; at Milligan – ) as Aunt Eller; Robert Kitchens (2007) as Curley; Leslie Johnson (2006) as Laurey; Scott Glisson (2009) as Will Parker; Ally Horner (2007) as Ado Annie Carnes; Jessica Davis (2006) as Gertie Cummins; Marvin Glover, Professor of Mathematics, as Andrew Carnes; Melissa Gilleland (2007) as Dream Laurey; Kyle Kuhn (2008) as Dream Curley; and Gary Wallace, Professor of Biology, as the Federal Marshal.
The rest of the ensemble included Lauren Anderson (2007), Bethany Barton (2008), Rachel Eng (2006), Megan Gable (2008), Jeff Gist (2007), Amanda Green (2007), Matt Haas (2009), Associate Professor of Biology and Occupational Therapy Karen Kelly, B.J. Krug (2009), Kyle Kuhn (2008), Katie Luchini (2009), Professor of Chemistry Richard Lura (Milligan 1971-1985 and since 1988), Zoey Phelps (2008), Dustin Pollock (2007), Hannah Beth Potter (2007), Caitlin Smith (2007), Christian Thompson (2007), Joy Veenstra (2009), Lindsey Vogt (2006), and Professor of Biology Julia Wade.
2010 Milligan College senior Erin Aubrey (2011) announced the release of her first album, All These Ours at an event held in Milligan’s Fireside Lounge located in McMahan Student Center. Area 52 Productions near Nashville produced the album, which featured Aubrey as vocalist, pianist, and background vocalist. Chandrea Shell (2000), Milligan College News Release, October 27, 2010.
2012 Milligan College alumnus Del Harris (1959) was on campus for Homecoming, when he also signed copies of his recently released book, On Point in the P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library. The book drew on Harris’s Christian faith and his legendary coaching career with the Houston Rockets (1979-83), the Milwaukee Bucks (1987-92) and the L. A. Lakers (1994-98).
Birthdays: In 1728 sea captain and explorer James Cook in Marton, Yorkshire, England . . . in 1811 sewing machine inventor Isaac Merrit Singer in Johnsonville, NY. . . in 1858 Theodore Roosevelt in New York, NY . . . and in 1994 Milligan College sophomore Terah Constance Jones in ___.
Elsewhere . . .
In 1787 the Federalist Papers debuted in New York City newspapers.
In 1810 the United States of America annexed West Florida from Spain.
In 1886 Modest Mussorgsky first performed Night on Bald Mountain in Russia.
In 1904 New Yorkers could spend a nickel and ride on the world’s first subway.
In 1947 Groucho Marx’s “You Bet Your Life”, premiered on ABC radio; in 1954 Walt Disney’s first TV show, “Disneyland,” premiered on ABC-TV.
In 1981 Atlanta, GA, elected former UN ambassador Andrew Young to be mayor.
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