Today in Milligan History (11/5)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 5:11-13 – At the end of your life you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent. You will say, “How I hated discipline!  How my heart spurned correction!  I would not obey my teachers or listen to my instructors.”

Today is Monday, November 5, 2012, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1768    Representatives of his majesty’s government (George III) and the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy at Fort Stanwix, N. Y., concluded a treaty of cession, by which the Iroquois and their descendants relinquished all rights and title to the lands north and east of the Tennessee and Holston Rivers. On October 14 of the same year, a treaty was made at Hard Labour, in South Carolina, with the Cherokee Nation, which also claimed the territory. By this treaty the boundary lines of the Cherokee hunting grounds were fixed. The territory in question included the real estate upon which Milligan College now sits. Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee at

1878    Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor, an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the high-school-level forerunner of Milligan College, won enough votes to go off to Washington, DC, to represent East Tennessee in the United States Congress. Taylor had campaigned against the Republican candidate, district attorney-general Maj. A. H. Pettibone. Democrat Taylor, a political neophyte described as a “mountain boy,” won by 750 votes in a district that was overwhelmingly – by 5,000 voters – Republican. Paul Deresco Augsburg, Bob and Alf Taylor: Their Lives and Lectures (Morristown, TN: Morristown Book Company, Inc., 1925), pp. 35-44, “Bob Wins His First Campaign.”

1910    Milligan College students who went into Johnson City could dine at the Brunswick Café at the Southern Depot. For just a nickel they could order one of twelve varieties of sandwiches, including oyster, tongue, sausage and chicken. A slice of pie also cost a nickel, as did most side dishes, such as fried onions, baked beans, potatoes and rice. The most expensive item on the menu, at a quarter, was a “Regular Meal, ‘except Sunday.’” Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 19860, p. 321.

1937    The Tri-Cities Airport was dedicated. The land on which the new runways lie is officially known as “McKellar Field,” named for Senator K. D. McKellar who was instrumental in the airport’s establishment. Associated with the building of the airport was the paving of the highway from Blountville to the Kingsport Highway, and the building of a bridge on the Tri-City road three miles west of the airport. Homer Smith, Memoirs of Homer Smith (Blountville, TN, 1948), pp. 80-81.

1940    Josie Hart died. She is buried in Williams Cemetery behind the Baker Faculty Office Center (the FOB). Who can tell Phi Alpha Theta more about her?

2008    Milligan College cross country and track & field coach Chris Layne and his wife Catherine welcomed their first child, Mahri Cate Layne, into the world.

Birthdays: In 1885 Will Durant in North Adams, MA . . . in 1911 Leonard Sly (aka “Roy Rogers”) in  Cincinnati, OH . . . in 1952 Bill Walton in San Diego, CA . . . and in 1993 Milligan College freshman William Earvin Carpenter.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1605 British Catholics, including one Guy Fawkes, tried to blow up Parliament.

In 1872 the court fined Susan B. Anthony $100 for trying to vote for Ulysses S. Grant.

In 1917 the United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisville, KY, ordinance requiring separate neighborhoods for blacks and whites.

In 1935 Parker Brothers introduced us to Monopoly.

Election Days: In 1912 Woodrow Wilson defeated both ex-President Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent President William Howard Taft; in 1940 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term, beating Wendell Willkie; in 1968 Richard Nixon gained the Presidency over rivals Hubert H. Humphrey and George C. Wallace.

In 1974 Ella Grasso of Connecticut became the first woman to be elected governor without matrimonial ties to a predecessor.

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