Today in Milligan History (12/27)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the semester break

Happy New Year, Milligan!

Proverbs 27:5 – The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.

This is Thursday, December 27, 2007, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1963    Mrs. Eleanor “Cookie” Hobson, who had been a supervisor in Pardee Hall, and Dr. Dennis Helsabeck, Sr., Professor of Psychology and Counseling, married in a ceremony in Fairmount Christian Church, Richmond, VA. The bride and groom had each been widowed; each had two adult sons, all four of whom, including Earl Hobson (1962) and Prof. W. Dennis Helsabeck, Jr. (ΦΑΘ, Milligan College 1982-84, 1989-2007, currently adjunct) stood up for their parents in the ceremony.

1992    Hazel Payne Crouch (1927) of Indianapolis, IN, died. She and her sister Gladys Payne Crouch (1927), had traveled around the country as singing evangelists. She was the wife of Milligan College trustee Edwin G. Crouch (1925) and a member of the boards of the American Red Cross and the National Girl Scouts. Submitted by Margaret Dismore, with reports from The Republic (Columbus, IN), December 30, 1992 and Edwin Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), passim.

Birthdays: In 1822 Louis Pasteur in Dole, France . . . in 1901 Marlene Dietrich in Berlin, Germany. . . in 1990 Milligan College seniors Sarah Katelin Henson and Alexandria Hommel Mangas . . . in 1991 Milligan junior Tyler Edward McElfresh . . . and in 1993 freshman Aaron Jacob Waite.


In 1877 attorney, newspaper editor, and Christian Church minister David Nation and the widowed Mrs. Carrie Moore Gloyd married. From their home in Medicine Lodge, KS, Mrs. Carrie Nation began her work with the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. On her wedding anniversary in 1900 Mrs. Carrie Nation, with a hatchet in her hand, attacked a saloon at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, KS, smashing liquor bottles and fixtures in the first of what she called “hatchetations.”

In 1927 Show Boat, the musical play by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

In 1947 Buffalo Bob asked, “Say, kids, what time is it?” on the first Howdy Doody Show on NBC-TV.

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