Today in Milligan History (3/7)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 7:1-2 – My child, keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.

Today is Thursday, March 7, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1898    A smallpox epidemic swept over the area surrounding Milligan College. “An awful fear of the dreaded disease” settled over the area. 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. 194.

1950    David Lyon (1869-1950), a Christian minister and the nephew of Wilson Gilvan Barker (1830-1905), the first president of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute 1866?-1872, died. Lyon’s body lies in the Williams Cemetery behind the Baker Faculty Office Center. Letter from Jane Gottschalk to Billie Oakes (1958), May 19, 1991

1970    The “blue-eyed soul” rock group from Memphis, The Boxtops, appeared in concert on the Milligan College campus. They sang their hit “The Letter.” The group had hit the charts with “I Met Her in Church,” “Neon Rainbow,” and “Cry Like a Baby” in the late sixties. Marilyn Brewer (1970), Activities Editor, The1970 Buffalo, p. 59.

Birthdays: In 1746 Andre Michaux near Versailles, France . . . in 1825 Alfred Edersheim in Vienna, Austria . . . in 1850 Tomás G. Masaryk in Hoodonin, Moravia (Czech Republic)  . . . in 1912 the Oreo cookie at the Nabisco factory in Chelsea, New York, on Ninth Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets . . . in 1934 Willard Scott in Alexandria, VA.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1774 the British army closed the Port of Boston to all commerce.

In 1843 the country’s first Roman Catholic governor, Edward Kavanagh, took office in Augusta, ME.

In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

In 1908 Cincinnati, OH, Mayor Mark Breith proclaimed, “women are not physically fit to operate automobiles”

In 1936, in violation of the Versailles Treaty, Hitler sent armed troops into the Rhineland.

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