Today in Milligan History (5/10)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 10:13 – Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense.

This is Friday, May 10, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1882    The Atlantic Missionary of June, 1882, reported on Wednesday activities of the “closing exercises of Milligan College.”  At the close of three days of class examinations and declamations, “we were pleasantly entertained by the young ladies’ callisthenic and literary performances, which we have never seen excelled, if at all equaled.” Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The Overmountain Press, 1985), p. 61

1887    Josephus Hopwood reported that “the Hon. A. A. Taylor (1848-1931; an alumnus of Milligan College’s high-school-level forerunner, the Buffalo Male and Female Institute) delivered in his usual clear, eloquent manner an address in Jobe’s Hall at the close of the school in Johnson City.”  Taylor was at the time a Johnson City attorney. Just a year before he had run for the governorship of Tennessee against his own brother, Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor (1850-1912), also an alumnus of the Buffalo Institute. Hopwood further reported that Milligan College graduate E. M. Crouch (1887) was on his way to Bridgewater, VA, as Professor of Mathematics and Ancient Languages; E. C. Wilson (1887) was to take charge of an academy in Patrick Court House, VA; and that Miss Lettie Cornforth (1887) had recently married and changed her name to Tate. J. W. Giles (1987) was the fourth member of the graduating class of 1887. The Milligan Mentor, Vol. III, No. 2, June 1887

1939    Milligan College junior A. J. “Gabe” Gabriele (1940) went out on his first formal date with Lura Bowers (1942) when they went to the Pre-Med Banquet together. They had known each other from shared hours in Psychology, History, and Shakespeare classes, and from hours spent in “conference” in the parlor of the dormitory.  Gabriele waited tables in the dining hall, and when he did, Lura Bowers got an extra banana pudding. Letter from Lura Gabriele to Jack Simpson, May 25, 2011.

1968    A major gift to Milligan College from John McKinley Hart and Pearl Langdon Hart resulted in Hart Hall, a new women’s dormitory, named in memory of John Hart’s parents, Charles Bissell Hart and Susan Tecora Billingsly Hart. This was one of the final public acts of the Dean E. Walker (1899-1988) administration. Clinton Jack Holloway (1995), Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College 1940-1966. (Unpublished thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998), p. 68.

Birthdays: In 1838 John Wilkes Booth near Bel Air, MD . . . in 1878 Gustav Stresemann in Berlin, Germany . . . in 1886 Karl Barth in Basel, Switzerland.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1752 Benjamin Franklin first tested his newly invented lightening rod.

In 1774 Louis XVI ascended the French throne.

In 1775 the Second Continental Congress named Gen. George Washington the colonies’ supreme military commander on the same day that Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys captured Fort Ticonderoga.

In 1869 at Promontory Point, UT, railroad officials drove the “golden spike” that completed the Transcontinental Railroad.

In 1906 the Russian Duma met for the first time.

In 1908 Philadelphians first observed Mother’s Day.

In 1940 Winston Churchill succeeded Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister of England on the same day that Nazi troops invaded Belgium, Holland, and Luxemburg.

Do you know something that happened on this day in Milligan history?  Is this the birthday of a Milligan personality?  The anniversary of a Milligan event?  If so, send it to Phi Alpha Theta at