Today in Milligan History (6/11)

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Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 11:13 – A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

This is Tuesday, June 11, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . .

1915 Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935), at age 72, officially assumed, for the second time, the presidency of Milligan College. He and Sarah LaRue Hopwood (1846-1935) would continue at the helm of the college until 1917 when Henry and Perlea Derthick arrived. 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. 58, 131.

1960    Florence Walker (known affectionately as “Aunt Flo” to Milligan College students), the wife of Milligan President Dean E. Walker (1899-1988), suffered a massive heart attack. She passed away June 26.

2003    Jen Greenwell (2005) recorded the visit of the Milligan College Humanities Tour students to the house where Anne Frank and her family hid in Amsterdam during Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. The students also learned to eat French fries Dutch style – with mayonnaise. Jen Greenwell (2005), Tour journal, 2003.

2010    Vice President for Student Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced the appointment of Brad Wallace (Milligan since 2010) as the new campus minister for Milligan College. Wallace brought with him experience as campus minister at Kentucky Christian College, and worship minister at Parkside Christian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

2012    Construction officially began on the new student housing on the Range Property behind Married Student Housing. President Bill Greer (1985; Milligan since 1994; president since 2011) greeted the timing as fortuitous: construction companies were competitive in making bids and interest rates were especially low. Greer also expressed gratitude for the generosity of Richard and Leslie Gilliam, who provided a major part of the necessary funding, reducing the college’s reliance on debt for the project. Campus e-mail from Bill Greer, June 7, 2012

Birthdays: In 1572 Ben Jonson in London, England, or thereabouts . . . in 1776 John Constable in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England . . . in 1918 Nelson Mandela in Mvezo, South Africa.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1920 the Republican Party nominated Warren Gamaliel Harding for the presidency.

In 1927 Babe Ruth hit the 19th & 20th of his record-setting 60 home runs; and in 1961 Roger Maris hit the19th & 20th of his record-breaking 61 home runs.

In 1947 the government of the United States suspended war-time rationing of sugar.

In 1987 Margaret Thatcher won a third successive term as British Prime Minister, the first to accomplish that feat since Robert Banks Jenkinson, Earl of Liverpool, in 1827.

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