Today in Milligan History (11/25)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 25:13 – Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time are trustworthy messengers to the one who sends them; they refresh the spirit of their master.

This is Monday, November 25, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1924    The Johnson City Chronicle reported on the funeral of Mrs. Eliza Hyder. “Funeral services . . . were conducted from the home at Milligan with Rev. Charles H. Poage in charge, assisted by Prof. W. B. Boyd, dean of Milligan College. Interment was made at the cemetery in Milligan.  Pall bearers were: Bill Hyder, Prof. Hill, Luther Feathers, Hugh White, Grady Ferguson, Sam J. Hyder, Will White, Luther Sheppard, Willie Buck, Will Bailey and R. B. Patton.  Flower bearers were: Beatrice Hyder, Luster Hyder, Mrs. C. H. Poage, Mrs. Josie Hines, Mrs. Luther Sheppard, Mrs. Cad Price, Miss Mildred McDonald and Miss Romonie Ross. A quartet composed of Miss Gladys Payne (1927), Miss Shipping, Miss [Ruth] Wakefield (1926), and Miss Hazel Payne (1927), sang “Abide with Me” and “Asleep in Jesus.”  . . . Mrs. Hyder was the widow of the late [Milligan College trustee] Dr. N. E. Hyder.  The deceased is survived by three daughters and one son: Mrs. J. G. Burchfield; Mrs. A. E. Buck, Miss Gretchen Hyder of Milligan College, and Dr. R. B. Hyder of Johnson City; also two brothers, John and William Treadway, and one sister, Mrs. Isaac Collins, all of Carter County. From the Johnson City Chronicle of January 26, 1924, cited in Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The Overmountain Press, 1985), p. 116.


1948    Milligan College Dean of Women Mildred Welshimer slipped on the ice Sunday morning on her way to Hopwood Memorial Church and fractured her wrist. The injury notwithstanding she went on to church and taught her Sunday School class. Shortly thereafter she was taken ill and friends brought her to the hospital where physicians placed the wrist in a cast. Clever Stampede headline writers alliterated, “Miss Welshimer Wrecks Wrist in Winter Weather.” The Stampede, January 28, 1948.


1951    The Stampede reported that because of American involvement in the Korean Conflict, six Milligan College students had been pulled away during the winter break  to join the armed services: Jack Brummit (1954), Ray Carter (1952), Dwight Farmer, Charles Mannes, J. T. Moore, and Ed Spraker. The Stampede, January 25, 1951


1953    WABI-TV began broadcasting in Bangor, ME. The first live TV program in Eastern Maine was a Sunday afternoon Bible study sponsored by the Bangor Church of Christ, hosted by the church’s minister, J. Harold Thomas.  Milligan College currently offers the J. Harold and Roxanna Norton Thomas Scholarship which honors the ministry of the parents of Prof. Ted N. Thomas (Milligan since 1999) the grandparents of Prof. Craig S. Farmer (Milligan since 1993); and the great-grandparents of senior Matt Rees and sophomore Gabe Rees.


1963    The first edition of The Stampede under the editorship of Anita Murray (1964) appeared. Apparently The Stampede did not publish at all during the Fall 1962 semester.  When it did come out again, Ed Pierpont (1964) served as sports editor; Beth Reitmayer as features editor; and Donna Warfield (1963) as exchange editor. The Stampede, January 25, 1963


1966    Judith Kay Wilson (1967), Hanoverton, OH, was voted Founders’ Daughter for 1966. Toastmaster for the Founders’ Day Banquet was Duard Aldridge (1957), president of the Milligan Alumni Association and coach at Science Hill High School, Johnson City, TN.  The Mill-Agenda, December 1966.


2007    Milligan College alumnus Tom Jones (1977) spoke in chapel, preaching from Genesis 32:22-32, “Wrestling with God in the Mud of the Jabbok.”


Birthdays:  In 1759 Robert Burns in Alloway, Scotland . . .  in 1874 W. Somerset Maugham in Paris . . . in 1882 Virginia Woolf in London . . in 1917 Milligan College psychology professor and wrestling coach Dr. Orvel Calhoun Crowder (1917-2004; at Milligan 1957–1982) in Pittsburgh, PA; Dr. Crowder also served as minister of Hopwood Memorial Christian Church  . . . in 1991 Milligan College junior Meredith Chelsea Eldridge . . . in 1992 juniors Emily Grace Pierce . . . and. . . Logan Cassidy Wright . . . and in 1993 sophomore Daniel W. Bennett.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1851 Sojourner Truth addressed the first Black Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, OH.

In 1915 Alexander Graham Bell inaugurated transcontinental telephone service when he spoke from New York with his assistant, Thomas Watson, in San Francisco.

In 1936 The Guiding Light premiered on NBC-Radio.

In 1959 Pope John XXIII announced his intention to call the Second Vatican Council.

In 1961 quick-witted John F. Kennedy presented the first live presidential news conference from Washington, DC.


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