Today in Milligan History (11/26)

Today in Milligan History

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Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 26:13 – A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road,  a fierce lion roaming the streets!”

This is Tuesday, November 26, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . .

1903    (Thanksgiving Day) Milligan College President Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935) challenged the student body to put the Golden Rule into practice. The students had only an ordinary meal this Thanksgiving Thursday at 1:00, and then several groups of students carried twelve packed baskets to needy families. “In the evening assembly,” reported Hopwood, “all agreed that this had been the happiest Thanksgiving of their lives.” Josephus Hopwood (1843-1935), A Journey through the Years: An Autobiography (St. Louis, MO: Bethany Press, 1932), pp. 102-103.


1950    On this Sunday, as on most Sundays in the Autumn of 1950, several area pulpits were filled with Milligan faculty, administrators and students doing the preaching. Joe Sutherland (1952) was preaching at Central Christian Church in Jonesborough; Marshall Leggett (1951; president 1982-1997; Fide et Amore), at Union Church of Christ; Mel Knapp (1953) at the Wood-Howell Christian Church in Virginia; Bob Platt (1952) at First Christian in Jonesborough; Albert Zimmerman (1952) in Cumberland, KY.   Jerry Holmquist (1952) was Youth Director of First Church, Bristol; and Tom Archibald (1952) was music director for Fourth Church, Johnson City. The Stampede, November 22, 1950.


1954    Milligan College chemistry professor Lone L. Sisk (1900-1994, Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1948-1979), delivered a paper, “Academic Preparation of High School Chemistry Teachers” at the Tennessee Academy of Science in Nashville, TN.


1956    President Dean E. Walker (1899-1988; Fide et Amore; President 1950-1968; Chancellor 1968-1988) announced at Founder’s Day activities that Milligan College had accomplished its goal of raising the endowment to $300,000. The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 5, January-February 1956


1959    The Milligan College basketball Buffaloes had their work cut out for them. They played a team made up of Milligan alumni, but what a team they faced! Playing for the “old men” were Al Covell (1958), Dennis Greenwell (1957), Delmer “Del” Harris (1959), Roger Sizemore (1959), and Sonny Smith (1958). All five had been outstanding Milligan players. Smith and Harris went on to make careers of basketball, Smith as a college coach (ETSU, Auburn University, Virginia Commonwealth University), Harris as an NBA coach (Utah Stars, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls). Smith scored 28 points; Harris put in 14. The Stampede reporter noted that the alumni had “a little trouble with the length of the floor,” which might explain why the student athletes pulled off a victory: 100 to 82. All 13 men on Coach Duard Walker’s (1948, Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1951-2001) squad scored, led by Terry Black (1962) with 20 points and Lew Taylor with 14. The Stampede, November 26, 1959; December 18, 1959; The Buffalo, 1960.


1964    (Thanksgiving Day) Thanksgiving at Milligan College was Thanksgiving AT Milligan College. Though classes did not meet on that fourth Thursday in November, they resumed the very next day. Students did not travel to distant homes for the holiday.  Thanksgiving Thursday began with a morning worship service at Hopwood Memorial Christian Church. The day became festive with a “bountiful meal prepared by Mrs. [Sadie] Ritz and her staff,” and the evening saw the Varsity-Alumni basketball match and the Senior Class Play.”   The Stampede, November 25, 1964, p. 3


1965    “Songfest” got underway in Cheek Hall at 7:30 p.m.  Lee Magness (1969) organized the freshman class’s effort.  The sophomore leader was Carolyn Clark (1968); Gayle-Sue Harrison (1967) coordinated the juniors. The Stampede, November 25, 1965, p. 2.


2007    President Donald R. Jeanes (ΦΑΘ, 1968) announced that Milligan was the recipient of a $139,400 three-year grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund to help support the college’s Diversity Services Program. The grant would provide the necessary programming and support essential to the long-term sustainability of diversity: campus programming, guest lecturers and speakers, professional conferences and training for staff, supplies and special events. Jeanes made special mention of the effort Nathaniel Moultrie and the Institutional Advancement Office had made to secure the grant funding.  Campus-wide e-mail, November 26, 2007


2007    Milligan’s Service-Manager for Facilities Jonathan Robinson (1993) announced two new appointments: Scott Ritchie joined the Milligan staff as plumber, and Jerry Lyons as carpenter. Lyon’s wife Wendy Edwards is a 2007 alumna of the Masters of Education program.


2012    Funeral services for Melissa Dahlman (1981), wife of Milligan College Associate Professor of Communications Simon “Jim” Dahlman, were held at Hopwood Memorial Christian Church. Prof. Bruce Shields (1959) read Psalm 103 and led in prayer; Prof. Tim Dillon (ΦAΘ, 1975, at Milligan since 1982) led the congregational singing accompanied by Prof. Patricia Magness (1969; Fide et Amore; at Milligan 1984-2012); Ben Lee (1999) read from Romans and the Gospel according to John; Hopwood pastor Tim Ross (1980) delivered the eulogy.


Birthdays:  In 1607 John Harvard, founder of Harvard University, in Southwark, England . . . in 1792 abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sarah Moore Grimke in South Carolina . . . in 1922 cartoonist Charles P. Schulz in Minneapolis, MN  . . . former F.O.B. administrative assistant Velma Hall (Fide et Amore) . . . and Prof. Jack L. Knowles (1969; Milligan since 1970-2013 and since then as adjunct).



In 1778 Captain Cook landed at Maui in the Sandwich Islands, now Hawaii.

In 1832 New York City’s first rail streetcar started operation. One ride cost 12 cents.

In 1861, because of the dispute over slavery, West Virginia became an independent state.

In 1950 China entered the Korean conflict by sending troops across the Yalu River.

In 1953 WJHL-TV (CBS) began broadcasting in Johnson City, TN.

In 1962 the Quarrymen conducted their first recording session under their new name, The Beatles.

In 1995 Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino set an NFL record with his 343rd touchdown pass.


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