Today in Milligan History (12/12)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 12:13 – Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble.

This is Thursday, December 12, 2013, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1789    After having previously released and reclaimed the land west of the spine of the Appalachian chain, North Carolina conclusively ceded its western territory to the federal government of the United States. The region would become, first, the Southwest Territory, and eventually, the State of TennesseeFrank Merritt (1947), Early History of Carter County 1760-1861 (Knoxville, TN: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1950), p. 27.

1830    Reverend Samuel Doak died. He was the founder of Washington College in nearby Limestone, TN, which had been established as Martin Academy in 1780, named for the North Carolina governor Josiah Martin. The first institution of higher learning west of the Appalachian Mountains, it was later called Dr. Doak’s Log College. In 1795 it received its present name on motion by John Sevier. Doak’s body is buried on the Washington College campus.


1942    The “boys of Milligan” published an open letter on page five of the Stampede, expressing appreciation to Prof. J. Fred Holly, Business Administration and Social Science, for making the arrangements that allowed them to stay in school, completing their education, while at the same time preparing themselves as officers in one of the armed services. Milligan was actively engaged in the Navy V-12 Program.   World War II touched Milligan personally when football coach Bernie Webb (1941) left for Nashville, TN, to enter the United States Navy. The Stampede, December 12, 1942


1968    The Hamilton National Bank bought up all the tickets for the fourth evening of the Milligan College Christmas Madrigals Dinner, and treated bank employees and their families.  The Mill-Agenda, Vol. 19, December 1968


1969    The Stampede ran a headline, “Bequeath to Milligan Tops ½ Million.” The story explained that Prof. Ernest Preston Lane had made a $525,000 gift toward the construction of a new science building. Yes, the Stampede headline read “Bequeath,” not “Bequest.”  The Stampede, December 12, 1969. Submitted by ΦΑΘ Anna Gindlesperger


2008    Atlanta Christian College Interim President Dean C. Collins was the keynote speaker at Milligan College’s fall commencement on Friday evening. As part of the ceremony, the college honored Dr. Charles Allen (1953) of Johnson City with the distinguished Fide et Amore award in recognition of his faith, love and service to the college. Allen had served on the Board of Trustees at Milligan for over 25 years.  Milligan’s December graduates included four bachelors of arts (B.A.), twenty-five bachelors of science (B.S.), twelve masters of business administration (M.B.A.), thirty masters of education (M.Ed.), and twenty-two masters of science in occupational therapy (MSOT) students


Birthdays: In 1821 Gustave Flaubert in Rouen, Normandy, France . . . in 1913 Jesse Owens  in Oakville, AL  . . . in 1915 Frank Sinatra in Hoboken, NJ . . . and in 1993 sophomore  John Mark Steadman.



In 1800 Washington, DC, was established as the capital city of the United States of America.

In 1913 officials recovered Leonardo’s La Gioconda  (known to English-speakers as Mona Lisa) after a Louvre employee, Vincenzo Peruggia, had stolen her two years before. Among those suspected of the 1011 crime – but quickly exonerated – was Pablo Picasso.

In 1946 John D. Rockefeller gave the United Nations six blocks of downtown Manhattan real estate upon which to build a headquarters complex.

In 1991 members of the European Economic Community signed the Maastricht Treaty to create the European Union and initiate the Euro as a common currency.


 What do you know about Milligan lore, history, anniversaries, etc.? Drop a note to