Today in Milligan History, 2/13

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 13:15 – Good judgment wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.

This is Friday, February 13, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1943    The diary of Mrs. Florence “Muzzie” Burns records that Mrs. Jennie Taylor died. Jennie Taylor’s late husband, Tennessee Governor Alfred A. Taylor, was a native of Happy Valley, an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, and spent his declining years in his home in what is now the Phillips-Taylor House on the Milligan College campus.  He was a lawyer in Johnson City when he unsuccessfully ran against his own brother, Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor – also a Buffalo Institute alumnus – in the 1886 Tennessee gubernatorial race. History calls that gubernatorial race “the War of the Roses” because supporters of each of the brother-rivals chose lapel roses – democrats red, Republicans white – as their rallying symbols.  Alf Taylor served in the House of Representatives before serving as governor of Tennessee 1921-1923. Florence Burns. Diary. Milligan College Archives. Submitted by Ginger Dillon (ΦAΘ, 2002).

1951    Milligan College professor Charles Akard (1942) left for Maxwell, AL, in accordance with orders from the United States Air Force. Drafted into active duty during the Korean War, he expected to be stationed in Texas. Akard had taught a year in Sullivan County, had taken graduate work at the University of Tennessee, and had received a master’s degree from Peabody. He had served three years in the army during World War II, and had returned to teach at Milligan in 1946. The Stampede, January 25, 1951.

1964    The Stampede published the enrollment for the Spring Semester of 1964. A record-breaking 593 students were enrolled at Milligan College.

1971    It was “Toonie Cash Day” at Milligan College.  On February 11 Coach Harold B. Stout read the proclamation which cited Charles “Toonie” Cash’s (1971) four years of contributions to the basketball team, the college, and the surrounding community.  Cash had set numerous school and conference records, including a 37-point game at the 1971 season closer against Carson-Newman.  The Stampede, February 12, 1971, p. 7; and February 26, p. 8.

1975    Charles Earl Burns (1883-1975), who served as President of Milligan College 1940-1944 died. His body lies buried next to that of his wife, Florence Anthony Burns (1888-1963) in the Williams Cemetery behind the Baker Faculty Office Center (FOB) and Clark Education Center.

2013    The Milligan College women’s basketball team claimed the 2012-13 Appalachian Athletic Conference regular season title with an 87-83 victory over Columbia (SC) College in Steve Lacy Fieldhouse. The win secured the Lady Buffaloes an automatic bid to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball D-II National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa. Standouts in the game included Callie Cox, Dorian Freeman, Johneshia Good (23 points), Tracy Hardiman (14 points), Jamiee Hill (15 points), Allison Jones, and Chelsey Weddle (15 points).  Milligan College news release, February 15, 2013

Birthdays: 1766 Thomas Malthus in Rookery Surrey, England . . . in 1887 Alvin York in Pall Mall, TN . . . in 1892 Grant Wood in Anamosa, IA . . . and in 1919 Ernest Jennings Ford – better known as “Tennessee Ernie Ford” in Bristol, TN.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1566 Spanish colonists established St. Augustine, FL.

In 1633 Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for promoting the idea that the earth revolves around the sun.

In 1635 citizens of Boston founded the Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in the colonies.

In 1795 the citizens of North Carolina opened the University of North Carolina, the first operating state university.

In 1867 Johann Strauss’s “Blue Danube” waltz premiered in Vienna.

In 1970 Joseph L. Searles became the first black member of the New York Stock Exchange.


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