Today in Milligan History, 3/25

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 25:15 – Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.

This is Wednesday, March 25, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1775    Early East Tennessee settler Jacob Brown, after having been present at the March 1775 negotiations in Sycamore Shoals at which Judge Richard Henderson bought all the land south of the Ohio and north of the Cumberland River from the Cherokee Nation, settler Jacob Brown acquired a similar deed recognizing an earlier 1771 transaction whereby he had purchased land from the Cherokee along the Nolichucky River in Washington County, TN. The State of North Carolina later voided the sale. Until it fell in a storm, the Jacob Brown Tree stood in the Nolichucky Valley to mark the spot where the treaty with the Native Americans was made. A 1956 photo of the tree is available in Ray Stahl’s (Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1950-1968) Greater Johnson City: A Pictorial History (Norfolk/Virginia Beach: The Donning Company, 1983, p. 19). Brown’s sandstone grave marker reads “Jacob Brown, d. Jan. 25, 1785.” The brick house nearby on Taylor Bridge Road on the north bank of the Nolichucky River near the mouth of Cherokee Creek was built by his grandson, Byrd Brown, about 1800.  Phil Norfleet, “Biographical Sketch of Jacob Brown (died 1785),”

1896    Bristol telephones were connected to outside lines, starting with a connection to the Jonesborough telephone system. Blountville, Peltier, Kingsport, Erwin, Locust Mount, Johnson City, Elizabethton, Fall Branch, Embreeville, and Gate City, VA, soon followed. Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986), p. 174.

1935    Rev. J. J. Musick of the First Christian Church of Elizabethton began leading the student body of Milligan College in the Spring Revival Service.  Musick spoke twice daily, first in the regular daily chapel service, and then again in the evening. The Stampede, April 1, 1935

2000    Longwood College (Farmville, VA) baseball coach Charles “Buddy” Bolding (1973) won his 600th game in his 22nd season at the college. From, now a broken link.

2011    Milligan College alumna Erin Aubrey (2011) fresh from her triumphant participation in the International Songwriting Competition, returned to her alma mater to perform at Sub-7 in the McMahon Student Center. Milligan College News Release, March 24, 2011.

2014    Students at Milligan College woke up to a white world.  Two inches of snow had had fallen during the night.  However, the roads were still clear and classes all started right on time.

Birthdays: In 1925 writer Flannery O’Connor in Savannah, Georgia . . .  in 1928 astronaut James A. Lovell, Jr., in Cleveland, OH. . . in 1934 feminist Gloria Steinem in Toledo, OH, . . . in 1947 Reginald Kenneth Dwight (stage name: Elton John) in Pinner, Middlesex, England . . . in 1971 WNBA player Sheryl Swoopes in Lubbock, TX . . . in 1991 Milligan College senior Jonathan Alan Thomas . . .   and in 1996 freshman James Douglas McDonald.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1306 Robert the Bruce received the crown of Scotland.

In 1634 The Dove and The Ark landed in Maryland with 128 Roman Catholic colonists aboard, all selected by Cecil Calvert, second Lord Baltimore.

In 1807 the British Parliament abolished the slave trade.

In 1911 the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City burned down, killing 145 workers, most of them young women, recent Jewish and Italian immigrants.

In 1923 the British government granted autonomy to Trans-Jordan.

In 1967 The Turtles’ “Happy Together” went to #1 on the pop music charts.

In 1971 the Boston Patriots become the New England Patriots.


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