Today in Milligan History, 3/27

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 27:15 – A quarrelsome spouse is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm.

This is Friday, March 27, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1869    Joshua Williams deeded a gift of land “to the Trustees of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute and their successors.” The Buffalo Institute was the high-school-level forerunner of Milligan College. Cynthia Ann Cornwell (1985): Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941. Milligan College History Project: Milligan College, TN, 1989, p 123

2003    The Stampede reported that juniors and seniors were wondering why tickets for the Junior/Senior Banquet were costing $15 – a three dollar hike over 2002 – when the faculty auction had netted $2,100. Kaitlynn Anderson (2004) explained, “Yes, we made a lot of money at the faculty auction, but we haven’t collected all of it. When it was time to set the ticket prices, we hadn’t received about one third of it, and we can’t just assume the money will come in.” Other juniors who were active in planning the Junior-Senior included Andrew Hopper (2004), Laura Jones (2004), Shane Oakleaf (2004) and Warren McCrickard (2004).

2006    A Milligan College news release announced the addition of Dr. Tausha Clay and Dr. Tracey Crowe to full-time teaching positions as assistant professors in the Area of Education.

2007    Prof. Douglas Foster, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology, Director of the Center for Restoration Studies and Professor of Church History at Abilene Christian University, gave the first of the annual Henry and Emerald Webb Lectures in Seeger Chapel.

2013    Milligan College Dean Garland Young announced faculty approval and  adoption of several new academic programs that were to launch in the Fall of 2013: a major and minor in Computer Science; and new minors in International Studies, Social Work, and Physics.  E-mail from Garland Young, March 27, 2013

2014    Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream opened in the Street Theater of the Gregory Center for the first of five performances over the next four days.

Birthdays: In 1851 Congressman Walter P. Brownlow in Abingdon, VA. Brownlow, who served in the House of Representatives 1897-1910, brought home the bacon to East Tennessee – more than twice as much as the appropriations for the previous hundred years. During his years in Congress post office buildings went up in Bristol and Johnson City; the National Soldiers Home came to Johnson City; a federal court building and the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery came to Greeneville; and Erwin got a fish hatchery . . in 1995 Milligan College sophomore Emily Irene Holtsclaw . . . and in 1996 freshman John Conley Shults.



In 1836 Mormons dedicated their first temple in Kirtland, OH.

In 1866 President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill which later became the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

In 1962 Louisiana’s Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel ordered all Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end racial segregation.


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