Today in Milligan History, 3/30

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 30:15-16 – The leech has two daughters. ‘Give! Give!’ they cry. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb,  land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, ‘Enough!’

This is Monday, March 30, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1868    The United States Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson. The result of the trial was acquittal by a single vote, allowing Johnson to finish his single term in office before returning home in 1869 to Greeneville, TN.

1934    Wayne Leeman (1936) was the editor of the four-page Stampede that came out on March 30, 1934. Associate editor was Ben Wah Kai (1937). Juliette Lodter (1937) served as feature editor; George Kelly (1934) as news editor; and Sunshine Williams (1935) as girls’ sports editor. Reporters were Phillip Shelley, Chester Payne (1936), and Sue Gunter (1937). Mildred Payne (1934) was the staff typist. Kenneth Burnett (1935), the business manager, sold fifty column inches of advertising in the issue, with ads representing drug stores, barber shops, florists, dress shops, grocery stores, and the Honey Krust Bakery. Ted Oakey was the subscription manager. Speaking of subscriptions, the Stampede subscription price was $1.00 per year – and that was for bi-monthly issues from September to June.  The Stampede, Vol. 1, No. 14, March 30, 1934.

1955    By 1955 so many years had gone by that even Milligan College students needed a reminder of whose name stood behind Cheek Hall. The Stampede reported (incorrectly) that J. O. Cheek of Nashville ran a restaurant of such renown that President Theodore Roosevelt ate there.  In fact, according to Milligan alumnus and historian Clinton J. Holloway (1995) Cheek had no restaurant, but provided a specially ground and roasted coffee that the Maxwell House Hotel served until the 1960s. The coffee made Cheek’s fortune. According to Holloway, Cheek served as a trustee of Milligan College, so it is not surprising that Milligan College President Henry Derthick persuaded Cheek to help fund a student activity building at Milligan that would include a swimming pool, gymnasium, and student housing. Cheek Hall rose from the ground 1923-24. It stood where the present parking lot is between the Baker Faculty Office Center, the Science Building, and the McMahan Student Center. It fell to the wrecking ball in 1976. Holloway reports a legend that three demolition companies required six months to tear the building down.  “Cheek Hall Built on Coffee Grounds” by Barbara Scott (1958), The Stampede, March 30, 1955, p.3; 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, pp. 121-122, 126; and private correspondence with historian Clinton J. Holloway (1995), 30 March 2010.

1967    Students Lee Magness (1969; Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1983-2013, currently adjunct at Emmanuel Christian Seminary) and Patricia Phillips (1969, Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1984-2012) on a spot behind the present meditation garden overlooking the baseball field, entered into an engagement to marry. A small commemorative plaque marks the spot.

2001    Milligan College art professor Nick Blosser (Milligan since 1991) was the subject of a New York Times Article. A review of some of Blosser’s work is available at

2006    The news reached Milligan College that Gary Weedman (at Milligan 1987-1999), former academic dean at Milligan, had agreed to serve as the president of Johnson Bible College (now Johnson University), following the announced retirement of President David Eubanks in the summer of 2006.

Birthdays: In 1135 Moses Ben Maimon (Maimonides) in Còrdoba, Spain . . .  in 1746 Francisco Jose de Goya in Fuendetodos, Spain . . . in 1853 Vincent van Gogh in Zundert, The Netherlands . . . in 1903 Countee Cullen in Louisville, KY (or perhaps Baltimore, MD . . .  in 1977 Milligan College freshman Jammie Lynn McCoy in Saint Joseph, MO  . . .  in 1994 junior Erica S. Peak-Nordstrom . . . in 1995 sophomore April Susanne Foulks in Greeneville, TN. . . and in 1996 freshman Sarah Katheryn Gartman.



In 1492 Ferdinand and Isabella expelled all Jews from Spain.

In 1533 Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and Thomas Cranmer became Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1856 Prince Alexey Fyodorovich Orlov and Philipp Graf von Brunnow of Russia signed the Peace of Paris, ending the Crimean War.

In 1981 John Hinckley, Jr., made a near fatal assassination attempt on the life President Ronald Reagan.


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