Today in Milligan History, 4/1

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 1:10, 15 — My child, if sinful people entice you . . . do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths . . . .”

This is Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1912    A special train carrying the body of Senator Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor (1850-1912) left Union Station in Washington, DC, at 10:00 a.m. Taylor was an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the high-school-level fore-runner of Milligan College.

1935    The Milligan College Pre-Med Club admitted its first female member. Edith Tuggle made history when, on the basis of “extensive experience and training in hospital and nursing work,” she joined the male pre-med students. Undergoing initiation with her on this date were Byrl Stevens, Bill Martin (1937), Tom Smedley (1936), and J. R. Woods (1938). The Stampede, April 1, 1935

1947    The Stampede announced that Mildred Welshimer of Canton, OH, had accepted the position of Dean of Women at Milligan College. Welshimer succeeded Professor Ivor Jones (1926, at Milligan 1942-1981) in the position. The Stampede, April 1, 1947

1962    Rocky Mount Museum in Piney Flats, TN, opened. The farm owned by William and Barsheba Cobb was the territorial capital of the Southwest Territory when Governor William Blount (for whom nearby Blountville is named) resided there 1790-1792. The State of Tennessee bought the property and recognizes it as an historical site just a few miles from Milligan College.

2011    Milligan College senior Dan Ott (2011) opened a three-night run of Caryl Churchill’s A Number. Serving as producer, director and performer, Ott’s production was his senior showcase. Prof. Dennis Elkins (1981; Milligan 2010-2012), played the role of Salter. Milligan College News Release, March 25, 2011

Birthdays: In 1815 Otto von Bismarck in Schönhausen, Saxony, Germany . . . 1849 Nat E. Hyder (1849-1904), active Milligan College board member, was born in Carter County. A civil war veteran, Hyder taught until 1880, when he took up surveying, and later medicine. In 1867 he had joined the Buffalo Church of Christ, now Hopwood Christian Church, and in 1868 was ordained a minister. Hyder died June 23, 1904. He is buried in the Hyder Cemetery between Gap Creek and Powder Branch on the Jim Elliott Road. Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of  Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The Overmountain Press, 1985), 113-114 .

Elsewhere . . .

In 1793 the Japanese volcano Unsen erupted, killing some 53,000 people.

In 1924 a Bavarian court sentenced Adolf Hitler to five years of labor for having attempted a coup against the government in the Bier Hall Putsch.

In 1941 Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine premiered in New York City.

In 1954 the United States Air Force established its academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

In 1973 John Lennon and Yoko Ono formed a new country, Nutopia. The country had neither laws nor boundaries. Its national anthem was silence.

In 1979 Joanne Carner won the LPGA Kemper Golf Open.


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