Today in Milligan History, 4/8

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 8: 15 – [Lady Wisdom:]  “Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power.”

This is Wednesday, April 8, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1807    Thomas Campbell (1763-1854) set sail for America from his home in Ireland. Campbell and his son Alexander Campbell (1788-1866) were influential leaders in the American religious movement out of which Christian churches / churches of Christ arose. These churches constitute the historical constituency of Milligan College. Henry Webb (Fide et Amore, Milligan 1950-1990), In Search of Christian Unity: A History of the Restoration Movement. Revised edition. (Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2003),   p. 68.

1855    North Western Christian University in Indianapolis, IN, extended an invitation to Robert Milligan to join its faculty. Milligan declined the invitation, however, because he had already committed to move to Bethany, VA (now WV), to serve on the faculty of Bethany College.  NWCU exists today as Butler University.  Clinton J. Holloway (1995), He Still Speaks: A Literary Biography of Robert Milligan(privately published, A joint project of Clinton J. Holloway and Milligan College, 2014), 44-45.

1947    The 31-voice Milligan College Concert Choir on tour under the direction of E. Gordon Warner sang in Rockwood, TN.

1950    Estella James Baker Burns died. She was an ordained minister of the Christian Church and did evangelistic preaching and teaching in her early married life. She and her husband, James Albert Burns, head of the Bible Department of Milligan College, came to Milligan in 1946 from San Antonio, TX. Burial was in Des Moines, IA. The Stampede, April 25, 1950

1953    Milligan College Concert Choir member Sara Zacharias reported in the Stampede that the 55-voice Milligan College Concert Choir’s spring tour began when a caravan of nine cars pulled away from the campus bound for Atlanta, GA, where the first performance was for the Southern Christian Convention. The choir’s director was Ruth White.  Accompanists were Jay Cooper (1954) and Arlene Seal(1954). The Stampede, May 26, 1953

Birthdays: In 563 B.C., according to some traditional sources, Gautama Siddharta Buddha in Lumbini, Nepal . . .  1827 Roderick Random Butler in Wytheville, VA. Butler came to Johnson County, TN, as a 14-year-old tailor’s apprentice. He served in the Civil War as Lt. Col. Of the Thirteenth Tennessee Cavalry. In 1867 he became a member of the United States Congress where he served ten years, and served in the Tennessee State Legislature 24 years. The house Butler built in 1870 still stands in Mountain City on North Church Street. Butler died in 1902. Cathy Tudor Forester, ed., Tennessee Historical Markers Erected by the Tennessee Historical Commission, eighth edition (Nashville? 1996, p. 94 . . .  in 1921 former First Lady Betty Bloomer Ford in Chicago, IL. . . . Today is the birthday of Milligan College  Professor emerita Professor emerita Patricia J. Bonner (1957, Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1966-1998).


Elsewhere . . .

In 1546 the Council of Trent adopted Jerome’s “Latin Vulgate” as the official Bible of the Roman Catholic Church.

In 1730 Jewish worshippers consecrated their first synagogue, Shearith Israel, in New York City.

In 1865 General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, VA.

In 1904 The United Kingdom and France signed an Entente Cordiale concerning colonial matters.

In 1913 the states ratified the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, which stipulated that United States Senators would be directly elected by the people of each state. Previously senators had been elected by their state legislatures.

In 1994 the United States banned smoking in the Pentagon and on all military bases.


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