Today in Milligan History, 4/9

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 9:13-16 – Folly is an unruly woman; she is simple and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the highest point of the city, calling out to those who pass by,  . . . who go straight on their way, “Let all who are simple come to my house!”

This is Thursday, April 9, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1796    The General Assembly of the newly organized State of Tennessee, meeting in Knoxville, passed a law providing for the creation of a new county out of the northern and eastern section of Washington County. The new unit was to bear the name Carter County in honor of Landon Carter. Carter had represented East Tennessee at the state’s constitutional convention; he had served as Secretary of State of the lost State of Franklin; and was currently treasurer of the “Washington District,” out of which the new county was carved. Furthermore, Carter owned 10,676 acres of land in the district. Carter’s wife, Elizabeth McLin Carter, is remembered in the name of Elizabethton, the county seat. Milligan College is in Carter County. Frank Merritt (1947), Early History of Carter County 1760-1861 (Knoxville, TN: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1950), p. 30; and Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of  Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The OvermountainPress, 1985), p. 22; and,-Tennessee.

1854    Fire destroyed the library of Indiana University where Robert Milligan (1814-1875) was teaching.   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), 43.

1921    The New York Times on April 10 ran this headline and story:


Milligan College Wins One-Sided

Victory Over Leaguers, 4 to 1.

Special to the New York Times

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., April 9 – Milligan College played the New York Giant’s [sic] second team to a standstill here today. The husky college lads did themselves proud. Perritt struck out twelve men. The score:

  1. H. E.

Milligan College:          0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0          4   7   1

N.Y. second team:      0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0          1   2   3

Batteries: Perritt and Henline; Wilson and Smith


Confirmation of the story is illusive. The Milligan College Alumni Directory shows none of the names, Perritt, Henline, Wilson, or Smith for the years in which they would have been enrolled at Milligan.  Submitted by Bob Cox

1942    A letter to Milligan College president Charles E. Burns (1883-1975; president 1940-1944) from United States Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox (1874-1944) acknowledged Milligan’s involvement in the United States Navy’s “V-12” program.  “The Navy is proud that your college has undertaken our V-12 program for training freshmen and sophomores as officer material. Please tell your young men who apply for enlistment and training under this plan that they will be serving the nation if they continue their college courses no less than those of your alumni who are already in active service.”  The Stampede, April 25, 1942.

2011    Saturday afternoon about 4:00 p.m. a visitor on the Milligan College campus took video of a small twister cloud threatening the area.  He shot the footage from the balcony of Milligan Student Housing (MSA). Go to for a look at the 1:44 video.

2013    The Milligan College Men’s Golf Team captured the regular season Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship as they rallied to edge out Union College and Tennessee Wesleyan at the Waisoto Winds Golf Club in Pineville, KY. It was the second AAC title in three years for the Buffaloes. Matthias Wild led the way for the Buffaloes with a one-over 73, and he was followed by Kody Fawcett and Mitchell Sutton as they each fired a 74. Hunter O’Neal came in at 75 to give the Buffaloes a round total of 296.  “Milligan Today,” April 10, 2013.

Birthdays: In 1821 Charles-Pierre Baudelaire in Paris, France . . . in 1872 Léon Blum in Paris, France .  . . in 1898 Paul Robeson in Princeton, NJ . . . Today is the birthday of former Milligan College Advancement Assistant Shirley Brookshire. . .  in 1992 Milligan College graduate student Zachary Michael-Dean Jones in Roanoke, VA and sophomore Kylie LeAnne Whaley . . . and in 1996 freshman Noah McLain Hickerson in Louisville, KY.


In 1816 The African Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at a general convention in Philadelphia.

In 1940 Germany invaded Norway and Denmark, accelerating World War II.

In 1959 the Baltimore Orioles pulled off a triple play against the Washington Senators (3-6-3).

In 1963 the United States of America, in White House ceremonies, conferred honorary American citizenship upon Sir Winston Churchill.

In 1968 the nation laid the body of Martin Luther King, Jr. to rest in Atlanta, GA.

In 1970 Paul McCartney officially announced the dissolution of the Beatles.

In 1991 the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia voted to secede from the USSR.


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