Today in Milligan History, 4/15

Today in Milligan History

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Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 15:15 – All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

This is Wednesday, April 15, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1949    The Milligan College Library let it be known via the Stampede that Marsha Dickinson had checked out more books during the semester than any other student – 45 titles in all, including fiction, biography, history, psychology and religion. The Stampede, April 15, 1949

1958    Mildred Welshimer, the Dean of Women at Milligan College dated and signed her “Introduction” to the biography of her father, P. H. Welshimer, written by family friend Francis M. Arant. The book, “P.H.” – The Welshimer Story, chronicles the life of the man for whom Milligan’s Welshimer Memorial Library is named. Francis M. Arant, “P.H.” – The Welshimer Story (Cincinnati: The Standard Publishing Company, 1958), p. 8.

1968    Milligan College was still in shock and mourning over the April 4 death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Prof. C. Robert Wetzel (Fide et Amore, Milligan 1961-1980 and since 2009) published a eulogy on the front page of The Stampede: “ . . . It is over. Dr. Martin Luther King is dead.  Our eulogies do little for a sorrowing family. But, O God, may his ghost haunt me so that I may always be reminded that it is only your grace that keeps us all from being consumed by violence whether as the perpetrator or the recipient of violence. . . .” Michael J. Boyd (1970) wrote in a letter to the editor, “As a student at Milligan College where most of the students claim some Christian background and affiliation, I cannot let recent events pass unchallenged. Either these people who cheer at the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are just ‘timid bigots’ who think such action is appropriate because they are in the south, or they are the true prejudiced bigots whose concept of racial superiority of the white man is responsible for the violence in the first place. I cannot help but wonder if they realize that thousands are going to die because there are men too proud to recognize another man as equal regardless of their skin color or religion. As they read of the fires and destruction and death, I hope that they will realize that the fault is theirs: they lit the matches, created the stones, molded the bullets to snuff out democracy . . .   The Stampede, April 15, 1968, pp. 1 and 2

1968    The Stampede sports page sang the praises of Milligan College freshman Charles “Toonie” Cash (1971), the “No. 1 Scorer” for the basketball Buffaloes.  Cash had a .454% success rate from the floor, and .901% achievement from the foul line. He averaged 26.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.  Other members of the team included Dick Bock (1971), Charlie Combs, Gary Glass (1971), Frank Hare (1969), Dick Hatfield, Argile Jenkins (1970), Gary McIntosh, Jim Prise, Tom Ricker, Bill Seegers, and Reid Taylor (1970). The Stampede, April 15, 1968, 7.

1970    Milligan College students went to the polls to elect student leaders for 1970-71. The winners were John Rohrbaugh (1971), President of the Student Council; Jim Mounts (1971), Vice President; Robert “Melvin” Morton (1971), Secretary; and Robert Truitt (1971), Treasurer.  The Stampede, April 10, 1970, p. 1; May 10, 170, 1.

1972    Frank Hynemann Knight (1885-1972) died. Knight was a 1911 graduate of Milligan College who went on to become one of America’s most influential twentieth- century economists, helping to found the “Chicago School” of economic thought at the University of Chicago – which advocates free-market economics and limited government intervention.  Milligan President Dr. William B. Greer’s (1985; Milligan since 1994; President since 2011) book Ethics and Uncertainty (Elgar, 2000) examines the ethical implications of uncertainty upon economic behavior and includes an analysis of Knight’s contribution to this line of study.

1989    The Milligan College Board of Directors approved the purchase of the Taylor property – “the cow pasture next to the baseball field.”  The Stampede reported that the new land was to be turned into a soccer field. The Stampede, Volume 53, No. 5, May, 1989

2008    Milligan junior Hailey Williams (2009) took top honors in the campus-wide “Gotcha!” game. For two weeks participants preyed upon each other with water pistols.   Campus-wide e-mail notice from the Campus Activity Board, April 15, 2008

2012    Director of Campus Activities and Service Katy Mosby sent out the official e-mail notifying the Milligan College community that the day was “Marvelous Monday.”  All day-time classes were suspended for a day of activities on the theme “Block Party 2012.”  Campus e-mail from Katy Mosby, April 15, 2012

Birthdays: In 1452 Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci, Italy. . .  in 1891 Mary Ross McDowell in Buffalo, NY. She was the first woman to serve as mayor of Johnson City, TN . . . . . . in 1892 Corrie ten Boom in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. . . in 1912 Kim II Sung in Mangyondae, Korea .  . . in 1933 Roy Clark in Meherrin, VA . . . and in 1994 Milligan College junior Caleb Jordan McNeese in Johnson City, TN.



In 1865 at 7:22 a.m. Abraham Lincoln succumbed to the head wound delivered the previous evening by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theater, Washington, DC.

In 1912 at 2:27 a.m. The HMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic.

In 1927 Babe Ruth hit the first of his sixty homeruns that season.

In 1945 the body of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was laid to rest in Hyde Park, NY.

In 1947 Jackie Robinson went hitless in his major league debut.

In 1952 the Franklin National Bank issued the first bank credit card.

In 1955 Ray Kroc started the McDonald’s chain in Des Plains, IL.

In 1959 Fidel Castro began a goodwill tour of the United States.

In 1964 the 17.6 mile Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened to public traffic.

In 1991 Magic Johnson set an NBA record for career assists with 9,898.


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