Today in Milligan History, 4/22

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 22:15 – Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.

This is Wednesday, April 22, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1909    Russian Count A. M. Lotzwitzky delivered an address in Milligan College’s daily chapel service entitled “Recent Experiences of a Russian Nobleman in Exile.” Milligan College “New Horizon,” Volume I, No. vi, Catalogue Number 1909-1910.

1950    Milligan College hosted the Milligan Relays – a track meet involving colleges from Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. According to Milligan Athletic Director Edwin Olds, this track contest was the all-conference meet of the Volunteer State Athletic Conference. The Stampede, April 25, 1950.

1966    Milligan College students elected student government officers for the approaching academic year. For 1966-67 Darryl Hood (1967) was to serve as student body president; Bill Lewis (1967) as vice president; Judy Wilson (1967) as secretary; and Richard Tietjen (1967) as treasurer.  The Stampede, April 28, 1966, p. 1.

1953    The North American Christian Convention opened in Canton, OH, running April 22-26. Among the featured speakers was Milligan College President Dean E. Walker. Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), pp. 61, 67.

2010    Milligan College president Donald R. Jeanes (Fide et Amore, ΦΑΘ, 1968; president 1997-2011) announced during the annual Awards Convocation that Seeger Memorial Chapel would undergo a significant renovation later in the year thanks to a generous gift of $500,000 from James C. Martin of Johnson City, TN, in memory of his wife of 42 years, Mary B. Martin.  The main hall of Seeger Chapel would bear Mrs. Martin’s name.

2010   How many times did James William “Will” Clark (2010, ΦΑΘ) approach the front of Seeger Chapel auditorium to receive an accolade? The Milligan College faculty recognized him with the Ivor Jones Outstanding Senior Award. Clark also received the Business Administration and Accounting Awards, and was honored as a member of the Alpha Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Sigma Tau Delta honor societies. Additionally, Clark’s name was to appear in Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

2013    The campus community learned that graduating senior and Phi Alpha Theta president Jordan Kinser (ΘΑΘ, 2013) had become a Jessie Ball duPont Fund Fellow, one of only two students nationwide to be so recognized. The Jessie Ball DuPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity through grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by duPont in her will. Fellows work alongside senior staff, collaborate on projects, and independently manage projects and programs.  Milligan College news release, April 22, 2013.

2014    At its final meeting of the year, presided over by President Beattie Renn (2014) Milligan College’s Alpha Iota Tau chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, elected two new officers: Katherine Siebenaler (2015) as president and Joshua Crawford (2015) as vice president.

Birthdays: In 1891 Mary Julia Hardin McCown, who taught mathematics, French, and German at Milligan College 1911-1912 and 1914-1915 before doing graduate work at Columbia University. In 1913 Miss Hardin designed the house that now bears her name, McCown Cottage, as a residence for Milligan College President Errett W. McDiarmid (1877-1937; president 1913) and his family. Mrs. McCown was a noted local historian and genealogist, publishing two books, Soldiers of the War of 1812 Buried in Tennessee in 1959 and Volume 1 of the Washington County List of Taxables, 1778-1801 in 1964. In 1962, she compiled a tour guide and brief chronological history of Johnson City for the Chamber of Commerce. She also worked to preserve historical sites such as Rocky Mount and the Tipton-Haynes State Historic Site. In 1979, she became the official historian of Johnson City. Mary Hardin McCown died following a lengthy illness on November 22, 1985 at the age of 94  . . . in 1912 Beatrice J. “Jerry” Wilson (1922-1991), in whose honor her husband Edgar C. Wilson furnished what we now enjoy as the Wilson Auditorium.  Jerry Wilson was a registered nurse at the Greeneville Hospital and Sanitarium School of Anesthesia, was associated with Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and was a member of First Christian Church of Knoxville, TN . . .   in 1927 Prof. Roy Hampton (1949; Fide et Amore, at Milligan 1963-1979) in Elizabethton, TN.  Young Roy Hampton was too young to enlist in the Navy in 1944; nor could he attend Milligan College, because it was at the time completely in the hands of the Navy’s V-12 Program.  Hampton rode the bus past the campus every day on his way to classes at ETSU.  As soon has he turned 18, he joined the Navy. When his hitch was up, he returned to continue his education at Milligan. E-mail from Rebecca Plumer (1978), April 23, 2013 . . . Milligan College sociology professor emeritus Robert Hall (Fide et Amore; Milligan 1967-1994) in Louisville, KY . . . . in 1992 Milligan College senior Lindsey Zayas-Bazan in Miami, FL . . . and in 1996 freshman Jean Li.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1861 General Robert E. Lee took command of the armed forces of Virginia.

In 1864 the motto “In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. coinage.

In 1897 Abraham Cahan brought out the first edition of Forward, the world’s largest Jewish daily newspaper.

In 1915 forces of the German Reich released poison gas upon the enemy for the first time in modern warfare.

In 1945 Allied soldiers liberated the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.

In 1989 pitcher Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson – Nolan’s 5,000th strike-out.


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