Today in Milligan History, 4/27

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 27:15 – A quarrelsome spouse is like the dripping of a leaky roof in a rainstorm; restraining one is like restraining the wind or grasping oil with the hand.

This is Monday, April 27, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1896    The Prohibition Party met in Nashville, TN, and “nominated without a struggle Josephus Hopwood, president of Milligan College of Johnson City. Mr. Hopwood was fifty-two years old, and was a State-wide lecturer on Prohibition.  In accepting the nomination, which had been unanimous, Mr. Hopwood stated that ‘the Prohibition Party is the conscious element of the progressive forces of human society.’”  Robert H. White, Messages of the Governors of Tennessee 1883-1899 (Nashville: The Tennessee Historical Commission, 1967), 632.

1938    Helen Welshimer of New York City was a guest on the Milligan College campus.  Welshimer was a noted writer of poetry and fiction, a staff writer for NEA Services, Inc., author of more than 1200 poems published in five books. She also published in popular magazines of the day: Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and McCall’s. Welshimer interviewed a wide variety of celebrities – Jimmy Durante, John Barrymore, Jessie Stuart, and conducted the last interview that Amelia Earhart granted; Welshimer was the only person to interview Mrs. Albert Einstein. One of the MSA buildings on the Milligan College campus is Welshimer Hall, named for this poet.  The Welshimer Memorial Library, named for her father P. H. Welshimer, holds her collected works and personal papers.

1943    The Tennessee Army Reserve, in order to fill the ranks of soldiers going to war, issued a call to report for active duty. This affected eleven students from Milligan College, two of them seniors: Duane Cross (1943), John Dance (1944), Warren Heaton, Walter Lance, Don Lyle (1946), Carl Matherly (1948), Gray Musick (1943), Carroll Pierce, Joe Starnes, Ed Thomas, Vernon Thomas (1948), and Kermit Tipton (1948). The Stampede, May 15, 1943

1979    Junior Jim Dahlman (1980; Milligan since 1999) played the role of Mr. Perry in the Milligan College Theater Arts Department’s presentation of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The play ran April 25-28. Director was Dennis Elkins (1981; Milligan 2010-2012); Ira Read produced it.  Other roles were filled by Lisa Richardson (1980) as Sister Helena; Betty Jo Morrison (1980) as Jean Brodie; Celeste Huddleston as Sandy; Sandy Gillum (1982) as Jenny; Lisa Voke (1981) as Monica; Melanie Means (1981) as Miss MacKay; Jeff Mutchmore (1981) as Gordon Lowther; English professor Terry Dibble (Milligan 1971-2001) as Teddy Lloyd; Suzie Nelson, Jenny Oosting, Susan Bryant (1981), and Helen Dezern (1979) as schoolgirls. The Stampede, Vol. 43, No. 7, April 1979.

2007    The Milligan campus got word that Melinda Collins had successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.  E-mail from Mark Matson, April 27, 2007

2009    Vice President for Student Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced the appointment of Anthony Jones (2003; Milligan since 2009) as Interim Director of Campus Activities, following the resignation of Jess Carter (2004, at Milligan 2005-2009) who moved on to graduate school after four years in the position at Milligan.

2012    Milligan College President William B. Greer announced that the college would begin construction during the summer of 2012 on the $12.5 million first phase of a student housing village made possible by a $4.7 million gift – the largest single gift in Milligan’s history – from Richard and Leslie Gilliam of Charlottesville, VA.
2012    Friends of Donald R. Jeanes (1946-2012; ΦΑΘ, 1968; president 1997-2011)  and Clarinda Jeanes (Fide et Amore, 1971), along with administrators, faculty members, staff, and students gathered on Swords Commons for the unveiling and dedication of a fountain that bears the Jeanes’ names, their handprints, and the inscription “Christian Education, the hope of the world.” The granite fountain, designed by Tony Street, was constructed by Burleson Construction Company. The fountain was made possible through gifts from faculty, staff, alumni, friends and the college’s trustees as a way to celebrate the physical impact the Jeanes had on Milligan’s campus.
2013    The Annual Tennessee College Republican State Convention conferred on Milligan College sophomore Luis A. Treviño the title State Secretary in Nashville, TN.Birthdays:

In 1737 Edward Gibbon in Putney, England . . . in 1759 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin in Spitalfields, London, England . . . in 1822 Ulysses S. Grant in Point Pleasant, OH . . . in 1900 Walter Lantz in New Rochelle, New York . . . in 1927 Coretta Scott King in Heiberger, AL  . . . in 1995 Milligan College sophomores Kathryn Elizabeth Wilson and Aubrey Renee Wolsfeld.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1909 “Young Turks” overthrew Sultan Abdul Hamid II of the Ottoman Empire.

In 1861 West Virginia seceded from Virginia after Virginia had seceded from the United States of America.

In 1982 the trial of would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John W. Hinckley, Jr. began.

In 1989 a massive student demonstration occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.


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