Today in Milligan History, 5/6

Today in Milligan History

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Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 6:12-15 – A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict. Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

This is Wednesday, May 6, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1795    The on-line “John Muir Exhibit” reports that famed French botanist Andre Michaux (1746-1802?), having climbed Roan Mountain in 1789, returned on August 21, 1794 and May 6, 1795,  noting in his journal the unusual sand myrtle [Leiophyllum buxifolium var. prostratum], and the fir trees. Surprisingly, Michaux never mentioned the unusual grassy balds in his journal, though his son, Francois Andre Michaux, did so in his first book, Travels to the West of the Allegheny Mountains.

1882    The Atlantic Missionary of June, 1882, reported on the “closing Exercises of Milligan College . . . on Saturday, May 6.”  Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The Overmountain Press, 1985), p. 61.

1940    Milligan College students staged a mock Presidential nominating convention in the college auditorium (now the south end of Derthick Hall). Under the leadership of Prof. David K. McCarroll, and supported by American history classes and the political science class, students went through the motions of a national nominating convention. Cooperating clubs and classes took the roles of state delegations. National Party Convention Chairman Chad Gillenwater (1940) asked convention chaplain Dr. H. J. Bennet to convene the convention with an invocation. Temporary chairman N. T. Williams (1942) represented Tennessee in an opening speech, and handed the gavel to permanent chairman James D. Senter (1941), who appointed various committees. Toar Reed (1940) and Fred Greer (1942) stood sergeants-at-arms.  The nominations began: Harley Johnson (1941) of Tennessee proposed a third term for Franklin D. Roosevelt; David Trotter (1943) of Michigan, “The Spinach Growing State,” nominated Popeye; Connecticut’s Reable Griffith (1941) proposed to “sweep the states with Hoover;”  Pennsylvania Senator Bert Wheeler received a nomination from Abraham Gabriele (1940); but the nomination upon which the convention agreed was submitted by  New York’s Tommy Fraser (1940) who nominated “the Forgotten Man – John Q. Public.”   The Stampede, May 10, 1940 and the 1940 Buffalo.

1948    This was Picnic Day at Milligan. Regular classes were cancelled, for an all-school outing that included a mountain climb. The Stampede, April 30, 1948

1970    A performance of Brahms’s Requiem in Seeger Chapel honored the memory of the late Milligan College benefactor Benjamin Dwight “B. D.”  Phillips (1885-1968). Financial support from Phillips was a major factor in the construction of Seeger Memorial Chapel and the main building on the Emmanuel Christian Seminary campus.  A bust of Phillips stands in front of that building.

1991    Beatrice J. “Jerry” Wilson (1922-1991) passed away. In her honor, her husband Edgar C. Wilson furnished what we now enjoy as the Wilson Auditorium in Hardin Hall. 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

2007    Timothy Ross (1980), father of alumnus Andrew Ross (ΦAΘ, 2006) preached the baccalaureate sermon in Seeger Chapel on the day that 183 seniors graduated from Milligan College. Dr. Paul Corts, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and former Assistant Attorney General for Administration with the U.S. Department of Justice, was the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony.

2014    Post-season honors from the Appalachian Athletic Conference devolved on three Milligan College baseball players.  The AAC named senior Luke Kirk (2014) and junior Edward Soto to the All-AAC team.  Tyler Weir was named to the AAC’s Golden Glove team for his outstanding play at first base. Johnson City Press, May 7, 2014, p. 5B.

2014    Associate Director of Church Relations Christopher “Kit”  Dotson (1993, Milligan since 2011)  announced the names of the students who would be representing Milligan College as members of Heritage, the college’s premier a cappella ensemble, for 2014-2015: junior Laura Mixon, sophomore Riley Prickett, senior Heidi Nyman (2015), senior Lindsey Kyker (2015),  senior Amanda Eversole (2015), junior Dustin Vaughn, and junior Lukas Williams.

Birthdays: In 1758 Maximilien Robespierre in Arras, France . . . in 1856 Sigmund Freud in Freiberg, Moravia . . . in 1883 José Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain . . . in 1931 Willie Mays in Westfield, AL . . . in 1982 Dallas Cowboy tight end Jason Witten in Elizabethton, TN . . .  and in 1994 Milligan College junior Amanda Renee Dunaway.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1794 Haiti, under Toussaint L’Ouverture, revolted against France

In 1851 Linus Yale patented Yale-lock.

In 1890 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) renounced polygamy.

In 1940 the Pulitzer Prize committee recognized John Steinbeck for The Grapes of Wrath.

In 1994 the “Chunnel” linking England and France officially opened.


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