Today in Milligan History, 6/15

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society

appearing sporadically during the summer months


Good day, Milligan! And happy birthday to John Charles Fletcher, Caitlyn Hope Lewis, Brittany Danielle Stines, Karen Lynn Swift, Brittany Marlise Teffeteller, and Bailey Grace Thomas!

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

This is Monday, June 15, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1878    At 11:00 p.m., after numerous ballots, democrats of East Tennessee meeting in Jonesboro nominated Robert Love Taylor (1850-1912), who was yet a law student, to be their candidate for election to the forty-sixth United States Congress (1878-1880). Taylor, born in nearby Happy Valley, was an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the progenitor of Milligan College. Alfred A. Taylor, Hugh L. Taylor, and James P. Taylor, Life and Career of Senator Robert Love Taylor (Our Bob). Nashville: The Bob Taylor Publishing Company, 1913, pp. 118, 122.

1909    George T. Williams, whose father Joshua Williams donated the land that constituted much of the original campus of Milligan College, deeded land for the purpose of a cemetery, the one located behind what is now the Baker Faculty Office Center. According to the deed, the cemetery was to be called the Williams Cemetery, but over the years it came to be known colloquially as the Milligan College Cemetery. Milligan College librarian John W. Neth (Milligan 1953-1957 and 1965-1982) legally rectified that confusion when in 1986 he undertook efforts to re-organize the property. The deed for the cemetery was eventually restored to a newly organized Association, and the name was legally restored as well. Minutes of the first meeting of the newly organized Board of Trustees of the Williams Cemetery Association, February 27, 1986, signed by John Neth, Chairman

1915    Milligan College ex-president Frederick Doyle Kershner (1878-1953; served as president 1908-1911), who had become president of Texas Christian University, married Elsie Martin of Fort Worth, TX.

1945    A dance at Milligan College! Purportedly the only dance ever held on the dance-less Christian college campus took place in Cheek Hall on the occasion of the final party of the US Navy V-12 Program which had taken over the college facilities July 1, 1943. In 2006 the Milligan Board of Trustees dropped the ban against campus dancing.

1963    This is the wedding anniversary of W. Edward “Eddie” (1961) and Billye Joyce (1963) Fine. Eddie is a Trustee emeritus of Milligan College. Billye Joyce (Milligan since 2002) is adjunct professor of education.

1968    Dean E. Walker (1899-1988) became Chancellor of Milligan College; Jess W. Johnson became the college’s president.

2006    Milligan College’s Vice-President for Student Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced several new changes on the campus. Shauna Nefos (Milligan since 2006) had been named Director of Resident Life, focusing on resident life programming, training, and operations. Campus Minister Nathan Flora (1998; Milligan 1999-2010) would continue to be responsible for all campus ministries, including the revised chapel/convo program and the Milligan College Bible Bowl tournament. Tennis coach Ron Worrell (1970; Milligan since 2005) would take on the post as Director of Intramurals.


Birthdays: In 1843 composer Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway . . . in 1946 Lawrence Welk Show cutie Janet Lennon in Culver City, CA . . . in 1958 Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs in Omaha, NE . . . and Milligan College alumni Brittany Marlise Teffeteller in 1990, Brittany Danielle Stines and Karen Lynn Swift in 1991, Caitlyn Hope Lewis, Bailey Grace Thomas and John Charles Fletcher in 1995.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1215 King John signed the Magna Carta at Runnymede, England.

In 1520 Pope Leo X issued ‘Exsurge Domine,’ accusing Martin Luther of heresy.

In 1775 George Washington became Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

In 1956 John Lennon (15) and Paul McCartney (13) met.

In 1977 Spain held its first free election since 1936.

In 1978 American-born Elizabeth Halaby at age 26 became Queen Noor when she married King Hussein of Jordan.

In 1991 Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted.

In 2012 Nik Wallenda becomes the first person to successfully tightrope walk over Niagara Falls.


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