Today in Milligan History, 7/21

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 21:15 – “When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

This is Tuesday, July 21, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1776    At Watauga Fort, Sycamore Shoals (present-day Elizabethton), seventy-five settlers under the leadership of Captain James Robertson repulsed a Cherokee attack led by Old Abraham of Chilhowee. At the same battle, according to the popular legend, Lt. John Sevier (1745-1815), rescued Catherine “Bonnie Kate” Sherrill (1754-1836), who had been milking a cow outside the fort when the Cherokee attacked and the gates to the fort closed. The young woman reportedly ran to the wall where Sevier, from inside, reached down and over to pull her in. They married in 1780. He later became Tennessee’s first governor. Frank Merritt (1947), Early History of Carter County 1760-1861 (Knoxville, TN: East Tennessee Historical Society, 1950), pp. 14-15; and Tennessee State Historical Marker 1A-8, Hwy 321, Elizabethton, TN; and under “Katherine Sherrill Sevier”

1952    The Milligan College Male Quartet appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, a CBS television show. The quartet tied for first place in the talent competition segment, and then sang on Godfrey’s daytime show July 22, 23, 24 under the name “The Milligan Men.”  The quartet consisted of William Rodefer (1952) of Waynesburg, PA; Thomas Archibald (1952) of Pittsburgh, PA; Leo Ernst (1952) of Chicago, IL; and Joe Sutherland (1952) of Greeneville, TN. Mill-Agenda, September-October 1952.

2010    Vice President for Student Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced that Kate Anderson (2009) had accepted the role of Interim Director of Residence Life and Housing.

2013    More than a hundred high school students from thirteen states and fifty-five churches started gathering on the Milligan College campus for the eleventh annual Youth in Ministry (YiM) Student Leadership Conference. YiM helps teens determine their vocational calling and decide how they can best minister as Christians in their careers, whatever they may be.  YiM ran under the leadership of Director of Church Relations Phyllis Fox. Among the featured speakers for the conference were Seth Harkins (2007) of Apache Youth Ministries in Arizona, and Uganda missionary Christian Thompson (2007), both of whom were previous YiM-ers.  Milligan senior Nathan Hall (2014) led worship. Milligan College news release, July 17, 2013

Birthdays: Today is the birthday of Nan Denton Ford Boyd (1872-1946) in Cookeville, TN. Mrs. Boyd was librarian and head resident of the “boy’s dorm” at Milligan College during 1918 and from 1921-1929.  Her husband, Willis Baxter Boyd, served the college as dean 1914-1928.  From Cindy Cornwell McCachern (1985) at . . . in 1899 Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park, IL . . . in 1911 Marshall McLuhan in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada . . . in 1924 Don Knotts in Morgantown, WV . . . in 1947 Steven Demetre Georgiou (aka Cat Stevens, aka Yusuf Islam) in London, England . . . in 1952 Robin Williams in Chicago IL.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1588 the English Navy defeated the Spanish armada.

In 1831, by agreement of Concert Europe, Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands; Leopold, Prince of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (in Germany) became King Leopold I.

In 1861 the first major battle of the Civil War, Bull Run, ended with a Confederate victory.

In 1925 following a twelve-day trial, a jury in Dayton, TN, found high school biology teacher John T. Scopes guilty of teaching evolution. The fine: $100.

In 1940 the Soviet Union annexed Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

In 1957 Althea Gibson won the U.S. National Singles tournament, making her the first African American to win a major US tennis competition.


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