Today in Milligan History, 7/31

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Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 31:15 – She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her  female servants.

This is Friday, July 31, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1875    A sign prominently displayed in the law offices of Milligan College trustee John K. Banks (1970) and Thomas R. Banks (1984) in Elizabethton, TN, supports the local legend that former President and newly re-elected United States Senator Andrew Johnson took his last drink in a bar that occupied the building at 641 East Elk Avenue, now the offices of Banks & Banks, Attorneys.

Ex-President and United States Senator Andrew Johnson, who had suffered a stroke on July 28, died in the home of his daughter, Mary Stover, in Carter County, TN, at 2:30 a.m. Members of the Masonic Lodge bore Johnson’s body back home to Greeneville amid the tolling of bells. Hans L. Trefousse, Andrew Johnson: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989, p. 377.

1955    Milligan College Prof. Sam Jack Hyder (1892-1970), turned the first shovelful of earth at groundbreaking ceremonies for the new “girls’ dormitory,” now known as Sutton Hall.  Others who participated in the ceremonies included Joe McCormick (1926) and Dr. J. R. Bowman (1929), representing the Board of Directors, and college president Dean E. Walker (1899-1988). The Mill-Agenda, Vol 5, July-August, 1955

2007    Road construction, in connection with the building of the Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center, on the south end of Blowers Boulevard, and its intersection with Fife Drive, began; bricklayers were laying the last courses of brick on the façade of the building.

2007    The “Restoration Crew” was at work on the Milligan College Campus. This group of volunteers showed up every summer to build, scrape, paint, clean, and undertake projects that improve the campus.  Working on the new sidewalk and stairs in front of Hyder House were Barnie Barnett , father of Cassie Barnett Borgman (1994) and Kristen Barnett Frame (1997); Petie Case; Butch Dunsmore, father of Byron  Dunsmore  (1991) and Beth Dunsmore Crain  (1994); Ed  Hugunin, father of Sarah Hugunin  (2003); all working under the expert guidance of Frank Jarrett.

2009    Over one hundred people showed up for the annual faculty-staff campus beautification day. President Don Jeanes (ΦΑΘ, 1968) presided over an 8:00 o’clock breakfast, after which volunteers spread across the campus – in spite of the rains! — to spread mulch, power-wash sidewalks, tear down library walls, weed flower beds, weed-whack, and in general make things look nice. Cudos to Vice President for Business Joe Whitaker, whose job each year was to carry water to all the working teams.  Campus-wide e-mail from Don Jeanes, August 3, 2009.

Birthdays: In 1850 Robert Love “Our Bob” Taylor (1850- 1912) in Happy Valley, Tennessee. Taylor was an alumnus of the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, the forerunner of Milligan College. Taylor had served three terms as governor of Tennessee before winning election to the United States Senate. 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. . . and in1992 Milligan College student Meagan Elizabeth Smith in Ashland, KY.



In 1813 the British invaded Plattsburgh, NY.

In 1828 forty-year-old widower Alexander Campbell married 26-year old Selina Huntington Bakewell according to the dying wishes of Campbell’s first wife, Margaret Brown Campbell. The Campbells were co-workers with Robert Milligan (1814-1875) in Bethany, WV.

In 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

In 1972 United States Senator Thomas Eagleton withdrew as the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate.

In 1981 the 42-day-old Major League Baseball strike ended.


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