Today in Milligan History, 8/3

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Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 3:15 – “She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.”

This is Monday, August 3, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1875    Five thousand people followed behind the flag-enshrouded body of ex-President and United States Senator Andrew Johnson in the Greeneville, TN, funeral procession. Johnson had selected his own burial site on Signal Hill where the Masonic Lodge conducted the burial ceremony. Johnson had insistently and (in)famously been a member of no church.  With Johnson’s passing, no ex-presidents survived.  President Ulysses S. Grant fulfilled his “painful duty” to announce to the nation the loss of the “last survivor of his honored predecessors.” Hans L. Trefousse, Andrew Johnson: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton, 1989, p. 377.

1925    The Johnson City Staff-News brought out an extra edition of the newspaper with a screaming headline: “Huge Plant Is Assured – Is Seventeen Million Corporation.” The hoopla was about the announcement that American Bemberg had bought 1,200 acres in Elizabethton to build an artificial silk manufacturing plant. One and a half thousand jobs were immediately available; the paper speculated that the plant would hire as many as 10,000 people in five years. Frank Merritt (1947), Later History of Carter County, 1865-1980: Homecoming ’86 Heritage Project (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986), p. 63.

1974    Milligan College President Jess W. Johnson (served 1968-1982) gave the Saturday morning address “God With Us – In Work and Leisure” as part of the World Convention of Churches of Christ in Mexico City, Mexico. That evening the Milligan College Choir gave a special concert, “Emmanuel, God With Us -Four Revelations” which was composed by Hal Hopson especially for the Convention. Submitted by Clint Holloway (1995).

2007    Fifteen days before the new freshman were to move into the dorms, workmen poured the concrete curbing around the refurbished parking lot in front of the MacMahan Student Center, and graded the new parking area behind the Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Humanities.

2009    Workmen from Burleson Construction Company began laying the sub-floor plumbing lines for the Gilliam Wellness Center.

Birthdays: In 1830 Jordan Councill Hardin in Boone, NC. Hardin and his wife Julia Williams Hardin were among the first subscribers to the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, and Jordan served as treasurer of its Board of Trustees. From 1850-1867 Hardin owned the Cranberry iron mines and forge in North Carolina, supplying the Confederacy with iron during the Civil War. After the war he moved with his family to the Sinking Creek area near Johnson City, TN.  There he became a stockholder in the East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad and helped survey the right-of-way. When the ET&WNC started operation in the early 1880s, Hardin became depot manager in Johnson City, a post he held until his death on June 27, 1898. Hardin sent his children to the Buffalo Male and Female Institute. While his children were there, Josephus Hopwood introduced college-level courses and renamed the school Milligan College. Jordan Hardin’s seventeen-year-old son George Duffield Williams Hardin was the youngest member of the first graduating class of Milligan College in 1882. John R. Waite, “George Hardin, Superintendent of the E&WNC,” in The Stemwinder, A Journal of Southern Appalachian Narrow-Gauge Railroading, Vol. 4, No. 3, Winter, 1992. p. 3-6 . . .  in 1909 William Coleman Fleming (of Fleming’s Arts & Ideas) in Pomona, CA . . . and in 1994 Milligan College seniors Kayla Nicole Gentry and Matthew William Smith.



In 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, for the Indies.

In 1914 World War I began as Germany invaded Belgium and declared war on France.

In 1921 a legal technicality led to the acquittal of eight Chicago White Sox players who stood accused in the Black Sox Scandal. Though acquitted, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis expelled them from professional baseball.


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