Today in Milligan History, 6/23

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society 

appearing sporadically during the summer months



Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 23:15-16 – My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;  my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

This is Thursday, June 23, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 

1904    Dr. Nathaniel E. Hyder (1849-1904), who had served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Milligan College, died. At age fourteen Hyder had spent one year with his father during the Civil War in the Union Army with the 13th Volunteer Tennessee Cavalry. After the war he attended Franklin Academy in Washington County and prepared for the teaching profession. For a number of years he taught school in Washington County below Jonesboro; at Flag Pond in Unicoi County; and on Gap Creek in Carter County. Leaving the teaching field about 1880, he began to survey, and was county surveyor from 1882 to 1894. He also began to read medicine and to attend the medical needs of the people of the region. Mildred Kozsuch, Historical Reminiscences of  Carter County, Tennessee (Johnson City, TN:  The Overmountain Press, 1985), pp. 114, 115

1954    The North American Christian Convention opened in Long Beach, CA, running June 23-27. Among the featured speakers was Milligan College professor Orvel C. Crowder (1917-2004; at Milligan 1957–1982). Edwin V. Hayden, North American Gold: The Story of 50 North American Christian Conventions (Joplin, MO: College Press, 1989), pp. 61, 67.

1966    As a concluding part of Milligan College’s centennial celebration, the college sponsored a Centennial Unity Forum June 23-26.

1967    June 23-26 Milligan College hosted the Second Annual Unity Forum on campus with the theme “Renewal through Recovery.”  As part of the College’s Centennial Celebration the Unity Forum was an effort to bring together for dialogue, discussion and fellowship representatives from the three segments of the American Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement which at the time were bitterly divided. The unity forum included a worship service and a gathering around the Lord’s Table at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 25. Unity Forum invitation in the collection of Clinton J. Holloway (1995)

1975    The Milligan College Humanities Tour left Venice, Italy early in the morning in order to arrive in Milano before noon. After about two hours there, they headed out for Geneva, Switzerland, the ninth country they had experienced since beginning the tour on May 25. Nine countries = nine currencies.  This time they exchanged dollars for Swiss francs.  Submitted by Robert Wetzel.

2003    Jacquie Peterson (2005) reportedly ate sixteen scoops of gelato in Rome. Hey, it was her birthday! Peterson was on the Milligan College Humanities Tour. Submitted by Ted Thomas (ΦΑΘ; Milligan since 1999), Tour Journal, June 23, 2003.

Birthdays: In 1400 Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany . . .  in 1773 Thomas Emmerson in Brunswick County, VA.  Emmerson moved to Knoxville in 1800 where he practiced law. He was Knoxville’s first mayor, served as a judge on the Superior Court and State Supreme Court. He was a Charter member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Tennessee, and one of the founders of Knoxville Female Academy. He settled on a farm near Jonesborough and was editor of the Washington Republican and Farmer’s Journal. He died July 22, 1837 and is buried 100 yards north of Tennessee Historical Commission Highway Marker Number 1A 92, 36° 17.724′ N, 82° 28.133′ W in Jonesborough, TN. . . in 1929 June Carter Cash in Maces Spring, VA . . .  and in 1940 runner Wilma Rudolf in Saint Bethlehem, TN.

Elsewhere . . .

In 1683 Quaker William Penn signed a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape nation       in Pennsylvania. Quakers would not take an oath to ratify such a treaty, nor did they ever break it.

In 1955 Walt Disney released Lady & the Tramp.

In 1972 President Richard M.  Nixon signed an act barring sex discrimination in college sports.


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