Today in Milligan History

Happy birthday to Joseph R. Evans!


Good day, Milligan!

Proverbs 8:15-16 – By me [Lady Wisdom] kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth.

This is Friday, July 8, 2016, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1797    The United States Senate expelled Tennessee Senator William Blount by a vote of 25 to 1. Blount, for whom nearby Blountville is named, was a signer of the U.S. Constitution, first governor of the Southwest Territory, and instrumental in forming statehood for Tennessee. In 1796 he had become one of Tennessee’s first two senators, but President John Adams named Blount as one of the conspirators who had offered to assist Great Britain in taking possession of Spanish-controlled Louisiana and Florida.

1910    Influential East Tennessee Congressman William Preston Brownlow died at 7:20 p.m. at the Soldiers’ Home in Johnson City. Brownlow had been unusually successful in securing federal money and projects for his district, including Mountain Home Veterans’ Home and the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Howard N. Campbell, Watauga: An Unusual History of the Watauga, Tennessee area, the Birthplace of Democracy in the World as We Know It Today (Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 19860, p. 312.

1975    The 1975 Milligan College Humanities Tour was winding down.  The group under the leadership of C. Robert and Bonnie Wetzel left Aachen, Germany at about 8:30, drove through Belgium, visited the castle at Clervaux, and arrived at the Luxemburg camp site at 2:00.  The group had to do a complete inventory of everything in the college van, put the tents in good order to transfer to the group constituting the second 1975 Humanities Tour from Milligan to whom they would transfer everything the next day.  Group number two was arriving in Luxemburg at noon; group number one was departing Luxemburg at 2:00. Tour journal of C. Robert Wetzel, July 8, 1975.

1992    Milligan College ex-president Virgil Elliott (1906-1992) passed away in the home of his son Bob Elliott in Fall Creek, WI. Cremains were interred in the Hillman Rust Township Cemetery in Hillman, MI. Clinton Jack Holloway (1995), Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College 1940-1966. (Unpublished thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998), p. 92.

2013    At its crest on Monday, July 8, Watauga Lake reached a record water level at 1,967.1 feet above sea level, which was about 8 feet higher than the normal summer pool level.  East Tennessee was experience in the wettest summer on record. Johnson City Press, July 9, 2013

2014    Vice President for Athletics and Student Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced to the Milligan College community that softball coach Wes Holly (Milligan since 1988)  and Associate Athletic Director for Facilities and Compliance Ray Smith had been inducted into the Carter County Sports Hall of Fame.  In Holly’s twenty-six years at Milligan he had amassed 791 wins, ranking him third winningest coach in the NAIA statistics. Smith had earlier served as the college’s Athletics Director, and in addition, continued as the unprecedentedly successful manager of the Elizabethton Twins baseball team.  Campus e-mail from Mark Fox, July 8, 2014.

Birthdays: In 1792 hymn composer Lowell Mason (“’Nearer, My God, To Thee,” “’Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” and hundreds more) in Medfield, MA  . . . in 1867 Käthe Kollwitz in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany . . .  in 1918 Nelson Mandela in Transkei, South Africa . . . and in 1995 rising Milligan College senior Joseph R. Evans.


Elsewhere . . .

In 1663 the British Crown issued Rhode Island a charter that guaranteed religious freedom.

In 1777 Vermont abolished slavery and adopted universal manhood suffrage.

In 1889 The Wall Street Journal began publication.

In 1892 psychologists established the American Psychological Association in Worcester, MA.

In 1932, at the lowest point of the Depression, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 41.22.

In 1981 the United States Senate confirmed the nomination of Sandra Day O’Conner as the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court.


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