1910 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1910:
- January: College enrollment stands at 653 cadets.
- January 3: "On the afternoon of January 3, there was a gathering of the citizens of the campus in the college parlor at which Prof. W. M. Riggs presented to Dr. and Mrs. P. H. Mell a handsome silver service as a token of the love and esteem in which they are held by their many friends at Clemson. Prof. Riggs made a very appropriate speech which was feelingly responded to by both Dr. and Mrs. Mell. Dr. and Mrs. Mell, after a residence of seven years at Clemson, leave this week for their new home in Atlanta, with the best wishes of all for the greatest happiness and success." (The Tiger, January 20, 1910, Volume V (?), Number 6, page 5.)
- January 7: Calhoun Literary Society meets. "It seems remarkable that a debate on the advisabilty of admitting women to the public professions should provoke no irregular discussion on the part of the house; but the assembly took on the aspect of a Quaker meeting, wherein no one was moved by the spirit to say anything. It is the sincere hope of the Society's well-wishers that at the remaining meeting of the session, the aforesaid spirit shall become more active and energetic." (The Tiger, January 20, 1910, Volume V (?), Number 6, page 7.)
- February 4: On Friday evening, the German Club gives its annual Midwinter German in the Agricultural Hall. (German here refers to a style of dance, not the language...) "The hall was tastefully decorated with pot plants, streamers of red and white crepe paper, and hearts, beautifully portraying the spirit of St. Valentine. Comstock's Orchestra furnished delightful music for the occasion." (The Tiger, March 1, 1910, Volume V(?), Number 8, page 1.)
- February 5: Magician, the mysterious Prof. Zanton, "highly entertained a large audience in the chapel," performing escapes and mind-reading amongst his mystical undertakings. "If there was any flaw anywhere, no one has been able to detect it until yet, not even the choice committee he selected." The performance was to benefit the 1910 TAPS. (The Tiger, March 1, 1910, Volume V(?), Number 8, page 3.)
- "February 11 will probably be remembered longer as the date of the snowstorm, than as the occasion of the smallest house called to order in the Calhoun Society hall during the current session." (The Tiger, March 1, 1910, Volume V(?), Number 8, page 6.)
- February 22: The Clemson Dramatic Club presents a play in the chapel (Tillman Hall Auditorium), to benefit the 1910 TAPS. (The Tiger, March 1, 1910, Volume V(?), Number 8, page 1.)
- March 10: The formal unveiling and presentation to the nation takes place of a statue of John C. Calhoun in Statuary Hall of the Nation's Capitol building in Washington, D.C. It depicts the statesman with his great coat thrown over his shoulders, "and as if he were going to take a step forward. During the unveiling ceremonies words of praise were showered upon him for the wonderful work he had accomplished in his more than forty years of public service." The King's Mountain Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, sought the selection of Calhoun from a long line of the State's honored sons, and at the presentation ceremonies in the Capitol building in Washington, its Chapter Regent, Miss Gist, and the South Carolina State Regent, unveiled the statue. (Cook, Harriet Heffner, "John C. Calhoun - the Man", The R. L. Bryan Co., Columbia, S.C., 1965, Library of Congress Card No. 65-19779, page 7.)
- March 12: "At 4 o'clock on the morning of March 12th Rat McWhorter wakes Higgins by yelling, 'The comet done come.' As they reach the gangway, Higgins exclaims, 'Sho' nuf, Squirts,' falls on his knees and yells, 'Brother Robinson, pray, do pray.' Just then the comet blows signal for Keowee, and the headlight of (Southern Railway) No. 36 passes around the curve." (The Tiger, "Rat Discovers Halley's Comet", 15 March 1910, Volume 5, Number 12, page 1.)
- May 12: J. S. Newman, Professor of Agriculture at Clemson Agricultural College, July 1891-January 1894, July 1897-July 1905, dies this date. (Commemorative marble tablet in Tillman Auditorium)
- June 22: Acting President Walter Merritt Riggs publishes a booklet he writes to counter recent negative publicity about the college entitled Questions and Answers Relating to Clemson College, 1910. Distributed to parents, alumni and prominent individuals, it is subsequently referred to as the Clemson Catechism.
- July: The Board of Trustees reluctantly accepts the resignation of Mark Bernard Hardin and votes him the title of "Professor Emeritus of Chemistry". Hardin was in declining health. (McKale, Donald M., "The Trusted Substitute Mark Bernard Hardin, 1897, 1899, 1902", "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", McKale, Donald M., editor, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 76.)
- Fall: Frank Dobson begins three-year hitch as Clemson football coach, Some Clemson sources claim that Dobson was the first to have a contract, but John Heisman's contract dated November 28, 1901 is reproduced on page 236 of "Clemson - Where The Tigers Play" by Sam Blackman, Bob Bradley and Chuck Kriese (Sports Publishing, L.L.C., Champaign, Illinois, 2001) ISBN 1-58261-369-9.
- September 1: Richard Newman Brackett becomes acting Professor of Chemistry, director of Department of Chemistry, this date.
- September 24: Clemson faces Gordon Institute for the fourth and last time in a game played on Bowman Field. Tigers win, 26-0, for a perfect 4-0 series record.
- October 1: In first meeting with Mercer, Clemson loses home game, 0-3.
- October 8: The Tigers travel to play the Howard Baptists, later Samford, for first meeting with that school, and come away with a 24-0 win.
- October 15: Clemson plays at The Citadel for the first time, and ups series record to 2-0 with a 32-0 shut-out.
- October 22: Clemson travels to Alabama Polytechnic College (later Auburn) and is blanked, 0-17. The Alabama cousins will enjoy a 6-1 season. They also take series lead, 4-3, from Clemson.
- November 3: In annual game at the State Fair, the Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 24-0, in Columbia, lifting Clemson to 6-2 dominance in the series.
- November 10: Clemson and Georgia battle to a 0-0 tie in a match played in Augusta. Series record stands at 8-5-1.
- November 24: The Tigers travel to Atlanta and suffer 0-34 defeat at the hands of Georgia Tech, to achieve a 4-3-1 season record. Tech closes series margin to 6-4-1.
- "On or about December 1910 human character changed." - Virginia Woolf, referring to Modernism. (Hanna, Julian, "Key Concepts in Modernist Literature", Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2009, page x, ISBN 978-0-230-55119-0.)
- December 12: Acting President Walter Merritt Riggs publishes a revised and expanded edition of a booklet he writes to counter recent negative publicity about the college entitled Questions and Answers Relating to Clemson College, 1910. Distributed to parents, alumni and prominent individuals, it is subsequently referred to as the Clemson Catechism. The first edition was dated June 22, 1910.