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1917 in Clemson History

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Events that occurred in 1917:

  • Future Clemson Head Football Coach Josh Cody graduates from Vanderbilt University.
  • The Southern Railway replaces the previous trestle over the Seneca River with new twin track spans as part of a three-year realignment project. The new spans are fabricated and erected by the McClintic-Marshall Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ("Trestle walking tempting, too dangerous to attempt" by C. Mark Sublette, free-lance writer, The Tiger op-ed page, March 3, 1989, page 5).
  • The Calhoun-Clemson School, a two-story brick structure, opens on Calhoun Road.
  • April 2: President Woodrow Wilson asks the United States Congress for an act of war against Germany after the Zimmerman telegram reveals the Kaiser's attempt to enlist Mexico against U.S. interests in the Great War. The sinking of the passenger liner RMS Lusitania on May 7, 1915 was also a precipitant. This marks America's entry into World War I.
  • The entire graduating class of Clemson enlists in the military. Many undergraduates also leave school to serve in the military - some return to finish their studies in the 1920s.
  • September 28: In home opener, Clemson defeats Presbyterian, 13-0.
  • October 13: Clemson defeats the Furman Hornets in Greenville, 38-0, and Tiger Left Halfback Stumpy Banks scores five touchdowns of the six, a record that stands today.
  • October 19: In a roadgame, Clemson falls to Alabama Polytechnic College (later Auburn), 0-7. Slushy field conditions cause several fumbles by both teams.
  • October 25: Clemson defeats South Carolina in Columbia, 21-13, during a 6-2 season. The Gamecocks go 3-5.
  • November 1: The Tigers down Wofford, 27-16, in a road trip.
  • November 8: In a game played at Orangeburg, South Carolina, Clemson shuts out the Citadel Bull Dogs, 20-0.
  • November 17: The Tigers whup up on Florida, 55-7, in match played in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • November 29: In a Thanksgiving Day game played in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson falls in the final game of the season to Davidson, 9-21.
  • December 14: A passenger train derails near Clemson, with at least three cars leaving the rails and one overturning down an embankment. Three people are killed. A steam crane is required to clear up the wreckage.
  • December 18: The United States Congress passes the 18th Amendment making manufacture and sale of alcohol illegal in the country.

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