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1929 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1929:

  • January 5: Alan Johnstone dies. The Board of Trustees and President Enoch Walter Sikes serve as his honorary pallbearers. On this occasion, his widow noted to President Sikes, "He went to heaven but he went by Clemson College on his way."
  • January 25: The U.S. Army Air Corps Fokker C-2A transport, 28-120, "Question Mark", which established an endurance record in California of over a hundred non-stop hours airborne, passes over the Clemson campus at ~2:30 p.m., headed east.
  • May 6: Clemson Head Coach Josh Cody is presented with a new Buick automobile, a gift of alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the college. A special collection was taken up and the ceremony takes place in front of the Main Building in the afternoon.
  • September 21: The Tigers crush Newberry College, 66-0, in home opener.
  • September 28: In a game played in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Tigers defeat Davidson, 32-14.
  • October 5: The Tigers beat the Tigers as Clemson downs Auburn, 26-7, on Riggs Field.
  • October 11: In a game played in Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson blanks N.C. State, 26-0.
  • October 18: Clemson travels to Wofford, shutting them out, 30-0.
  • October 24: Clemson defeats South Carolina, 21-14, during "Big Thursday" game in Columbia. On Wall Street, this is known as "Black Thursday".
  • October 24-October 29: The Great Stock Market Crash leads the United States and the world into the decade-long Great Depression. The Greenville News calls it "the most terrifying stampede of selling ever experienced on the New York Stock Exchange and other leading securities markets." (Huff, Jr., Archie Vernon, "Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont", University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina, 1995, Library of Congress card number 95-4363, ISBN 1-57003-045-6, page 334.)
  • November 2: The Tigers are thumped on roadtrip to Kentucky, 6-44.
  • November 9: Clemson is defeated by Virginia Military Institute, 0-12, in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • November 16: The Tigers travel to Florida, rack up 7-13 loss.
  • November 18: Former head football coach E. J. Stewart is shot and killed by a deer-hunting companion.
  • November 23: Clemson hosts the Citadel, wins, 13-0.
  • November 28: The Tigers wrap up 8-3 season with a 7-6 win over Furman on Riggs Field. Augustus "Shorty" Schilletter, 64, suffers heart attack during the second quarter, while sitting on the bench with the Clemson players, just prior to the play that led to the Clemson touchdown. Schilletter, who served as mess steward at Clemson from 1893 to 1919, had suffered from heart disease for several years. (The Tiger, "Augustus Schilletter Dies At Game", Wednesday, 4 December 1929, Volume XXV, Number 12, page 1.)

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