1935 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1935:
- WFBC-AM radio begins using new 5000 Watt transmitter and three antenna masts located on a 17-acre site on the Piedmont Highway (U.S. 20). The center mast is 385 feet tall and the others are 205 feet tall. (Ellison, Vernon, News Staff Writer, "Old Landmark On Outskirts Of Greenville Disappearing", The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Sunday, 23 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 296, Section 2, Page 14.)
- January 1: The first Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl games are played, joining the Rose Bowl as post-season football venues. (Jones, Todd, "The Second Season: How the Rise of the Bowls Shaped College Football", ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, ESPN Books, New York, New York, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1, page 1435.) Bucknell defeats Miami (Fla.), 26-0, in front of 5,134 in Miami, and Tulane downs Temple, 20-14, in New Orleans for a crowd of 22,026. (ESPN, pages 1452, 1464.)
- The Clemson basketball team finishes season, 15-3, and an .833 winning percentage, the best ever, (not counting the 4-0 inaugural season in 1912).
- May 30: Robert C. Edwards weds Louise Odom Edwards.
- June 11: The old wooden Central Hotel burns completely in a late evening fire. "The old hotel, famous when he Southern Railway trains used to stop here for passengers to dine, was completely destroyed by fire late Saturday night. The blaze was noted about 10 o' clock. The building, a three-story frame structure made up of several sections, made a tremendous blaze. It is in the central part of town but the lack of wind and the recent rain kept other structures from being damaged. It was unoccupied. The Southern has been trying to sell it for sometime." ("Once Famous Hotel at Central Burns", Pickens Sentinel, 11 June 1935.)
- September 21: For the sixth time in a row, Clemson opens at home against the Presbyterian Blue Stockings, winning, 25-6. P. C.'s only score comes late in the fourth quarter when P.C.'s Waldrep scoops up Junior back Winston Alten "Streak" Lawton's fumble at the Tiger 45 and races the distance. Seven thousand witness the win.
- September 28: Clemson travels to Virginia Polytechnic Institute, wins, 28-7.
- October 5: On Riggs Field, the Tigers defeat Wake Forest, 13-7. Clemson trails 6-7 at the half, but W. A. "Streak" Lawton returns a punt from the Tiger 30-yard line for the winning touchdown.
- October 12: Clemson travels to Duke, but loses to Coach Wallace Wade's Blue Devils, 12-38.
- October 24: Clemson shuts out the University of South Carolina, 44-0, in Columbia.
- November 2: Clemson meets Mercer in Augusta, Georgia, winnning, 13-0.
- November 4: In Anderson, electric streetcar service ends as Duke Power discontinues operation this date. Streetcars began service on February 19, 1905. (Source: Palmetto Traction - Electric Railways of South Carolina by Thomas Fetters, 1978, Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, no ISBN, pages 71, 76. - Fetters is Class of 1961, with a BS in Chemical Engineering.)
- November 5: The game Monopoly is patented.
- November 9: The Tigers roadtrip to Alabama, and get spanked by the Red Elephants, 0-33.
- November 16: Clemson defeats The Citadel, 6-0, in Charleston.
- November 19: Two powerful floodlamps are installed at the practice field when the coaches want more worktime for the football team than the fading fall sunlight allows.
- November 28: Initial night practices do not help the Tigers in the final game of the season when Furman defeats Clemson in Greenville on Thanksgiving Day, 8-6. Rain falls, playing field is ankle-deep in mud. Clemson has a 6-3 season record, Furman, an 8-1 outcome.
- December: In its first year of existence, IPTAY has recruited 185 members at ten dollars apiece.