December 24

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December 24 in Clemson History

  • 1860: The Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union, a legal proclamation, is issued this date by the government of South Carolina, explaining its reasons for seceding from the United States. The actual ordinance of secession had been issued on December 20. The declaration was written by Christopher Memminger.
  • 1888: At 3:45 a.m., the South Carolina House and Senate meet together for ratification of Acts and Joint Resolutions, one of which is the one accepting Thomas G. Clemson's bequest and establishing the Clemson Agricultural College. (Bryan, Wright, "Clemson: An Informal History of the University 1889-1979", The R.L. Bryan Company, Columbia, South Carolina, 1979, ISBN 0-934870-01-2, page 28.)
  • 1890: "1890 STATUTES AT LARGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, No. 526: Whereas, the public road leading from Fort Hill, the site of the Clemson College, to the Town of Pendleton, the nearest station on the Blue Ridge Railroad to said College, is so hilly and so badly located as to very seriously interfere with the comfort and convenience of persons visiting said college and hauling of freights and material for the same, and it has been ascertained that a new road can be constructed which will practically avoid all the steep grades on the present road, but, owing to the fact that the said new road will run through the Counties of Anderson and Pickens and the corporate limits of the Town of Pendlton (sic), and it is difficult to get the several "parties in authority to agree,
"SECTION 1. Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That Prof. H.A. Strode, of Clemson College, J.C. Stribling, of Pickens County, P.H.E. Sloan, of Anderson County, be, and they are hereby authorized and directed to at once survey out and construct a public road from the said Town of Pendleton to the Clemson Agricultural College upon the best and nearest route practicable.
"SECTION 2. Whenever the said proposed road has been laid out and graded, it shall then become a public highway, and the County Commissioners of the several Counties through which it shall run forever afterwards keep it in good conditions and repair.
"SECTION 3. That in laying out and constructing the road provided for by this Act, the said Commissioners shall proceed in the manner provided by law in respect to notices, appointment of assessors and the assessment of damages that may be sustained by reason of the opening of said road, with the right of appeal now reserved by law to the owners of lands through which the road may run.
"Approved December 24th, A.D. 1890."
This will be known as Pendleton Road.
  • 1892: South Carolina College fields a hastily assembled football team for a Christmas Eve match against Furman at the Charleston baseball park, but Furman's "Mountain Boys" dump Carolina's "College Boys", 44-0. It will be two more years before South Carolina plays a regular season on the gridiron. (Lander, Jr., Ernest McPherson "Whitey", "A History of South Carolina", The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1960, pages 147-148.)
  • 1904: Cadet J. P. Gossett, from Anderson, South Carolina, Clemson Class of 1908, dies this date. (TAPS 1908, page 55.)
  • 1958: It is announced that the Clemson rug used for running down the hill will accompany the team to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans - all 527 pounds of it.


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