1903 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1903:
- Wednesday, January 28: Second term (third quarter) begins.
- Friday, April 3: Fourth quarter begins.
- June: Alonzo Sheck Shealy, who entered Iowa State College at Amer, March 1900, after graduation from Clemson, receives his degree as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. (The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, page 19.)
- June 7-June 9: 1902-1903 session ends - Commencement held.
- June 22: Ben Robertson, future Clemson graduate and journalist who writes "Red Hills and Cotton" in 1941, published 1942, is born in Clemson.
- September 4: Barracks open for recruits.
- September 11: The German Club gives a dance. (This was a style of dance, not a language club.)
- September 12: Y.M.C.A. holds reception for "rats", followed by "warm" reception from old boys. (The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, page 76).
- September 17: Scrimmage begins on Bowman Field.
- September 19: Annual staff (The Oconeean) holds first meeting.
- October 10: The Tigers blank Georgia in Athens, 29-0, to take series lead, 4-3.
- October 17: Clemson shuts out Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 73-0, and leads series, 4-0.
- October 28: Clemson defeats North Carolina State (then A. and M. of North Carolina) at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 24-0, in a game somewhat delayed by over-eager fans that crowd onto the field in front of the grandstand in their zeal to see the action. The game is also shortened by the need to vacate the field for the racing association at 12:45 p.m. Twenty minute halves are played, but second is cut-off at sixteen minutes. Clemson leads the series, 3-0. Following the game, Coach John Heisman marries Evelyn Barksdale in Columbia.
- October 30: The Board of Trustees meet on campus.
- November 14: North Carolina hands Clemson its only loss of the season, 6-11, in Chapel Hill. UNC leads the series, 2-1.
- November 19: First stone laid on foundation of Agricultural Hall.
- November 21: Clemson defeats Davidson in a road game, 24-0, and leads the series, 3-0.
- November 26: Thanksgiving leave granted. The Tigers battle Cumberland (Tennessee) to an 11-11 tie in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Championship Game, played in Montgomery, Alabama. This is the Tigers' only meeting with this opponent. This also Clemson's first post-season game.
- November 26: One day after Georgia Tech's deadline for its offer has expired, Coach John Heisman wires Tech's President Lyman Hall, that he will accept the institute's offer of $2,250 per year plus thirty percent of the gate to coach Tech's athletic teams.
- December 22: Christmas holidays begin. The German Club gives an "Xmas hop".
- December 27: Military headquarters at the hotel.