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1926 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1926:

  • The Southern Railway assigns handsome Ps-4 class 4-6-2 Pacific locomotives to the Crescent Limited. One of these, No. 1401, is now preserved at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
  • April 1: The Tiger publishes April Fools issue. Headlines on front page include "Christmas Vacation For Cadets Starts At Noon Today", "Clemson and Winthrop To Be Consolidated", and "Professor Favors Drinking For All".
  • May 27: Old Mechanical Hall, which has housed Engineering since the college's earliest days, burns. The roof over the machine shop caught fire, which spread to the rest of the structure. Fire fighters from Anderson, Greenville and Easley contain the blaze and save nearby structures. Greenville City Firefighter J.C.F (Jimmy) Burns lost his life while fighting this blaze.(Riley, Helene M., "Clemson University", Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2002, Library of Congress card number 2002108889, ISBN 0-7385-1470-5, page 60.) Plans are made for the construction of what will be named Riggs Hall.
  • June 21: Fred Cone, future Clemson football player, is born at Pine Apple, Alabama.
  • July 9: Work is authorized to begin on the new shop building to replace Old Mechanical Hall. (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 September 1926, Volume XXII, Number 1, page 5.)
  • August 4: Future Clemson President Phillip Hunter Prince is born in Bostic, North Carolina, to Walter E. and Mary Palmer Prince.
  • September 12: "The boys at Vesper services Sunday night experienced a rare treat in the form of a reading by "Holtzy" from Dean Brown's book of 'Yale Talks,' on the 'Fighting Instinct.' He brought out the fact that a Christian can and should fight when necessity arises. It is not becoming of a man not to protect his loved ones and his personal rights.
"The new Victrola added much to the service in that it was something new. It is hoped that the new Victrola will be used each Sunday night at Vespers.
"The attendence was very good for the start. We hope that the attendence will increase."
(The Tiger, Wednesday 15 September 1926, Volume XXII, Number 1, page 3.)
  • Week of September 12: The new Shop Building is ready for occupancy. (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 September 1926, Volume XXII, Number 1, page 1.)
  • September 18: Clemson opens football season at home with 7-0 win over Erskine.
  • September 24: The Senior Dancing Club presents the first formal event of the year's social calendar with a "hop" held in the big gymnasium (ground floor of Agricultural Hall). "Freshman will be allowed to attend this dance, but will not be allowed to have girls. Everyone who intends to enjoy this dance should write his girl immediately, and come by room 927 to place names on the list." (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 September 1926, Volume XXII, Number 1, page 1.)
  • September 25: Presbyterian defeats the Tigers on Riggs Field, 0-14.
  • October 2: Clemson travels to Auburn for an 0-47 shutout.
  • October 4: Bud Saunders, Clemson head football coach, resigns in the middle of the season. Cul Richards and Frank Padgett are put in charge of the squad.
  • October 9: Clemson defeats N.C. State, 7-3, on Riggs Field.
  • October 15: Josh Cody named head football coach at Clemson.
  • October 21: South Carolina blanks Clemson, 0-24, in Columbia.
  • October 28: Clemson loses at Wofford, 0-3.
  • November 6: The Tigers travel to Florida for an 0-33 loss.
  • November 13: Clemson hosts the Citadel, but loses, 6-15.
  • November 25: The Tigers travel to Greenville so that Furman can thrash them, 0-28, concluding a 2-7 season.
  • December 15: The Tiger reports this date that "[t]he section of the Seneca road which was being hard surfaced by the Simers and Moran Construction Company of Charleston has been completed and will opened to traffic within the next week. The contract to build the two and a half miles of the same road leading through the campus has also been let to the same company. Paving will probably begin at an early date. Plans are being considered to replace the old Seneca River bridge with a modern concrete structure, but these plans are only tentative." (The Tiger, 15 December 1926, Volume XXII, Number 14, page 2.)

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