1930

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1930 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1930:

  • South Carolina chapter of Alpha Zeta is founded.
  • Summer: Various improvements are made on the campus, in barracks, and other buildings. One hundred new double deck beds have been placed in barracks, requiring less floor space, and providing more comfortable quarters for cadets. Captain Harcombe has renovated and painted throughout the mess hall, kitchen, and cold storage. Part of the ice making machinery has been replaced, and additional skylights and ventilators have been placed in the kitchen and baking shop. A new floor and a number of motor driven machines have been installed in the dairy, and the milk preparation room shows much improvement. The Textile Dept. has made a number of improvements including a temperature control room for the testing of fabrics and yarns. This room has thick cork insulation and machinery installed for control of temperature. On various parts of the campus work has been progressing, especially East Side of the Engineerding (sic) Building and near the post office. The banks of the Greenville Road, near the North-East extremity of campus, have been removed, making for safety and adding to the beauty of that section. Dr. Ward C. Jensen, of the Agricultural Economics Division, has just completed an attractive brick residence on Hotel Hill. (The Tiger, September 17, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • September: The Tiger reports that 1,307 students have reported to the Registrar's office for matriculation, of which, 500 are new students, the largest incoming class, and six are graduate students.
  • September: Capt. P.T. Heffner, of the of the College Military Department, is added to the Tiger coaching squad as line coach. Capt. Heffner attended Colorado College, graduating in 1916. He subsequently studied under Pop Warner, Knute Rockne, and Dick Hanley, and thus became familiar with the three major styles of football now in use. (The Tiger, September 17, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 1, page 1). Pete Heffner would work with the backs for three years, 1930-1932. (Clemson 2006 Tiger Football media guide, page 175).
  • September 6: Annual freshman stunt night, or Rat Stunt Night, held in the college chapel (Tillman Auditorium).
  • September 16: "Noon Thursday, September 16, the Corps of Cadets gathered in the college chapel (Tillman Auditorium) for the opening chapel service of the 1930-1931 college term. The student body was the largest ever to assemble in the college chapel."..."Dr. Sikes explained that it is beyond the power of parents and environment to select the way we take." ... "Dr. Sikes declared that it would not be the lack of ambition, or the man who offers whisky, or the flippant girl who laughs at our high ideals, that would be our largest obstacle. It will be, and is, ourselves." (The Tiger, September 17, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 1, page 1).
  • September 17: The YMCA hosts a reception for new members of the faculty.
  • September 20: A crowd of 3,500 watch the Clemson Tigers defeat the Presbyterian Blue Stockings, 28-7 on Riggs Field, under cloudy skies and frequent rain showers.
  • September 24: The Tiger lists ten new instructors on the faculty: C. M. Asbill, Jr., Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering - B.S., Clemson, 1925, two years with Westinghouse Company; O. M. Clark, specialist in farm management - B.S., Clemson, 1909, M.S., Cornell University, 1930; H. P. Cooper, Professor of Agronomy, Research Agronomist, Extension Agronomist - B.S., Clemson, 1911, M.S, University of Wisconsin, 1915, PhD., Cornell University, 1922; G. H. Edwards, Assistant Professor of Mathematics - M.A., University of South Carolina; Marvin Guin, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics - B.S., Auburn, 1926, M.S., Iowa State College; Capt. P. T. Heffner, Assistant to the Commandant - Colorado College and the Infantry School; J. C. Hendricks, Assistant Professor of Physics - PhD., Indiana University; C. P. Philpot, Instructor in Engineering - B.S., Clemson College, 1928, Purdue University; Capt. W. B. Sharpe, Assistant Commandant - Clemson College and the Infantry School; and F. T. Tingley, Professor of Electrical Engineering - M.S., University of Illinois. (Volume XXVI, Number 2, Page 1).
  • September 25: Picture "What A Man", released June 1, 1930, starring Reginald Denny and Miriam Seegar, shown in the YMCA auditorium. A former Captain in the Cold Stream Guards who has lost his fortune and become a wanderer is hired as chauffeur for a wealthy family. Daughter takes immediate dislike to him, and you can guess the rest.
  • September 26: Block "C" Dance held on Friday night in the Clemson Field House. The "fall hop" is sponsored by the honorary athletic organization. Charlie Pace and his "rejuvenated" Jungaleers, formally the Clemson College Jungaleer Orchestra, provides the music. Picture shown in the YMCA auditorium is Bebe Daniels in RKO Radio Pictures' "Lawful Larceny", a marriage melodrama released August 17, 1930. Actress Daniels' second cousin is Lee De Forest who invented film-sound synchronization ("made the pictures talk") and later will create the Audion vacuum tube, the foundation for all modern electronics prior to the transistor.
  • September 27: The Tigers blank the Wofford Terriers, 32-0, on Riggs Field. YMCA auditorium shows picture "Vengeance" or another TBA.
  • September 29: Picture shown in the YMCA auditorium is RKO Radio Pictures' "Midnight Mystery", starring Betty Compson and Lowell Sherman, released June 1, 1930. Screen writers are Beulah Marie Dix and Howard Irving Young. Dix was co-author of play A Rose O' Plymouth Town, a romantic comedy in four acts, given by the Clemson Senior Class in celebration of the Pilgrim Tercentenary, 1620-1920, in the College Chapel (Tillman Auditorium) on November 27, 1920.
  • September 30: Picture "Wild Company", released July 5, 1930, shown in the YMCA auditorium. "Fox Movietone's Dynamic Story of Flaming Youth" is actually just a creaky melodrama.
  • October 1: YMCA auditorium shows picture "Wings of Adventure", a cheap independent production about Mexican bandits on the (presumably) U.S.-Mexico border, released August 1, 1930, featuring really bad accents.
  • October 3: Yellow-uniformed Clemson team meets the Citadel Bulldogs in a Friday game at the Florence County Fair, winning 13-7.
  • October 5: As a presentation of the Artist's Lyceum Course, Bohumir Kryl's Band performs in the college chapel (Tillman Auditorium), Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., the first lyceum number "this season". Kryl's band is widely known, and is considered one of the best in this country. The entertainment will not consist entirely of band music, but will be varied by song and instrumental soloes. Kryl, himself is a master with the cornet. The program is further varied by a number of classical and popular numbers. Ablee Stewart is the featured soprano. ("The Tiger", October 1, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 3, page 2).
  • October 5: Annual Faculty-Student supper held at the YMCA at 7:30 p.m. Seventy-five students and 75 faculty will gather. The speaker for the occasion is Mr. Odis Hinnant, recently returned from Montivedeo, Uruguay. (The Tiger, October 1, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 3, page 4).
  • October 6: Tau Beta Phi holds meeting on Monday.
  • October 7: Dr. David Wistar Daniel, head of the English department, is one of two featured speakers at the King's Mountain "sesquitenial" celebration, honoring the Revolutionary War battle of October 7, 1780, at King's Mountain, North Carolina. The other speaker is President Herbert Hoover. Said Ben Robertson in his 1942 volume, "Red Hills and Cotton", "one of my aunts went to the battlefield at Kings Mountain when President Hoover was there to dedicate a memorial to our people who had been killed in 1780 in that battle. My aunt came back home astonished at the number of secret-service men and guards that had been thrown around the President. 'Who did they think they were protecting him from?' asked my aunt. 'There was nobody there except us - just the Governor and the president of the university and a lot of home-folks from the cotton mills and the farms.' It was shocking to my aunt to see a President of the United States surrounded by a guard in South Carolina. She and all the rest of us have always regarded ourselves as the protectors of the President - as protectors even of President Herbert Hoover." (page 93).
  • October 7: Regular meeting of the Calhoun Literary Society held Tuesday night in Society Hall. Phi Psi fraternity holds regular meeting Tuesday night.
  • October 8: Tiger Brotherhood holds first meeting of the year.
  • October 11: Clemson, in yellow, meets North Carolina State in Central High School Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, in front of a crowd of 6,000. The Tigers blank N.C. State, 27-0. ("The Tiger", October 15, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 5, page 1).
  • October 13: 4-H Club holds special meeting Monday to elect officers and adopt a constitution.
  • October 13-October 18: Clemson sends a dairy cattle judging team to the National Dairy Show in St. Louis, Missouri, placing 16th out of 25 college teams.
  • October 14: Phi Psi meeting held Tuesday night - first stage initiation of new members.
  • October 15: The Clemson Aero Club holds meeting on Wednesday night. H.D. Martin is elected president. Repairs to the glider are expected to be finished in three weeks.
  • October 16: Regular meeting of the Palmetto Literary Society held. A call meeting of ASCE is held to pledge eight new members into the society.
  • October 17: The Tigers blow out the Newberry Indians, 75-0, on Riggs Field. Winless Newberry will finish the season 0-5-3. Ladies' Dance held, sponsored by the Winthrop Daughters and the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. "Charlie Pace and his Clemson College Jungaleer Orchestra will fill the 'new gym' with their usual brand of popular music," reports The Tiger on page 1 of the October 8, 1930 issue (Volume XXVI, Number 4). Tickets will be handled as usual in the barracks. Cadet J.D. Gibson will be in charge of the sale of tickets.
  • October 19: YMCA Vesper service held at 6 p.m.
  • October 20: Albert Palmer of Compton & Knowles Loom Works speaks to Juniors and Seniors of the Textile Department. Illustrated lecture on weaving costs as affected by modern weave room methods and machinery. Conducted in connection with the Course in Cost Finding, given in the Weaving and Designing Division. (The Tiger, 29 October 1930, V. XXVI, No.7, Page 5)
  • October 21: The Georgia Club is organized by cadets from that state. About forty have joined, and J.A. Cook of Augusta has been elected president.
  • October 22: AIEE trip to the Saluda Power Development near Columbia. Some sixty cadets under the charge of Prof. Sam Rhodes make the visit. Student George Toth, sophomore, of Carteret, North Carolina, is injured in an auto accident near Charlotte when another vehicle swerved across the road on the night of October 22. Five other students in the vehicle were uninjured. Toth is recovering from a fractured skull in the Charlotte Sanitarium.
  • October 23: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks, 20-7, in Columbia.
  • October 27: The Tiger reports on October 29, "[a]t a meeting of the Aero Club on Monday night, plans were definitely made to build a bi-plane. The Secretary is corresponding with several companies in regards to the motor. As soon as a motor is decided on the blueprints for the complete plane will be obtained." (Volume XXVI, Number 7, page 2.)
  • October 28: Tau Beta Pi meets.
  • October 30: On Thursday, Capt. J.D. Harcombe presents a special feed in the mess, with the Clemson band in performance. After the meal, a pep meet is held in the chapel (Tillman Auditorium). The Palmetto Literary Society holds meeting. Debate of the evening is a discussion as to whether or not Intercollegiate football promotes the best interests of colleges.
  • November 1: The Tigers are defeated by the Tennessee Volunteers in front of 10,000 in Knoxville, 0-27. The Vols quarterback is Bobby Dodd, coached by Gen. Robert Neyland.
  • November 3: The rifle team opens its season with a meeting to elect officers.
  • November 4: Tuesday night meeting of ASCE to initiate new members.
  • November 5: Regimental parade in honor of a group of South Carolina legislators is given at noon on Bowman Field by the corps of cadets. Betty Compson and John Wray star in picture "Czar of Broadway", released May 25, 1930, in the YMCA auditorium, admission 11 cents. A reporter is assigned to do a story on a notorious racketeer.
  • November 6: "Return of Dr. Fu Manchu" starring Warner Oland and Jean Arthur, released May 2, 1930, shown in the YMCA auditorium, admission two bits. The villainous master criminal Dr. Fu Manchu sets out to destroy the people he holds responsible for the death of his family. Members of the Architectural Society get together in the evening for the first meeting of the Minaret Club of the semester.
  • November 7: Will Rogers stars in "So This is London", released June 6, 1930 by Fox Film Corporation, shown in the YMCA Auditorium, two bit admission. Actress Maureen O'Sullivan's debut appearance. The Washington Club organizes a boat charter to the VMI game in Norfolk. The Northland of the Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company departs the 7th Street wharf in Washington, D.C. at 6:30 p.m. Roundtrip for 25-50 will be $7.20 each, 50-75 will run $6 each, 75-over, $5 apiece.
  • November 8: Clemson defeats the Virginia Military Institute Flying Squadron, 32-0, in match played in Norfolk, Virginia. The Washington Club boat charter aboard the Northland of the Norfolk & Washington Steamboat Company, departs Norfolk at 8 p.m., arriving at the 7th Street wharf in Washington, D.C. about 7 a.m. on November 9. The YMCA picture is Paramount Pictures' "The Social Lion" starring Jack Oakie, released June 21, 1930. A garage mechanic and would-be prizefighter gets spot on polo team at ritzy country club, having learned to play while in the U.S. Army, and proceeds to get airs about his position in life. Shows on Saturday morning and at 1:40 p.m., eleven cents to get in. The Elizabethan Players present The Merchant of Venice at 8 p.m.
  • November 10: Bebe Daniels stars in "Dixiana", a musical comedy released August 1, 1930 by Radio Pictures, shown in the YMCA Auditorium. Admission is 25 cents.
  • November 11: Thornwell Haynes, noted journalist, speaker, and former member of the diplomatic service, addresses the corps of cadets in an Armistace Day observation in the chapel. The YMCA auditorium picture is "The Big House", released June 14, 1930, a jailbreak movie that wins two Academy Awards. Admission is two bits.
  • November 12: Lupe Vélez (The Tiger prints it as "Luna Velez") stars in the Universal picture "The Storm", at the YMCA auditorium, eleven cent admission. Released August 22, 1930, and directed by William Wyler, the movie tells of Burr Winton and Dave Stewart, two close friends who have backed each other up in countless difficulties, but who are torn apart by the arrival of a woman, Manette Fachard (Vélez), who becomes stranded with them in their cabin during a raging blizzard.
  • November 13: The YMCA auditorium picture is "Dangerous Nan McGrew", first released on June 22, 1930. Admission is 25 cents. McGrew, played by Helen Kane, is the sharpshooter of a traveling medicine show stranded at a snowbound hunting lodge of a wealthy woman. Performing at a Christmas eve show for the lodge guests, the saxophone playing nephew of the landlady falls in love with Nan. Enter the villain, a bank robber (how did he get through the snow?). Can the Royal Canadian Mounted Police be far behind? You betcha! (The Tiger listing for this movie read "Dan", not "Nan"...)
  • November 14: The YMCA auditorium picture is either "Fox Follies" or "Pay Off", TBD. Two bit admission.
  • November 15: Saturday morning picture is "A Royal Romance" at the YMCA auditorium, released March 17, 1930, admission is 11 cents. A young writer inherits a fortune and moves into an allegedly-haunted castle with his servant "Rusty." He discovers the 'hauntee' to be Countess von Baden, hiding in a secret chamber with her son, whom the court has awarded to her divorced husband. Clemson plays Florida in Jacksonville in a game originally scheduled for Riggs Field but moved. Florida blanks Clemson, 0-27.
  • November 17: The YMCA auditorium picture stars William Haines in "Way Out West". Wise-guy carnival barker Windy (Haines) bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls for pretty ranch owner Molly. Jealous foreman Steve completes the love triangle. Interestingly, Haines, who was openly gay (though the studios had kept this out of the press), was confronted by M-G-M head Louis B. Mayer in 1933 after Haines had been arrested, and given the choice of a "lavender marriage" of convenience or giving up his partner. Haines chose his companion over his career and they were together for over 50 years. You go boy! Admission is 25 cents. Gamma Omicron Sigma meeting Monday night. Prof. Gunn gives report on the Economics Conference held in Atlanta, November 13-15.
  • November 18: Ed Lowe stars in "Born Reckless", released June 6, 1930, the YMCA auditorium picture - admission is two bits. Hoping to use the publicity to get re-elected, a judge sentences a notorious gangster to fight in the war. Directed by Andrew Bennison and John Ford. Calhoun Literary Society meeting - debate: Resolved that "The present Tariff Schedule Should be Revised."
  • November 19: The Tiger, on November 5, promises "A Columbia Picture" as the YMCA picture for this date (page 3). Eleven cent admission.
  • November 20: The YMCA auditorium picture is "Shadow of the Law" starring William Powell, released June 6, 1930. Admission is 25 cents. Palmetto Literary Society meeting - debate topic: "Should the U.S. have uniform marriage and divorce laws? Minaret Club meets Thursday night. Phi Psi meeting - banquet planning, initiation.
  • November 21: Junior Dance held from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Luke Chaney and his band, from Laurens, and Buford Maxwell and his Carolina Orchestra, of Greenville, meet in a battle of the bands. No fatalities are recorded.
  • November 26: Regimental parade in honor of a group of South Carolina legislators is given at noon on Bowman Field by the corps of cadets.
  • November 27: The Clemson Tigers defeat the Furman Hurricanes, 12-7, in a game played in Greenville. "The Tiger" reports on page 6 of the November 19, 1930 issue (Volume XXVI, Number 10), that "all the movable bleachers in the Field House have been sent to Greenville to seat the overflow of fans for the Clemson-Furman game." The Tigers end season with an 8-2 record. Furman has a 6-3-1 season. Coach Josh Cody surprises Tiger fans by announcing that he will leave Clemson in 1931, effective June 30.
  • November 28: "The Tiger" rushes out a special issue known as the "Cody Edition" (Volume XXVI, Number 12) in which the staff urges Coach Josh Cody to reconsider his plan to leave Clemson. "We Want Cody" is printed above the masthead, and the headline states "He Must Not Leave Clemson".
  • December 4: Minaret Club meeting - R.H. Guest of Anderson speaks on skyscraper construction.
  • December 18: Senior Dance held.



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