Powell Lykes

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Henry Powell Lykes, was a member of the Clemson Class of 1907, and held the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant and Lieutenant while a cadet.

Lykes was born September 2, 1885, at Winnsboro, South Carolina, but afterwards moved to Lykesland, Richland County, where he still resides. He received his early education at the Lykesland High School, entered Clemson in September 1903, and signed up for the Animal Industry Course. He played full-back on his Class team in 1905, and left end on the Varsity in both 1905 and 1906. He played right field on the Varsity baseball team in both 1906 and 1907.

It was while playing in the Thanksgiving Day game against Georgia Tech on November 29, 1906, that Lykes threw the first-ever forward pass in a Clemson football game.

While a cadet, Lykes was a member of the Columbian Society in which he held the offices of Prosecuting Critic and Reporting Critic. He was a member of the Senior Dancing Club, the 1907 Tennis Club, Commencement Hop Committee, Chairman of the Morals Committee, Chairman of the Social Committee, Literary Editor of the Annual Staff and Athletic Editor for The Tiger. (The Clemson College Annual 1907, page 45.)

In the winter of 1908-1909, Lykes was a student in the Short Winter Course in Agriculture at Cornell University.

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