September 19

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September 19

  • 1903: Annual staff (The Oconeean) holds first meeting.
  • 1915: Dr. E. M. Poteat, president of Furman University, "delivered on Sunday night to the cadets and visitors a most pleasing speech. He spoke very favorably of the revival that is now being conducted here, remarking that it is his earnest desire and prayer that much good will be the result." (The Tiger, "Dr. E. M. Poteat Lectures Here", 21 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1918: Walter Thompson Cox born in Belton, South Carolina. He will play many roles at Clemson, including becoming the tenth president.
  • 1928: The Tigers debut new uniforms featuring brilliant orange jerseys for the first time, featuring black composition cloth stripes on the front and purple numerals.
  • 1936: The Tigers blank Presbyterian, 19-0, in home opener on Riggs Field.
  • 1942: Construction is finished on Memorial Stadium just ahead of the crowd for the first game to be played in the future Death Valley. The Tigers run down the hill for the very first time and defeat Presbyterian College, 32-13, in front of 5,500 fans. Presbyterian Coach Lonnie McMillan declares in 1948 that playing Clemson at home is like taking his team into Death Valley.
  • 1959: Eighteenth-ranked Clemson travels to twelfth-ranked North Carolina, winning, 20-18. A crowd of 43,000 in Kenan Stadium watches as Clemson recovers a Tarheel fumble on the first play of the game, subsequently scoring on a two-yard run by Harvey White. Clemson scores again on a one-yard run by Doug Cline, and White passes to Bill Mathis for a two-point conversion, 14-0. North Carolina scores before the half but fails to kick the PAT so the halftime score stands at 14-6. In the third period, Clemson scores again on a Mathis two-yard run, score now 20-6. North Carolina successfully passes its way back to 20-18 on the strength of Tarheel quarterback Jack Cummings' arm, but a two-point attempt is stopped one yard shy of the goal line by Lowndes Shingler and Paul Snyder, and Coach Frank Howard's Tigers secure their first-ever victory in Kenan Stadium. (TAPS 1960, page 296.)
  • 2005: A World War II North American B-25C Mitchell medium bomber, 41-12634, of the 376th Bomb Squadron, 309th Bomb Group (M), which ditched in Lake Murray on April 4, 1943 during low-level practice when the starboard engine failed is recovered. The crew of five escaped before the twin-engined, twin-tailed medium bomber sank after seven minutes afloat, about two miles west of the Lake Murray Dam in 150 feet of water. The crew was on a training mission similar to those flown over the Lake Issaqueena Bombing Range from 1942 to 1945. The airframe was raised to the surface by aircraft recoverer Gary Larkins, sans its right engine, wrenched loose in the water landing, for preservation (not restoration) at the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 2006: Information concerning public contributions to the Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust Fund is released by the Clemson Athletic Department. The fund will be established through the First Citizens Bank of Clemson, SC. Fahmarr McElrathbey is the 11-year-old brother of Clemson football student-athlete Ray Ray McElrathbey, who has been granted custody due to their parents' problems. The story was originally told in an article by Charleston Post Courier sportswriter Larry Williams in August, and has featured in various national media outlets in the last few weeks. Ray Ray McElrathbey, a red-shirt freshman on the Clemson team, was named the Person of the Week by ABC World News Tonight on September 15.
Last week, the NCAA granted Clemson a waiver, allowing the establishment of a trust to benefit Fahmarr in terms of providing basic needs in terms of food, clothing and other areas. The waiver also allows family members of Clemson coaches and administrators to provide transportation for Fahmarr.
The details of the trust agreement have not been finalized, but a special escrow account to be administered by Chris Olson of Olson Smith Jordan and Cox has been established. Once the trust agreement is complete, all funds in the account will be transferred to an account administered by the First Citizens Trust Department. All contribution are not tax deductible.
All checks should be made payable to First Citizen F/B/O Fahmarr McElrathbey and can be mailed to:
Fahmarr McElrathbey Trust
C/O First Citizens and Olson Smith Jordan and Cox Attorneys
PO Box 1627
Clemson, SC 29633
Anyone who wishes to make a contribution in person at the bank should come to First Citizens Bank at 1055 Tiger Boulevard in Clemson.
  • September 19-September 20, 2007: Career fair held at Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • 2009: Clemson hosts Boston College in Death Valley, noon kick-off. Regional coverage on Raycom Sports. Weather permitting, four F-15C and D-model Eagles from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, will perform a fly-over honoring P.O.W.s and M.I.A.s. A 2,000 foot ceiling is needed for the pass, and a 5,000 foot ceiling is required for a missing man peel-off. Fly-over cancelled due to poor weather that twice forces a delay of the game. Clemson wins, 25-7, with most of the second half of the game played in rain. With two suspensions in play due to concerns over lightning, the game takes four hours, 54 minutes to conclude.


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