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1916 in Clemson History
The Class of 1916
- Robert Franklin Poole, the first Clemson alumni to become President
Events that occurred in 1916:
- The YMCA Building, the future Holtzendorff Hall, is completed.
- Land is granted for the Calhoun-Clemson School on Calhoun Road.
- January 1: The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California, mounts the second football game as part of the winter festivities for the first time since an initial game played in 1902. It will become known as the Rose Bowl in 1922 with the completion of a new stadium in the Arroyo Seco area of Pasadena. Washington State beats Brown, 14-0, in front of a crowd of 7,000. (Jones, Todd, "The Second Season: How the Rise of the Bowls Shaped College Football", ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, ESPN Books, New York, New York, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1, page 1435.)
- January 7: Newly completed Y. M. C. A. Building opens for the first time. "There were no formal exercises. It had been previously announced that the doors would be opened at four-thirty that afternoon. At the appointed time quite a crowd had gathered. They were met and shown over the building by a reception committee selected from the cadet members of the association. The members of this committee wore simple badges on which was written the word "welcome ". The visitors were shown the main lobby, the reading rooms, ladies' and men's lounging rooms, secret society room, literary society room, auditorium, moving picture booth, bath rooms, swimming pool, bowling alley, fountain and store, cafeteria, kitchen, gymnasium, publication rooms, and cabinet room, and other interesting features of the building. Special music was rendered during this tour... The building is a magnificent four-story structure, built at a cost of $75,000,000." (The Tiger, "New Y. M. C. A. Building Opened", Tuesday 16 January 1916, Volume XI, Number 13, page 1.)
- January 18: The Tiger publishes an article stating that "For several weeks, Col. M. B. Hardin, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, has been confined to his bed. We are very sorry to announce that his condition during the last few days has not improved. Col. Hardin is missed most at chapel services upon which he has long been a constant attendent since long before most of us boys heard of Clemson. The entire corps of cadets join in wishing him a speedy recovery." (The Tiger, "Col. Hardin Very Ill", 18 January 1916, Volume XI, Number 14, page 2.)
- January 19: Mr. Thornwell Hayne speaks in the auditorium of the new YMCA on Gen. Robert E. Lee. "A number of Cadets and people from the community filled the auditorium of the new Y. M. C. A. building to hear this son of South Carolina and of Wofford College as he paid tribute to the South's greatest man, Robert Edward Lee." (The Tiger, "To The Memory of Robt. E. Lee", Tuesday 25 January 1916, Volume XI, Number 15, page 1.)
- February 1: Clemson begins playing basketball in the new YMCA, with a match against Presbyterian College, resulting in a 39-39 tie. Prior to this, games were played either on Bowman Field or in the basement of what is now Sikes Hall.
- The Southern Railway rebuilds its main line through Calhoun, realigning the track between the college town and Central to the valley where it remains today. The abandoned right-of-way is paved to become Highway 93. Previously the Old Central Road was the route for vehicles to Central.
- March 27: TAPS 1916 is sent to the printers. "It is to be the largest annual ever published at Clemson, containing over 330 pages with 372 engravings, more than one cut per page." (The Tiger, "The Annual Goes To Press", Tuesday 28 March 1916, Volume XI, Number 23, page 3.)
- March 28: The future Louise Odom Edwards born in Red Springs, North Carolina.
- April 25: The College Glee Club, in concert with the Mandolin Club and Orchestra, performs in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Admission is 10 cents and 15 cents. (The Tiger, 21 March 1916, Volume XI, Number 22, page 4.)
- April 26: Mark Bernard Hardin, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, dies, and is interred with military honors in the churchyard at the Old Stone Church. (McKale, Donald M., "The Trusted Substitute Mark Bernard Hardin, 1897, 1899, 1902", "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", McKale, Donald M., editor, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 77.)
- May 15: Football Coach Wayne Hart begins one week of spring practice on Monday, after returning to campus on Sunday, May 14. "Monday night after supper practically the entire corps gathered in chapel to start the football practice off properly with a few good old time yells and short speeches. Coach Hart, 'Johnnie' Gantt, 'Rummy' Magill, 'Dopie' Major, and 'Mule' Littlejohn made speeches, short but to the point, and with the true ring to them. In Coach Hart's talk he said that he was confident that Clemson would send out a winning team next year. He went further to say that his rules for training would be rigid and strictly enforced, that all men who come out for football will be expected to stay out all the year, that all men, whether they be big, little, old, or young, wil have a fair chance to make the team, etc. Coach didn't hand out any soft line but his words and manner were direct and smacked of old time pep. Coach was greeted with a thrilling roar of applause and was assured of the hearty confidence and support of the entire corps. The enthusiastic way in which the yells and songs were pulled off is indicative of the great expectations generally entertained with regard to the 1916 football season. After the mass meeting, Coach kept the squad in chapel and showed them a few offensive plays on the blackboard. Some of the old heads fell for his style of play, and everybody is very optimistic over the football outlook for next season. (The Tiger, Wednesday 17 May 1916, Volume XI, Number 28, pages 1, 3.)
- June: At this point, Calhoun was a stop for the following Southern Railway passenger trains: Southbound, No. 45 at 10:45 p.m., No. 11 at 4:10 p.m., No. 39 at 12:55 p.m.;
- Fall: Wayne Hart takes over as Clemson head football coach for one season.
- September 30: Clemson beats Furman, 7-6, in home opener.
- October 7: Clemson meets Georgia in a game played in Anderson, South Carolina, but the Tigers are blanked, 0-26.
- October 14: The Tigers lose home game to Tennessee, 0-14.
- October 20: In a road game, Clemson is defeated by Alabama Polytechnic College (later Auburn), 0-28.
- October 26: Clemson shuts out South Carolina in Columbia, 27-0.
- November 8: A meeting of Clemson alumni from Florence County gathers at the Central Hotel. The Tiger reported that the attendees enjoyed "a splendid supper which had been prepared for them" and that "[T]he principal speech of the occasion was made by Prof. F. H. H. Calhoun of Clemson college [sic]." (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 November 1916, Volume XII, Number 6, page 3.)
- November 11: The Tigers take on VMI in Richmond, Virginia, but lose, 7-37. "The Freshman class was called together Saturday night by Sam Littlejohn, president of the Senior class, in their first meeting as a class. The business on hand was the election on [sic] officers. The 'Rats' have had several weeks in which to become acquainted and find out 'who's who,' so that they might elect the best men for their offices. The result of the election was the appointing of the following officers:
- President, Armstrong, F. E.
- Vice-President, Huitt, B. T.
- Secretary and Treasurer, Owens, J. C.
- Chaplain, Freeman, W. W.
- Poet, Davis, G. E. R.
- Historian, Gelzer, J. W.
- All of these are good men, and much is expected from the Class of 1920 in every line of student activity." (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 November 1916, Volume XII, Number 6.)
- November 16: The Citadel Bull Dogs shut out the Tigers, 0-3, in match played in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
- November 22: Clemson manages last of three wins of the season, dropping Presbyterian, 40-0, on Riggs Field.
- November 30: Davidson hands the Tigers their fifth shut-out of the season, defeating Clemson, 0-33, in a game played in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tigers end season with a 3-6 record.
- December 9: The annual convention of the S. I. A. A. concludes in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Riggs and Dr. Calhoun represent Clemson College, with Calhoun being named vice-president for the first district, and Riggs as chairman of the committee on rules. (The Tiger, Wednesday 13 December 1916, Volume XII, Number 10, page 2.)