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1933 in Clemson History
The Class of 1933
- Dr. Robert Cook Edwards, Clemson University president, 1958-1979
- William Bryan Keller, son of "Judge" Keller
Events in 1933
- Company K-7 of Scabbard and Blade is founded at Clemson.
- New red brick depot is erected in Seneca by the Southern Railway.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposes to Congress a large national program on March 21, 1933, the Civilian Conservation Corps, promising to provide 250,000 young men with meals, housing, uniforms, and small wages for working in the national forests and other government properties. "I propose to create a civilian conservation corps to be used in simple work, not interfering with normal employment, and confining itself to forestry, the prevention of soil erosion, flood control and similar projects," he said. "I call your attention to the fact that this type of work is of definite, practical value, not only through the prevention of great present financial loss, but also as a means of creating future national wealth." FDR issues Executive Order 6101 on April 5, 1933, which establishes the CCC organization and appoints a director, Robert Fechner, a former labor union official who serves until 1939. In South Carolina, the CCC creates 16 state parks, including Oconee State Park, Table Rock State Park, and Paris Mountain State Park, as well as the Walhalla State Fish Hatchery. The CCC camp at Oconee is established in July 1935. Over the course of the next two years, the men of CCC Camp F-1 work to create Oconee State Park on land that had been farmed heavily for decades and was heavily eroded. As in other CCC sites around the country, the CCC recruits at Oconee use native materials and traditional local resources to create the many and varied structures that stand on the park today. The CCC is discontinued in 1942.
- May 4: A tornado or tornados, sweeping into the state in a line from Louisiana and Alabama, strikes the Piedmont heavily, killing at least 15 and injuring more than 60, and doing damage estimated at more than $1 million. Belton is hardest hit, with ten killed and 45-55 injured. The Blair Towel Mill there is practically demolished, and C. Blair Rice, its president, estimated the company's loss at $150,000. Four were killed in the Lebanon section of Greenville County and another across the line in Laurens County. The storm skipped over Anderson. Damage was also done in Chester County.<ref>Associated Press, "15 Killed as Tornado Sweeps Through State", Florence Morning News, Florence, South Carolina, 5 May 1933.</ref>
- May 20: WFBC-AM radio begins broadcasting at 1200 Kilocycles from a transmitter located on E. Faris Road in Greenville, the first station to broadcast from the city. The original antenna is a copper wire strung between two creosoted poles. Signal strength is 250 Watts daytime. (Ellison, Vernon, News Staff Writer, "Old Landmark On Outskirts Of Greenville Disappearing", The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Sunday, 23 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 296, Section 2, Page 14.)
- June: U.S. Highway 29, the "Main Street of the South", is completed between Washington and New Orleans, and passes through Anderson.
- August 23: Clemson Assistant Coach Frank Howard marries Annie Tribble, formerly of Anderson, South Carolina.
- September 23: Tigers open home season with 6-6 tie with Davidson.
- September 30: Clemson travels to Georgia Tech, loses, 2-39.
- October 7: The Tigers defeat N.C. State, 9-0, on Riggs Field.
- October 13: Clemson plays its first night game, against The George Washington University in the Nation's Capital, the first time the squads meet. The Tigers battle the Colonials to a scoreless tie.
- October 19: Clemson loses at South Carolina, 0-7.
- October 28: Clemson is defeated by Mississippi, 0-13, in a game played in Meridian, Mississippi.
- November 4: The Tigers defeat Wake Forest, 13-0, in a match played in Charlotte, North Carolina.
- November 11: Clemson loses squeaker at Wofford, 13-14.
- November 18: Tigers are shut out by Mercer, 0-13, in a game played in Savannah, Georgia.
- November 25: Clemson hosts The Citadel, wins, 7-0.
- November 30: The Tigers travel to Greenville to conclude 3-6-2 season with loss to Furman, 0-6.
- December 5: Prohibition in the United States is repealed as Congress adopts the 21st Amendment following ratification. Subsequently, the future Esso Club, a 1920s grocery with gas pumps on the Greenville Highway, receives its first beer license.