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Illinois College Historical Time Line
from the book Illinois College – 175 Years Leading the Way
1829 :: Illinois College founded; south half of what is now Beecher Hall built
1830 :: First classes are held in the College’s only building (Beecher Hall)
1831 :: William Kirby, a member of the “Yale Band,” joins the faculty
1832 :: College dormitory built
1834 :: Jonathan Baldwin Turner, after a year on the faculty, is promoted to professor of rhetoric
               and Belles Lettres
1837 :: U.S. Senator Daniel Webster speaks to students in Beecher Hall
1838 :: The College establishes cemetery south of the campus
1839 :: Illinois College Alumni Association holds its first meeting
1842 :: Professor Turner threatened because of his antislavery views
1843 :: Illinois College Medical School opened; Sigma Pi Literary Society founded
1844 :: President Edward Beecher resigns
1845 :: Phi Alpha Literary Society founded
1847 :: Turner resigns from faculty
1848 :: Medical School closes
1849 :: Campaign to raise a $50,000 endowment begins
1852 :: Fire destroys the four-story College dormitory
1853 :: Rufus C. Crampton joins the faculty
1854 :: William D. Sanders named to the faculty
1855 :: John Ellis, one of the College’s founders, dies
1856 :: John Wesley Powell, who became famous for his Grand Canyon explorations, an IC student
1857 :: Sturtevant Hall completed
1859 :: Phi Alpha sponsors Abraham Lincoln as a lecturer
1861 :: In the spring, 26 Illinois College men enlist in the Union Army
1863 :: The senior class either “vanished or abolished”
1864 :: Professor Crampton raises a company of soldiers
1865 :: Edward A. Tanner joins the faculty
1867 :: Fifty-four students enrolled for the 1867-68 school year
1869 :: Whipple Academy preparatory school founded
1870 :: Theron Baldwin, a member of the “Yale Band,” dies
1874 :: Crampton Hall opens
1876 :: Julian Sturtevant resigns as president
1878 :: The College Rambler first issued
1879 :: The College celebrates its 50th anniversary
1880 :: Richard Yates, son of Illinois College’s first graduate, receives his a degree
1881 :: William Jennings Bryan, who became a three-time U.S. Presidential candidate, graduates
1882 :: The College’s Osage Orange hedge cut down by students and faculty
1883 :: The first Osage Orange Day (now festival) held
1884 :: Joseph R. Harker named principal of Whipple Academy
1886 :: Former President Sturtevant dies
1888 :: Beecher, Sturtevant and Crampton halls officially named
1888 :: James Douglass Smith 1856 entertains his son’s Illinois College senior class at Walnut Hill,
               a pre-Civil War home in Island Grove, Illinois, located 20 miles east of Jacksonville
               on Old State Road
1890 :: IC organizes its first football team
1891 :: Illinois College’s first yearbook, Cerberus, published
1892 :: The College’s first gymnasium opens
1892 :: President Tanner dies
1895 :: Professor Harold W. Johnston resigns
1896 :: Jones Memorial Hall cornerstone is laid
1897 :: Gamma Nu Literary Society founded
1899 :: President John E. Bradley resigns
1900 :: Clifford W. Barnes named president
1901 :: Barnes House completed
1902 :: Charles H. Rammelkamp joins the faculty
1903 :: Jacksonville Female Academy merges with IC
1904 :: IC’s first basketball team organized
1905 :: Professor Rammelkamp named president
1906 :: IC awards degrees to its first four women graduates
1908 :: Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave $75,000 to IC
1911 :: Gamma Delta Literary Society founded
1915 :: IC football team won Little 19 Conference championship
1916 :: Sigma Phi Epsilon Literary Society founded
1920 :: Fire heavily damages Sturtevant Hall
1920 :: Agora (now Chi Beta) Literary Society founded
1922 :: I Club, athletic lettermen’s organization, founded
1925 :: The College launches a $1.5 million fund-raising campaign
1926 :: Willis DeRyke joins the faculty
1929 :: Tanner Memorial Library dedicated; Pi Pi Rho Literary Society founded
1932 :: President Rammelkamp dies; Phi Beta Kappa chapter established
1933 :: Harold C. Jaquith named president
1934 :: Lippincott House and Russell House became women’s dormitories
1935 :: IC’s basketball team won its first Little 19 Conference championship
1937 :: H. Gary Hudson named president
1939 :: Charles E. Frank named to the faculty
1941 :: Professor Frederic B. Oxtoby dies
1943 :: Army Specialized Training Program begins at IC
1944 :: Enrollment drops to 87 students during the 1944-1945 school year
1946 :: Arthur Samoore named the College’s business manager
1947 :: The College had an enrollment of 586 students for the 1947-48 school year
1949 :: Governor Adlai E. Stevenson the commencement speaker
1951 :: Enrollment for the 1951-52 school year 283
1953 :: President Hudson retires; William K. Selden named his successor
1954 :: The old gym and Club House demolished
1955 :: President Selden resigns
1956 :: L. Vernon Caine named president
1958 :: Iver F. Yeager joins the faculty
1961 :: Donald R. Eldred named to the faculty
1962 :: Rammelkamp Chapel dedicated
1963 :: Crispin Science Hall built; former Professor Joe Patterson Smith dies
1965 :: Turner Hall dormitory constructed
1966 :: Pixley Hall dormitory built
1967 :: Caine Student Center constructed
1968 :: Dean of Women Doris Broehl Hopper honored on her 10th anniversary as dean
1970 :: The clock in Sturtevant Hall repaired
1971 :: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird visits the campus
1973 :: Donald C. Mundinger named president
1974 :: IC students disrobe and “streak” across campus
1975 :: The College receives more than $1.1 million from the Pixley estate
1976 :: Schewe Library dedicated
1977 :: Don P. Filson installed as Strawn Professor of Chemistry
1978 :: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Howard Nemerov spoke on the campus
1979 :: Pioneer’s Progress: Illinois College, 1829-1979, by Charles E. Frank, published
1980 :: McGaw Fine Arts Center dedicated; Jones Memorial Hall razed
1983 :: Spring semester enrollment, 721students
1984 :: New bleachers built at England Field
1985 :: Dean of the College Wallace N. Jamison retires
1986 :: Cummings Dining Hall dedicated
1987 :: Fall semester enrollment 805 students
1988 :: Lynette H. Seator installed as Pixley Professor of Humanities
1989 :: Film critic Gene Siskel delivers the commencement address
1990 :: Former Professor Malcolm F. Stewart dies
1991 :: David H. Koss installed as Scarborough Professor of Religion and Philosophy
1992 :: Harry N. Kirby Learning Center dedicated
1993 :: President Mundinger retires; Richard Pfau named his successor
1994 :: Spring semester enrollment, 888 students
1995 :: William G. Greene Residence Hall opens
1996 :: Fiber optic cables were installed in IC’s academic buildings
1997 :: Former U.S. Senator Paul Simon named an honorary member of Phi Alpha
1998 :: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett speaks at IC
1999 :: Former Professor Yeager published a biography of Julian Sturtevant
2000 :: Ground broken for the Parker Science Building
2001 :: Former President Caine dies
2002 :: President Pfau resigns; Martha E. Church named interim president
2002 :: Parker Science Center opens
2003 :: 100th anniversary of women at IC celebrated with Carole Ann Ryan Lecture Series
2003 :: Axel Steuer named IC’s 13th president; Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center opened
2004 :: Illinois College celebrates its 175th anniversary
2009 :: IC women’s golf team completes its season with a record fifth conference championship
2009 :: Illinois College celebrates the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth 
2010 :: Illinois College is recognized by the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service
             Honor Roll for its strong commitment to community service for the fourth year in a row

    
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