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- Raney: Exploring Chattanooga businesses in the Green Book
- Elliott: Remembering the Freedmen's Bureau in Chattanooga
- Gaston: Nancy Ward was a beloved, respected Tennessean
- Martin: Prohibition - the noble experiment
- Elliott: 'A shameful, disgraceful deed': The destruction of the Sewanee cornerstone
- Gaston: Robert Cravens was ironmaster, Chattanooga area's first commuter
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- Robbins: Journalist writes of a trip to Missionary Ridge in 1896
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- Elliott: Collegedale incorporates to avoid Sunday 'blue laws'
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- Robbins: Orchard Knob battle recalled in 1895
- Elliott: Chattanoogans joined in an 'orgy of joy and gladness' on Armistice Day, 1918
- Thomas: Noted service, speakers are marks of Rotary Club of Chattanooga since 1914
- Summers and Robbins: Remembering noted Tennessee author North Callahan
- Raney: 'I auto cry, I auto laugh, I auto sign my autograph'
- Gaston: Sequoyah's alphabet enriched Cherokees
- Robbins: A look at Sam Divine's life during the Civil War
- Robbins: Memories of a Confederate nurse
- Robbins: More notes from Bradford Torrey's 1895 visit to Chickamauga Battlefield
- Robbins: Journalist in 1895 details visit to Chickamauga Battlefield
- Elliott: Telephone exchange firebombing was distraction for grocery store robbery
- Gaston: Worcester brought Christ's message to Cherokee at Brainerd Mission
- Robbins: 1896 travel diary: 'A Week on Walden's Ridge'
- Gaston: Elizabeth Strayhorn, WAC Commandant at Fort Oglethorpe
- Robbins: The history of the Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park
- Moore: Do you own a Sears Roebuck home?
- Summers and Robbins: Camp Nathan Bedford Forrest in World War II
- Gaston: Hiram Sanborn Chamberlain remembered
- Elliott: Daisy the center of tile, ceramic manufacturing in Hamilton County
- Gaston: FDR inaugurates the Chickamauga Dam
- Summers, Robbins: Interned WWII Germans had it easy at Camp Crossville
- Elliott: A war correspondent on Lookout Mountain
- Gaston: Chickamaugas finally bury hatchet in Tennessee Valley
- Gaston: Chickamaugas in Chattanooga
- Robbins: The history of the Riverbend festival
- Raney: Sadie Watson, the first woman elected in Hamilton County government
- Moore: Remembering Chattanooga's Hawkinsville community
- Elliott: Welsh coal miners transformed Soddy after the Civil War
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- Elliott: Cabell Breckinridge loses his horse
- Raney: Martin Fleming is the people's judge
- Gaston: The amazing career of Francis Lynde
- Martin: Hamilton County's Name Sake: Alexander Hamilton
- Summers, Robbins: The crosses at Sewanee
- Bledsoe: The fiery truce at Kennesaw Mountain
- Moore: Talented architect's life cut short by tragedy
- Rydell: Chattanooga's place in soccer history
- Robbins: Tennessee Coal, member of the First Dow Jones Industrial Average
- Raney: In the barber chair
- Lanier: Becoming the Boyce Station Neighborhood Association
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- Elliott: Bad investments led to Soddy Bank failure in 1930
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- Return Jonathan Meigs, Indian Agent
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- Robbins: The story of Longholm
- Raney: Women labored to help the U.S. win World War I
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- Murray: Confederate dilemma after Chickamauga
- J.B. Collins — Newsman extraordinaire
- Robbins: The Story of the Lyndhurst Mansion
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- John Ross, a founder of Chattanooga
- Hamilton County casualties in World War I
- Chattanooga Power Couple
- 'Somewhere in France'
- The Ray Moss family
- Battery B from Chattanooga
- Ulysses S. Grant, Clark B. Lagow, and the Chattanooga Bender
- Songbirds Museum Timeline
- Hamilton County World War 1 roster
- The Soddy Girl and the Memphis Belle
- Blues icon Bessie Smith was the Empress of Soul
- Women's Army Corps at Chickamauga
- Emma Bell Miles' life at the top of the 'W'
- The Tivoli Wurlitzer is one of Chattanooga's priceless assets
- Chattanooga in struggle for freedom during Civil War
- October 1918, Chattanooga paralyzed by Spanish flu epidemic
- Eli Lilly and the Ditch of Death
- One hundred years ago, Chattanooga goes to war
- The legacy of Anna Safley Houston
- Harriet Whiteside was ahead of her time
- Southern Adventist University
- Chattanooga native's writings aided Civil Rights movement
- Zion College, Chattanooga's only African American College
- The North Shore's hidden past
- Mayme Martin -- Businesswoman and community leader
- Thomas Sim's epic struggle for freedom
- Top of Cameron Hill was price of rerouting interstate
- Cameron Hill has rich history
- Temperance movement included Harriman university
- The sweetest music this side of Heaven
- Conquistadors at Chattanooga
- Chattanooga and the 'General'
- Chattanooga's first Thanksgiving, 1863
- Chattanooga's greatest flood caught city unaware
- Opening the Cracker Line
- European trip in 1900 enlightens Sophia Scholze Long
- Sophia Scholze Long spoke out when others were silent
- Little South Pittsburg and its big silent movie stars
- Lot attendant recalls hottest job in Chattanooga
- Chattanooga's Forest Hills is final resting place for known, unknown
- Burritt College -- Pioneer of the Cumberlands
- Chattanooga's nicknames trace city's evolution
- The 25th annual meeting of the Tennessee Press Association
- Clemons Brothers Furniture Store
- The Short Life of the USS Chattanooga
- Ellen Jarnagin McCallie lived a truly remarkable life
- Dr. Jonathan Bachman was a revered city father
- Second guessing the Confederate failure on Missionary Ridge
- Nancy Kefauver, ambassador for the arts
- William Gibbs McAdoo kept his Southern roots
- Chattanooga's Secretary of the Treasury
- Howard Baker remembered as a statesman/photographer who snapped history
- Tivoli's last picture show
- The history of one of Chattanooga's oldest businesses
- Chattanooga's roller derby skaters
- Myths of Coca-Cola in Chattanooga
- Chattanooga's neighborhood grocery stores
- The tale of the Scottsboro Boys
- The people's history of Chattanooga
- Howard School is Chattanooga's reminder of Reconstruction
- Elevator operator, painter, mystery man: meet Rice Carothers
- Raulston Schoolfield made enemies amid his rise to power
- Website lets users peer into Chattanooga's past
- The flood of 1917
- Chattanooga's 'wickedest woman' buried at Forest Hills
- History of Cummings Highway
Dedication, sacrifice and vision mark the beginnings of what is now Southern Adventist University. With nearly 3,000 students, this institution, located in Collegedale, Tenn., is a far cry from its humble beginnings. Established in 1892, the school was founded in Graysville, Tenn., by George W. Colcord.
With the dream of offering quality Christian education to the Southeast, Colcord was committed to the school's success, using his own money to rent a temporary classroom on the second floor of J.W. Clouse's General Store at the corner of Dayton Avenue and Shelton Street. Initially, 23 students attended his classes.
Though small, the school prepared its students to have a positive impact on the world for decades to come. One of the early graduates, Rochelle Kilgore, was born on a cotton plantation in Reynolds, Ga., in 1887. Shortly after graduating in 1904, Kilgore began a teaching career that would span 75 years, mostly spent in higher education. Instructing young people was more than an occupation for Kilgore.
Through the years she invited 94 students to live in her home and corresponded with hundreds of American service members around the world. When she died at the age of 105, she was remembered as an inspirational figure.
Moving the College to the Dale
By 1916, after many rocky years in Graysville - culminating in a fire that demolished the women's dorm - the decision was made to relocate the school to what is now Collegedale. Then known as Thatcher Switch, the site offered a lovely setting but very little infrastructure. However, administrators had a vision of what Southern could become, and, not to be discouraged, they loaded everyone into wagons and made the move.
For the first few years in Collegedale, students lived in tents, and early accounts use terms such as "spartan" and "primitive" to describe life on campus. Visiting missionaries even expressed that the conditions at the school were worse than in the mission field.
Still, the little school persisted. Various accounts from the time say students complained very little about the rough conditions. According to A.N. Atteberry, then principal of the school, "The pioneer spirit was dominant. The young men and women felt they were experiencing some of the conditions our missionaries often endure and also that they were building for those who would come later."
That indomitable spirit carried on through the years as the campus and student body grew. By the 1940s, World War II loomed on the horizon, and Southern's faculty foresaw a need for preparation in order to best serve their country.
As an institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which has a long tradition of pacifism, Southern took part in a program called Medical Cadet Corps, training young men to save lives rather than to kill and preparing them for the military's medical service. By the end of the war, 171 Southern students had served in the U.S. armed forces, with eight making the ultimate sacrifice.
The philosophies of saving lives and serving the community are woven throughout Southern's history. In the early years, the school operated a sanitarium to meet the community's health needs, and in 1956, Southern debuted a new program: nursing. It quickly became the most popular major on campus, and by 1973, Southern had the largest nursing school in Tennessee.
Graduates of the program have gone on to provide quality health care around the globe, including Heather Magee, who received the 2016 Nurse Excellence Award from Erlanger Health System.
From its infancy in Graysville to a thriving university in Collegedale, Southern has trained young people to positively impact their world. For example, Southern has marked Martin Luther King Day for the last 24 years by helping many service agencies and programs in the Chattanooga community, with about 1,100 students participating this year.
Beyond graduation, alumni have gone on to work at Google, Pixar and the United Nations. They have become filmmakers, senators and missionaries. One helped update the Hubble Space Telescope, another started the American Birding Association, and it all began 125 years ago on the second floor of a tiny store in Southeast Tennessee.
David Smith is the 26th president of Southern Adventist University. After teaching in Southern's English department for 17 years, Smith became president of Union College in Nebraska. In 2011, he returned to Collegedale as senior pastor of the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists and accepted the position of university president in 2016.
For more, visit Chattahistoricalassoc.org.