On this day in 1904, the Athens Banner announced that unbeknownst to anyone, the first wireless Marconigram was sent to Athens several days earlier by Miss Mildred Rutherford, who did not want her relatives to worry that her ship was running late.
Alas, the headline was misplaced, so while the story appeared in the first column of the front page on March 5th, the headline was placed over the obituary of Presbyterian minister and 1851 University of Georgia graduate Dr. R. Q. Mallard in New Orleans.
Miss Mildred Lewis Rutherford, aka "Miss Mille," taught literature, history, and Bible studies at the Lucy Cobb Institute from 1880 to 1928, serving as principal from 1880 to 1895, and as president from 1917-1922.
Guglielmo Marconi would share the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1909 with German scientist Karl Ferdinand Braun "in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy."
- Athens Banner, Feb. 1904 - Nov. 1905 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Thunderstruck by Erik Larsen in the general collection.
- Marconi and Tesla: Pioneers of Radio Communication by Tim O'Shei via PINES.
- Guglielmo Marconi biography on the Nobel Prize website.
- Physics in the Twentieth Century by Curt Suplee in the general collection.
- A Century of Radio website by the BBC.
- The Marconi Centre website.
- My Father Marconi by Degna Marconi via PINES.
- Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times, edited by Ann Short Chirhart and Betty Wood in the Heritage collection.
- Higher Education for Women in the South: A History of Lucy Cobb Institute, 1858-1994 by Phinizy Spalding.