KNOXVILLE — In the 1920s two Johnson University students, John Scott and Allen Miller, started an annual tradition that is now almost a century old.
In preparation for this year’s event, Philip Eubanks shared the history of how the Miller-Scott Banquet came to be.
“Miller and Scott were roommates when they were students and graduated in the class of 1924. After they graduated Scott ran a turkey farm not far away from the college,” Eubanks said.
“Since they didn’t have Thanksgiving break back then, Scott began giving turkeys that provided for the Thanksgiving dinner,” he said. “Allen helped in giving money for the turkeys and in the 1940s the two made an endowment fund so that they could continue to provide the turkeys.”
Eubanks also explained that since Johnson began having a Thanksgiving break, the banquet has been moved to December. Miller was still alive at the time they moved the date and gave them permission to do so.
Eubanks added that Scott later became a trustee at Johnson.
“Even though the program is a gift from the faculty and staff of the college, the cost of the meal is provided courtesy of Allen Miller and John Scott,” he said.
As students gather on Monday evening to enjoy the banquet, Eubanks encouraged them to remember the kindness of Miller and Scott.