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100 Years Ago


RALLY: A patriotic rally was held in I.O.O.F. Hall at Philomath Tuesday night in which the Girls’ Honor Guard and the Philomath Home Guard played a prominent part. The Philomath band played a number of patriotic airs and the National anthem was sung by the audience. There were short patriotic addresses by the mayor, R.O. Loggan, Dennis Stovall, Mrs. Haskins, WCTU worker, and President Eppley, of Philomath College. Almost the entire population of that small town turned out for the meeting. (Published April 19, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

WEDDING: Grier Vosberg and Miss Muriel Viola Hooper, both of Philomath and quite well known in that vicinity, were married at that place a few days ago, Rev. Francis Fisher officiating at the service. Mr. and Mrs. Vosberg are to reside at Philomath. (Published April 19, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


NEWS ITEMS: District Fire Warden Kirby spoke at the grange Friday evening about rural fire protection for the Philomath district. … Mrs. Earl Roberts has bought the Kipper property in Rose Park addition. … Leroy Mola and Gordon Holderman joined the Navy and reported for duty Friday. … The Garden Club met Friday at the home of Mrs. Charles Minton. (Published April 16, 1942, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

OLD HOUSE: The Allen house, home of the late Ida Allen, on North Street, is being razed for a more modern structure to be erected by Fred Gee. This is one of the oldest houses in Philomath and the main part was built over 90 years ago. An addition was built on about 75 years ago. The house was a box construction and the interior was finished with rough lumber and clothed and papered. A fireplace and cook stove furnished heat for the large sitting room, kitchen and five large bedrooms, besides a big store room.

Among other things found in the house was an announcement of the Philomath College, conservative branch of the United Brethren Church of 1900 and 1901. At that time, W.T. Wyatt was president of the college and C.G. Springer was secretary. The college was located on the hill where the high school now stands. Later it was sold to the liberal branch and used as a music hall until the college closed. It is now leased to the school district. (Published April 21, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

DINNER: About 45 people met at the ladies’ parlors last Wednesday evening for the emergency dinner served by the canteen class of Corvallis. Chet Taylor and Mrs. Charline Edwards acted as hosts and had charge of the dining room while Mrs. Prentiss, Mrs. Smith, Grace Alylesworth, Georgia Bibee and Mrs. Murphy prepared the meal. Much interest is show in the work and a class may be organized here after the first aid classes have finished their course.

15 Years Ago


BALLFIELD: Volunteers hoping to replace an aging high school baseball facility with a new and improved version got the pitcher’s go-ahead nod for starting the project at a Thursday night school board meeting. But the group, the Philomath Baseball Association, also heard that it may have to hold up at second base until some efforts at improving the school’s softball field also can be made. In February, the association received the board’s tentative approval for its plan to build a $175,000 facility on the current ball field’s site. The plan included new bleachers, dugouts with nearby locker rooms — all constructed of concrete — and a press box and concession stand.

But association members were later told that the plan could conflict with federal funding requirements for equality in sports opportunities. Board members agreed they needed to take steps cautiously to avoid the expense of a Title IX lawsuit, or the district could lose the nearly $650,000 in federal support it receives annually. Philomath School District Superintendent Terry Kneisler will meet with a group of parents selected by the teams’ coaches next week to hammer out details to improve both facilities. (Published April 19, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

— Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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