From the Past: Wright Brothers

100 Years Ago


CREAMERY: The Philomath Farmers Creamery Co., has leased its plant here for a period of two years to the Newberg Creamery Co., which company also holds an option on the Philomath plant. The new company is receiving cream and will begin operating at once. The Newberg company will pay Portland prices for butter fat and expects also to deal in poultry and eggs. (Published April 26, 1917, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).

WRIGHT BROTHERS: One of the greatest chapters of contemporaneous scientific history will show that the invention of the aeroplane has equaled in importance that of the steamboat, the steam engine or the automobile, and scientific historians will record that the contribution to world progress of the heavier than air flying machine was made by the late Wilbur Wright and his surviving brother, Orville. But it is not generally known that the Wright boys began their work of invention, later continued in a workshop back of their store in Dayton, Ohio, at the quiet little town of Philomath in the Willamette Valley.

The residence of Wilbur and Orville Wright at Philomath was recalled this week to S.E. Bartmess on receipt of “The Religious Telescope,” a publication of the United Brethren Church. The Religious Telescope of the April 11 issue tells us of the death of Milton Wright, United Brethren bishop, and former editor of the publication, at the home of his son, in Oakwood, a Dayton, Ohio, suburb, on April 3.

The news contained in the publication of the death was shown to Rev. F.H. Neff, who is here conducting a series of evangelistic meetings. Rev. Neff, too, recalls the resident of the late Bishop Wright at Philomath. Mr. Neff does not know the exact date of the departure of Bishop Wright and is family on their return to Ohio. (Published April 26, 1917, in the Hood River Glacier).

75 Years Ago


NEWSPAPER: The last issue of the Philomath Hi Times, edited by the freshman class, was an interesting paper. Printed on green paper, typical of the class color, the freshmen have covered eight pages with their news. Those on the editorial staff are editor Sara Jane Daniels; assistant editor Nella Cary; advertising manager Darlene Griffith; sports editor Melvin Olson; society editor Rosanna Eaton; news, Joanna Zeal; humor and gossip, Robert Woods; features, Pearl Anderson; artists, Ray Kisor and Margie Morgan; and printers Kenneth Buck and Lynn Spencer. (Published April 29, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


Load comments