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100 Years Ago


MILITARY: The following young men left Philomath today for San Diego to enlist in the aviation corps: Lyle Smith, Frederick Barnum and Emmett Hood. William Sharp also left for Vancouver to enlist in the quartermaster’s department. (Published April 12, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

HONOR GUARD: A girls’ National Honor Guard branch was organized in Philomath this week with a membership of 22. The following officers were elected: Miss Zenana Emerick, leader; Iona Davis, assistant leader; Zella Fink, secretary; Maud Gerking, treasurer. As the girls all enlisted under one corps, that of the first aid, but one captain, Miss Josie Davis, was appointed. (Published April 15, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

SCHOOL PLAY: The students of Philomath High School presented the play, “Mrs. Barclay’s Rebellion,” at the Oddfellows’ Hall April 14. The cast of characters is as follows: Mrs. Barclay, Agnes von Lehe; Miss Ruth Carter, Marion Whiting; Mrs. Brown, Maree Soule; Cora Brown, Frances Emerick; Miss Elsie Stuart, Madeline Buntin; Miss Ann O’Connor, Della Brown; Norton Barclay, Ira Smith; Roger Stuart, Marvin Thomas; Rennis O’Hara, Dan Willoughby. (Published April 15, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

DEATH: The funeral of Mrs. Justina Newton, who died in Philomath Tuesday night, was held Wednesday at the First United Brethren Church, Rev. D.L. Fields officiating. Mrs. Newton with her family was one of the earliest settlers in Benton County. Her father, William Knotts, settled on a claim 2-1/2 miles from Corvallis where the daughter, Justina, was married to Norris P. Newton in 1853. (Published April 15, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

75 Years Ago


MILITARY: An official announcement from Gen. MacArthur’s headquarters in Australia cites the name of Carl Thrasher of Philomath among those given awards for bravery in action in the Philippines. Carl won a silver star. (Published April 12, 1942, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

ANNIVERSARY: The 75th anniversary of the founding of Philomath College will be celebrated the last of May. Jonas Mann, Effie Wright and Myrtle Murphy were appointed on the committee to make arrangements for the program. (Published April 13, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


POSSIBLE JOBS: With a steadily declining industrial employment base, word that a company had bought TreeSource Industries' Pacific Softwoods mill site on Philomath's east end with plans to reopen it comes as welcome news. If the plant opens to full capacity, it could bring as many as 80 jobs back to Philomath, according to Bob Lockwood, chief financial officer for TreeSource, formerly WTD Industries. The sale also is good news for TreeSource, which has gone from being a top lumber producer decades ago to one that has just worked its way out of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

With the exception of its kiln-drying facilities, the mill has been closed since October 1998, when 75 employees were laid off. That shutdown capped the company's closure of three mills in Philomath that idled at least 225 workers. Most recently, the closing of Smurfit's cladwood plant in Philomath idled 35 workers. (Published April 11, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).


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