From the Past: Couplet T-shirts

In 2007, Blodgett Country Store owner Mark Scacco decided to turn local frustration with a road project into a humorous T-shirt. The store and the Burnt Woods Cafe, which Scacco also owns, have nearly sold out of 200 shirts. (Published Aug. 16, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).


125 Years Ago


ADVERTISEMENT: Philomath College, located at Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. Healthful and beautiful location. Five standard courses of study: Classical, Scientific, Normal, Commercial, Music and Art. Both sexes admitted. No saloons in town. Necessary expenses for a year, $125. Fall term opens September 14. (Published Aug. 18, 1892, in the Daily Statesman, Salem).

100 Years Ago


OVERLAND: A 1916 six-cylinder Oakland car which recently arrived in Corvallis from Spirit Lake, Iowa, has made a record of which the owner, B.F. Auston, is very proud. He says he left Spirit Lake by way of the Lincoln highway, came through Omaha, Cheyenne, Salt Lake and Reno, to Roseville, California, then north over the Pacific highway to Philomath. "We made the trip in a 1916 six-cylinder Oakland car, on an average of 21 miles to a gallon of gasoline. I have run the car 4,900 miles and the only breakage I had was a fan belt," says Mr. Auston. (Published Aug. 19, 1917, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).

75 Years Ago


RENTING: Captain George E. DeDakis and family have rented Mrs. Ida Campbell's home on North D Street and took possession Saturday. Captain DeDakis is with the field artillery at Camp Adair. Mrs. Campbell will visit relatives and friends in Eugene for a month and will return to make her home with Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Golden for the winter. (Published Aug. 17, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

TEACHERS: All the teachers of the local grade school have been hired for the coming year but there still are three vacancies to be filled at the high school. The personnel of the grade school are Lester Bennett, who will act as principal, Agness Clark, Ida Bennett, Ella Mae Miller, Gladys Goben, Mildred Hathaway and Margaret Lovejoy Berg. Those who have accepted contracts at the high school are principal, A.H. Winters; home economics, Helen Austin; and mathematics and science, H.A. Buxton. (Published Aug. 18, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


T-SHIRTS: The Blodgett Country Store always has a few regional items, such as the compact discs of the Summit Underground Blues Band and soaps from Yachats. But the latest local big seller is a humorous T-shirt about the confusion created by the $11 million Philomath couplet — a road project to redesign traffic flows in that town. Business owner Mark Scacco designed the "I Survived the Philomath Couplet" shirts, and has nearly sold out of the first 200 he printed. "The biggest comment from people is, 'We haven't survived it yet,'" Scacco said. (Published Aug. 16, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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