From the Past: 2007 Scout Lodge groundbreaking

TEN YEARS AGO: After the official groundbreaking of the Philomath Scout Lodge, spectators, from left, Sharon Bierek, Leslie Johnson, Max Bierek and Rebecca Ogg, look at John Mayer's finished Eagle Scout project in August 2007. (Published Aug. 25 in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).


125 Years Ago


NOTARIES: The governor today issued the following notaries public commissions: J.H. Huddleson, A.L. Hexter and P.N. Hughes, of Portland; A.E. Acklom, of Newport; G.H. Shinn, of Baker City; Peter Lamar, of Astoria; A.J. Williams, of Philomath, and A.E. McFarland, of Elkton. (Published Aug. 24, 1892, in the Oregonian, Portland).

100 Years Ago


ACCIDENT: Nye Scott, of Philomath, accidentally shot and killed himself this morning while deer hunting. The accident occurred on Marys Peak. He was employed by the Spaulding Logging Co., and in company with Tonnis Lake had gone out early in the morning. Scott succeeded in wounding one deer, but not so seriously but that it was getting away. In his hurry to keep track of it, Mr. Scott fell. He carried an automatic rifle, which was discharged, the bullet passing through his left arm, entered his left side, passed through his heart and came out at the right side of his neck, killing him instantly.

Help was summoned by Mr. Lake and it took most of the forenoon to get the body down out of the mountains. Mr. Scott was 44 years of age and was born and raised in Benton County, his family coming to Corvallis in 1854. He leaves a wife and two married daughters, eight brothers and two sisters. Burial will be in Newton Cemetery. (Published Aug. 25, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

MOVED: Prof. Roy W. Glass, who has been connected with the Philomath schools, and Mrs. Glass were in Corvallis recently on their way to Springfield, where Mr. Glass will be employed in the Springfield schools. The auto truck hired to move the furniture broke down on the trip to Springfield and several articles were lost. (Published Aug. 25, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

WILDFIRES: Forest fires are raging in the Alsea mountains west of Philomath and causing considerable damage, but as yet no loss of life or stock is reported. The road to Alsea was impassable yesterday, but with an increased fighting force it is thought control of the fire will soon be accomplished. The forest fires in the mountains bordering the Yaquina and the C&E R.R. have died down with but little damage done, but southwest of Philomath, the fires still burn, causing great uneasiness among the farmers of the foothills. (Published Aug. 26, 1917, in the Oregon Sunday Journal, Portland).

COLLEGE: President Epley, of the Philomath College, announces that the institution will not open until Oct. 1, 1917. He does not give the reason, but doubtless this is a war measure. (Published Aug. 20, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


EDITORIAL: We have not had any truck tires here for a week and there are none in prospect. Our tire allotment manager, Vance Taylor, spent a day in Portland Tuesday trying to get some more tires for this section, but was unsuccessful. He was advised by the state bosses of the OPA to go direct to Washington because it is useless to try to do anything with them for they cannot wiggle any more tires out of Washington. Complaints came into this office Wednesday to the effect that there was a load of lumber stuck in the streets of Philomath because of a tire blow out and no spare. The lumber was consigned to the Corvallis cantonment. (Published Aug. 24, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ROADS: Gravel has been spread on the Philomath-Alsea section of the road to Waldport with wider shoulders. this work has been in progress for some time. The stretch was badly cut up by logging truck operations. Also, the Corvallis-Newport highway has received a heavy coat of new surfacing for several miles west of Philomath. Huge piles of surfacing material have been accumulated at several points between Corvallis and Newport on this highway, which will be spread during the coming year. (Published Aug. 20, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


STATUE: Philomath High School will have its controversial Warrior statue returned to its previous location in the school, and School District Superintendent Terry Kneisler's contract has been renewed through 2005. Philomath School Board members made those decisions Thursday night after a short deliberation. The Warrior statue, a carved wooden figure of a Native American male, was given to the high school as a gift by the class of 1976. A previous administrator removed it a few years ago on the grounds that it was cartoonish in nature and was being damaged by students. (Published Aug. 23, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).


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