100 Years Ago
RAINFALL: The rainfall in Philomath has been the heaviest in several years. Marys River rushed over its banks Wednesday, sending the backwaters up into the residence district of Philomath. Many cellars are flooded and rubber boots required to reach the woodsheds. The mail service on several rural routes has been delayed and washouts on the Corvallis & Eastern prevented train service from the west yesterday. (Published Dec. 23, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).
75 Years Ago
GRANGE: Marys River Grange will install officers for 1943 at the regular meeting Friday evening and will have the Christmas tree with exchange of small gifts. Refreshments will be candy, nuts, popcorn and cookies. At the last meeting, a service flag with 13 stars was dedicated. (Published Dec. 18, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
ENLISTED: Harry Watson, of Portland, but formerly of Philomath, has enlisted in the Navy construction corps and left for duty last Wednesday. His wife is making her home in Corvallis with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Merrick. Sunday, she and her parents visited the Greer Vosberg family in Philomath. (Published Dec. 18, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
PAGEANT: A Christmas pageant, "Where the Star Shines, is to be given Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, at 8 o'clock in the upper chapel of the College church by the Sunday school. Mrs. Vaughan Johnson is directing the play. The scene is the living room in a humble home. Members of the cast are Betty Johnson, Vivian Ellis, Hazel Ellis, Vangie Morgan, Margaret Gibson, W.W. Wright, Ben Ellis, Lester Bennett, Effie Wright, C.E. Brickwedel, Boy Scouts and other group characters. (Published Dec. 19, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
MILITARY: Carl Thrasher, Philomath's outstanding war hero, arrived home Saturday to spend an eight-day furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Thrasher. He is a master sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Forces. Thrasher, who has seen action with Gen. MacArthur's forces in the Philippines and Australia.
Press dispatches last March related the award of a silver medal to Sgt. Thrasher for his part as a member of a bomber crew that sank a Jap destroyer. In November, general headquarters in the southwest Pacific announced that an oak leaf cluster in lieu of a second silver star had been awarded to him as result of the raid of Flying Fortresses over Rabaul. Thrasher is a Fortress gunner. His formation shot down seven of 20 attacking Zeros and continued their attack on the Vunakanau airdrome. (Published Dec. 23, 1942, in the Oregonian, Portland).
15 Years Ago
BASEBALL: Former Philomath High, Richey's Market and Oregon State baseball star Mike Thurman has signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians, the club announced Wednesday. Thurman, 29, spent last season with the New York Yankees and Columbus Clippers of the Triple-A International League. He signed a one-year deal with the Yankees last February after spending the first five years of his major-league career with the Montreal Expos. He graduated from Philomath High in 1992 and then lettered at OSU from 1992-94. (Published Dec. 19, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).