100 Years Ago
AUTOMOBILE: Ross Carmichael has purchased an automobile which he will put on the mail route between Toledo and Philomath as soon as the roads permit. (Published Feb. 15, 1918, in the Lincoln County Leader, Toledo).
OPERATION: R.J. Arpke, a resident of Philomath, underwent a major operation Wednesday in Corvallis for the removal of a growth from his face. The trouble is quite serious and has caused the relatives considerable anxiety. Mr. Arpke is the father of Victor P. Arpke, with the 361st Ambulance Corps at American Lake and a former employee with the First National Bank of this city. (Published Feb. 16, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
SAWDUST: Three men have been arrested on the charge of dumping sawdust into the tributaries of the Willamette River and two of them, W.E. Rosencrans and E.C. Kinsman, brought before Justice Black, were fined $25 each. The third man, S.S. Ewing of the Philomath Lumber Co., will be tried next week. (Published Feb. 17, 1918, in the Oregon Sunday Journal, Portland).
75 Years Ago
MILITARY: Word from the public relations office of the Army Air Force's technical school at Amarillo, Texas, states that Ralph A. Simmons, of Philomath, has been promoted from private first class to corporal. (Published Feb. 13, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
DEATH: Mrs. Edith Sophia Enke, wife of W.O. Enke, died at the Philomath home at 4 o'clock Sunday morning after long illness. Mrs. Enke had resided in Philomath for the past 25 years. She was born Jan. 24, 1866, in Delano, Minnesota, where she was educated and grew to womanhood. She married Thomas J. Lanway and lived in Delano several years before the couple came to Philomath where Mr. Lanway died in January 1938. On July 8, 1938, she married Mr. Enke, who survives her. (Published Feb. 15, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
RESTAURANT: Ernie's Cafe, formerly Smiley's, has reopened with Mrs. Emma Lou Landis as manager. The owner is Ernie Weber, local lumberman. Considerable changes in the equipment have been made. The cafe will be open 16 hours daily, 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. (Published Feb. 16, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
SCHOOL: Princesses for the Sweethearts Ball Saturday are freshmen class — Sharon Harnden; sophomore class — Sandi Newell; junior class — Sharon Morrow; senior class — Kathy Roberts. Music will be provided by the Brass Diablos, with the theme being Cupid's Night Out. Admission charged is $1.25 and 75 cents. The dance is from 8 to 12. (Published Feb. 16, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
BASKETBALL: At Philomath, John Freeman had 23 points to lead fourth-ranked Philomath to a 79-53 win over Yamhill-Carlton, keeping the Warriors in the ValCo League lead. Philomath (8-2 league, 12-5 overall) plays at Newport on Friday. Donovan Cutsforth had 16 points and both he and Brent Nelson had five assists for Philomath. Andy McCabe had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, scoring 11 of those points in a wild third quarter that saw Philomath outscore Y-C, 31-21. (Published Feb. 17, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
WARDS: Philomath voters will decide this spring whether to elect city councilors by wards, an initiative that backers say will bring a more balanced voice to the elected body. Benton County elections officials determined Feb. 5 that chief petitioners collected enough valid signatures to place the initiative on the May 20 ballot. City councilors will discuss Feb. 24 whether to counter the initiative, either by taking an official stance or sending voters an alternative measure. The initiative amends the city charter so voters elect two councilors in each of three wards of equal population. Voters now elect all six councilors citywide. (Published Feb. 13, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).