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125 Years Ago


SENATOR: Hon. C.B. Crosno represents Benton County in the senate. Mr. Crosno is a native of Illinois, born in Jefferson County, in that state, March 14, 1845. He was raised on a farm, working there until 1865 when he crossed the plains with an ox team, first locating in Clarke County, Wash., where he was employed at days' labor until 1868, when he went to Philomath for the purpose of attending Philomath College, at which institution he was a student for five years, teaching public school during vacations.

In 1873, Mr. Crosno went through the commercial business college at Portland, which was at the time in charge of H.M. DeFrance. In the fall of that year, Mr. Crosno went into the general merchandise business at Kings Valley, Benton County, in partnership with Hon. M.J. Connor, now steward of the asylum. They continued in this business until 1881, when they sold their store, but continued their partnership farming for a couple of years. In October 1883, Mr. Crosno went to the Siletz Indian agency as clerk and served there in that capacity until 1887, when he removed to Toledo, Benton County, where he has since resided.

Sen. Crosno was married in December, 1873, to Miss C.E. King, of Philomath, and their home is blessed with five children. Mr. Crosno was elected to the house in 1888 and to the senate in 1890, on the Republican ticket. He is a holdover senator for this session. (Published Feb. 8, 1893, in the Daily Oregon Statesman, Salem).

100 Years Ago


BACK HOME: Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Llewellyn and family, of the Philomath vicinity, are just back from a trip to Indiana, where they went before the Christmas holiday season for a visit with the relatives and friends in that state. They are delighted at being back in Oregon. The Llewellyns never got away from the snow while in the east, and say that not for one day did they fail to encounter snow. Oregon "looks mighty good to them" and they are indeed grateful to be back among the spring showers. (Published Feb. 4, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

WEDDING: The wedding of Miss Christine J. Miller, of Monroe, and Robert Gellatly, of Philomath, was simply celebrated Wednesday evening at 8 o'clock at the home of Sheriff and Mrs. W.A. Gellatly, brother and sister-in-law of the bridegroom. Rev. D.H. Leech read the marriage service, using the ring ceremony, and Lohengrin's wedding march was played by Miss Margaret Gellatly. Owing to the illness of the bride's father, the wedding was very quiet, only the immediate families and a few close friends receiving invitations. Mr. and Mrs. Gellatly have gone to reside on the Gellatly farm near Philomath, where they will soon be at home to their friends. Both are well-known young people, members of prominent pioneer families of Benton County and have a wide acquaintance in this vicinity. (Published Feb. 9, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


MILITARY: The Navy announced 67 more casualties today in the Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Navy departments. The list includes seven dead, 13 wounded and 47 missing. It brings to 22,739 casualties announced since Dec. 7, 1941. Listed as missing in action is Henry Rudolph Quetschke, fireman 1C. His father is John Quetschke, of Philomath. (Written from information published Feb. 5, 1943, in the Albany Democrat-Herald).

NEWSPAPER: The first issue of Philomath High School's Hi-Times under the new management was distributed Jan. 29. The new staff members are: Editor, Margaret Scarth; assistant editor, Martin Lowther; advertising manager, Richard Ward; business manager, Martin Lowther; sports editor, Lyle Carter; news editor, Shirley Hoyt; humor editor, Harlan Skelton; feature editor, Merle Hawley; artists, Margaret Reynolds, Iris DuBois; printers, Roy Bennett, Waldo Hanson; typists, Dot Post, Maude Martin and Henrietta Oleman. (Published Feb. 8, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


GARDEN CLUB: Philomath Garden Club reports that donations totaling $110 have been received for the Covered Bridge project fund. Members now are selling note paper on which appears a sketch of the bridge and the proceeds will go into the fund. Also underway is a new clothes sale in the Hovey Building at 13th and Main. The clothing is being sold at discount prices. (Published Feb. 10, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

CONTEST: Mrs. Raymond Gellatly reported on the essay and poster contest for Philomath Elementary School students. Theme this year is "Water, What It Means to Me." Assisting Mrs. Gellatly will be Mrs. Jorgensen. (Published Feb. 10, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


STABBED: A Philomath police officer was stabbed in the chest Thursday night after responding to complaints of a man acting bizarrely at a Philomath apartment complex. Officer Dwight Savage, a nine-year veteran of the Philomath Police Department, was stabbed on the right side of the chest after responding to a complaint from neighbors on the 1300 block of Applegate Street. He was treated and released at Good Samaritan Hospital, where an emergency room supervisor described the would as "superficial." (Published Feb. 5, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


DOWNTOWN: Philomath will get free consulting for a year on how to revitalize its downtown area, courtesy of the Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and the Oregon Downtown Development Association. The community was one of four cities selected by those organizations out of eight in the region that applied for the project. Lebanon, Newport and Toledo also were selected for a year's worth of advice. The consulting project is intended to help spur economic and aesthetic improvements in the communities selected.

"We think this will be a big shot in the arm to help us focus and really begin to implement change," said Joe Malcom of the Philomath Downtown Association, which led the local effort to get the award. The consultants said that Philomath's downtown appeared worn and blighted during a town hall meeting there Jan. 8. (Published Feb. 5, 2008, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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