From the Past: Philomath Scout Lodge

TEN YEARS AGO: Neil Richardson, right, goes over Philomath Scout Lodge blueprints with Shawn Graham of Forrest Temple, in 2008. The space was designed to seat 150 people with plans to rent it out for weddings and other events.


125 Years Ago


PANTHER: A queer sort of a hunting combination met a few days ago in the coast range out west of Corvallis. The Allen brothers, of Philomath, went out hunting with their hounds in the region of Marys Peak. As they were scouting through the timber, the dogs ran into a large panther which had just killed a deer and was about to make a meal of it. The panther, on the onset of the dogs, took to a tree, while the hunters came up and secured the deer. They then shot the panther, flayed it and brought the skin into this city, in a fine state of preservation where it was bought by Professor Washburn to be prepared and mounted in the college museum. The animal measured 7 feet in length and was an unusually fine specimen. (Published Feb. 24, 1893, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


DEATH: Mrs. Sarah Mulkey, who had made her home in Benton County for 48 years, died Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.E. Palmer, southwest of Corvallis. She was one of the most widely known residents of the county. The funeral was held this afternoon and the body interned in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The Mulkeys are recently from Blodgett. (Published Feb. 21 in the Oregonian, Portland).

ACCIDENT: While cutting trees for the Benton County Logging Co., this morning, Sam Clarke of near Philomath met with a painful and perhaps fatal accident. A falling tree struck him, breaking a leg and an arm and injuring him internally. Local doctors hurriedly patched him together and rushed him to the hospital at Portland. Mr. Clarke is about 45 years of age and has a large family. (Published Feb. 22, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

OPERATION: R.J. Arpke, who underwent an operation in Corvallis last week, has returned to his home in Philomath. The trouble is not as serious as attendants had believed and Mr. Arpke is making rapid recovery. (Published Feb. 22, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


GRANGE: Marys River Grange met recently. The men furnished the program after which a business meeting was held. A.G. DuBois, master, appointed committees for the year. After adjournment, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gellatly, charter members of the grange, were seated at a table and surprised by a silver wedding shower, in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary which was the next day. (Published Feb. 22, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

MILITARY: The Bainbridge Army Air Field in Georgia announced that Cadet George S. Best, son of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Best, of Newport, had completed primary training and had arrived there for his basic flying instruction. He is a graduate of Philomath High School. (Published Feb. 23, 1943, in the Oregonian, Portland).

50 Years Ago


JUVENILES: The Philomath Lions Club Auxiliary held a dinner meeting and had as guest speaker Mrs. June Anderson from the Benton County Juvenile Department who talked briefly on statistics and procedure of a child coming within the jurisdiction of the court. The auxiliary will meet next at the home of Mrs. Ronald Flatz. (Published Feb. 24, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


SCHOOL: At 5:30 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service was predicting that the falling snow would turn to rain by mid-morning. Officials from the Olson Bus Co., which contracts with the Philomath School District, reported that the roads were fine. So Chuck Jackson, Philomath superintendent, made the decision to keep schools open. "At 5:30, that seemed like the reasonable decision to make. If I had known what the world would look like at 10 o'clock, I probably would have decided differently," he said.

While students and staff in Corvallis, Albany and points north enjoyed the start of a three-day weekend, those in Philomath started school on time. "We seem to be the 'Lone Ranger' today," Jackson said. About one-third of Philomath High School students were absent Friday, officials said, as were 117 of Philomath's 534 elementary students. Officials at the middle school would not release attendance figures. (Published Feb. 20, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


VIRUS: A contagious respiratory virus has plagued local schools in the last week, with hundreds of Corvallis and Philomath school children staying home to recuperate. Symptoms include a fever, congestion, aches and a sore throat, county health officials said. At Philomath Middle School, Principal Larry Sleeman said more than 150 children were absent Wednesday, an unusually high number even for the cold and flu season. On a typical day, there are 20 to 30 absences. It was a similar story at Philomath Elementary School, which had 62 absences Wednesday. (Published Feb. 20, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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