150 Years Ago
CHURCH: We are informed that the United Brethren of Oregon are discussing the practicability of establishing a newspaper to be devoted to the interests of that denomination of Christians. The church in Oregon and the territories adjoining, numbers something over 1,000 with three church buildings, 10 Sunday schools and 310 scholars. Rev. T.J. Connor is the president of the conference. Philomath College in Benton County is under the management of the denomination. (Published Feb. 1, 1868, in the Oregonian, Portland).
100 Years Ago
NOON: William Noon passed down the river today to his sawmill that is being built at Pike's Camp. Mr. Noon owned the mill on Woods Creek near Philomath and the station there is named after him. (Published Feb. 1, 1918, in the Lincoln County Leader, Toledo).
75 Years Ago
NEWSPAPERS: In looking through an old trunk belonging to his mother, Mrs. Minnie Miller, who recently passed away, Erb Kisor of Philomath found four old papers telling of early events in Philomath and Corvallis. The oldest Philomath paper was the Philomath Journal of Feb. 21, 1896, the second issue of the paper, of four pages of five columns. T.G. Robinson was the editor and his assistants were H.C. Allen and E.P. Newton.
Most of the front page is given over to advertising and county news. Among the personals we see that Andrew Gellatly shipped a load of onions to Portland Saturday and Z.H. Davis was out from Corvallis Tuesday to see how they do business in a live town. (Published Jan. 30, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
FIREMEN: The Philomath firemen recently received a shipment of new helmets and turn-out coats to protect the firemen in their work. The equipment has been added to the new truck, reports Chief L.C. Rees. Recent donations to the department include $2 from Earl Brown, money he received from the sale of some tire chains. Also $20 from the Ellis and Mann Lumber Co., in appreciation of the use of some of the firefighting equipment. (Published Jan. 30, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
BASKETBALL: Philomath used a .610 second-half shooting mark from the field to offset ball-handling and foul shooting woes in scoring a 62-61 Yawama League basketball win over Sheridan Friday night. As usual , the Warrior attack was balanced with Dennis Shannon tops with 17 points, Dan Anderson had 13, Dave Smith 12 and Berle Stratton 11. (Published Feb. 3, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
CIVIL DEFENSE: Civil defense drills are now being conducted in all schools of the district, reported Lyle Carter, director. The children are being drilled to go to the safest places in their respective schools in case of an emergency. Police, fire and civil defense officials will be given the information about where the children will be in case of a disaster. (Published Feb. 3, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
FIRE: A collection of teddy bears stacked next to a defective baseboard heater caused a fire that did about $4,000 in damage to a Philomath home Monday. Philomath firefighters credit a smoke detector with preventing a much more serious fire that could have destroyed the house. The fire broke out at about 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home of Larry King at 130 N. 14th St. Firefighters received the call at 9:34 a.m. They arrived at the fire at 9:37 a.m. and had the blaze out in about 15 minutes, Philomath Fire Marshal Dean Chappell said. (Published Feb. 2, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
SCHOOLS: Corvallis and Philomath school districts have settled on school day reduction plans in the wake of the failure of Measure 28. The Corvallis School Board voted Monday to trim seven days from the school year and the Philomath School Board finished its budget reconciliation process Wednesday by eliminating six days.
Philomath students will get an early start on spring break when schools close March 21. School will also be out April 18, and four days were lopped off the end of the year, so that students' last day is now June 6. If more money is available for school, Philomath officials plan to first shore up the district's end-fund balance, which was whittled down to $200,000 and must cover all costs during the summer. The district would also make every effort to restore school days if possible. (Published Feb. 1, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).