From the Past: Philomath College in 1908

This image of Philomath College was published Jan. 1, 1908, in the Daily Oregon Statesman of Salem.


135 Years Ago


ADVERTISEMENT: F.J. Rowland, blacksmith and wagonmaker, Philomath. Mr. Rowland is preparing to do all kinds of wagonmaking, repairing and blacksmithing to order. He uses the best of material every time and warrants his work. (Published Jan. 5, 1883, in the Corvallis Gazette).

130 Years Ago


RAILROAD: The following excerpt was taken from a story headlined, "A history of the road and its progress," a piece on the Oregon Pacific Railroad that included a description of the Philomath vicinity:

Blodgett's valley, six miles east of the summit, is the opening of the grain country. Large farms are seen, with the plow cutting its way through the old sod of the hill pastures, where now wheat and oats grow to the very top.

From Blodgett's valley to Corvallis, on the Willamette River, the Oregon Pacific gathers in farm products at every stopping place. At Wren's is the first large wheat elevator, to which the farmers of King's valley, six to 14 miles away, as well as the residents of the vicinity bring and deposit their grain.

At Philomath, where another large elevator stands by the side of the track, the little town is growing safely if not fast. The college of the United Brethren here is doing good work for the lads and lasses of the neighborhood. (Published Jan. 1, 1888, in the Morning Herald, Albany).

110 Years Ago


PHILOMATH: The following excerpt was taken from a story headlined, "Western Benton County offers excellent opportunities":

Seven miles west of Corvallis, on the line of the C&E, is Philomath, a pleasant little city of 500 inhabitants, located in the midst of a fine agricultural district. Philomath has five general stores, besides several smaller business houses. It has three churches and has recently erected a $5,000 public school building. Philomath is a pretty town of comfortable homes and has the moral atmosphere of a college town.

The principal educational institution at Philomath is Philomath College, a well-established and well-conducted institution housed in a stately main building ... with several smaller structures accommodating the officers and the overflow from the classrooms. "Scholarship for Service" is a phrase often heard at Philomath and those who are best acquainted with the institution are loudest in their praise of its methods and accomplishments. The following facts regarding Philomath will be of interest:

Location — For scenic beauty, few places on the coast exceed Philomath, nestling close to the foothills of the Coast Range and half encircled by them, with Mt. Chintimini (Marys Peak) just in the rear and the fertile Willamette Valley stretching away to the east for a distance of 60 miles until suddenly interrupted by the majestic Cascades. (Published Jan. 1, 1908, in the Daily Oregon Statesman, Salem).

100 Years Ago


RED CROSS: Three popular coeds, Jean Kelly of Portland, Peggy Walker of Philomath and Charlotte Moody of Pasadena, attired in costumes of the Red Cross nurse, are making a drive for Red Cross memberships among the many people attending the annual Farmers' and Home Makers' week. (Published Jan. 3, 1918, in the Oregonian, Portland).

BANK: The Philomath Review says, "Just as we go to press, we are informed that Mr. Jess R. Lasswell has sold his stock in the Philomath State Bank to H.D. Moreland, S.H. Moses, R.C. VonLehe, F.H. Burnap and John Daniel. Mr. Lasswell resigns his position as president of the institution and will return to Portland. Mr. Moreland will retain his position as cashier and the business of the bank will continue as usual." (Published Jan. 2, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


DECORATED: A captain who for 48 hours held an American artillery post ahead of the front lines and directed fire with deadly effect, and a major who braved machine gun and artillery fire in the open were among 19 American soldiers decorated by Maj. Gen. Monathan W. Anderson for bravery for wounds received during the assault on the coast of French Morocco. The silver star went to Maj. Edward C. Robertson, son of J.E. Robertson, of Philomath, who braved the open fire to rally his field artillery battalion. Major Robertson's wife lives at Eighth and Maple streets in Albany. (Published Jan. 2, 1943, in the Herald and News, Klamath Falls).

BABY: The first New Year's baby is the little daughter born at 1:10 Friday morning to Rev. and Mrs. C.E. Brickwedel of Philomath and she weights 8 pounds and 11 ounces. There are three others at home. Rev. Mr. Brickwedel is the new pastor at Philomath. Mrs. Brickwedel and the babe are in the Corvallis General Hospital. (Published Jan. 2, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ANNIVERSARY: Celebrate of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. A.A. DeFrance of Philomath, on Sunday, Dec. 27, was a happy event. Although but one of their children was able to be present, other members of the family remembered them with messages and gifts. Mrs. Erma Byington, a sister, was among the guests. Mr. and Mrs. DeFrance were married in Dows, Iowa, Dec. 25, 1892. They have been residents of Benton County for a number of years. (Published Jan. 2, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

MILITARY: Sgt. Jerry Neuman visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Neuman, for a few days while on his way to a camp in Alabama, having been transferred from Alaska. ... Miss Virginia Skelton left last week for Florida where she will train for war work. ... Alvin DuBois has returned to his army duties after a short furlough at home. (Published Jan. 4, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

15 Years Ago


BOYS BASKETBALL: Jake Kettles scored 16 points and Dan Hinchberger added 15 to lead Philomath to a 52-40 nonleague win Friday at Junction City. The Warriors (8-2) shot 50 percent from the field and made their free throws down the stretch, going 8 for 8 in the final two minutes. Adrian Bowman was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final period, scoring 14 for the game. (Published Jan. 4, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


WINNER: Joan Swanson of Philomath, the city of Philomath's finance director, won a new 2008 Toyota Prius in a raffle by Oregon Crafted. Swanson had purchased a $25 ticket from the organization for the new car. The drawing was held on Dec. 21. Oregon Crafted, a project of the Oregon Council for Business Education, is a nonprofit group that promotes Oregon artists and handcrafters, particularly in rural areas. (Published Jan. 5, 2008, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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