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100 Years Ago


RED CROSS: The dial on the Red Cross 10 feet high standing at the intersection of Second and Madison streets says that the canvassers in the great Red Cross drive reported at noon today that they had raised $3,854 of the $10,000 this county is expected to raise.

The meeting at Irish Bend last night was a rouser. That community, so far as people are concerned, is scarcely on the map, yet the enthusiastic there stirred up a crowd of 110, secured 88 memberships, and then got busy and collected contributions of $191.

The only cheerful thing about the meeting at Philomath last night was the assurance from some of the unchristian devils there that they would see to it that the Christian folks would join with them and raise the amount allotted to Philomath — $600. Philomath is the largest precinct in the county outside of Corvallis and at no place had there been such advertising done. On Sunday, the meeting was announced at church and notice of the meeting was then put inside of each and every home in the town. Some of the lives ones boosted in every way for the meeting, and then the Fife and Drum Corps from Corvallis raised a terrible row there in the early morning, but the crowd of Philomath people at the meeting was not more than 60 and the Corvallis people who went in autos swelled it to 90 — less than have been present at a half dozen of the smallest precincts in the county. As one Philomath man put it, there is more religion and less Christianity in Philomath than in any town of its size on the globe.

The final result of the meeting, after Attorney Clarke had made the most brilliant address of the campaign was 44 members. Dr. Johnson, Rev. Simpson, Rev. Greene and Paul Blackstone assisted in making the meeting the most elaborate of any held in the county, but it was like being up against a stone wall.

Dr. Loggan, W.A. Jolly, Mrs. Sam Wyatt, H.D. Moreland, R.C. Von Lehe, Robert Gellatly, Dennis Stovall, Prof. Glass and Mrs. Dr. Smith were elected to carry on the fight there, and they will to the last ditch, or until that $600 is raised. Philomath is all right, of course, but just asleep at the switch so far. (Published June 19, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

INJURED: Everett Wilson, one of the Philomath Round-Up performers who was gored and badly torn Wednesday while attempting to bulldog one of the Round-Up animals, is getting along as well as could be expected and doubtless will soon be on the road to recovery. Mr. Wilson is at the Corvallis hospital and is severely bruised and badly torn, but barring complications, should soon recover. (Published June 22, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ROUND-UP: While the Philomath Round-Up crowd was not as large on Wednesday as had been hoped for, the crowd at yesterday's doings was excellent, not quite so large, however, as that on Corvallis day last year. Corvallis did her full share to help out, closing every business house in the city that all care to do so might be in attendance. However, it was noticeable that a large number of autos from distances speeding through Corvallis was not comparable to the showing last year in this respect. Last year, it was a continuous procession through the streets of the city.

The falling off may be properly attributed to the war situation, the calls for men and funds, and te doubt of what may be going to happen. Also, in a measure to the round-ups near already having taken place, and that others are coming. Both Wednesday and yesterday, there were thrills enough to satisfy everybody, and it was very apparent that the Philomath Round-Up this year is much more complete high-class to the last degree. Today ought to be a very fair day at the big show, many holding off to see the big finals. (Published June 22, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


DANCE: The Philomath Fire Department is to give a benefit dance Saturday evening, June 20, in the high school gymnasium there. A Corvallis dance band is to furnish music. The money raised will be used toward the purchase of equipment for Philomath's new fire truck. (Published June 18, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ELECTION: Only 17 voters were out Monday night for the annual school election held at the high school. Lynn Clark was elected director for three years and W.W. Wright was re-elected clerk. He has held this office for several years. The clerk's report showed a balance of cash on hand of nearly $6,000. Just a little over $2 was paid for interest last year. About $9,500 will be raised this year by taxation. (Published June 19, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

WAR EFFORT: The Clark and Haight garage reports a large amount of rubber is being turned in each day and they have shipped one large truck load. Fifty-three women have received cards as civilian aircraft observers from the fourth interceptor command at Eugene. They have taken over the early watch at the observation post, and several are assisting with work on the later hours. (Published June 19, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

BRIEFS: Mrs. Lewis Fox received a telegram from her son, Robert, a few days ago, reporting that he was well and back in the USA. Robert was a graduate of Philomath High School and after enlisting in the Navy, was sent overseas and was twice reported missing in action after the Pearl Harbor battle. ... Relatives of Cecil Moreland received a letter from him stating he is in Hawaii. ... June 9 and June 16 were registration days for canning sugar in Philomath precinct. Many stood in line for two or more hours. ... The Hovey grocery store and hardware store in Philomath was closed Thursday and the stock taken to the Hovey store in Corvallis. ... The Women's Club met Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Frank Hyde. (Published June 22, 1942, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

GIRL SCOUTS: Girls between the ages of 12 and 16 living in Philomath will have an opportunity to join the Girl Scouts. An open meeting for organization will be held Thursday at 2:30 o'clock at the ranch home of Mrs. Arthur A. Phelps to which parents as well as all girls interested are invited to attend. Application blanks which must be signed by a parent or guardian will be distributed at the meeting. Mrs. Phelps who holds a captain's commission in the Girl Scouts, has been active in the organization in other communities. (Published June 24, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


CAR SHOW: It may be a good thing the sun wasn't shining Saturday morning. With the amount of chrome and brightly polished paint lining Applegate Street in Philomath, reflections from a bright sun could've been blinding. With 140 cars, trucks and whatever else has rolled on wheels since 1932 lining the street, parking lot and nearby grass field, spectators and participants in this year's Philomath Classic Car Show spent the day crowding the street and sidewalks, talking, looking over dreams of bygone eras, and listening to oldies music. The show is now in its sixth year, formerly known as the Philomath Rod Run. (Published June 23, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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