2007 Graduation

10 YEARS AGO: Eva Garner, 18, left, and Lindsay Kruse, 17, share a moment as they wait in the Philomath High School library with other graduating seniors before the 2007 ceremony.


100 Years Ago


50TH ANNIVERSARY: Commencement week at Philomath closed last evening with the alumni banquet and rally. This commencement has been of special interest to those interested in Philomath College, as it also marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the college.

Commencement exercises occurred yesterday morning at 10 o'clock. W.H. Washinger, D.D., of Chambersburg, Pa., delivered the class address and diplomas were granted to the following students: Helen Epley, Fanny Johnson, Charles Parker, Jay Fisher, Eber Kilpatrick, Ray Whittlesy, Hedwig Harnish, Margaret Kisor, Dale Hammer, Aldon Johns, Gladys Gray, Gladys Ward, Emma Fisher, Lydia Rosenbaum and Agnes von Lehe.

The evening's programme was reminiscent in character and the principal speakers were Henry Sheak, 40 years professor of mathematics and natural history in Philomath College; J.R. Parker, 12 years business manager of the college; and Louis Edwards, of Monroe, student of the very early days of the college.

Professor Sheak spoke of the trials of the early college days, also of its achievements. He mentioned some of its students who had become successful and well-known men and women, among whom were Professor J.B. Horner, 22 years on the faculty of Oregon Agricultural College; Professor Solon Shedd, geologist in Agricultural College of Idaho; Dr. L.A. Banks, noted writer, speaker and prohibition worker; and Mr. Andrews, of Alaska, who assembled the Alaskan exhibit for the Yukon exhibition.

J.R. Parker spoke of the trials of a "Bread and Butter Professor" and the financial difficulties of earlier days. Mr. Edwards spoke of student life in his day compared to the advantages of the present. (Published June 15, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).

ROUNDUP: This little city, with its normal population of some five or six hundred, is swelling itself proudly in gay anticipation of the big crowds that are certain to come next week. To be host to a crowd of from eight to ten thousand people every day during the three days of the roundup will be no small task, but Philomath is getting ready to do her best.

The center of preparations just now is the big roundup grounds. These, with their many acres of space needed to stage such a big show as has been planned, have been completely overhauled. The bucking field has been plowed and put in proper shape for the buckaroos, the wide, half-mile track has been worked down and made fast enough for the speediest of the horses that will participate in the many races; the buildings and corrals have been enlarged and more seats have been added to the bleachers and the grandstand. Ten thousand or more people can be cared for at one time and Manager Daniels, the optimistic, hard-working "head boss" of the roundup association is counting on that number almost every day.

And the show will be clean. Booze is taboo. Ditto, rough stuff of any form, shape or fashion. The men who manage the affairs of the Philomath roundup are men of conscience. They are not in the association to make money. In truth, all of the money taken in receipts — and much more besides — goes right back into the show. It is to be an ever-growing institution, standing for bigger and bigger things as the years pass. So these men feel they have a reputation at stake. They are in this thing because of their love for red-blooded sport — sport that calls for nerve, that demands clean blood, clear eyes and steady hands. They want to stage a show that anybody can visit without compunction.

Just as an instance, let it be said that one prominent performer, who will take part, has been made to sign an iron-clad agreement that he will not, under any circumstances, though a booze bottle during the days of the roundup. If he breaks this agreement, his contract and all it means will be forfeited — courage on the part of the management; but it is courage of the sort that stands for high principles. (Published June 16, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


CHILDREN'S PROGRAM: A large crowd attended the children's day program in the upper chapel of the College Church Sunday morning. Mrs. Vaughan Johnson, Miss Flossie Overman and Mrs. M. Goodrich were in charge. The theme, "Gates Ajar," was a presentation of the steps in the Christian life beginning with repentance and followed by hope, love, trust, prayer and service. At the close, the gatekeepers showed the children that these steps led to God. (Published June 11, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

WWII LETTER: Mrs. Lee Gast received a letter from her son, Frank, who is in the Navy somewhere in the Pacific, stating he has gained weight and likes his work fine. He writes he has seen some action and wants more. He does not know where the other Philomath boys are, who left here when he did. Frank enlisted last fall before the war was declared on Japan. (Published June 15, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


ROAD TRIP: It's going to be a long, hot road ahead, but when John Williams sets out for Ground Zero from Portland Sunday morning, he's ready for the adventure of his life. For someone who's never been east of the Rockies, Williams has a lot of confidence in his mission, to spread patriotism as he and riding partner Michael Wolfe of Portland cross the country on their recumbent bikes. Their message will be clear, since both bikes will be covered in the stars and stripes.

"I've always wanted to ride across the United States before I get too old," said Williams, 51. When his daughter took a position as a nanny in New York, Williams decided it was the perfect excuse to hop on his bike and let the miles fly by. The events of Sept. 11 made the reason for his trip even more important. "There's been a resurgence of patriotism," Williams, a health teacher at Philomath Middle School, said. "We're proud to be American."

Williams, who has taught in Philomath since 1979, has been riding bikes most of his life, including some long-distance competitions. He placed second in a race that went 276 miles between Seattle and Spokane, finishing in 15 hours. But he's never taken a trip like the one he's about to embark on. (Published June 15, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


SCOUT LODGE: The Philomath Scout Lodge has received a $500,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation, and is now 80 percent finished with fund-raising for the facility, said Jeff Fuller, the organization's vice president. "That's just a huge shot in the arm," he said. The gift represents about a third of the total project cost, which is estimated at $1.4 million.

Things have come a long way from when volunteers starting collecting soda pop cans for the lodge, in 2001. "When you get a grant that large, it puts you in shock. A good kind of shock," said Bill Mayer, the president of the Philomath Scout Lodge. "We are scheduled to break ground in September. We hope to have the entire shell finished this fall, so we're mainly working on the interior come winter." A grand opening for the 10,300 square-foot building has been planned for July 4, 2008. (Published June 13, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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