150 Years Ago
GOVERNOR: E.F. Russell, of Albany, will deliver the oration at Brownsville on the Fourth of July. Gov. Woods is engaged to deliver an oration at Philomath, Benton County. Messrs. Chenoweth and Kelsey will speak at Yaquina Bay. (Published July 1, 1867, in the Daily Oregonian, Portland).
120 Years Ago
INQUEST: An inquest over the remains of the decomposing body found in the Willamette River below Salem on last Friday was held at 2 p.m. Sunday by Coroner A.M. Clough. The verdict rendered was to the effect that the body was that of Wm. Kriens, who fell off the steamer Ramona, at Salem, on the morning of Feb. 22 last.
Mrs. Kriens was questioned briefly; she said her husband was 33 years old at the time of his death and they had been married five years. They have one bright little son. At the conclusion of the inquest, the remains were taken to the O.C. & E. dock and, on the arrival of the steamer Albany, bound sound, were shipped to Corvallis, the widow accompanying them. From that city, the corpse was taken to Philomath for burial yesterday, the family having formerly resided near that town. (Published June 25, 1897, in the Weekly Oregon Statesman, Salem).
BASEBALL: The ball game at Newport last Sunday between Philomath and a picked Lincoln County club resulted in favor of Philomath by a score of 8 to 2, six innings being played. (Published July 1, 1897, in the Lincoln County Leader, Toledo).
100 Years Ago
REUNION: Under the big tent purchased in bygone years for the occasion and stretched Thursday in the Wyatt Grove west of Corvallis, the 11th annual reunion of the Henkle clan, pioneer family of Benton County and descendants of Ichabod B. Henkle, who located near Philomath in 1853, with more than five score of the members gathering from Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho to join in commemorating family history. (Published June 30, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
CHURCH: The annual meeting of the alumni and former students and teachers of the College church was held Saturday evening in the ladies parlors. A covered dish dinner was served at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting. Mrs. Eva Castle, Mrs. Jeannette Green and Mrs. Milo Bowers were re-elected president, vice president and secretary, respectively. While seated at the tables, the group sang "America." Mrs. Ida Campbell gave a reading and Paul Einerick of Portland and I.M. Woods sang solos. Mrs. E.C. Golden also gave a reading. (Published July 1, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
ANNIVERSARY: The 75th anniversary of the old United Brethren college at Philomath is being observed there Sunday with programs planned for the day. Graduates and former students of the college are expected to be there to join in the celebration. (Published June 27, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
DEATH: A Philomath High School teacher died Sunday afternoon in Juneau, Alaska, when he fell from the top of a 90-foot pole while performing as a lumberjack clown at the Gold Rush Days logging competition. Terry Selby, 45, was pronounced dead at Bartlett Regional Hospital about 1 p.m. from injuries related to the fall, according to the Juneau Police Department. The accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. at Dimond Park, the site of Gold Rush Days, a two-day competition. Witnesses said Selby was performing a staged act at the top of the pole when he fell to the ground. The remainder of the afternoon's events were cancelled.
Selby was a teacher for 25 years, and began teaching at Philomath High in 1984. There, he taught tree planting, tree harvesting, forest management, leadership skills and protecting the environment. While at Philomath High, he won the Al Neet and superintendent's awards for being an outstanding educator. The PHS forestry team, under Selby's guidance, won the state title this past spring. (Published July 1, 2002, in the Corvallis-Gazette Times).
10 Years Ago
FIRE CHIEF: There were hugs, handshakes and a cake topped with a Harley-Davidson model. Dale Staib's full-size motorcycles will get a bit more use soon. After 13 years leading Philomath Fire & Rescue, Staib is retiring, and his last day as chief will be Friday. A retirement party for him was held Friday at fire station.
Staib, 63, has been involved in firefighting for more than 30 years, and was honored this year with the Oregon Fire Service Award of Excellence. While he never really planned on becoming a chief, he always wanted to be a firefighter. That dream was postponed for years when he ended up raising his two daughters. He took mechanic, die-maker and other jobs and concentrated on paying the bills instead. His first paying public-safety job was as the fire chief in Jacksonville, where he worked for five years before coming to Philomath. (Published June 30, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).