PHS debate team 1917

100 YEARS AGO: The Philomath High School debate team, which defeated Albany and Eugene for the district championship, appears in a photo published in the Feb. 26, 1917, edition of Corvallis Gazette-Times. Although the individuals in the photo were not identified by name, students on the winning team were Erna Vonlehe, Gladys Ward, Frank Palmer and Mable Jones.


100 Years Ago


VISITING: Ayne Baldwin, of the Naval Training School, San Francisco, arrived here recently to visit his parents, Prof. and Mrs. L.B. Baldwin, and with friends at Philomath and Corvallis. Mr. Baldwin is a former Philomath boy. He has just recently passed the examination for admittance to Annapolis and at present is away on a month’s furlough. (Published Feb. 27, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

REMOVED: After it had been in the interior of his eye since last May, a splinter was yesterday removed from the eye of Tommy Ross, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Ross of Philomath, at the Northwest hospital. The splinter was one-quarter of an inch in length and about a millimeter in thickness. It is certain the ball will be saved and possibly partial vision. (Published Feb. 28, 1917, in the Morning Register, Eugene).

75 Years Ago


ESCAPED: Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Ward received word yesterday, through the conference secretary, that a cablegram had been received from their daughter, Gladys Ward and Miss Shell, who have been in missionary work in China for a great many years, that they had escaped from a concentration camp and were now in unoccupied China. Mr. and Mrs. Ward and the general conference have been trying to get in touch with them since the war with Japan and were greatly relieved to know they were alive and well. (Published Feb. 27, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


KINGS VALLEY: Carl Wieman remembers two things about the gymnasium at the Kings Valley school. First, it used to be just as cold as he found it to be Friday morning. Second, at the potlucks and special events he attended with his parents, they had tables full of baked goodies just like the ones awaiting him when he finished speaking to the group. The 51-year-old Kings Valley alumnus won the 2001 Nobel Prize for physics and spent Friday morning with his wife reconnecting with his old school. They talked to parents, teachers and students of the Kings Valley Charter School and later spoke at Corvallis and Crescent Valley high schools.

Wieman's award came for his work in proving one of Albert Einstein's theories that a fourth state of matter existed when temperatures approach absolute zero, the temperature at which the molecular movement of an atom stops. His project brought an atom to within one-three-millionth of a degree of absolute zero. Despite the complexities of his work, Wieman made it plain to the students what he liked about his job. "My favorite thing is blasting atoms with laser light," he answered to one student's question. (Published March 2, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).


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