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125 Years Ago

1892

DEAF SCHOOL: The school for deaf-mutes, under the patronage of the state, and directly under the control of the regents, closed a very successful school year yesterday in Salem. At 10 o’clock yesterday morning, the scholars rendered a very creditable programme in the sign language. Their performances reflected great credit upon the institution and the teachers of the school. Among the 36 scholars was August Koberstein of Philomath. (Written from story published May 18, 1892, in the Daily Statesman, Salem).

100 Years Ago

1917

DRUGSTORE: T.R. Parsons, the Philomath druggist, has sold his business there to Arnet Dunkan, recently of McMinnville, who is now in possession of the pharmacy. The Dunkans are now located at Philomath. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons are to return to McMinnville, their former home, to reside. They will leave Philomath within a week or so. (Published May 14, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ROUNDUP: The Philomath Roundup Association, alive to the spirit of the hour, has determined that 10 percent of the gate receipts at the great three-day tournament shall go to the Red Cross Association. As the receipts last year reached about $25,000, this concession to patriotism means considerable, and is characteristic of the free-hearted men who are managing the big show. (Published May 14, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

YMCA FUND: Sam Wyatt, who has been whooping things up at Philomath in behalf of the YMCA Army and Navy fund, reports to Treasurer Moses that $101.50 in cash has been collected, than an appeal is to be made in the churches there tomorrow and that many of the farmers of the region are yet to be canvassed — certainly an excellent showing already for the “Roundup City.” The committee associated with Mr. Wyatt is made up as follows: R.W. Glass, superintendent of schools; T. R. Parsons, the druggist; and C.T. Whittlesey, of the Philomath College faculty. (Published May 19, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago

1942

CALAPOOIA QUEEN: Miss Inez Mudgett of Shedd has been chosen queen of the 1942 Calapooia Roundup, which will be held this year July 45 at the roundup grounds at Crawfordsville. Wanda Hulett of Eugene was chosen first princess and Betty Wallace of Monroe, second princess. (Published May 19, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

GRAD FESTIVAL: A large crowd was present for the eighth-grade graduation exercises last Thursday evening at the Philomath High School gym. This was also music festival evening. A program of community singing, group singing and special vocal and instrumental numbers were included in the music program. The graduates, 34 in number, were escorted to the stage by Peggy Rickard and LaVerne Beattie while the school orchestra played a march. (Published May 20, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago

2002

GIRLS TRACK: The Philomath High School girls track and field team turned in perhaps the most dominating performance in school history Saturday en route to the ValCo League district championship at Yamhill. The Warriors scored a whopping 204 points, which coach Joe Fulton believed to be a school record in the district meet. PHS finished well ahead of Newport (135.5) and qualified at least one girl for the upcoming state meet in every running event.

"Unbelievable," Fulton said. "This just might be our year. Every single kid we have going (to state) has the potential to score." PHS’s Brianna Anderson-Gregg was a star among stars for the girls Saturday, setting field records in the 800 and 1,500 meters en route to victories. (Published May 19, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago

2007

FIRE CHIEF: Fire Chief Dale Staib has been selected as a recipient of the Oregon Fire Service Award of Excellence by the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association for his outstanding commitment and dedication to the Oregon Fire Service and Philomath Fire & Rescue. Staib has been the fire chief for Philomath for the past 13 years, but his involvement in the fire service spans a 30-year period. His history in the fire service dates back to California in the 1970s, then to Jacksonville in the 1980s and on to Philomath in 1994. Staib will complete his career as a paid fire chief on June 30, when he retires. (Published May 18, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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