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100 Years Ago


RED CROSS: Dr. W.T. Johnson, president of the Benton County Red Cross, is just in recepit of telegrams from headquarters saying that , in line with governmental plans, June 18 to 25 will be proclaimed by the president as Red Cross week.

President Johnson suggested that it would be best to stir around and get members, spread information and arouse interest — and to this end, a special effort is to be made to enlist people in attendance at the Philomath Round-Up. That association proposes to give 10 percent of all receipts to the Red Cross and the organization here has now sent a complete set of literature, pictures, etc., and expects to have a booth at the Round-Up for the spreading of Red Cross gospel and the taking of memberships. (Published May 30, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

OAC ALUM: A recent edition of the Sunday Oregonian in discussing the various writers of Oregon had the following to say of Dennis H. Stovall (Oregon Agricultural College Class of 1898):

The juvenile writer of Oregon today is Dennis H. Stovall, who lives at Philomath. Mr. Stovall is a graduate of Oregon Agricultural College, and, though a young man, has for many years been turning out a large number of boy and girl stories, which have been published in practically every juvenile magazine in the United States. Writing young people's stories is his business, his profession. He averages five stories a week. These appear under various nom de plumes, as well as under his own name. (Published May 30, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

PLOWING ACCIDENT: Henry Sheely, of Blodgett, met with a mighty bad accident yesterday while plowing. One horse got too near a ditch and plunged in, the other became scared and ran away, and in the mixup, Sheely was dragged almost to his death, being cut very severely about his head. Dr. Newth, of Philomath, was with him most of yesterday and it is believed that he will pull through, though he lost much blood. (Published June 1, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


MILITARY NEWS: Phillip A. Holmes, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Holmes, of Philomath, graduated May 28 from the Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas, and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve. Ensign Holmes attended Oregon State College before enlisting in the Naval Reserve. After preliminary instruction at the aviation base, Seattle, Wash., he was then transferred to the Navy's "University of the Air," Corpus Christi, where he was awarded his "wings" at the completion of his course of training. (Published June 3, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

LOGGING BUSINESS: Two new logging "shows" are slated to begin hauling out of the southern Lincoln County coast section with the first dry weather permitting road building and truck traffic in the woods, county commissioner J.C. Barclay said at Toledo yesterday. The Rex Clemens outfit from Philomath, which last year cut nearly 48,000,000 feet, will move in to the Eckman slough district east of Waldport where some logging roads have already been constructed and nearly one and a half years of work is estimated.

On the upper Yachats north fork, Berg & Fosberg, who have been logging near Kernville, will soon start work with considerable timber already felled awaiting dry weather for hauling. Much output will come here. (Published June 1, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


NEW COACH: Blake Ecker, who served as the Philomath High freshman boys basketball team last season, has been hired to succeed Dave Garvin, who retired as the varsity coach after the Warriors captured the Class 3A state basketball title this past March.

Ecker guided the freshman team to an undefeated season and takes over a program that has made three consecutive trips to the state tournament, placing first, second and fourth. Ecker was an all-state performer for the Warriors and has also coached at the JV level at West Albany. Ecker played at Linn-Benton Community College and San Joaquin Delta in California before playing in France. (Published May 30, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

SCHOOL BUDGET: The Philomath School District budget committee has approved a preliminary spending plan for the 2002-03 school year, a $12.07 million budget that would provide many of the same programs and services as this year. But those programs and services will likely be subject to cuts, Superintendent Terry Kneisler said Wednesday, as the Legislature and governor decide how to fill a $900 million shortfall in the state budget. The district is prepared to balance its budget by making $700,000 in cuts, about 5.8 percent of its budget. (Published May 30, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


PHILOMATH CELEBRATION: The hosts of the Philomath Celebration plan to pack more fun into a shorter time slot Saturday at the fourth annual community event. Though past celebrations have lasted until 10 or 11 p.m., this year's party will begin at 11 a.m. and end at dusk, so if you want to catch the punk-funk antics of Benton County Teen Idol winners Idacrast, show up early. Organized and run entirely by Philomath-area high school students, the Philomath Celebration will feature live music with local bands all afternoon, including an assortment of styles ranging from bluegrass to alternative rock. (Published May 31, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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