150 Years Ago
TEMPERANCE: We acknowledge an invitation from the Temperance Society at Independence School House, 3-1/2 miles above Philomath, through their committee, to be present at their regular monthly meeting today. Also an invitation to be present at the public installation of the officers of Banner Lodge, Linn County, this evening. Sorry that business prevents us from attending either. As soon as the receipts of the Gazette will justify us in employing extra help, we intend to spend more time in visiting lodges, and other “outside” work. At present, we are closely confined. In both the places above mentioned, and also at Philomath, the Temperance car is moving forward. God speed the motion, whether accelerated by secret or open societies. (Published May 16, 1868, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
RECRUITING: The naval recruiting party continued their bombardment on this vicinity with their whirlwind campaign when they pammed the population of Philomath into the local theater of that town last night and held a patriotic rally. They left Corvallis at 7:30 in machines donated to the aid of recruiting by Julian McFadden, of the Julian Hotel, and G.C. Moore, manager of the Overland Agency here, returning against at 10 o’clock. The meeting was called to order when “War” Rounds, the Navy's crack bugler with the recruiting party, sounded several bugle calls. Rev. Ringland, of Philomath, gave a short talk on patriotism followed by Miss Amorette G. Crossley, one of the yeomanettes of the party, who entertained the audience with songs, accompanied by paymaster Usher at the piano. (Published May 18, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
INJURIES: Frank Lutz, living a few miles south of Philomath, was injured slightly when attacked by an angry bull Tuesday. A neighbor, Mr. Parks, happened to be near with a dog that drove the bull away while he helped Mr. Litz to safety. … Mr. Parks, living south of Philomath, was leading a colt from the barn and the rope became twisted around his hand when the colt started to run. Mr. Parks was dragged some distance before he could get the rope loose. He suffered a broken collarbone and badly torn hand. The thumb was torn loose and several stitches were put in to close the wound. (Published May 14, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
EDUCATION: Most of the grade schools of western Benton County are holding a union graduating exercise in the Philomath High School gymnasium-auditorium on May 18. In addition to the outlying schools, there will be 23 graduates from the Philomath school. The union graduation idea has been in vogue for some years and is popular, annually several hundred people gathering for the event. The following schools are participating: Evergreen, Wren, Hoskins, Kings Valley, Mt. Union and Harris. Rev. R. Wilbur Simmons, pastor of the Federated Churches of Corvallis, will be the principal speaker, according to L.N. Bennett, Philomath grade school principal, who has general charge of the occasion. Due to gasoline rationing, it is not expected the crowd attending will be as large as in former years. (Published May 14, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
FUNDRAISER: Friends of Terry Selby are holding a Memorial Logging Sports Show on June 14.
The show begins at 5 p.m. at the Benton County Fairgrounds. All participants, including many professional competitors, will be donating their winnings to the memorial fund established for Selby's family. Selby, the former forestry teacher and Future Farmers of America advisor at Philomath High School, died last summer while performing at a logging competition in Alaska. (Published May 15, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
10 Years Ago
RESIGNATION: The City Council accepted Councilor Charlie Crawford's letter of resignation on Monday after Crawford didn't show for the meeting. "He served the city very well. It's an unfortunate situation," said Randy Kugler, city manager. Crawford resigned over new state ethics reports that require officials to fill out information including their family ties, property, debt and who lives in their households. About 150 of the 5,500 officials required to fill out the forms have resigned. (Published May 14, 2008, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).