Philomath Christmas 2007

TEN YEARS AGO: The Benton County Courthouse is seen decorated and lighted for the 2017 holiday season.


125 Years Ago


SUICIDE: J.H. Brown, a highly respected citizen of Benton County, has severed the thread of life by his own hand and shocked his family, relatives, friends and the community in general, who received the tidings with sorrowful regret. Mr. and Mrs. Brown lived on their farm near Philomath, happy, prosperous and contented to all appearances but during the past few months he was despondent and at times acted strangely, and even made threats to take his life.

On Wednesday of last week, he went to the old home place on Soap Creek, where two of his brothers reside. He had previously expressed a desire to die on the old home place where he was born, and indication strongly points to the fact that he went to Soap Creek with the intention of taking his own life. Mr. Brown had many friends who extend their sympathies to the bereaved family. He was about 37 years old at the time of his demise, and leaves a wife, an aged father, six brothers and three sisters. (Excerpts from story published Dec. 2, 1892, in the Corvallis Gazette).

COLLEGE: Miss Vaughn and Mr. and Miss Buoy, all of Philomath, were registered in the first and second year work at Oregon Agriculture College. (Published Dec. 2, 1892, in the Corvallis Gazette).

GRANGE: H.H. Hayes, lecturer of the Oregon State Grange, accompanied by County Deputy M.V. Leeper, visited Corvallis grange last Saturday. During the week, Mr. Hayes has visited Suver, Soap Creek and Willamette granges, and today makes Philomath grange a fraternal visit. (Published Dec. 2, 1891, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


MEETING: Quite a number of young people from Philomath were present at the Good Times Club Saturday evening. We hope they enjoyed themselves and wish to see them present at the next meeting, which is always the last Saturday night in the month. (Published Nov. 28, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

FUNERAL: The funeral services over the remains of the late Peter Gellatly will be held at the family home, five miles from Corvallis on the Philomath road Saturday at 10 o'clock. Mr. Gellatly died Tuesday night, following a year's general decline, he being 77 years of age last May. He came to America from Scotland when 17 years of age, spent some time in Wisconsin, then in California, and finally came to Benton County in 1875 and had lived continuously on the farm on which he died. A widow and five children are left — Edward, Francis and George C. Gellatly, and Mrs. Perry Holderman. Peter was a brother of the late Andrew Gellatly, father of Sheriff W.A. Gellatly, and Robert. The burial will be in the Mt. Union cemetery. (Published Nov. 30, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


BANQUET: The annual father-son banquet of the College church was held in the ladies' parlors. The program was enjoyed by a large group of men and boys. Rev. Mr. Brickwedel had charge of the songs. Ben Ellis acted as toastmaster. The main address was given by Rev. Mr. Simmons of Corvallis. (Published Nov. 30, 1942, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua of the Philomath Express


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