125 Years Ago
BIDDER: H.M. Stone, of Philomath, Benton County, was in Salem this morning to bid on the building of a bridge across the north fork of the Santiam at Mill City, connecting Marion with Linn County. His bid is for a Howe truss structure of 170-foot span, the approach to aggregate about 300 feet. He has to compete with nine other bidders. Mr. Stone's figures for the work are $2,100. The bride will cost about $3,000, including lumber and material. He has built several bridges in Benton, Polk and Linn counties and is an experienced contractor in this line. He has just finished the erection of a new school building at Mehama, costing $1,750. It is situated on the hill in that city. (Published Sept. 9, 1892, in the Capital Journal, Salem).
100 Years Ago
PRINCIPAL: Prof. and Mrs. M.B. Signs, who resided in Corvallis several years ago when Mr. Signs conducted a grocery store here, later going to eastern Oregon, where they remained several years, have returned to the valley and are to make their home in Philomath. Prof. Signs has recently been elected principal of the Philomath schools. He purchased a farm near Bellfountain recently. (Published Sept. 3, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
DRIVE: C.L. Boss, of the C.L. Boss Automobile Co., a week ago dispatched a Hudson super-six to Newport to determine the condition of the roads and incidentally to give some of his employees an opportunity of spending an enjoyable holiday. With George V. Adams, the nervy and expert driver at the wheel of the Hudson, the party left the Oregonian building at 7 o'clock Sunday morning with a lunch consisting of 14 fried chickens and all the trimmings.
After investigation the route determined to be the best of several is outside of the rough stretch for about two miles this side of Tigard-ville. The road is almost a racetrack all the way to Philomath. This town is between Corvallis and Blodgett, but is not shown on some of the road maps.
There is a road that leads off to the right at Independence toward Kings Valley, a little town about 12 miles north of Blodgett. The road map makes this route appear to be the shorter distance, but owing to the number of curves and winding trails, it is said to be some distance farther.
When Philomath was reached on the return trip, Mr. Adams, like time and tide, waited for no man, but put the Hudson through its paces. With a fine road ahead, he wanted to see what he could do and the Hudson party made the 108 miles to Portland in three hours flat. (Excepts taken from a story published Sept. 9, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).
75 Years Ago
SCHOOL: The local schools will start Monday, Sept. 14, with a full corps of teachers. A.H. Winters will be principal of the high school and Mrs. Lester Bennett will be head of the grade school. (Published Sept. 9, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
USO DRIVE: About $280 was raised here on the USO drive and has been sent to headquarters by Mr. Scarth, local chairman. (Published Sept. 9, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
SOCCER: Jonathan Smith scored in the 54th minute to help lift the Philomath High boys soccer team to a 2-1 non-league win over La Grande on Saturday. The Warriors burst out to a 2-0 lead on goals by John Gaskill in the third minute and Nate Sexton in the 21st, only to see La Grande rally to tie the game at 2-2 just after halftime.
"We got up and prepared well for the game and the intensity really picked up for the game," PHS coach Shaul Levi said. "I think the score is a bit closer than the game was. We are very happy. The kids played with a lot of heart and intensity, and we got very good play from Shane Philpott and Andy Bottom and Dan Hinchberger." (Published Sept. 9, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).