From the Past: 2007

TEN YEARS AGO: Residents looking to build a new track at Philomath High School sold the old Nazarene parsonage earlier this month for $175,000, and the profit from the deal will help fund the project. Parents, students, and local businesses volunteered to paint the 1911 house and do other work to spruce it up. The house has a new foundation, new heating system, new driveway and sidewalks, updated plumbing and electric, a renovated fireplace and more. This photo shows the house near the intersection of 13th and Cedar in Philomath.


100 Years Ago


HALF CENTURY: It will be 50 years next Wednesday since the first meeting of the first board of trustees of Philomath College. The next college year will open Oct. 1. In preparation for opening, painting and decorating are in progress. The dormitory has been repainted outside and the inside has been largely repainted and partly refurnished. The college building is being renovated, nearly all the rooms redecorated and several repainted.

The college is entirely out of debt. Thirty thousand dollars has been received during the year from the Baker estate in Los Angeles. The California Conference and the Columbia River Conference have each pledged $5,000 with the Oregon Conference $15,000 toward the college endowment fund, raising the total endowment well toward the $100,000 mark.

An unusually large normal class graduated from the college last June, nearly all of whom have secured good positions. Philomath men and women are giving a good account of themselves in the various lines of their activity. (Published Sept. 23, 1917, in The Oregonian, Portland).

75 Years Ago


ENROLLMENT: Philomath schools opened last Monday with a full corps of teachers. The enrollment of the grade school was 191 and more are expected to enter after the fall harvest is over. The enrollment by grades are, eighth, 22 pupils; seventh, 15; sixth, 25; fifth, 22; fourth, 33; third, 20; second, 25; and first, 29. (Published Sept. 23, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

DEATH: Dr. P.O. Bonebrake, retired U.B. minister, passed away Tuesday at his home in Portland and a funeral service was held Friday afternoon. Dr. Bonebrake was well-known here having served as pastor here in 1893-1894 and as president of the Philomath College for three years in 1907-1909. (Published Sept. 23, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

FIRE: The Philomath Fire Department took its truck for rural work to the Ed Allworth farm in the Philomath community Wednesday evening and assisted in saving part of the buildings. They report a number of army men came and helped in subduing the flames. (Published Sept. 23, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


PARK: Rex Clemens, Philomath lumberman, has offered Benton County a 45-acre tract west of Alsea if the county will develop it as a park. The park board recommended the county acquire the property. (Published Sept. 17, 1967, in The Oregonian, Portland).

15 Years Ago


CLOSING: After 23 years at its Main Street site, Connie's Cafe and the Village Market Place will be closing Sept. 29. Ted and Flo Gregg plan to retire and Connie Jager intends to return to Oregon State University to complete a master's degree. Flo Gregg plans to have final sale the last day and asks friends and customers to stop by so she can thank them for their years of support. (Published Sept. 19, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


MUSEUM: The new director of the Benton County Historical Society and Museum is a familiar face. Irene Zenev, who served as the curator of exhibits for the organization for more than eight years before retiring in November, starts her new job Oct. 1. "It will be really nice to be back," said Zenev, 58, of Eugene.

"She's a wonderful person to work with. She's very knowledgeable about her field. I'm very much looking forward to working for her," said Mary Gallagher, collections manager for the historical society and museum. "It's a good time for the Benton County Historical Society right now, and I'm very optimistic about the future," Gallagher added. Zenev's first task will be overseeing the move of 60,000 items from the mothballed Horner Collection. (Published Sept. 21, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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