100 Years Ago
COLLEGE: 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 very largely repainted and refurnished. The college building is being renovated, nearly all the rooms redecorated and several repainted. (Published Sept. 24, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
DEATH: L.N. Edwards, best known as "Louie" Edwards, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Bellfountain, died at his home there Sunday afternoon, following an illness of six weeks, and he was buried at Bellfountain this afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, March 4, 1852. He came with his parents, James and Mary Edwards, to Oregon in the summer of 1853. His education was from the Bellfountain Public School, supplemented by a degree course at Philomath College. On Oct. 12, 1879, Mr. Edwards was married to Margaret Whealdon, of Linn County, whose death occurred May 2, 1899. (Excerpts from article published Sept. 25, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
RECEPTION: The Community Club held a reception at the high school last evening for the new teachers. Speeches were made by Mayor Logan, Messrs. Stoval and Von Lee, of the school board; Professor Epley, of Philomath College; Revs. Ringland and Henderson, of the churches; Mr. Moreland, of the Commercial Club; and Professors Signs and Castle. (Published Sept. 27, 1917, in the Oregonian, Portland).
75 Years Ago
GUARD: The college armory in Corvallis is a scene of busy activity each Monday evening as the Women's Ambulance Corps and Company C, 14th battalion of the Oregon State Guard vie with each other to see who can put on the snappier drill. After a recent trip to Philomath by Capt. George Buxton of Company C, accompanied by Lt. Wallace Nixon and Sgt. Harry Shultz, 16 new recruits from Philomath and vicinity were signed up with the Guard company and are now in uniform and drilling. Those so far recruited are Forrest D. Beattie, Lester J. Bennett, Merle R. Brown, John L. Cain, William M. Daugherty, Marvin C. Ellis, Oliver Farmer, James O. Gee, Ralph L. Gee, Lee E. Hodges, James T. Lewis, Howard A. Lutz, John E. Merritt, Gerald W. Ridenour, George F. Stovall and Dean L. Tatom. (Published Sept. 30, 1942, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
KVCS: For several years, a debate waged over whether the Philomath School District could afford to continue operating the Kings Valley school, established in 1948 and closed in 2001 before a group of parents and interested residents revived the school to create Benton County's only existing charter school. Within weeks, a charter application was written and delivered to the Philomath School Board. The district entered a five-year agreement with the school, and the building reopened in September 2001 as Kings Valley Charter School. Now in its second year, enrollment has doubled and 49 students attend classes in kindergarten through fifth grade. (Excerpts from article published Sept. 24, 2002, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
10 Years Ago
COUNCIL: The Philomath City Council has decided to create a nine-hole disc golf course at Marys River Park and to spend some money celebrating a milestone in the city's history. Councilors voted 5-0 at Monday's meeting to OK the disc golf course plan and also to provide $10,000 to help pay for the city's 125th birthday celebration. Included in that allocation is $5,000 for fireworks on Oct. 20, the anniversary of Philomath's incorporation. (Published Sept. 26, 2007, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).