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125 Years Ago


MISCELLANEOUS: The nights are so cold that some fear the peach crop will be damaged. ... Morg. Savage was seen in the store of J.W. Ingle & Co. the other day advocating the populist doctrine. His converts are not hard to count. I do not think there is one in this precinct. ... Miss Skinner, of Lincoln County, arrived in Blodgett on Saturday’s train to take charge of her school Monday in the Noisy district. ... Mr. T.G. Read, of Wren, accidentally cut his foot one day last week with a foot adze. ... Ed Young, from Yaquina, has arrived at Hoskins and is busy setting out his hop yard on J.N. Hoffman’s farm. (Published April 15, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

100 Years Ago


PLAY: On Friday evening, April 18th, Philomath High School will present the play “Among the Breakers.” This is the annual high school play and is given this year under the direction of Mrs. J.R. Edwards, assistant principal and teacher of Latin and English. The cast includes Glen Brady, Glenn Garner, Otto Peterson, Ray Lee, Earl Lee, Rex Clemens, Agnes Garner, Wilhelmina Daniels, Wave Lesley and Golda Long. (Published April 17, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


IMPROVING: Lafe Gentry, who lost an arm recently in an accident at the Central Willamette mill at Philomath, is said to be getting along fairly well. Mr. Gentry was operating an edger machine when his arm was caught and severed. (Published April 15, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


PTA: Philomath High School PTA members have a problem ... they can’t find anyone who will accept the presidency for the forthcoming school year. Elections were held at the regular meeting with Jerry Plunkett accepting the first Vice President office; Mrs. James Sherrill becoming second Vice President; Mrs. Virginia Held, secretary; and Mrs. George Best, treasurer. Besides seeking a suitable candidate for the president’s post, the members also are seeking a larger attendance at meetings of parents. At the last session, there were only 15 parents and teachers, most of whom were faculty personnel. (Published April 19, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


SCHOOLS: Philomath students might be in school fewer days next year so teachers could have more time to plan for changes required by Oregon’s school reform act. District Superintendent Chuck Jackson said community members who want to comment on proposed calendar changes should attend the school board meeting. Under the proposal, all of the district’s students would switch to a four-day week. (Published April 15, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


POLICE: Ken Elwer knows there’s plenty of jokes about police being bought. The irony hasn’t escaped him that a “for sale” sign now hangs from the front of Philomath’s law enforcement building. But any ribbing he takes over the sign will be worth it if the city can obtain the $240,000 price tag on the building, which has seen use over the years as fire department, library, municipal court, city hall and council chambers. With $440,000 already being set aside by the city, Elwer and his staff should find themselves in a new $700,000 facility between Philomath’s City Hall and the library sometime next year. (Published April 15, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express