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150 Years Ago


DEATH: In Philomath, March 5th, 1869, of congestion of the lungs, Mrs. Caroline Wood, consort of Mr. Joseph C. Wood, aged 33 years, 7 months and 13 days. The deceased was a Christian in the true sense of the word, as her life and conversation, have abundantly demonstrated, for a number of years. She leaves a husband, five children, besides parents and a large connection, to mourn her demise. (Published April 10, 1869, in the Corvallis Gazette).

TYPHOID: Died, in Philomath, March 8th, 1869, of typhoid fever, Miss Celia A. Allen, aged 15 years, also Mr. John A. Allen, of same disease, on the 28th of March, aged 24 years, daughter and son of Rev. N.W. Allen of the United Brethren Church. The daughter was one of the converts of the revival meeting held here in January last. Br. John had been a member of the church for several years, and always gave undoubted evidence of being a true and humble follower of the meek and lovely Jesus, and although their deaths were great afflictions to the family, yet they sorrow not as those who have no hope. Br. Allen has himself been down with same disease for some two months, but is now improving in health, and we trust will soon be able to break the bread of life unto others again. (Published April 10, 1869, in the Corvallis Gazette).

125 Years Ago


AUCTION: Four hundred acres of land, sawmill, four barns, two houses, apple, peach and plum orchard in bearing condition, 10 head of cattle and 25,000 feet rough lumber will be sold at auction June 9th at 1 p.m. Land situated seven miles southwest of Philomath on Alsea Road, known as Moore's Mill. The auction will be on the premises. Signed, Harriet B. Mason. (Published April 11, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

100 Years Ago


TRIAL: Justice Fisher's court of Philomath was in the limelight last Friday and Saturday as far as legal and medical lights were concerned. The case was one brought by Dr. R.D. Burgess, of Toledo, for medical services rendered Ethel Gee, daughter of Fred Gee. The Gee family claimed the doctor had diagnosed the case wrongly, his diagnosis being "German measles, followed by other complications." Mr. Gee filed an answer asking for $225 damages, claiming the daughter had scarlet fever and not measles. All day Saturday, the jury heard from the doctors on German measles and scarlet fever. Dr. W.T. Johnson, of Corvallis, was called by Dr. Burgess, and Mr. Gee relied upon Dr. Jayne of Philomath. After an all day's education on these two maladies, the jury finally brought in a verdict for Dr. Burgess and disallowed the claim of malpractice on the part of Dr. Burgess. Dr. Burgess is well-known here, having graduated from OAC and practiced his profession here before going to Toledo. G.W. Denman represented the plaintiff, Dr. Burgess. (Published April 10, 1919, in the Weekly Gazette-Times, Corvallis).

75 Years Ago


WWII: Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Wren received word that their son, Frank Wren, has been promoted to first lieutenant. He has been overseas for some time and has flown 20 combat missions in the Mediterranean theater of operation. He is now serving as a bombardier in a B-25 Mitchell bombing squadron. ... Budd and Bill Bayles, both in the Navy, made their mother, Mrs. Ed Albertson, a short visit. (Published April 9, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

50 Years Ago


VIETNAM: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Jeffery, formerly of Wren and now of Albany, received word that their son, Jimmy, had been wounded critically while in Vietnam. He was reported now off the critical list and recuperating in a hospital at Japan. He was able to call his parents by telephone from the hospital. (Published April 12, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


FOOTBALL: Woody Bennett has resigned as football coach at Philomath High. He will continue as assistant principal and athletic director at the school. Bennett coached Philomath for nine seasons, winning five Val-Co League titles and a state title in 1988. He had a record of 60-31. (Published April 13, 1994, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

15 Years Ago


HORTICULTURE: Philomath High School has an impressive horticulture program. Students in the botany class conduct planting and growth experiments, propagation studies, research best practices and grow thousands of greenhouse starts for their annual plant sale. Jeff Mitchell's ecology class does riparian restoration projects in the community. Last year, they helped develop the Philomath Food Bank orchard by putting up deer fence and selection 30 disease resistant fruit trees for it. (Published April 11, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express