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125 Years Ago

1894

EDUCATION: County Superintendent Holm is anticipating a large attendance at the Normal Institute next week. Several teachers from adjoining counties and all those of Benton will be present. Among those who have connected to speak are: Superintendent McElroy, Rev. W.S. Gilbert, of Eugene, Hon. S.T. Jeffreys, President Bloss and President Bonebrake, of Philomath, who will deliver a lecture on his trip through Africa. (Published Aug. 31, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago

1919

PHONES: The phones from Philomath are all down and a general discord all around while the switchboard is being changed from one office to another, only a few places being able to operate at this time. (Published Aug. 29, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago

1944

DEATH: John O. Gillson died Aug. 10 at the family home in the Westwood community where he had lived for 33 years. Gillson was born in Clinton County, Mich., June 14, 1868. He was married to Estelle Troub, Nov. 24, 1881. The family came to Winona, Wash., in 1901, coming to Oregon in 1911. Interment was to be made in the family plot in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. (Published Aug. 28, 1944 in the Eugene Register-Guard).

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50 Years Ago

1969

POOL: The Philomath swimming pool will begin its winter schedule next week, according to Eugene F. Hermansen, pool manager. The winter schedule includes public swim nights, Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; family swim nights on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.; and afternoon swims from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. (Published Aug. 30, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago

1994

DAM: Workers are removing a small, unused dam in the Willamette Valley. The Westfir dam, on the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, was built 49 years ago to create a pond for an adjacent lumber mill. The dam’s demolition, which began last week, is intended to allow the migration of fish between the river’s upper and lower reaches and eliminate the potential hazard of the dam’s superstructure. The dam is being removed by Lane County and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at a cost of $64,700. Pepper Construction Co., of Philomath, is doing the work. (Published Aug. 29, 1994, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

15 Years Ago

2004

SUPERINTENDENT: Pete Tuana drives down a different street every night on his way home from work. In the eight weeks since Tuana started as Philomath’s new school superintendent, it’s helped him to become familiar with the town and its people. “I can actually say that I know my way around,” Tuana said in an interview at the district office last week. He’s been to the county fair and the Frolic and Rodeo and ventured out to the Kings Valley farmer’s market. These outings have reinforced something Tuana believed when he interviewed for the job earlier this spring. Young people are valued here, he said. He sees it in the way a little girl walked in the Frolic parade three different times, representing three different groups. “I get so many good feelings about Philomath and the community,” Tuana said. (Published Aug. 30, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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