125 Years Ago
CHURCH: Rev. C.H. Lee, of Philomath, will occupy the pulpit in the M.E. church morning and evening in the absence of the pastor. (Published Aug. 13, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
100 Years Ago
FLIGHT: “Seventy-seven years old, but still full of pep and the desire to keep up with the procession” tells the story of Mrs. Mary Barclay, of Irish Bend, the young-old lady who took a light in the Curtis aeroplane Saturday afternoon. “I’ve seen and tried everything else a-going and I don’t see any reason why I should not take a ride in an airship,” said Mrs. Barclay as she stepped into the flyer and was buckled tight. And when she came to anchor once more, the Irish Bend lady was just as happy as if awakened from a refreshing sleep. “It was a great ride, just as smooth and easy, and I did not feel a bit uneasy or disturbed in any way. The airship certainly does go fast, and how pretty the country does look. These youngsters haven’t anything on me now.” Throughout Saturday afternoon and until late in the evening, the Curtis plane, operated by Pilot Cook, continued to carry passengers, and for some he flew far out the Philomath way, out over mountains to the northwest of Corvallis and for others circled above the city and south over the vast expanse of fields. (Published Aug. 14, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
WWII: Mr. and Mrs. Charley Reynolds received a telegram telling them their son, Charles, was killed in action, July 18, somewhere in France. … Mr. and Mrs. Oren Davis received a letter from their son, Weldon Davis, telling them he landed with the Marines on Guam, also that he was slightly wounded by a fragment of shell the first day. … B.J. Arbuckle, who was injured while with the armed forces in Italy, is now in an East Coast army hospital and expects to be sent home soon. (Published Aug. 14, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
FRANCE: Leslie Pleasant, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Pleasant of the Philomath community, is in France with the tank destroyer battalion under Gen. George Patton. In a letter dated July 28, he wrote he had been “plenty busy” since landing and was taking only a few minutes out between “interruptions.” The people in France have gone through real hardships which they have taken with a smile, but Pleasant says they are surely happy to be liberated again. (Published Aug. 11, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
MVP: A Philomath man, Richard Shew, was recently named the most valuable player at the national Roller Hockey Championships in Little Rock,Ark. Shew, a member of an all-star team from the state entitled the Oregon Beavers, led his team to a fourth-place finish in the national finals on his way toward winning the “Pop Brown” most valuable player award. Shew’s victory marked the first time in the history of the sport that a player outside of the roller hockey hotbed of Texas has won the title. Shaw noted that he began playing with a Salem team until this past year when he organized a team in Philomath. “I just got tired of driving so far in order to play,” he said. “So I organized my own team by recruiting boys who looked like they could play.” (Published Aug. 15, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
QUILTS: One panel opens to a scene under the sea, where fish dart between coral columns. Another takes viewers to the universe, where a mythological figure pours storm waters over stars. Everything from a Siamese fighting fish to a sailing Spanish ship are depicted in “Waterworks,” and all the panels have been stitched onto fabric. The show of 28 works opens today for the seventh annual quilt exhibition by the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath. The regional event draws professional and amateur quilters from Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The status of quilt has risen over the decades, appearing in art museums and exhibitions throughout the country. “I don’t think that weaving and quilting were considered to be serious art forms before 1970,” museum curator Vince Zettler said. “It has become more than just a quilt on the bed. It has become a wall hanging.”
15 Years Ago
EDUCATION: Better than three-fourths of public schools in Benton County districts met proficiency standards to earn acceptable rankings on the Adequate Yearly Progress reports released today. Of Benton County’s high schools, only Alsea met progress, while for the second year in a row, Philomath, Crescent Valley and Corvallis high schools did not meet standards. New Philomath superintendent Peter Tuana said that he was aware that high school test scores were not strong before the progress reports were announced. “It’s a concern,” Tuana said. “One of the reasons I’m here is to work on that.” (Written from a story published Aug. 12, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).