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From the Past: Eddyville road blasting

TEN YEARS AGO: A huge blast helps clear rock from a section of the Pioneer Mountain-to-Eddyville Highway 20 project in August 2009. Using explosives at the site was common, but the booms usually were not that large.

125 Years Ago

1894

SIGHTING: The familiar physiognomy of ex-school superintendent, Ed. L. Bryan, of Philomath, was observed in town yesterday. (Published Aug. 6, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

TEACHERS: The interest in the teachers’ institute continues. The classes are well attended and are proving an educational success. … Tomorrow night, the first public entertainment will be given at the opera house and no doubt will be greeted by a full house. The program will be about as follows: Vocal duet by Misses Lottie and Georgia Custer, of Albany; recitation by Julia M. Taylor, of Philomath; lecture, probably by Professor Bloss, of the OAC; solo by Miss Lillie Farrell; recitation by Miss Mary Cundiff, of Albany. (Published Aug. 10, 1894, in the Democrat, Albany).

100 Years Ago

1919

ADVERTISEMENT: The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company — After July 29, all users of the service between Corvallis and Peoria, and Corvallis and Philomath, whether subscribers or not, will be charged a toll service. (Published Aug. 4, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

MARRIED: A marriage license was issued recently to Albert W. Lytle, and Miss Retta Leona Miller, both of Philomath. The wedding ceremony was performed in Corvallis immediately following the issuance of the license. Judge E.D. Horgan tying the knot. Mr. and Mrs. Lytle are to make their home in Philomath. (Published Aug. 7, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago

1944

RECORD: Last Thursday afternoon, 29 Philomath women folded 1,531 surgical dressings in 2-1/2 hours, beating any previous record. During July, 48 workers put in 332-1/2 hours and 11 supervisors worked 111-1/2 hours, folding 9,406 dressings. (Published Aug. 4, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

NOTES: L.V. Gray is repairing the outside of the Orange Owl cafe. The inside was recently redecorated and other improvements made. … The store building on the corner of Main and F street, formerly owned by C.B. Measor and recently sold to L.T. Ward, is being repaired and fitted up to be occupied. … Mr. and Mrs. Robert Manning of Tillamook were in Philomath recently looking for a house to rent. Mr. Manning has been hired as superintendent of the city schools. … Lt. Frank Wren of the U.S. Air Force is home on a furlough. (Published Aug. 5, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

50 Years Ago

1969

DEATH: John Quetske, 81, Philomath, died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis Monday night following an apparent heart attack. “The son of William and Willamina Meyer Quetske, he was born Oct. 19, 1887, at Burlingame, Kan., where he spent his childhood. At the age of 19, he moved to North Dakota and in 1911 married Julia Schweitz in Hebion, N.D. Following their marriage in June 1911, the couple came to Oregon and settled on a farm west of Philomath in the Woods Creek district. In 1947, they moved into Philomath, where they have since resided. (Published Aug. 6, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

STUDENTS: Returning Friday were Shane Cochran, Kathy Wilson and Brian Gellatly, who attended the annual Oregon Student Council Workshop in Eugene. Some 120 students attended the session, discussing problems of high school student councils. (Published Aug. 6, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago

1994

SCHOOL: Philomath school employees will get a better compensation package this school year under a supplemental budget approved by the district’s budget committee Monday night. The committee, which includes all five school board members and five community members, also approved spending $60,000 to help repair the 34-year-old Philomath High School swimming pool. Pool Director Gene Bunting asked for $14,369 to reinstate money cut this spring from his salary and from the pool’s operating hours, but his request was not acted upon. “We’re not going to make the money if we keep those hours cut,” Bunting said. School board chairman Gary Moss said the district can’t afford to give the pool any more money. (Published Aug. 9, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago

2004

PEAK: On a hot Sunday, one of the cool spots in Benton County was Marys Peak. People driving to and from the coast took a detour to enjoy the majestic view, serious bicyclists pedaled up to the peak for exercise, and motorcyclists enjoyed the curvy road. “We need to do this more,” said Linda Cameron of Newport, as she stood by her motorcycle and looked down at Philomath, Corvallis, Albany and across the Willamette Valley at the peaks of the Cascades. “The main reason we came up is for the road,” said her husband Brian Cameron. “The rest of it is a bonus.” Nine-year-old Kody Nyberg of Philomath peered through binoculars at her hometown. “I think I might have been here once. I’m not sure,” she said. She was quite certain the view was “cool.” (Published Aug. 9, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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