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From the Past: Christmas 2008

TEN YEARS AGO: Cheyanne King, 8, looks up to see the top of the Philomath Christmas Tree during the 2018 lighting event. For photos from this year's Christmas tree lighting, which occurred after the newspaper's deadline, see next week's edition.

125 Years Ago


ELECTION: The city election last Monday resulted as follows — Mayor, Dr. R.O. Loggan; recorder, Harmon Broy; marshal, Marsh. Allen; treasurer, C.W. Davis. The contest for recorder and marshal was quite interesting and drew out the full vote of the city. The vote for mayor was unanimous. (Published Dec. 8, 1893, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


DEATH: Fred Follett, a former well-known resident of Philomath, died Thursday at his home at The Dalles, according to a message received that evening by relatives at Philomath. The Philomath relatives were not aware that Mr. Follett had been ill and the message no information regarding the cause of his death. Brothers of the deceased left yesterday for The Dalles to attend the funeral service which will be held at that place. Mr. Follett was married several years ago to Miss Scofield, a Philomath girl, and recently the family had made their home at The Dalles were Mr. Follett was employed. (Published Dec. 7, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


GRANGE: Marys River Grange of Philomath has elected the following officers for the coming year: Master, G.J. Botkin; overseer, A.R. Wagner; lecturer, Elma Huffman; steward, S.H. Bennett; assistant steward, Kenneth Gray; chaplain, Elizabeth Baker; treasurer, C.J. Baker; secretary, Minnie Bennett; gatekeeper, A.J. Fenkin; Ceres, Veneta Gray; Pomona, Shirley Hoyt; Flora, Janet Gray; lady assistant steward, Beth Botkin; executive committee, R.H. Gellatly, A.R. Hoyt and Cora Butler. (Published Dec. 5, 1943, in the Oregonian, Portland).

50 Years Ago


LARSON: Former mayor of Philomath, Gorden T. Larson, 55, died early Thursday at his home of an apparent heart attack. He came to this area from North Dakota in 1936 and served on the Philomath City Council for many years. From 1953 to 1963 and from 1965 to 1967, he was mayor. He was a member of Elks and Moose in Corvallis and a charter member of the Lions Club in Philomath. In 1944, he founded Larson Lumber Co., which moved to Corvallis in 1957. He sold the firm this year. At his death, he was owner of G.T. Logging Co., Philomath Variety Store, Benton Tire Sales and G.T. Automotive Co., all in Philomath. (Published Dec. 6, 1968, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

25 Years Ago


ROAD: State road builders say they don’t have enough money to start widening Highway 20/34 from Corvallis to Philomath in 1996, as they had planned. The Oregon Department of Transportation is recommending that the project be placed on “inactive status,” project coordinator Dick Upton said. The state had planned to widen the highway from two to four lanes. Corvallis Mayor Charles Vars said local planners were counting on the road to be widened to accommodate growth in west Corvallis and Philomath. Until the road is widened, investors may be reluctant to build, say, a shopping center on commercially zoned land at the corner of Philomath Boulevard and 53rd Street. (Published Dec. 8, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express