125 Years Ago
COURT: A lawsuit was the center of the attraction before his majesty, Squire Williams, the other day. E.L. Bryan appeared for the plaintiff, and J.W. Ingle for the defendant. Both argued their cases so well that the squire thought perhaps one might be right, and then the other, so he took it under advisement for two days. The boys think there will be a chance for them next June as Judge Lord’s time will then expire. (Published Feb. 14, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
LODGE: Backensto Lodge, No. 120, I.O.O.F., of Philomath, Benton County, has incorporated. The estimated value of the property is $400. R.O. Loggan, N. Dixon and J.W. Ingle are the trustees. (Published Feb. 14, 1894, in the Daily Statesman, Salem).
FOOTBALL: Philomath footballists are “rehearsing” for a game with some of our efficient sports. We are told a match has been made with the Corvallis team. (Published Feb. 16, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
ROOSTER: There is one rooster in this town who promptly at 11 o’clock every night begins to “cuss” another rooster at Philomath. His owner is either a friend of the Bolsheviks or a sound sleeper. (Published Feb. 10, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
PRESIDENT: The First United Brethren Church of Philomath conducted memorial services last Sunday in honor of the late Theodore Roosevelt. The meeting was presided over by Mr. G.C. Gellatly, one of Benton County’s true patriots. (Published Feb. 13, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
QUILTS: The regular monthly business meeting of the Wren Ladies Aid was held Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Wren church. The members were busy all day quilting and working on afghans for the Red Cross. The Red Cross committee reported that the two quilts, kept on hand by the Ladies Aid in case of need, had been given away to families who had been burned out, one in Blodgett and one in Kings Valley. Other emergency quilts will be started immediately. (Published Feb. 10, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
BONDS: Thursday night, a barnstorming troup of war bond workers invaded Philomath and with the aid of a group of entertainers from Camp Adair, staged a patriotic entertainment in the Philomath High School gymnasium. Philomath residents to the number of more than 200 attended. The soldier boys and the bond sellers were treated to cake and coffee by the girls of the domestic science class at the conclusion of the program. (Published Feb. 11, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
COUNCIL: Councilman Ronald Stephens, chairman of the fire and police committee, recommended the council install stop signs at College and 16th, 17th and 18th on the north side of the street and further study for other street markings. The council approved. (Published Feb. 11, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
WRESTLING: Defending Yawama League wrestling champion Philomath squeaked by Willamina, 109-108, to clinch the league title for the second straight year Saturday. Each of the two top teams will be sending six men to the state tournament in Corvallis next week. (Published Feb. 16, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
DEATH: Emmett Leon Dingus, 81, Route 1, Box 9, Philomath, became Benton County’s fourth highway fatality of the year Friday at 4:20 p.m. when he was struck and killed by a car on Highway 20. The accident occurred about a mile west of Philomath as Dingus was crossing the highway to reach his mailbox. (Published Feb. 15, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
SCHOOLS: Leaner times are ahead for the previously financially secure Philomath School District. The district’s school board on Thursday approved a spending freeze for the 1994-95 school year. This means that the district will spend the same amount as this year — $8,075,000, with $75,000 of that set aside as reserve. The district is now dipping into its reserve each year to help make ends meet. This year, the district expects to spend about $750,000 of its current $2 million reserve. District Superintendent Chuck Jackson said Friday that it is premature to comment on whether teachers will be laid off. (Published Feb. 12, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
WASTEWATER: The city’s engineering firm suggested Philomath get about $2.6 million in wastewater system improvements during the next 30 years. If the city doesn’t upgrade the aging system, it will end up addressing emergency problems, said John Yarnall, vice president of Westech Engineering. Those will be more costly to fix, Yarnall said. And residents probably agree raw sewage overflows have a high “eww” factor. The Philomath City Council unanimously approved a new wastewater master plan during its Monday meeting after the Westech presentation. (Published Feb. 10, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).