125 Years Ago
ILLNESS: Dr. F.M. Carter was on our streets one day this week. While here called to see Mrs. Mulkey, who has been dangerously ill at the residence of Cyrus Custer. Hopes were despaired of for a time, but she is now much better. (Published Jan. 3, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
CITY: The new city officials were sworn in at the council meeting Monday night. Look out for reform now. Boys beware, B. has blood in his eye. (Published Jan. 3, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
COUPLE: Newt Allen and his young bride have returned from the capital and have settled down to the stern realities of life on South Street. (Published Jan. 5, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
RED CROSS: The Red Cross membership campaign conducted by the ladies’ auxiliary to the fire department continues to function and new names are added to the list daily. Latest reports show that the membership in Philomath district has reached 600 and Monroe is not far behind with 526. (Published Jan. 2, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
CLASSES: Philomath College reopened here yesterday morning. Most of the former students are back and some are here from the SATC at the University of California and the Oregon Agricultural College. President and Mrs. L.L. Epley, who were married at York, Neb., Jan. 1, 1894, celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. A number of presents were received. Bishop N. Castle sent greetings. (Published Jan. 4, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
CHECKERS: Corvallis can now boast of an “almost-champion” checker player. He is none other than the Hon. David W. Fendall, late of Philomath, and now our very own by adoption. He went over to Salem to the state checker association tournament and before the day was over he had 38 of the 39 willards yelling for help and gave the champion a race for his life. (Published Jan. 5, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
LOGGER: One of the largest single county land sales in recent history was listed here yesterday by Lincoln County officials. It was the purchase of a large timber tract in southeast Lincoln County near the Benton County line by Rex Clemens, Philomath, who has been logging this year in the south Lincoln area. The land, which has been on the county’s delinquent sales list for nearly five years, went for $15,764 and includes several acres of mature timber ready for cutting and a large area of young trees that will be left for harvest in future years in line with modern logging practices. (Published Jan. 4, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
FIRE: “Take that dried-out family tree down now,” warned Fire Chief Robert Morgan. The Philomath Fire Department was called out this morning at 7:15 to the Howard Earl home on 2638 Applegate, where Earl had plugged the tree lights into the wall outlet. The entire flocked Christmas tree exploded with Earl receiving first- and second-degree burns about his face and arms and extensive smoke damage resulted throughout the house. (Published Jan. 3, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
RACCOON: John Jackson, who lives on Evergreen Road, shot a raccoon on his property. The animal was after his ducks, which are in the backyard. (Published Jan. 3, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
PACKWOOD: Sen. Bob Packwood’s chief of staff, in an effort to avoid protesters in Philomath, has invited a leader in the local Democratic Party to a private meeting with the senator. Harry Demarest, chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Benton County, said Packwood aide Elaine Franklin called Monday with the invitation. He could bring about five people of his choice. Journalists would not be allowed to attend. Packwood is scheduled to visit the still-being-built Philomath Library at 10 a.m. Thursday. (Published Jan. 5, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
OUTAGES: Many rural Benton County residents continued to struggle without electricity Friday, five days after a snowstorm downed power lines throughout the region. Outages in Kings Valley, Summit, Blodgett, north Corvallis and Philomath left households without heat or water, and forced people to use generators for power. At the Kings Valley Store on Friday afternoon, Will Baldwin, 24, filled four cans with gasoline for generators at his parents' house. Baldwin estimated it cost $12 to $14 a day in gas to juice up the freezers, along with one light bulb and a television set. (Published Jan. 3, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).