From the Past: Kings Valley High School history

TEN YEARS AGO: Levis Pizer, of Philomath, looks through a scrapbook filled with information about the Kings Valley and Hoskins areas in July 2009. Pizer had become something of an unofficial historian for the old Kings Valley High School, which closed in 1945.

150 Years Ago


AUCTION: Notice is herby given that I will sell, at public auction, for cash in hand the following described real estate, to-wit: Farm lot No. 1 in the addition to the city of Philomath — containing about 5 acres — in front of the courthouse door at Corvallis, in Benton County at the hour of 1 o’clock p.m., on the 14th day of August, 1869. Lurana Tyler, executrix, of the estate of Presley Tyler, deceased. (Published July 24, 1869, in the Corvallis Gazette).

125 Years Ago


EXCURSION: Jerry Henkle and B.F. Ellsworth with their families and others numbering 20 all told, of Philomath, scaled Marys Peak last week and remained several days. They had a fine telescope, the property of Professor Bonebrake, with which they were able to see distinctly people walking about the streets of Philomath. Jack Walker and Ed Bryson, of this city, camped near them on the peak. (Published July 26, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

MISCELLANEOUS: J.W. Ingle & Co. have just ordered another $400 bill of boots and shoes. This is the second in six months. … Miss Della Gellatly says she is not married. I guess it’s so. Don’t know how long she can say so. … Myrt Taylor has returned from an extended trip to Missouri. He says Oregon is good enough for him. … R.L. Henkle has his hop house about completed. All hops in this vicinity promise a good yield. … Miss Mary Manning has gone to Independence to help her ma hold a meeting. (Published July 26, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

100 Years Ago


COLLEGE: Philomath College is trying to raise a $50,000 endowment fund, $15,000 of this has been apportioned to Benton County. Of this amount, Philomath proposes to raise $10,000 and to ask the balance of the county for the remainder. Philomath College last year had 82 students, nearly four times as many as the Albany College. President Epley asks the endorsement of the Corvallis Commercial Club on his proposition. He does not ask the club to raise the money nor take charge of the campaign but merely to investigate its merits and pass an opinion as to whether or not the plan is a worthy one for Benton County from a business standpoint. (Published July 26, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


MILITARY: Billie Bayless, son of Mrs. Ed Albertson, writes he is very busy in his Navy work and on the Fourth of July they had plenty of fireworks but they were not firecrackers. … Robert Schneider is spending a 30-day furlough with his wife, Jean Adams Schneider. He has been in the South Pacific the past 16 months. This is his first furlough since entering the Navy two years ago. … Ensign Delores Gibson, former Philomath girl, a Navy nurse located in New Caledonia, has been in a hospital for two weeks following the extraction of her wisdom teeth. (Published July 23, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

50 Years Ago


HUGHES: Taking first-place trophies in pole bending and scurry at the Shetland Pony Showdeo last weekend in Portland was Kathy Hughes. She also placed second in barrels and Cindy Hughes was third and earned a fifth in pole bending. Becky Hughes took fourth in the keyhole race. Dani Hughes also entered several events. Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Hughes attended the show on Sunday and Becky returned to her Portland home after a two-week vacation with her grandparents. (Published July 24, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

REUNION: A large group of former students, faculty and friends of Philomath College were present at the annual reunion on Sunday, July 13. The old college building where the reunion was held is now the United Methodist Church. The main speaker was Dr. Charles Emerick, a medical missionary, who showed slides of his work in India. Dr. Emerick is the grandson of the late B.E. Emerick, president of Philomath College in the early 1900s. (Published July 23, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


LIONS: Philomath Lions Club recently elected new officers for 1994-95. They are Don Bowers, president; Wendell Seat, first vice president; Chuck Jackson, second vice president; Bob Bowden, third vice president; Dean Tatom, secretary-treasurer; Joanne Vosberg, tail-twister; Bob Gay, lion tamer. Retiring president Dale Collins presented perfect attendance pins to Lions Don Bowers, Hal Green and Shirley Towner. Fred Krause and Bob Gay were presented with Melvin Jones Fellowship awards, the highest award given by the Lions Club International Foundation. (Published July 21, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

FBLA: Three Philomath High School students qualified to compete at the national conference of Future Business Leaders of America this month in Anaheim, California. The students and their state competition results are Annabelle Leeson, first place, business math; Brian Rowe, second place, business calculations; and Earl Scott, second place, information processing concepts. (Published July 21, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


QUEEN: Sharon Sternadel, 119 years old and Philomath-grown, has been selected the 2005 queen for the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo. With her official coronation scheduled in November, Sternadel already has begun planning her strategies to spread the excitement of the Frolic and Rodeo and encourage future queens-to-be for this coveted position. Sternadel was selected during the recent Frolic after competing with seven other contestants in areas such as interviewing, modeling and horsemanship. Sternadel comes from a line of royalty, with her aunt “Libby” and mom Joann having been the first and second queens of the Truckee Rodeo, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. (Published July 22, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express