From the Past: 2009 Philomath Frolic parade

TEN YEARS AGO: Carly Dowless, 5, niece of the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo queen Sarah Dowless, waves to the crowd during the 2009 grand parade.

125 Years Ago


GROWERS: Philomath, July 10 — The hop yards are looking well. Some are complaining of lice but none have sprayed. I think if the weather continues warm, they will do no harm. I think if growers would write truthful accounts of their hop yards, neither over nor under draw on facts, the buyers would have more confidence and prices would not be so fluctuating. Let me beg of the growers not to commit this fall the mistake of the last few years, ie, overcrowding the English market. It has not been profitable to you and it has certainly ruined the market here. Truly yours, C.H.Z. (Published July 11, 1894, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

100 Years Ago


REWARD: John Pimm, of Philomath, is offering a reward of $100 for the recovery of the body of his son-in-law, Ralph Hinds, supposedly drowned in the Willamette River a few miles east of Corvallis. (Published July 9, 1919, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).

FOURTH: Taking it as a whole, the Fourth of July celebration held in Corvallis may be counted a success. There were several thousand people here from all sections of the county and adjoining vicinities, and the various offerings were of such character and sufficiently well-done to furnish pleasure to those who thronged the streets and City Park. The parade was extensive and a thing of beauty and interest, the sports were closely contested and there were many entries, the band concerts were thoroughly enjoyable, two excellent patriotic programs were carried through most successfully, and the addresses by Rev. J.P. Clyde of Corvallis and Rev. D.J. Ferguson, of Philomath, proving inspiring and highly entertaining. The ballgame, dance and fireworks were superfine and for those who wanted something else, there were pictures at both the Majestic and Crystal, both of which ran continuously from 11 o’clock. (Published July 10, 1919, in the Weekly Gazette-Times, Corvallis).

75 Years Ago


PROPERTY: The Parker Real Estate agency has sold the Earl Welch 10-acre place 2-1/2 miles southwest of Philomath to Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Willson, of San Francisco, California. The Willsons plan to come after a few months to make their home in Benton County. Mr. and Mrs. Welch and their family are to leave this area. (Published July 7, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

BABY: The eighth child of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Garriott of Philomath arrived on July 4. The babe, a boy, weighed 8 pounds and 14-1/2 ounces, was born at the Anderson Hospital in Corvallis. Mrs. Garriott and the infant son are soon to go to their home. (Published July 10, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


FHA: Sharon Wilson, a junior at Philomath High School, will be among the 2,000 delegates to the 1969 National meeting of the Future Homemakers of America July 14-17 not he Colorado State University campus. There will be five advisers attending, including Mrs. Elaine Mellen, homemaking teacher and adviser to the Philomath chapter. Miss Wilson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Wilson, Philomath. (Published July 10, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

SNODGRASS: Mr. and Mrs. George Snodgrass and their son, Dean, with his wife flew to San Francisco, California, to meet the USS Enterprise, on which their son, Chief Petty Officer Gerald Snodgrass, is serving. They were able to spend five hours with their son before he and the rest of the crew flew to Albany, Georgia, for further training. The Big E will be overhauled in Virginia. (Published July 11, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


RODEO: It’s billed as “one of the finest small rodeos in Oregon.” Visitors to the Philomath Frolic and Rodeo know why is has earned such an accolade from Northwest Travel magazine. The Philomath celebration stays true to its roots, drawing working cowboys and cowgirls from across the West. Competitors from Tucson, Arizona, to Lolo, Montana, will ride broncos, rope cattle and wrestle steer. When viewers aren’t rooting for rodeo riders, they can load up on barbecue, enjoy Saturday’s parade or dancer under the stars Friday and Saturday night. (Published July 8, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

FIRE: A fire inside four sawdust hoppers at Smurfit Newsprint Corp., threatened to ignite the plant’s roofs, but Philomath firefighters extinguished the blaze before it caused major damage. Those fighting the flames, which at one point blazed into the sky, scaled 100-foot towers and negotiated narrow catwalks to get water to the fire, which started inside metal pipes used to move sawdust. Firefighter Gary Cox said 23 Philomath-area firefighters responded with three engines. There were no reports of injuries. Workers from the plant initially tried to get the fire under control but were unsuccessful. Philomath Fire Capt. Tim Jordan said firefighters were worried that flying embers would cause a major fire on an open sawdust pile. “We would have been here all night,” he said. (Published July 12, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


FROLIC: Ken and Carol Stueve saw the Philomath Frolic as a good way to participate and help out with a community event. That was 1973. Today, Ken is president of the rodeo that was added to the annual event 21 years ago, while Carol does a little bit of everything to help the annual celebration runs smoothly. In recognition of their efforts the past three decades, the couple was presented the first-ever City of Philomath Lifetime Achievement Award by Mayor Chris Nusbaum during Saturday night’s rodeo performance. The couple received a standing ovation from the 3,000-plus in attendance and a key to the city. “I’m not sure what it opens, but I’ll find out,” Ken said with his familiar chuckle during a short break before Sunday’s rodeo performance, the last of three shows this year. “It was a lot of fun giving it,” Nusbaum said of the award as he was stamping hands of people entering the rodeo grounds. (Published July 12, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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