From the Past: 2009 graduation

TEN YEARS AGO: Philomath High School valedictorian Ashmi Patel gathers classmates before the 2009 commencement to explain the plan of passing out champagne popper party favors to deploy when they flip their tassels at the end of their ceremony.

125 Years Ago


ELECTION: Osburn defeated Smith by 107 votes for sheriff. This was the most surprising of all. Early Tuesday morning, Osburn and his friends conceded the election of his opponent. But when the returns were received from Philomath, Soap Creek and Monroe, it was plain to be seen that Republican nominee for sheriff was in the soup. The vote in these precincts evidenced some sort of jobbery that is indeed hard to fathom. Philomath has always been considered a strong Republican precinct, but the vote for Osburn, Alexander (assessor) and Bryan (school superintendent) indicated that the people of that locality had experienced a change of heart since the last election.

The fight for school superintendent was watched with perhaps more interest than anything else during the campaign. All the candidates hailed from Philomath, so that from point of location no one of the aspirants had the advantage. The defeat of Bryan is considered by Republicans to be the great victory of all. He had carried the county two years ago by a good majority. He and his many friends were perfectly confident of success, but his boasted majority of 250 was overcome and Holm is to be the next school superintendent of Benton County by a plurality of 10. (Written from story published June 8, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


GRADUATION: On Sunday evening, Rev. J.P. Clyde, pastor of the Congregational Church, speaks to the graduates of Philomath High School. Clyde is also delivering commencement addresses at high schools in Riddle, Bellfountain, Siletz and Pacific University in Forest Grove. (Written from story published June 5, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

ELECTION: The defeat of the $5 million reconstruction measure means the loss of $500,000 for buildings at Oregon Agricultural College, a truly serious matter, for the institution is in need of buildings and enlargements beyond the conception of anyone who are not in close touch with the situation. Philomath voted no on every measure, her heaviest vote being against the reconstruction bonds, 80 to 14. Against county road bonds — from which Philomath was scheduled for greater benefit than any — the vote was 61 to 44. West Philomath swatted everything. (Written from story published June 5, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


DEATH: Funeral services for Charles B. Franklin, who died Thursday forenoon at his home at Philomath, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Keeney funeral home at Corvallis. Interment will be in the Pleasant Valley cemetery. Mr. Franklin was born in the Peoria community Oct. 8, 1872, and was the son of James and Mary Elizabeth Franklin, early Oregon pioneers. The family came to Benton County four years later and Mr. Franklin had lived here 67 years. He had operated a blacksmith shop just west of Philomath on the Alsea Highway. (Published June 2, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


QUEEN: Which young lady will rule over Philomath Frolic for 1969? Five Philomath senior high school students will learn the answer at 10 p.m. Saturday during the annual coronation dance at the high school, where the western band, “The Shadows,” will play. Princesses on this year’s court are Dianne Bauman, Sandy Bennett, Donna Morgan, Sandy Newsom and Susie Shelton. Their sponsors are the Philomath Jaycees, Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges, Philomath Fire Department, Marys River Grange and Philomath Lions Club. The new queen will receive her crown from Barbara Beattie, 1968 Frolic queen. (Published June 6, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


COACH: Philomath High’s Paul Mariman added another award to his collection after the 4A/3A state track and field meet in Eugene on May 28. Mariman was named 3A boys coach of the year by the Oregon High School Coaches Association. He was a finalist for the award after being named the 3A boys cross-country coach of the year after the Warriors’ state championship last fall. Mariman was also the ValCo League girls track coach of the year this spring. Philomath junior Kortni Murphree, the state 3A girls discus champion, had a busy and successful spring. She was first-team all-state in both track and softball. (Published June 8, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


GRADUATION: Not many people can say that they know everyone in their graduation class. That’s not true of Philomath High School’s Class of 2004, said co-valedictorian Caitlin Phillips in her graduation speech. “A lot of you are ready to leave this small town,” Phillips told the 125 other graduates. “Others have deep roots here and won’t be venturing far from where they grew up as they take jobs or head off to college.” As part of Philomath’s commencement tradition, as the name of each graduate was announced, Principal Nels Thompson read a short description of the student’s plans. (Published June 6, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express