From the Past: 2009 graduation

TEN YEARS AGO: Kevin Riddle, left, and Cody Labahn waited until just moments before their 2009 graduation ceremony at Philomath High School to add some camouflage tape to their mortarboards.

125 Years Ago


ALLEN: At the United Brethren Conference in Salem, the committee on nominations reported on trustees of Philomath College. The report was adopted. The conference proceeded to elect three preachers to assist the presiding elders in stationing the ministers to the fields. The election resulted in the choice of Revs. N.W. Allen (of Philomath), E.M. Marsters and J.S. Osborn. ... Rev. N.W. Allen, of Philomath, will address the young men at the YMCA hall Sunday, June 10, at 4 p.m. All men invited. (Written from items published June 9, 1894, in the Salem Journal).

100 Years Ago


COLLEGE: The 53rd annual commencement exercises of Philomath College and Academy were held Wednesday. The address was by Rev. Byron J. Clark, pastor of the First United Brethren Church at Portland, “The Supreme Purpose of Education.” President Eppley presented the diplomas and certificates to the members of the graduating class. Four were granted teachers’ certificates, Misses Susie Forsythe, Nellie Bennett, Maud Higton and Sena Coiner. The degree of doctor of divinity was conferred on: Rev. C.B. Fletcher, Toledo, Ohio; Rev. E.M. Cobb, Dayton, Ohio; Rev. Walter C. Scott, Chicago; Rev. Walter E. Bachman, Fargo, N.D. The old faculty was re-elected except Mrs. Madge T. Rogers, who resigned some time since. Ever Kilpatrick, who graduated here two years ago with the highest honors, and has recently been in the United States service, was chosen teacher of science and mathematics. The teacher training work is to be in charge of Nelson S. Rogers, a recent graduate of the school, and of the Oregon State Normal School, now in France with the 116th Engineers, AEF, but soon to return to America. (Published June 15, 1919, in the Oregonian, Portland).

75 Years Ago


BRIEFS: C.A. Roscoe, formerly of Burnt Woods, is equipping a blacksmith shop at the corner of I and College streets. ... Mr. and Mrs. L.V. Gray, owners of the Orange Owl cafe, have purchased the building and also a tract of land joining it on the west. ... E.H. Castle was in Salem the first of the week, attending a conference of school superintendents. ... Mr. and Mrs. Frank La Bare recently received word that their son, Crawford La Bare, had been wounded and was seriously ill in a hospital somewhere in England. Crawford is a technician, 4th grade signal corps. He has been in England since November. (Published June 11, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

50 Years Ago


FROLIC: A full day’s schedule is slated Saturday and Sunday during the annual Philomath Frolic. Saturday’s events are as follows: Buckaroo Breakfast, being served in Philomath High School by Philomath Jaycee-ettes assisted by Girl Scouts; Children’s Parade; sky divers competition jump on Philomath High School grounds; Grand Parade with Roland Hall as grand marshal; Horse show, 4-H and performance classes, Buckaroo Grounds, at end of 12th Street; water ball fights; Round-Up dance, Marys River Grange Hall with music by The Moonlighters. Sunday events: Horse show at Buckaroo Grounds; Union Church service at Philomath High football field. According to Mrs. Joe Lamberty, chairman of Grand Parade entries, there will be tremendous quality in the floats this year. Mrs. Lamberty said that there were fewer horse groups entered in the Grand Parade because of the Saturday horse show, which will be the first time it has been run two days. (Published June 13, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


NEGOTIATIONS: The Philomath School Board and its two employee unions are at an impasse and state mediators are being called to help. The main issue in negotiations between the district and both unions is money. School board officials said the district can’t afford to pay its employees more money and can’t afford to pay them if they retire early. The district’s proposed 1994-95 budget of $8.1 million includes about $51,500 in spending cuts. It also calls for spending $248,458 of the district’s $1.2 million savings. These savings have helped the district avoid making major budget cuts in recent years, but school officials expect that the fund will be depleted in the next few years. The classified employees’ union is requesting a 3 percent salary increase per year, over a two-year period. The teachers’ union is requesting a similar salary increase per year, over a three-year period. (Published June 15, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


DISC GOLF: Seventh-grader Daniel Meyer reared back, hurled the Frisbee and watched it fly over the tall grass outside Philomath Middle School on Thursday morning. Friends quickly followed, chucking brightly colored discs. Meyer, a red-headed 12-year-old, is proud that he helped build the school’s new disc golf course this spring. The Philomath disc golf course is the third in the Corvallis area, and though it isn’t all that difficult, it probably will get plenty of use. Willamette Park has the best links, but it sometimes gets crowed, 17-year-old Brian Eberhardt of Philomath said. He added that Adair Village’s course is long with lots of trees. Tim Rohrer’s core class at Philomath Middle School built the course this spring after funding was approved by the student council. It cost about $3,300, he said. (Published June 11, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago


GRADUATION: Four sets of twins graduated from Philomath High School on June 6. Siblings earning their diplomas together were Kara and Terri Bartlow, Christine and Jennifer Ware, Conlin and Andrew Skaar, and Miriah and Nate Hoffman. During the afternoon outdoor commencement held at Clemens Field, Ashmi Patel represented six valedictorians with a humorous speech about class life from kindergarten through high school. Her fellow valedictorians were Angela Haslam, Jenna Browning-Kamins, Mindi Larrabee, Quinn Amacher and Rebecca Dealy. (Published June 12, 2009, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express