150 Years Ago
POST OFFICES: Following is a list of post offices in the region: Benton County — Corvallis, King’s Valley, Little Elk, Liberty, Newton, Newport, Philomath, Starr’s Point, Summit, Toledo and Yaquina; Linn County — Albany, Brownsville, Bloomington, Diamond Hill, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Peoria, Pine and Scio; Polk County — Bridgeport, Buena Vista, Bethel, Dallas, Eola, Grande Ronde, Independence, Lawn Arbor, Lackiamute, Lincoln, Lewisville, Monmouth, Rickreall, Salt Creek. (Information compiled from a list published Nov. 28, 1868, in the Morning Oregonian, Portland).
125 Years Ago
BRIEFS: Our people did not observe Pennoyer Day. … The Women’s Missionary Society will meet at the residence of Mrs. J.S. Bryan Friday at 2 p.m. … Our city election will be held next Monday. … An entertainment will be given under the auspices of the W.C.T.U. next Thursday evening in the college chapel. An interesting programme will be presented. … Thursday morning at the M.E. church, will be held a Thanks offering for the benefit of the Portland Hospital. … Mrs. Leonard Herron died Nov. 25, 1893, of pneumonia. Age 68 years. The funeral was conducted by Elder Parker on Monday. The remains were laid to rest in the Newton graveyard. (Published Nov. 29, 1893, in the Corvallis Times).
100 Years Ago
CASUALTY: George L. Albin’s name appears in the casualty list of today as wounded, degree undetermined. Mr. Albin is a Philomath boy and a son of Mr. and Mrs. George Albin Sr., of that place. He enlisted with the Signal Corps, Company C, 103rd Battalion, and had been in France for some time. The parents recently received a letter in which he wrote of being gassed and at the time was confined in a French hospital. It is believed he is recovering very satisfactorily. (Published Nov. 26, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
DEATH: Mrs. Susan Sutton died last week at her home in Philomath after a long illness. Since the death of her husband more than a year ago, Mr. and Mrs. McGuire have cared for her. (Published Nov. 26, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
CARNIVAL: The proceeds of the annual high school carnival Friday were $120 above expenses. Patsy Bailes was chosen queen. The princesses were Shirley Hoyt, Ilah Goodman and Joanne Zeal. (Published Nov. 26, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
PASTOR: The new pastor of the Pentecostal church, Rev. J.P. Collier, with his wife, son and daughter, are located in the church parsonage. They came from Portland. (Published Nov. 27, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
CHECK: The Moser Lumber Co. of Kings Valley sent the Philomath Fire Department a check for $100 in appreciation of their help at the time of their recent fire. (Published Nov. 27, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
50 Years Ago
TIMBER: The value of timber and timberland in Benton County will be increased about 30 percent — or $4.5 million — for tax purposes, beginning Jan. 1, the State Tax Commission has informed County Assessor Charles L. Anderson. The effect will be to put a greater tax burden on the timber owners while easing it a comparable amount on homeowners in the county. The impact would be felt largely in the Philomath and Alsea school districts where most of the timber is located. The increases vary according to zones, which are based upon distance from market, productivity and accessibility. Zone 1, which is mostly between Philomath and the summit of the Coast Range, has Douglas fir valued at $17.40 a thousand board feet. (Published Nov. 27, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
BUSINESS: Timber rules the Philomath economy, but residents might be a lot better off if some other industries shared its reign, according to an economic development plan created by a group of business, civic and government leaders. The group, called the Philomath Community Response Team, hopes to bring new businesses to the town of 3,000, and expand markets for the businesses that are already there. If it is successful, residents will find better-paying jobs, a greater selection of stores and a network of bicycle trails and new parks for leisure enjoyment. “Certainly, it would improve the quality of their life,” said Mayor Van Hunsaker. (Published Nov. 28, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
STREETS: The No. 1 complaint Mayor Chris Nusbaum hears is about the condition of Philomath’s streets. That gripe might slip a few notches down the chart, soon. On Monday night, the city council discussed a new road maintenance fee to help pave and restore the streets of Philomath to fix those potholes and cover those gravel roads. The fee appears imminent, as the council made a 4-3 vote in favor of it during the meeting. Since the ordinance didn’t pass unanimously, it must have a second reading and be voted on again at the next meeting. The city has sought to address its road problems for at least a decade, said Randy Kugler, city manager. “There’s no denying streets are a problem.” It would cost each Philomath residence less than $2 per month or $23 per year — about the same amount as a three-year park fee that ended this year. (Published Nov. 26, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).