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150 Years Ago

1869

GOLD: We hope our readers will not become unduly excited by the heading of this article, although it states what is true. A few days since, as a correspondent informs us, the citizens of Philomath were thrown into a state of excitement by the report that gold had been found on the bars of Marys River, near that place, while hauling gravel for the public road. The “color” was quite plentiful. A party of young men proposed to start on a prospecting tour. Several times during the past 16 or 17 years, such rumors have been put in circulation, but the excitement soon cooled down. It is the opinion of some practical miners, and it may be true, that gold exists in paying quantities in the mountains west of Corvallis.

If one or two parties desire to “prospect” for gold, that is all right; but we hope our citizens will not act foolish, and get up any false excitements — such action would prove disadvantageous to the best interests of our county. The plow, the workshop, the manufactory, the legitimate avenues of commerce, the improvements of our farms and building of railroads within our limits, are the surest and best gold mines that we could possibly hope to possess. We have rich gold mines in Benton County — but it is our opinion they are not upon the bars in our rivers. Industry and enterprise are the true sources of our future wealth and prosperity. (Published Nov. 6, 1869 in the Corvallis Gazette).

125 Years Ago

1894

FOOTBALL: The Philomath football team desires to play a second team of the college. This would be a very good time to play and we hope arrangements can be made to play Saturday. (Published Nov. 5, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

BRIEFS: School opened in the liberal college on the 5th with a good attendance. People here are now hopeful for the college’s future. ... A social hop last Friday night at Tom Felgers, also one at Wren on Saturday night when one fellow got gloriously drunk, and as usual, wanted to fight. ... Born to the wife of John Minton, Nov. 1st, a boy. ... City election first Monday in December. We want to be sure and get a council and mayor that will work the roads from city funds, and let a few favored do the work, and the rest pitch horseshoes, while they pay the cash for their road work. (Published Nov. 5, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

100 Years Ago

1919

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EXHIBITS: With an exhibit fashioned as a lighthouse, the “Live Wires” class, boys of 13 to 18 years, of the United Brethren Sunday school, won first prize in the annual harvest home celebration. The teacher is Mrs. Gertrude Fisher. Second prize was won by the “Dependables,’ a class taught by Professor R. Fisher. The exhibits were made of grains, fruit and vegetables, and the fruit and vegetables were sent to the Baby Home in Portland. The displays illustrated Bible truths. The lighthouse was so constructed that it turned constantly and the light flashed on and off. (Published Nov. 5, 1919, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).

75 Years Ago

1944

ONIONS: You would need a jumbo-sized loaf of bread to supply the slices for an onion sandwich made from one of C.B. Measor’s prize beauties. Measor, Philomath’s champion onion grower, has harvested his crop and reported today that some of the specimens were six inches in diameter. Four of the onions — of the sweet Spanish variety — totaled eight pounds. (Published Nov. 3, 1944, in the Capital Journal, Salem).

50 Years Ago

1969

HALLOWEEN: The third annual pumpkin-carving contest drew 80 contestants and judging was held Oct. 31 at the sponsoring store, Philomath IGA. Winners by divisions were as follows: Six years or less — First, Terry Christenson; Second, Rickie Thayer; Third, Warren Witham; Twelve years or less — First, Jerry Stinson; Second, Dani Brochamp; Third, Bret Nason. Judges were Mrs. Robert Morgan and Mrs. A.M. Epperly. Prizes awarded included games, a guitar and a set of encyclopedias. (Published Nov. 4, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago

1994

ELECTION: Under a ceiling covered with American flags, Philomath Middle School students cast their votes in a mock election Thursday. Clutching voters’ pamphlets and voter registration cards, kids lined up in the school library during the lunch hour and filed into Benton County voting booths. Some tripped over the booths’ spindly metal legs, and others fought off giggles as they tried to make up their minds. “It’s pretty neat,” said 13-year-old Pepper Leslie. “You get to make your own decisions.” Most of the kids were serious and deliberate as they voted for positions such as governor and state legislators. According to election results released late Thursday, Republican Denny Smith beat Democrat John Kitzhaber by four votes. The pupils also voted on four ballot measures. They passed Measure 15, the “Kids First” measure that would guarantee a certain level of funding for schools. (Published Nov. 4, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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