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From the Past: 2008 Christmas tree planting

TEN YEARS AGO: A crowd gathered Nov. 7, 2008, to watch a 30-foot giant sequoia tree get planted in front of the Benton County Historical Museum. Today, the tree serves as the centerpiece of the community's annual holiday celebration.

150 Years Ago

1868

ELECTION: Benton County, Nov. 6 — The following precincts give Democratic majorities: Corvallis 55, Muddy 11, Willamette 11, Monroe 3, Soap Creek 34, Pioneer 3. The following precincts give Republican majorities: Philomath 57, King's Valley 13, Alsea 5, Elk City 29, Yaquina 14. Just as we go to press, we received the official vote of this county, giving Seymour 13 majority. (Published Nov. 7, 1868, in the Corvallis Gazette). Editor's note: Ulysses S. Grant (Republican) defeated Horatio Seymour (Democrat) in the 1868 presidential election.

125 Years Ago

1893

RANCHER: Mr. James Watkins of Philomath is on the creek gathering his cattle. (Published Nov. 9, 1893, in the Lincoln County Leader, Toledo).

100 Years Ago

1918

COMMISSIONER: Mr. Joe Smith is the candidate of the Democrats for county commissioner. He is a corking good fellow, but no better than Mr. Von Lehe, the Republican candidate. The Republicans have nominated Mr. R.C. Von Lehe of Philomath. That section of the county has no representation on the board. (Written from information published Nov. 4, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago

1943

DEATH: Lester J. Bennett, well-known Benton County farmer residing south of Philomath, who was electrocuted while trying to save the life of a fellow worker who had come in contact with a high voltage wire at the Zeller mill at Wren, Friday morning, was born in Portland Aug. 5, 1898, the son of Lincoln C. and Mary Hamilton. He enlisted in the U.S. Army early in 1917 and served through the first world war with 22 months overseas in France. He was honorably discharged in 1919 and one year later came to Philomath where he had since resided. (Published Nov. 6, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago

1968

MAYOR: Six votes tipped the nod in favor of David Jordan for mayor of Philomath. Jordan received 215 votes with Grover Clark accumulating 209 and Rob Tobias totaling 112. Earning council seats were Ron Stephens, 391; Marquita Rampenthal, 362; and Gladys Holderman, 359. Gary Zosel totaled 307 votes. Of the 694 registered voters, there were 540 voting for the position of mayor. Several write-in votes were counted. (Published Nov. 6, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago

1993

FOOTBALL: Philomath will enter the state Class 3A playoffs as the top seed from the ValCo League after winning a Kansas Plan playoff with Yamhill-Carlton and Central Saturday at Willamina. Yamhill-Carlton defeated Central, 8-6, in the first game, setting up a title game between Y-C and Philomath. Yamhill-Carlton won the toss, and elected to play defense. The Warriors took advantage, moving from the 25-yard line to the 8, where Jeff Koetz scored on a pass from Erik Remington. PHS then got a two-point conversion on a Ryan Boyle run. Y-C took over and looked to be in good shape after a 12-yard run on first down. But on the next play, the Tigers fumbled a pitch and Marcus Malcom recovered for the Warriors, ending the contest. (Published Nov. 7, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

10 Years Ago

2008

TREE: A 30-foot giant sequoia tree was planted in the yard of the Benton County Historical Museum on Friday afternoon in the hope that it will, over time, become the town's beacon of holiday joy. Some students from Nazarene Christian School, watching the activity in their free time, still pined for Philomath's traditional Christmas tree, though. That 105-foot giant-giant sequoia, which towered over the east end of the city, was cut down during highway construction of the Philomath couplet in March 2007. (Published Nov. 8, 2008, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express

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