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From the Past: Rotary dictionaries

TEN YEARS AGO: Heidi Eveland, a Rotary Club member, helps Philomath Elementary School student Kayla Cleveland find a word in her new dictionary on Oct. 28, 2008. Rotary Club members passed out dictionaries to third-grade students as part of "The Dictionary Project" to help promote literacy.

125 Years Ago


COLLEGE: Philomath College opened last Wednesday morning under favorable auspices. Prof. Bonebraker made an interesting address, thereby installing himself in the minds of his hearers as a progressive educator whose services will materially advance the interests of that institution. (Published Nov. 3, 1893, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


VOTING: In the matter of designating polling places for the general election Nov. 5, 1918, the following polling places were designated: Grange Hall at Bellfountain, Plunkett & Thompson’s Store at Blodgett, Townsend’s Hall at Kings Valley, I.O.O.F. Hall in Philomath, Plymouth Congregational Church, Grange Hall at Summit, Casey’s Hall at Wren. (Excerpts from a list published Oct. 31, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


SCOUTS: Philomath Girl Scouts held their annual election at the home of Mrs. J.A. Scarth. They also voted to fill Christmas boxes for children in war-torn countries. After the meeting, refreshments were served by their leaders, Mrs. I.G. Phelps and Mrs. J.A. Scarth. (Published Oct. 29, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


CANDIDATES: Voters of Philomath have a choice of three candidates for the nonpartisan office of mayor at the Nov. 5 election. They are David A. Jordan, a retired millwright; Grover Clark, a real estate agent; and Ronald Tobias, a high school teacher. Philomath voters will choose three city council members from among four candidates. They are Gladys Holderman, Marquita Rampenthal, Ronald A. Stephens and Gary Zosel. The three getting the largest number of votes will be the ones elected to the nonpartisan office. (Published Nov. 1, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

25 Years Ago


CROSS-COUNTRY: Philomath won both the boys and girls championships Saturday in the Val-Co League cross-country meet. The Warriors scored 22 points in both meets, which were run at Yamhill-Carlton High. Philomath had four runners in the top seven in the boys meet — Tim Peterson, Tyler Bushnell, Adam Hale and Mike Cruise. Peterson was second in 16:19. The Warriors had five of the top seven finishers in the girls meet — Whitney Bushnell, Vicki Coudrier, Cambria Martin, Carolyn Symons and Darcy Zeptler. Bushnell was second in 19:44. (Published Oct. 31, 1993, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

15 Years Ago


SCHOOLS: The Philomath School District accepted a grant from the Clemens Foundation on Thursday to reduce pay to play costs this year from $200 to $50, and also restore middle school athletics for winter and spring. The total amount of the grant is expected to be around $75,000, said Donna L. Chastain, school district business manager. "It's a wonderful donation because it allows … a higher level of participation. The $200, some students may not have been able to come up with that,” Chastain said. Fundraising still will be vital for the school sports programs, though, stressed Superintendent Rod Harvey. The grant, and new $50 pay for play fee, will cover salaries for head coaches, minimal transportation and some supplies. (Published Oct. 31, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express