125 Years Ago
MISCELLANEOUS: Will Haines received from Portland a choice lot of furniture, among which was a fine baby carriage. ... What’s the matter with someone talking hold of our mill site here? A good chance for someone to make money. A mill here would get more work than it could do. ... J.W. Ingle has bought a car of potatoes for shipping and wants more. ... J.L. Akin has moved into J.A. Henkle’s house for the winter. ... Apple picking, potato gathering and wood hauling are the order of the day. (Published Oct. 18, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
100 Years Ago
WWI: Of the men who went to the front among the replacements sent from Company K at Contres (France), Homer Armstrong was probably the first to be bumped off. Homer was one of the men who left Corvallis with the company in March of 1917, and was a resident of Philomath. He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brown. A number of men, however, were wounded and gassed and sent to the hospital. (Published Oct. 16, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
75 Years Ago
MILITARY: Word was received today that Harry H. Davidson, a resident of Philomath stationed with the U.S. Army at Camp Bowie, Texas, died in a hospital there early this morning as a result of injuries received in a car accident. Mr. Davidson was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Davidson, early residents of Philomath and west Benton County. He had attended Philomath schools and before entering service was employed by the Ed Albertsons Lumber Co. He had been stationed two years in the Aleutians before being transferred to Camp Bowie about six weeks ago. (Published Oct. 17, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
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50 Years Ago
FIREFIGHTERS: The city of Philomath has purchased a new 1,000-gallon front end pumper for the Philomath Fire Department. The pumper sets on a Ford chassis and was manufactured by Western States Fire Equipment Co. The department now has four pumpers and a tanker. The firemen have been practicing with the new engine and will have it ready for service by the end of the week. Persons wishing to see the new pumper are welcome at the fire station ... Philomath firemen and families held a harvest potluck Saturday in the City Hall with some 50 persons attending. Decorations were of autumn leaves, fruit and flowers with candles of autumn colors. (Published Oct. 14, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
CROSS-COUNTRY: The Timbertown Invitational drew 481 runners — ages fifth grade through high school varsity — for perfect cross-country running conditions on Thursday. The PHS girls won the team title behind top-10 finishes from Whitney Bushnell and Vicki Coudriet; the Warrior boys raced to an easy boys title with Tyler Bushnell, Tim Peterson, Eric Thompson and Stephen Cruise parading across in the top 10. “We’re happy,” said PHS coach Paul Mariman. “We wanted to run well and we did.” (Published Oct. 14, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
BUILDING: The city took a huge step toward selling its aging police department building on Monday night, making a formal counteroffer to a prospective buyer. The Philomath City Council suggested only minor changes to the $205,000 purchase offer from Alpha Omega Computing Systems. The Corvallis firm, with 12 employees, wants to renovate the police headquarters and move its business operations there. “I think this is a win-win situation,” said Councilor Richard Matson. “We’re preserving the building and bringing jobs to town.” The Philomath site would provide Alpha Omega better access to transportation and more room for expansion, said John Sechrest, research and developer manager for Alpha Omega. (Published Oct. 13, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).