From the Past: Master gardeners

TEN YEARS AGO: Master gardeners Kathi Tucker of Corvallis, and Kathy Coleman and Kathy Butler of Philomath, visit about plants in September 2009 as they oversee the master gardeners area of Central Park in Corvallis.

125 Years Ago


HOPS: Hop picking began in the Hartless yard near Philomath this morning. One hundred and fifty hops pickers are employed and the estimated yield is 10,000 pounds. (Published Sept. 10, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

PEACHES: Garrett Long, one of Benton County’s most progressive farmers, left in this office Friday, samples of Early Crawford peaches grown on his farm near Philomath. In delicacy of flavor and in size, they are fully equal to California or Southern Oregon peaches. Mr. Long has 100 three-year-old trees and expects by cutting them back so as to keep the sap out of the trunk until the winter freezes are over, to grow peaches successfully. (Published Sept. 10, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).

100 Years Ago


BUSINESS: The F.P. Clark store at Philomath, operated there 25 years by this general merchant, has been sold to S.R. Cotton of Harrisburg. The Kilpatrick & Son’s store, also, was bought by the same firm and the two stocks are combined and being offered to the public in the Williams building. According to the Review, a sawmill is being moved from Kings Valley to the Bennett timber near Philomath. This is the Olmstead, Cumbo and Roberts mill. (Published Sept. 8, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

TELEPHONE: Philomath is mad. Philomath is mad clear thru. Philomath is so mad, that her collar has completely wilted and that otherwise calm and peaceful atmosphere is disturbed by cross currents and blue blazes. The reason is the rise in telephone rates. Philomath will not stand for it. Even the newspaper and the bank and the post office have had their phones taken out. In this week’s issue of the Philomath paper, the wires of the telephone company are simply burned out. (Published Sept. 13, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago

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WWII: Eight Pacific Northwest men have returned to the United States after a nine-month, 80,000-mile tour of combat duty in the South Pacific as part of the Navy’s composite air squadron 41 aboard an escort carrier. In the group were several Oregon men, including R.E. Pliska of Philomath. (Published Sept. 13, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

STUDENT: Donna Lee Taylor, the only grade scholar in the Harris School District this year, is attending the Philomath school, riding in every day on the high school bus. (Published Sept. 13, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


HOYT: Jim Hoyt arrived home Friday from Vietnam, where for a year he has been with the 101st Airborne Division, Camp Eagle, DMZ Zone. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Citation and Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Campaign Medal. Following a 30-day leave at home, Hoyt will serve another 18 months. He is the husband of Delores Thurman Hoyt and son of Dorothy Hoyt and the late Walter Hoyt. (Published Sept. 9, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


BUILDING: After years of haggling, the Philomath Rural Fire Protection District is close to taking ownership of a fire station it has occupied since 1976. The Philomath City Council voted unanimously Monday night to sell the Bob Morgan Fire Hall to the fire district for $65,000. Immediately afterward, the fire district board voted unanimously to buy it. Under the agreement, the district must pay $32,000 over the next two years to pay off the city’s debt on the building. Fire Chief Dale Staib said the payments will not increase district taxes. (Published Sept. 13, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express