125 Years Ago
DISCOVERY: A rival to the Soap Creek Sulpher Spring has been discovered. It is located on Wood’s Creek, six miles southwest of Philomath and is very strong in iron and sulpher. It was discovered by Charles Woods on the 4th inst. and has already become popular in the vicinity as a resort. (Published Sept. 3, 1894, in the Corvallis Times).
STROKE: Mrs. Francis Spencer, who lives a few miles south of Philomath on Greasy, was last Monday morning the unfortunate victim of a severe stroke of paralysis. Owing to her advanced age, the trouble may prove fatal, still under the care of Dr. Lee, the patient shows signs of improvement. Mrs. Spencer is now in her 75th year and is the mother of Jesse Spencer of this city. (Published Sept. 7, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
ROADS: Further praises for the Portland-to-Newport motor trip and flattering comment on the proposed Roosevelt military highway along the Oregon Coast are voiced by Dr. E.R. Seely, of Portland, who returned in his Hupmobile a few days ago from a trip which took him to Newport over the Kings Valley route and brought him home by way of Corvallis. “Although improvement work is in progress in some places, notably around Toledo, both of the routes leading to Newport were in good condition almost all of the way,” reported Dr. Seely as he steered his Hupmobile over the Portland streets on his return. “Nor did we mind it a bit to be interrupted here and there by road surveyors as we knew their work meant better highways next year. If anything, the road through Corvallis and Philomath is better than the route from Salem, through Independence, Monmouth and Kings Valley. This latter road was in good condition for the most part but there was considerable dust in some places and once in a while a chuck hole.” (Published Sept. 7, 1919, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).
PRINCIPAL: Mrs. Elbert Thompson and small daughter, Fave Louise, are leaving the first of this week for Philomath where Mrs. Thompson has accepted a position as principal of the Philomath High School. Before her marriage, Mrs. Thompson taught in the Philomath College. (Published Sept. 7, 1919, in the Oregon Statesman, Salem).
75 Years Ago
BRIEFS: Mr. Wadsworth of Sunset Park addition has landscaped his property with paths and flower beds and has installed a gravel strip around the property. … The annual conference of the United Brethren Church closed with the morning service last week. One hundred twenty-three persons were registered for the conference of whom 95 were ministers and delegates and 28 were visitors. Rev. C.E. Brickwedell was returned to the College church. … J.H. Hedrick was in Portland a few days to consult with Chester Bowles, OPA head from Washington, on the rubber tire situation for trucks. (Published Sept. 4, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).
MONKEY: A wild monkey, harmless and toothless, is running loose in Avery Park. He belongs to the Cecil Montgomery wild animal menagerie, which was brought there during the weekend and was turned loose when children playing with him removed his leash. Said monkey likes to smoke and chew and any future park visitor smoking a lighted cigarette may find the animal trailing him or her. He is a ringtail and answers to the name of “Mike.” Park visitors were present from Portland and a number of the valley towns as well as Corvallis, many of them attending both days. The swimming hole was popular, too, and picnic dinners were taken. Many of the visitors trudged along the highway from Philomath road to the park, and suggested to the promoters the planting of trees along the park drive. (Published Sept. 5, 1944, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
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FIRES: The Philomath Fire Department answered four calls over the long weekend. The most serious fire was on the James Dombrosky property, 6610 SW West Hills Road, were a $5,500 barn burned to the ground. Included in the loss was stored hay and wood chips. All the animals were in the pasture at the time. The fire occurred Friday about 3 p.m. when none of the family was at home. There was no insurance on the barn. Cause of the blaze hasn’t been determined, according to Fire Chief Robert Morgan. Saturday at 5:18 p.m., there was a small grass fire on the parking strip along North 17th Street. No damage occurred. There were two blazes Monday, both involving grass. Burning trash in an open barrel by the Richfield Station and In-and-Out Drive-In on Main Street set fire to grass on a back lot about 7:24 p.m., and at 9 p.m., the engines were called to Boggs Lane to quench a grass fire. Unidentifiable persons had poured gasoline down a hole into a yellowjackets’ nest and struck a match, causing the gasoline to explode. (Published Sept. 2, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
CALENDARS: Philomath High School PTA community calendars now are on sale and are at the Philomath IGA Grocery, First National Bank, Philomath Variety Store, Philomath Drug Store, Blodgett Grocery Store and Kings Valley Store. Geneva Baugher, art student, drew the calendar cover, depicting in school colors of gold and black the front entrance and flag of the building with triangles in which students, teachers and parents are shown. Giving their time in producing the calendar were Mrs. Lynn Abrahams, Mrs. Myrtle Berklund, the Rev. and Mrs. Lloyd Oliver and others. (Published Sept. 6, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
25 Years Ago
FOOTBALL: If taking over for a town coaching legend weren’t enough pressure, 24-year-old Steve Bennett has to deal with this in his first year as Philomath football coach: A very young team. A very inexperienced team. A team very thin in numbers. A very big tradition of winning. Plus — and this is the biggie — three seniors, all of whom are two-way starters, are academically ineligible for the first two games. So how does this young coach, who has spent the last three years as a PHS assistant, react to this adversity? By predicting a winning season, of course. “We’re going to surprise people,” said Bennett, who is no relation to his predecessor, Woody Bennett. “People will look at us and see only 28 kids dressed down and say, ‘aw geez, they’re not that big.’ But they will be surprised how hard we work. To the outside eye looking at us, they don’t see the traditional things you label in a football player. But as a coach, I see them working hard and striving to become better.” (Published Sept. 2, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
FESTIVAL: A special event for families will take place on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, at Marys River Park in Philomath from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Love of Learning 3K and 8K Run and Family Festival is for all ages and includes music, food, educational exhibits, a silent auction and a kids’ run. Proceeds benefit the Philomath Montessori School. The popular marimba ensemble, Balafon, will perform in the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. The entomology, zoology and biology departments of Oregon State University will offer demonstrations. Lessons in yoga, tai chi, karate, aikido, ballet, creative movement and modern dance will also be offered. (Published Sept. 2, 1994, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
15 Years Ago
RUNNING: It felt like a darkened cathedral as we wound through the trees on the south end of Philomath’s school district grounds. Covered in pine needles, the path was wide but hard to decipher the first time around. Where other parts of the course were drenched in early morning sun, this stretch remained in predawn gloom. It was like a moment in heaven running through there. This was an experience out of the ordinary in the pursuit of fun run enjoyment. Philomath’s Save Our Sports Fun Run made use of the Paul Mariman Cross Country course at the high school. As a result, the course was a proper mixture of surfaces. The event was part of a daylong festival of sports staged by the Philomath Booster Club as a fundraiser to defray the costs of operating athletics at the schools. (Published Sept. 3, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
SOLDIER: If some middle school students doubt the value of their care packages to U.S. troops serving in Iraq, they got a dose of reassurance this week from a soldier who has been on the receiving end. “It was nice to get care packages, and it was important,” Marine First Lt. Ben Davis said he told Philomath middle schoolers this week. “They may not feel they are contributing that much, but it really does help, each and every little thing.” Davis spent time Thursday at Philomath Middle School meeting with the sixth-grade class taught by his mom, Peggy Davis, and the leadership class taught by Becki Goslow. This year, the leadership class at the school is working with the Kiwanis Club to gather goods for soldiers. The effort is called “Operation Iraq.” (Published Sept. 4, 2004, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
10 Years Ago
HISTORY: The Benton County Historical Society’s storage building is crammed to the rafters — literally — with a bewildering assortment of artifacts. They’re lined up in rows, stacked in boxes and arrayed on shelves like the accumulated clutter of God’s own attic. Tin Lizzie's and horse-drawn carriages. Hand-carved bedsteads and handwoven baskets. Wedding dresses and military uniforms. A deep-sea diver’s helmet and a telephone operator’s switchboard. A congregation of pulpits and a veritable armada of rocking chairs. All told, the collection numbers somewhere in the vicinity of 120,000 items. “I think we have too many chairs, personally,” confides Mary Gallagher, the historical society’s collections manager, during a tour of the facility. “But, you know, every one of them has a history.” And few people know those histories better than Gallagher, who has been with the society for almost 12 years now. A well-worn pair of fencing pliers calls out to her as she walks by, and she stops to tell its tale. “This was used by a Benton County resident in World War II to cut through barbed wire when he had to go through farmers’ fields,” she says, her eyes smiling over half-glasses. “It doesn’t look like much, but everything we have, we try to have a story.” (Published Sept. 1, 2009, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).