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From the Past: Sept. 18, 2019

From the Past: Sept. 18, 2019

From the Past: Highway Project

TEN YEARS AGO: Crews move loads of rock at the Pioneer Mountain-to-Eddyville project in September 2009. The construction of this bridge was over Trapp Creek.

150 Years Ago


MEETING: The campmeeting near Philomath, under the supervision of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was progressing on Thursday last. Several conversions, and the meeting at that time, increasing in interest. We have not heard from the meeting since the rains — and subsequently are not informed whether or not it will continue over Sabbath. (Published Sept. 18, 1869, in the Corvallis Gazette).

125 Years Ago


COURT: John McGee, of Wren, was in town this week and seemed considerably puzzled over the action of a Philomath justice of the peace, who caused the arrest of John McGee Jr., on a charge of contempt of court. Prior to the arrest, no papers had been served on the young man, and naturally enough, he feels that the law is dealing unfairly with him. From Mr. McGee, it is learned that the trouble grew out of an attachment suit recently brought by John W. Ingle against W.B. Kitchen, of Blodgett valley. The attachment was levied upon the defendant’s wheat, against which McGee & Co., had an account for threshing. This bill Mr. Ingle agreed to settle, but he failed to do so, the company retained in their possession sufficient of the attached grain to cover the account for threshing. Believing that young McGee held possession of the wheat, the court issued a warrant for his arrest. He was brought before Justice Bowles last Monday and released on $100 bonds to appear for trial Wednesday. How the case terminated, we have been unable to learn. (Published Sept. 21, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).

FARM: Last Monday, George F. Eglin effected a sale of the William Dreschel farm of 254 acres located three miles south of Philomath, to Hans J. Swonsen, a recent arrival from North Dakota. The price paid was $3,650 of which amount $2,700 was cash. This is the largest real estate deal that has been consummated in Benton County for several months, and all concerned feel elated over the result. (Published Sept. 21, 1894, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


SCHOOLS: The Philomath schools opened this week for the year’s work, and with a considerably larger attendance than last year. Over 40 have registered in the high school alone, and more are yet to enter, these being young men and women who are needed on the farms. The primary grade is double that of last year, and a number of new pupils have entered other lower grades. Special attention is being given the high school this year by Prof. A.L. Applewhite and his able corps of teachers. Vocational studies will be specialized, and in accordance with the new ruling of the state board, extra attention given English, American history and civil government. This is the second year that Prof. Applewhite, who is an OAC graduate, has served as the head of the Philomath schools. (Published Sept. 18, 1919, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


MISCELLANEOUS: Philomath schools opened Monday with 88 enrolled in the high school, and 178 in grade schools. … The Parker Real Estate agents recently sold the Reynold property on College Street to Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Messinger from Redmond. Messinger works with the state highway oiling crew. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds have moved to Corvallis. … Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Wren recently received word that their son, Frank Wren, had been awarded the distinguished flying cross. … Mr. and Mrs. Wiseborne of Los Angeles, California, have purchased the Fred Nelson farm. The Nelsons are moving to Corvallis. (Published Sept. 18, 1944, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

50 Years Ago


EDUCATION: Miss Carol Leach, senior at Philomath High School, attended a summer youth conference on teaching at Oregon College of Education, sponsored by Sigma Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. She was chosen for the honor from a group of girls from Corvallis, Monroe and Philomath high schools. … One hundred twenty-five parents and teachers attended the open house at Philomath High School Monday. Eighty new members were accepted as the result of a membership drive undertaken before the meeting date. More new members are expected to join at the next session. Vice President Jerry Plunkett presided at the meeting, since the elected president, the Rev. Lloyd Oliver, has resigned for health reasons. (Published Sept. 20, 1969, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


DOCTOR: When he was 11 years old and attending Liberty School in Albany, David Cutsforth Jr., participated in the annual career day for sixth graders. When asked that standard question — what do you want to be when you grow up? — Cutsforth remembered the compassion of his longtime family physician, Dr. Bill Endicott of Albany, and made his choice. “That’s what I wanted to do,” Cutsforth said. “It worked out for me. I never changed my mind, and it worked out.” Cutsforth, now 47, has spent the past 17 years as a family physician in Philomath. Today, his dedication to the community was recognized when he was named the 1994 Physician of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Cutsforth became a finalist for the award after being named Oregon Family Doctor of the Year in May 1993. He and his family are in Boston to accept the national award. (Published Sept. 20, 1994, in the Albany Democrat-Herald).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express


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