From the Past: Mel Post

TEN YEARS AGO: Mel Post, of Philomath, was surprised by getting his World War II medals at the end of a recent American Legion meeting more than 60 years after he served in combat. Post's daughter, Bernie Foster, pins them onto his shirt as grand-nephew John Mayer, of Philomath, looks on.

125 Years Ago


ELECTION: The new city officers of Philomath elected Monday are: Dr. R.O. Laggan, mayor; W.P. Boles, recorder; Samuel Davis, treasurer; M. Allen, marshal; E.A. Chapman, L.F. Watkins, William Park, John Spaulding, E.L. Dixon and H. McCullough, councilmen. (Published Dec. 9, 1892, in the Corvallis Gazette).

IOOF: Philomath now has a secret organization for the first time in its history. It has long been a place of considerable population and importance in Benton County, a leading educational center and an incorporated city, but from some unexplainable cause, secret societies never took a hold there in the past. Yesterday afternoon, district deputy grand master M.L. Dorris and others from Barnum Lodge No. 7, IOOF, went to Philomath to institute an Odd Fellows lodge at that place.

Thirty-one charter members were initiated and admitted into the new lodge, which has the largest number of charter members ever formed into an Odd Fellows lodge in Oregon. A large number of visiting members were present from Kings Valley, Corvallis and Albany.

The following officers were elected: Bressler, N.G.; Jos. Emrick, V.G.; John Spaulding, Sec.; E.N. Kiger, P.S.; George McDonald, treas. A splendid supper was served and a grand time is reported. (Published Dec. 9, 1892, in the Corvallis Gazette).

SOLD: County Assessor E. Skipton sold his 100-acre farm near Philomath last Monday for the consideration of $3,000 to A.L. Cater, who recently arrived from Texas. Mr. Cater is an ex-sheriff of the county where he resided in Texas. (Published Dec. 9, 1892, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


ESTABLISHED: Farmers in the vicinity of Hoskins, Philomath and Corvallis have organized a Federal Farm Loan Association under the federal act, known as the Hoskins National Farm Loan Association with the following officers: E.B. Hull Jr., president; Frank L. Price, vice president; Israel Eddy, M.L. Frantz and J.E. Crosgby, directors, all of Hoskins; I.E. Gates, director, Philomath; J.F. Yates, attorney, Corvallis; and A.C. Bohrnstedt, secretary-treasurer, Salem.

The association will accept loans from farmers in Benton, Polk, Linn and Lincoln counties. The rate of interest is 5 percent and a total payment of 6 percent off both principal and interest in 36 years. Nearly $60,000 of loans have been approved by the association's appraisers. (Published Dec. 8, 1917, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).



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