125 Years Ago
SCHOOLS: County School Superintendent Ed L. Bryan, of Philomath, was at the county seat on business Tuesday last, and met a cordial greeting from his many friends in this city. He reports school work throughout the 83 districts in the county as progressing healthily, not withstanding the impediments owing to severe weather in the mountain districts to the west of us. District number 53 is moving for a division, which will have the effect of adding another district to the list. It is situated in the vicinity of Toledo. (Published Jan. 27, 1893, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
IDAHO: The syndicalism and sabotage act of Idaho under which is was possible to sentence J.J. McMurphy to a year in the penitentiary at hard labor and a fine of $500 and costs, was framed and pushed through the legislature by state senator W.S. Walker, who was formerly a president of Philomath College. You can't keep a Benton County man down. (Published Jan. 23, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
BONDS: Nearly $3,000 of "Baby Bond" War Savings Certificates have been sold by the post office in Corvallis this month, an increase of about $1,900 over December. Postmaster Moses and his force of clerks and carriers are all on the job, which accounts for the splendid gain. Monroe and Philomath are also pushing this war activity, but the other post offices of the county so far appear as slackers in the movement, and Postmaster Moses has been instructed by the post office department to report to it those offices that are negligent in the work. (Published Jan. 26, 1918, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).
75 Years Ago
REBEKAHS: Social Rebekah Lodge No. 73 held their installation of officers Wednesday evening, January 13, with Ethel Stevens as installing officer. The following were installed for the coming term: Dessie Lutz, noble grand; Ida Campbell, vice grand; Lena Gredig, recording secretary; Ethel Stevens, financial secretary; Elizabeth Gibbs, treasurer; Ida Moses, R.S. to noble grand; Arretta Ingram, L.S. to noble grand; Lillian Gee, R.S. to vice grand; Henry Lutz, L.S. to vice grand; Lura Measor, chaplain; Grace Gardner, warden; Blanche Bethers, conductor; Anna Seedenburg, inside guardian; Bert Newhouse, outside guardian. (Published Jan. 26, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
50 Years Ago
TEACHERS: In a "work session" lasting until almost midnight, the Philomath School Board last night considered ways and means of meeting the stated need to increase teachers' salaries and still hold the budget total for next year to the general level of current expenditures.
Through their conference committee, the teachers are asking for raises that might range from $40,000 to $70,000 over the current payroll. The board appeared determined to offset whatever increases are granted with reductions in other budgetary categories. No agreement was reached as to the amount of increases to be granted. The actual figures await presentation of the budget at the next meeting. (Published Jan. 24, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
10 Years Ago
CHAMBER: What a difference a year makes. At the start of 2008, the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce is active and relevant again. Perhaps nothing is more telling than its membership, which stands at 93 businesses, after dropping to about 25 near the beginning of 2007, organization leaders said.
"We had to win their hearts and minds back," said Jeff Lamb, a chamber member and vice president last year. "We're making it fun and worthwhile again to be with the chamber." City Manager Randy Kugler, who questioned the chamber's viability in late 2006, is optimistic. "The outlook for the chamber is much more positive than it had been a year ago," Kugler said. (Published Jan. 22, 2008, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).