125 Years Ago
REMINISCENCES: George Mercer, of Philomath, was a caller at the Gazette office Wednesday and as ever, was brimful of reminiscences of "ye olden times." Mr. Mercer says he "wheeled the mud to make this section of the country;" that he was the first agent the Oregonian ever had here; that he has from the first to last, as surveyor, been over every section of land in Benton County, and that the Gazette was never known to make a move before that he didn't have a hand in. (Published Jan. 13, 1893, in the Corvallis Gazette).
100 Years Ago
WEDDING: The marriage of Miss Ida Heloise Phillips, of Forest Grove, to Lester Nelson Bennett, of Philomath, took place at the temporary home of the bride's mother at Rockaway Beach, on Dec. 25, Rev. R.G. Sutherlin, of Tillamook, officiating. Mrs. Gertrude Fisher, of the School of Music of Philomath College, rendered Hardelot's appropriate song, "All For You," after which the bridal party entered to the strains of Mendelssohn's wedding march.
The bride is a graduate of Philomath College and the Oregon State Normal School and for several years has taught in the schools of Oregon. The bridegroom occupies the chair of mathematics in Philomath College. After a honeymoon at Rockaway Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Bennett returned to Philomath to make their home at that place. (Published Jan. 12, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
BASKETBALL: The Pacific College basketball team won from the Philomath five at Newberg last night by the score of 54 to 12. (Publishe Jan. 12, 1918, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).
75 Years Ago
FLOODING: William Park of south Philomath visited the Review office this week and recalled the high water of the early '90s, at which time the water reached to the lower edge of Philomath College campus. In those days, folks did not have the organized help of soldiers in assisting with flood relief. (Published Jan. 8, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
CITY COUNCIL: The Philomath City Council met Monday night with H.C. Gardner, president of the council, presiding until Mayor E.C. Golden arrived. The new officers and councilmen took their oaths of office, with exception of Elzie Buck, who was not present. The city council is now comprised of Mayor E.C. Golden, Recorder L.T. Ward, Treasurer J.A. Watkins, and councilmen Harry Arbuckle, James Berreman, Elzie Buck, Verne Clark, H.C. Gardner and John Ingram.
Treasurer Watkins read his regular monthly report, showing a balance on hand of $3,973.10, making Philomath one of the few cities in Oregon that is on a cash basis.
Fire Chief L.C. Rees turned in his yearly report showing town property on fire valued at $12,500 with a fire loss of only $175. This speaks mighty well for the work of the firemen and is evidence of the effectiveness of Philomath's firefighting equipment. In addition, calls were answered to mills and farms outside the city limits. (Published Jan. 8, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).
ILLNESSES: The Hill School closed Wednesday for the rest of the week as over half of the pupils and several teachers are ill with colds, measles and flu. Mrs. Edwards substituted for Mrs. Clark Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Mrs. Hathaway was taken ill. (Published Jan. 8, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).