From the Past: 2008 Frolic parade

TEN YEARS AGO: MacKinzie Lee, 9, points out the next entry to her twin brother, Mathew, during the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo parade Saturday.

125 Years Ago


WAREHOUSES: The grain warehouses at Blodgett, Wren, Philomath and Munkers, on the line of the Oregon Pacific, will be operated this season by the Oregon Pacific Company, E.W. Hadley, receiver. The warehouses are the property of the Oregon Development Company, of which A.L. Maxwell, of Portland, is receiver. They were recently leased by W.A. Wells, who has signed a sub-lease, turning them over to the O.P. (Published July 13, 1893, in the Daily Democrat, Albany).

SOLO: The session yesterday forenoon of the State Horticultural Society was attended by a much larger audience than on the previous afternoon. The programme was opened with a vocal solo by Professor Baldwin of the Philomath college. (Published July 13, 1893, in the Daily Statesman, Salem).

100 Years Ago


WWI: (Excerpt from story written by a Portland Telegram war correspondent in France about Benton County soldiers in Company K, Third Oregon): Corporal Allen H. Cady, a Corvallisite, has a song he often sings soft and low, “All That’s Worrying Me is Someone Else May Be There While I’m Gone.” It’s the title more than the tune that interests Allen just why his friend, Sergeant Walter A. Meek, of Monroe, would like to know. He has asked Private Harry A. Lillard, of Philomath, the company barber, many times, but all Lillard seems to want to talk about is the fine horses that used to board in a livery stable where he worked before the war. Every member of the company knows the complete biography of each Philomath horse. And they do say that Harry learned to use the clippers while employed in this self-same boarding house for chevaux. (Published July 8, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

INSTRUCTORS: At a special meeting of the school board of The Dalles Saturday night, Miss Sophie Messenger of Mullen, Idaho, was elected superintendent of music for the city schools, and J.O. Erbin of Philomath was elected instructor of manual training. (Published July 10, 1918, in the Oregon Daily Journal, Portland).

75 Years Ago


DEATH: Mrs. Dora Etta Parker died at her home in Philomath July 2. She was the daughter of Isaac and Anna Allen Newton, early pioneer family. She was born 80 years ago on her father’s donation land claim just east of Philomath, living all her life in Philomath and more than 50 years at the home where she died. Her husband, Rev. J.R. Parker, died in 1936. Mrs. Parker was always an active church worker. (Published July 10, 1943, in the Register-Guard, Eugene).

50 Years Ago


PRINCIPAL: Principal Ron Ball of Philomath Elementary School was authorized by the Philomath district board last night to accept an invitation to participate In the Administrator’s Institute for Instructional Leadership, being sponsored jointly by Oregon State University and the University of Oregon, under a grant from the U.S. Office of Education. Superintendent Al Neet of Philomath schools volunteered to assume the bulk of the elementary principal’s responsibilities to give Ball opportunity to attend. (Published July 10, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


FROLIC: The 40th annual Philomath Frolic opens tonight and continues through Sunday, July 11, at the rodeo grounds on South 11th Street in Philomath. The rodeo, parades and plenty of country-western music for listening and dancing are among the highlights of this year's event. Added to the mix are a carnival by Playland Shows, craft and food booths, bingo games and a beer garden. (Published July 9, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


PARADE: Sometimes a simple idea can become a great event. Such is the case when more than 50 years ago a small group of friends with a common interest began the Philomath Buckaroos and Loggers Frolic. Today it is known as the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo, which gets underway tonight. Esther Castle, 82 years young and born and raised in Devett (Blodgett-Summit), not only is the sole remaining founder of the Frolic but also will be the grand marshal for its 50th-anniversary parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. A life well lived is evident with the memories and experiences which Esther can recall so vividly and fondly. And she enjoys remembering how she and her husband, Melvin Castle, would spend many a day riding horses. (Published July 10, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express