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150 Years Ago


CONVENTION: The next session of the Benton County Teachers’ Institute will convene at Philomath on Friday, July 10, at 10 o’clock a.m., continuing two days. Teachers from a distance will be comfortably provided for. All who feel interested in the cause of education are invited to attend the session. (Published June 13, 1868, in the Corvallis Gazette).

100 Years Ago


SUPERINTENDENT: Mr. and Mrs. Avery Applewhite and the little daughter left Saturday for their farm home near Salem, where they will reside during the summer months. Mr. Applewhite, a former member of the Corvallis High School faculty, has resigned his position to accept the superintendency of the Philomath schools and the Applewhites will be located there next fall. (Published June 10, 1918, in the Statesman Journal, Salem).

ACCIDENT: An automobile accident occurred on the Pleasant Valley road one day last week. Who the parties were we have been unable to learn. The parties, whoever they were, came in contact with a low-hanging telephone wire, which sheared the car up on the bank, turning it completely bottom side up. (Published June 11, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

COMMENCEMENT: The annual commencement exercises were held at Philomath College yesterday morning. A goodly company gathered at the college chapel and listened to an able address by Rev. John H. Patterson, D.D., of Bucyrus, Ohio, president of the Commission on Evangelism in the United Brethren Church, on “The Forward Look.”

Earning degrees were Jessie Ringland, Lester Sheeley, Zanana Emerick, Ethel A Grose and N. Castle Rhoads. Thirteen other students finished courses. Honorary degrees were conferred to five individuals. (Written from a story published June 13, 1918, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

75 Years Ago


FRONTIER: Some people refer to Philomath as the “city in the sticks.” From recent happenings, it might well be called the “western frontier.” Last week, a black bear was seen on Keys hill, a large red fox was killed on the John Price farm (after it had killed a number of chickens) and a raccoon was killed by dogs near the Seedenburg residence — all this within a few miles. (Published June 10, 1943, in the Eugene Register-Guard).

MILITARY: Word has been received by Mr. and Mrs. Oren Davis of Blodgett that their son, Weldon O. (Pete) Davis, 21, U.S. Marine Corps, stationed somewhere in the south Pacific, has been promoted to a quartermaster sergeant. This makes three promotions for him since going overseas in February and gives him the honor of being the youngest quartermaster sergeant in the history of the Marines. After graduating from Philomath High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps March 10, 1941, and was stationed at Camp Elliott near San Diego before going into foreign duty. (Published June 16, 1943, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 Years Ago


SCHOOLS: The resignation of Ray Sytsma from the Philomath School Board was accepted last night and Melvin Olson was appointed to replace him until the next regular election. Sytsma, a state electrical inspector, has been transferred to North Bend. (Published June 12, 1968, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

25 Years Ago


GRADUATION: About 108 Philomath High School seniors became alumni Saturday afternoon at the school's 1993 graduation ceremony. Parents, relatives and friends packed the football stands, spread across the school’s track and attempted to freeze the moment with cameras and camcorders. Senior speaker Richard Dormer urged his classmates not to hold onto the present. Dormer said their next step should be to give up the high school “security blanket” and accept change. (Published June 13, 1993, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

15 Years Ago


RETIREMENT: Helping people was the greatest accomplishment D.J. Freeman said he made as a police officer. He’s taken off the badge and put away his uniform, but he certainly isn't done aiding friends, family and neighbors in need of a little help. Freeman retired May 25 after 24 years with the Philomath Police Department and 28 years in law enforcement. (Published June 10, 2003, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Compiled by Brad Fuqua, Philomath Express



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