Following G.S. Howarth’s resignation as Philomath police chief in January 1948, the department’s Chuck Munger accepted the opportunity to move up into the lead role. (Photo by amphotora/Getty Images via Canva)

Police departments go through staffing challenges for various reasons from time to time and that certainly appeared to be the case 75 years ago this week in Philomath.

“Philomath will have to carry on with only a part-time police force, if any at all, it was decided at a special meeting of the city council,” according to a story in the Jan. 30, 1948 edition of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. “An outline of the department’s expenses and receipts for the first six months of the fiscal year revealed that the amount budgeted had more than been used.”

A discussion about how to overcome the deficiency followed at the council meeting and Police Chief G.S. Howarth submitted his resignation “so that the council might make whatever adjustment it felt was necessary in view of the city’s financial set-up.”

According to the story, “Officer (Charles) Munger was offered part-time work to carry on essential police work, but no definite plans were made.”

The following month, Munger — who went by Chuck and at the time held the rank of captain — accepted the police chief’s job. 

150 years ago
1873

Death: Near Philomath, Jan. 20, 1873, after a lingering illness of near two years, Miss Bell Henkle, daughter of Zebadiah and Mary I. Henkle, aged 16 years, 4 months, 16 days. (Published Jan. 25, 1873, in the Weekly Corvallis Gazette).

U.S. mail: Postmasters appointed — Chetco, Curry county, Miss Jeanette Cooley; Clarksville, Baker county, William P. Curtis; Ellensburg, Curry county, Jerry Huntley; Philomath, Benton county, John L. Shipley; Rock point, Jackson county, Benjamin Haymond; Weston, Umatilla county, Charles McMorris. (Published Jan. 25, 1873, in the Liberal Republican, Dallas).

125 years ago
1898

Killed: The 10-year-old son of Christian Simonsen, living four miles south of Philomath, was killed by a falling tree Wednesday. The little fellow and two elder brothers were chopping cordwood while a tree was being felled. As the tree began to fall, all started for a place of safety, but in some unknown way, the younger lad was caught. The only apparent injury was a small hole in the upper portion of the skull, supposed to have been made by a sharp snap or piece of a limb. (Published Jan. 29, 1898, in the Daily Capital Journal, Salem).

100 years ago
1923

Basketball: In a game devoid of much interest on account of lack of competition, the Mill City athletic basketball team defeated Philomath College in the local high school gym Saturday night by a score of 29 to 5. The Philomath team showed a lack of experience and team work, and had to resort to long shots at which they were not adept. (Published Jan. 25, 1923, in the Albany Evening Herald).

75 years ago
1948

Newspaper: With the current weekly issue, the Philomath Review starts on its 45th year. F.S. Minshall, founder of the paper, now lives in Eugene. The present management, L.T. Ward, editor and publisher, has been in charge of the paper since January 1938, rounding out 10 years, and is now starting on his 11th year. (Published Jan. 30, 1948, in the Corvallis Gazette).

50 years ago
1973

New AD: Philomath High School’s new athletic director is a man who began his athletic career on top of the Emerald League, so he’d like to put the Warriors on top. Gary Cox, 29, the Warriors’ head baseball coach, will become athletic director July 1. He replaces Chuck Vaughn, who will become administrative assistant of Philomath’s new middle school. (Published Jan. 25, 1973, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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