The Philomath Lions Club, seen here at last year's Philomath Frolic & Rodeo, was organized in January 1948. (File photo by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News)

The Philomath Lions Club has been serving Philomath for 75 years now with the chapter’s organization in January 1948.

It was actually the second attempt to get a Lions Club going in Philomath. In 1931, an earlier chapter organized with the help of the nearby Corvallis Lions. On June 3 of that year, a crowd that numbered more than 200 celebrated the club’s receiving of its charter.

But the original club didn’t survive with the Philomath group turning in its charter in 1933.

Then in 1948, the Philomath Lions made a comeback.

“Preliminary steps in the organization of a Philomath Lions Club were made last night (Jan. 13, 1948) with 21 members being signed up and officers elected.

“A delegation of 29 members of the Corvallis Lions Club, headed by President James Gathercoal, met with Philomath merchants at the city hall in Philomath for a dinner and to get the organization underway.

“Bob Fisher, past district governor, and Leo Reiman, tail twister from the Salem club, were also present to point out the objectives of the Lions organization.

“Roy Scott was elected president of the Philomath group. Other officers elected were Charles Reinier, first vice president; Gordon T. Larsen, second vice president; Howard Lutz, third vice president; Ken Broadwater, secretary; Ted Ward, treasurer; Charles Munger, lion tamer; Ed Albertsen, tail twister. Directors are Floyd Morgan, Dave Jordan, Carl Bennett and F.M. Harris.

(Published Jan. 14, 1948, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times)

150 years ago
1873

Dangerous travel: An unusual rainfall has occurred during the past 10 days, and in consequence, the roads are in very bad condition and many small bridges are carried away — rendering traveling difficult and dangerous. James Chambers, county commissioner, got thoroughly ducked and came near losing a valuable riding animal, last Monday, between here and Philomath, while on his way to attend the county court, in consequence of a floating bridge. Most of our bridges are too carelessly constructed. (Published Jan. 11, 1873, in the Weekly Corvallis Gazette)

Death notice: On last Wednesday, Mrs. Conner, wife of Rev. T.J. Conner, of Philomath, departed this life, after a lingering illness. (Published Jan. 11, 1873, in the Corvallis Times)

125 years ago
1898

Shooting match: Another shooting match will occur at Philomath Saturday and the usual stir, incident to these events, was noticeable about Dilly’s gunshop. The devotees of the muzzle-loading rifle have lately been getting the better of Sam Wyatt, with his breech loader, and he is compelled to fall back on the Kentucky pattern in the hope that he may sustain his reputation as a target shot. He has procured a gun that was brought to this state in 1846 by E. Hartless. This weapon has a record of great achievements in pioneer history, and if Sam don’t stand off his competitors, he needn’t lay his failure to the fault of the gun. (Published Jan. 15, 1898, in the Corvallis Times)

100 years ago
1923

Philomath poet: Edward Sharpe, Philomath philosopher, poet and humorist, invaded our city today for a few hours. Ed went out of the poetry business a year ago to get something that was profitable. He is now a captain of industry, proprieting a planing mill where he can indulge in “plane” living and high thinking and take care of the rent, too. He says the rain didn’t hurt Philomath any. (Published Jan. 11, 1923, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times)

Bridge washed out: The Benton County bridge at Noon, the other side of Philomath, was washed out. It was a precarious structure anyway and the (Benton County) commissioners expected to replace it soon. (Published Jan. 11, 1923, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times)

75 years ago
1948

Philomath residents: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Wilson have located in a new residence on East South Street, in Philomath, moving there Tuesday. Mr. Wilson is a member of the Oregon State College faculty where he is an instructor in English. (Published Jan. 16, 1948, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

Now married: James Carlile and Marie Gest, both of Philomath, were married Monday, January 6, in Walla Walla, Washington, it has been learned. The couple will make their new home at Philomath. (Published Jan. 16, 1948, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

50 years ago
1973

Basketball coach: “If Chuck Vaughn is ever going to take a team to the state Class AA basketball tournament this will have to be the year. The Philomath High basketball coach and athletic director has been named administrative assistant at Philomath’s new middle school, and this season will be his final one as the Warriors’ mentor. In eight seasons under Vaughn, the Warriors have had four near-trips to the state tournament, but they’ve never won that final playoff game that would clinch a tourney berth. Vaughn’s duties as administrative assistant at Philomath Middle School will begin July 1. The school is currently under construction and will be for students in grades five through eight. (Published Jan. 11, 1973, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times).

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