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Corvallis is a main hub of agriculture and local food. Between being the location of Oregon State University and several acres of farmland, there's bound to be lots of history, which there is!

Corvallis History

  • Mary Gallagher, from the Benton County Historical Society, compiled the information for this extensive and thorough history of the city of Corvallis. More information about each decade of time is provided in the links and what is written here is just a quick overview. In addition to Agriculture information, the guide encompasses many aspects of Corvallis business and culture.
    • Agriculture (1851 - 1869):
      • Stock raising and general grains such as wheat and oats were a primary trade within Corvallis.
    • Agriculture (1869 - 1879):
      • Wheat was most important commercial grain crop in the area, and towards the later years, fruit growing and companies became a key part of Corvallis.
    • Agriculture (1880 - 1900):
      • Beginning in the 1890's, specialty farms began to rise in popularity as the grain needs began to die down.
    • Agriculture (1900 - 1929):
      • By the turn of the century, wheat production had given way to more diversified agricultural pursuits, of which the most important to the Corvallis economy were fruit crops, poultry and egg production, and dairying.
    • Agriculture (1930 - 1945):
      • Local agriculture encountered many different obstacles: the Great Depression, World War I and II, and the emigration of people from the Mid-West due to the Dust Bowl.

Historic Newspapers

  • A great resource to search and find content by local newspapers. Below you'll find links to specific local newspapers, as well as a few search terms used across all of the local newspapers.
    • The Benton Democrat (1871 - 18??)
      • It covered the Corvallis area and was printed on a weekly basis, though the collection has less than fifteen issues.
    • Corvallis Daily Gazette (1909 - 1909)
      • It covered the Corvallis area and was printed on a daily basis between May 3rd and June 30th of 1909.
    • Corvallis Gazette (1900 - 1909)
      • It was a semi-weekly publication that focused on the Corvallis area.
    • The Corvallis Gazette (1862 - 1899)
      • It was a weekly publication that eventually merged with another Corvallis publication.
    • The Corvallis Times (1888 - 1909)
      • A semi-weekly publication that also merged with another publication.
    • The Daily Gazette-Times (1909 - 1921)
      • A daily publication that covered the Corvallis area and merged with another publication.
    • The Gazette-times (1909 - 1909)
      • Only has one publication in the collection, it's dated July 2nd, 1909.
    • Oregon Union (1897 - 1899)
      • It was a weekly publication that eventually merged with another publication. There's less than twenty publications in this collection.
    • The Oregon Union (1862 - 1863)
      • A weekly publication that only has one publication in the collection, it's dated February 28th, 1863.
    • The Union Gazette (1899 - 1900)
      • It was a weekly publication that covered the Corvallis area.

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