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Benton County Historical Timeline: 1960s


Corvallis population: 20,669; Benton County: 39,165.



Corvallis School District builds several new schools: Jefferson Elementary in 1960, Adams Elementary in 1962, Wilson Elementary in 1963, Cheldelin Middle School in 1967, and Hoover Elementary in 1968.



The number of lumber mills in Philomath, Oregon, declines from fifteen in 1959 to around ten.



Oregon State College University Archives are established.



Oregon State University's Cross Country team wins the school's first-ever NCAA team national championship.



The Corvallis Arts Council is "formed to nuture local artistic expression."



James Herbert Jensen is appointed tenth president of Oregon State University. He had previously served as provost at Iowa State University. He was OSU president emeritus until 1993.



Oregon State University Press is established.


March 6, 1961

Oregon State College becomes Oregon State University (March 6).



The Columbus Day Storm peak winds hit on October 12, 1962.



Oregon State University's Terry Baker wins the Heisman Trophy, still the only college football player in the Pacific Northwest to do so.



Federal legislation creates Finley National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge was named for William L. Finley, an early conservationist who persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside the first national wildlife refuge west of the Mississippi River. Read more >>>



The United States Fish and Wildlife Service purchases the property that becomes the first National Wildlife Refuge west of the Mississippi River. It is named for William L. Finley, an early conservationist and photographer who persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to establish the refuge. The 1855 historic Fiechter House is used as the first refuge office.



The flea collar is invented at Oregon State University.



Corvallis library expands its building.



Malamud publishes The Fixer, awarded both a National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.



Oregon State University is selected as one of the nation's first three Sea Grant universities.



African-American students protest the expulsion of Fred Milton from the football team for growing a Van Dyke goatee-type beard in violation of an OSU athletic department rule that prohibits facial hair. For several weeks, tension is thick as students rally, march, and boycott classes and athletic practices to voice their disapproval of the rule.



Roy Alton Young is appointed acting president of Oregon State University, following the resignation of President Jensen. In 1966, Young had been appointed as the university's first Dean of Research.



On March 5, members of OSU's Black Student Union march off campus in protest of certain Intercollegiate Athletics Department policies affecting football player Fred Milton, who had earlier been asked by Head Coach Dee Andros to shave his beard and mustache.



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Philomath, Oregon
The Benton County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation that operates museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture.  Its mission is to:

  1. Preserve the material and intellectual culture of Benton County, Oregon, by acquiring and caring for significant collections that illustrate and interpret the history of the area and its relationship to the world;
  2. Enrich people's lives through exhibitions and educational programs.