Rev. and Mrs. William A. Finley. William A. Finley was the first president of Corvallis College from 1865-1872. Finley was a Methodist minister who helped alter the reputation of Corvallis College from a "pioneer high school" to a higher education institution.
Street view of Main Street (Second Street), Corvallis, Oregon in 1869. This is one of the earliest known photographs of downtown Corvallis. Versalius N. Preston and L. F. Wilson (father of E. E. Wilson) are standing on the single-horse dray near the center of the image.