This Week In Galion’s History
By Noel Lizotte
Galion has a colorful and lengthy past. The events noted in this column are taken from the Galion Inquirer archives from years ago. The focus will be items of personal or community interest from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago.
The week of November 14, 2002
Marion L. Moser celebrated 90 Birthday! Her picture was printed in the paper in honor of this milestone. The Galion Honor Society participated in a Veteran’s Day remembrance ceremony. Kevin Dawson gave the keynote address and Tiffany Gribble placed flowers on the memorial. The Galion Historical Society learned about preserving old documents and avoiding harming the papers in the process.
Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets was showing at the movies. The Galion Inquirer sold for 50 cents per copy. The Stock market reported on stocks of interest: ATT 13.52, CSX 27.94, PPG 46.10, Gen Elec 25.10 and Verizon 37.51.
Galion Police Lt. Lyle Chasse presented a wellness program for safety of citizens to city council and received council’s backing. City Finance Director Bill Bauer explained the General Revenue Fund to City Council.
If you didn’t want to cook dinner every night this week, you were in luck. Galion had two dinners going on this week: the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry – Adults $6, children $3 and the Amvets Spaghetti Supper “all you can eat, donations $5”. Meanwhile, the United Way campaign reached the 54% mark — folks were feeling generous.
The week of November 14, 1987
Recent Northmor graduate, Brenda Litt was pictured with her top prize winning Simmental-Hereford calf. He sold for $750 at the Huron County Fairgrounds FFA auction. She was headed to a national competition in Kansas City.
If you were in the market for a new car or truck, Jack Steel Ford located at 702 Charles St, advertised a 1988 Ford F150 truck for $9,412. They also had a 1988 Mustang GT for $13,991.
The weekly TV Schedule had 27 channels listed including HBO, ESPN, CNN and Lifetime. If you couldn’t find anything to watch, Geyer’s SuperValu grocery store advertised videotape rentals for 99 cents. That’s VHS. For shoppers, JC Penny’s Uptown Galion store offered 5% – 30% discounts on all clothing.
In school news, North Elementary students Dusty Sweitzer and Derrick Shermann were pictured making stone soup in a play presented to classmates.
An interview with Galionite, Melanie Hull, discussed the ins and outs about dog sled racing and her preparation for racings in Ohio and Michigan.
The week of November 14, 1962
Bigger utility poles were installed on square by city workers. The existing poles were too slender to support the weight of new traffic signals that were going to be installed soon. City Safety Service Director Pail W Willhelm lifted a 4.5 month water ban. The recent 2.18 inches of rainfall raised water levels in Amman Reservoir to capacity. Thus ending the critical water shortage.
National Book Week was observed at the Galion Public Library. Mrs. James Gill, head librarian planned several events to raise public awareness. Among other activities, Mrs. Robert Phipps presented a program. Attendance was expected to be high.
Apparent good news for hunters; the raccoon and opossum hunting law was changed. New regulations limited hunting to night hours but raised the bag limit to 4 raccoons per day. Newspaper reports did not give the previous bag limit.
The City Loan & Savings Company advertised “$4 is the total cost on $100 loan, for 3 months time to repay”; arrangements were made by stopping in at 106 Harding Way East. Another good deal for coffee drinkers was advertised: Folgers coffee 2 lb can for 95 cents at Neff Brothers Market.
The week of November 14, 1937
The talk about town as all about the new movie, “Heidi” and the Shirley Temple edition book, was on sale for 50 cents each at Caledwell’s, located at 121 S Market. The movie was shown at State Theatre between November 14–16.
The local business advertisements included one from Bianchi’s “A Walgreen system drug store”. They had Vick’s Vapor Rub for 27 cents, Dr. Lyon’s Tooth powder for 17 cents, and Lifebouy soap, 2 bars for 15 cents. Also Dick Lower at 204 Harding Way East advertised hat cleaning services, since “Your Hat Plays an Important part in your appearance”.
In sports, the Galion football team lost 11 seniors to graduation this season. The big game this week was against Shelby. Perhaps most important to many people, Galion was in first place for the league title, while Shelby was in last.
In other school related news, South School PTA planned a card social, led by Mrs. Herbert Durtschi.