This week in Galion’s history


By Deborah Elaine Evans - Galion Inquirer



Galion has a colorful and lengthy past. The events noted in this column are taken from the Galion Inquirer archives from years past of personal or community interest from 10, 40 and 75 years ago.

This week ending in Nov. 14, 2000

Galion resident Todd Redman took first place in the National Athletics Strength Association (NASA) Ohio Regional Powerlifting meet. He competed in the 205 pound weight class. Redman suated 480 pounds, benched pressed 364 and deadlifted 568 pounds for a cumulative total of 1412 pounds. His deadlift weight was a NASA Ohio State Record for his age/weight class.

Senior Justin Apger was selected as the Galion High School Marching Band’s Outstanding Marching Bandsman of the year. Justin, the son of Michael and Linda Apger, was planning to major in business administrations after graduation.

The corporation limits for the city of Galion was extended to the municipal airport after City Council approved an annexation there. The annexation was for more than 1,360 acres along Ohio 309 and 61 to connect the city with a proposed U.S. 30 interchange as well as the airport.

This week ending in Nov. 14, 1975

Three Galion football players and three golfers were named as All-Northern Ohio first-teamers at the conference annual fall dinner meeting at Tiffin Columbian High School. Jeff Dawson, Sam Keesey and Jon Bradford were the gridiron selections-all making the first-team defensive unit, while golfers Bob Bishop, Tom Grubaugh and Jay Wagner were also chosen.

American Legion Boy Scout Troop 304 took advantage of the excellent weather last weekend for a campout at Atwood Lake southeast of New Philadelphia. There were 10 Scouts and five adults hiking the Zoar Valley Trail and part of the Buckeye Trail which runs along the Tuscarawas River, following the old Ohio and Erie Canal.

Police logged five theft reports including citizen band radios, bicycles and parking meters. A CB radio valued at $140 was reported stolen from a car at the residence of Mrs. Gene Watson. Robert Pollard reported a CB radio, a tire and a rim, a timing light and a socket set were stolen from his truck. The police meter maid discovered two parking meter heads were stolen from their posts in the city parking lot on South Columbus Street. Dean Chini, 245 First Ave., told police a new boys bicycle valued at $50 had been stolen from his garage. A 16-inch girls bicycle valued at $64 was reported stolen from the James Tucker residence at 220 N. Washington St.

The week ending in Nov. 14, 1940

E.B. Beall and I.T. Armstrong returned from a ten-day hunting trip to Canada. Also in their party were O.F. Kime, Dr. E.C. Brandt, Earl Cranner, Harry Kraner William Softinger, C.A. Stephan, William Veitinger, and Bud Swain. Each man brought back a deer he had shot. A large bear and a cub bear were also shot by Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Swain respectively.

Ezra Stroup was at Good Samaritan Hospital suffering from a broken arm which he received when he lifted a stove at his home and it fell on his arm.

Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Cook, 302 South Union Street were united in marriage in a ceremony performed in the parsonage of the English Lutheran church by Rev. J.K. Argo 49 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Cook observed this day in a quite manner. Both were born and raised in Galion and were graduated from Galion High School in 1887. Mr. Cook was an employee of the Erie railroad for 36 years and served as a postmaster here for 12 years before retiring from the position in 1936.

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By Deborah Elaine Evans

Galion Inquirer

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