This week in Galion’s history


By Deborah Elaine Mayton - 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

The Galion chapter of A Special Wish Foundation Inc., fulfilled the wish of two half-brothers, Jacob Gatchall, 19, and Jerod Solinger, 20, of Crestline. The two boys were diagnosed with a form of multiple sclerosis. The Galion Special Wish chapter, founded in 1985 by Loren Walnum, had been informed of the brother’s wishes and installed a hot tub for them.

All were aboard at Galion’s Big Four Depot, where local elves were busy preparing for a big 100th anniversary whistle stop display to send off Santa’s parade. Santa Claus planned a visit to his southern home on Galion’s Public Square, where the community Christmas Tree was slated to be lit following a parade sponsored by the Galion Community Center Y.

Donnetta Barker and William Joseph Estepp were united in marriage at Christ’s Church in Galion. Birt Scott officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Don and Sue Barker of Galion. The bridegroom’s parents are Joe and Janet Estepp of Shelby.

This week ending in Nov. 28, 1975

Bruce D. Campbell and Julian M. Simon, both of Galion, were sentenced by Richland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rex Larson to five to 15 years at the Ohio State Reformatory for the June 15 beating of an Ashland County sheriff’s deputy. The two were convicted by a jury in Common Pleas Court Oct. 14 of felonious assault. They were found guilty of beating Deputy John Gisclon after the officer stopped the car in which they were riding on Ohio 97, not far from Mohican State Park. The deputy suffered a broken noise in the assault.

Galion Women’s Democratic Club dinned at the Wish Bone Tea Room. Mrs. Edward Sprow gave the prayer before dinner. Mrs. Harold Miley read a poem, “For This Is Our Bounty.” Money was given as a gift for Christmas to Galion Trouble Clinic. Mrs. B.J. McMahon won the mystery prize.

The week ending in Nov. 28, 1940

Students in Galion schools were among those listening to the Ohio School of the Air programs broadcast over WOSU.

More snow and cold was predicted for northeastern portions of Ohio as the state received its second severe taste of winter. Galion experienced a light sleet and ice storm that turned to rain with minor damage electric wires and only one minor accident was reported by police. The unfavorable weather delayed the installation of Christmas decorations throughout the business district of the city and the company furnishing the decorations promised the delivery of the remaining materials by the end of the week.

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By Deborah Elaine Mayton

Galion Inquirer

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