Galion has a colorful and lengthy past. The events noted in this column are taken from the Galion Inquirer archives from years past. The focus will be items of personal or community interest from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago.
The week of June 21, 2004
Galion reported 243 total vehicle accidents in 2003. 15 were alcohol related. 52 injuries resulted from those accidents.
Emily Renock celebrated her 80th birthday. Mr. & Mrs. Richard Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Barr celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Galion Rotary club members were pictured loading discarded text books for shipment to Belize in Central America. The books were being donated to schools which couldn’t afford to purchase text books.
Galion hosted the Slam N Jam festival / Gus Macker basketball tournament. Contests were held on the grounds of PECO II and United Church Directories.
Toots Pizza opened for business at 241 Harding Way West. Donna Wilson was the new owner and her picture with several crew members was printed in the Galion Inquirer.
The Galion Board Of Education named the new Galion High School Principal Joseph Gotchell for the upcoming year.
The week of June 21, 1989
Governor Dick Celeste asked the US Department of Agriculture to declare 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties disaster areas due to excessive rain and flooding. Farmers had experienced extreme crop loss due to the flooding.
Father and son, Mike and Nick Cichanowicz were pictured clapping in time to the “Concert in the Park” music performed by Dick Ness and Friends.
The editor of the Galion Inquirer asked “What is your opinion of the petition drive that seeks to change Galion’s charter from city manager to mayor format?”
Mr. & Mrs. Donald Orewiler, Sr. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
City Employee Don Nelson was pictured using a chain saw to cut a tree trunk into pieces that was removed from Heise Park Stadium to make room for the new all weather track.
The week of June 21, 1964
Pictures of the pool’s summer opening indicate the hot weather was in full swing. The Heise Park pool was crowded. Newly installed park equipment called “Teeter Boards” attracted the attention of teenagers as well as children.
Vaughn’s Pharmacy advertised Old Spice Sets on sale for Father’s Day - $4 and up.
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Vosser opened a Farm Market at the west end of Summit Street off of Park Avenue. The street side vegetable market feature home grown produce.
A truck suffered a smashed cab during an accident at the Galion Iron Work & Mfg Co proving grounds on Dawsett Avenue when a crane dropped a steel boom on top the truck.
Galion Golden Agers took a day trip to the Columbus Zoo.
The week of June 21, 1939
Bert A. Robinson of Fairview Avenue was appointed as investigator for the state old age pensions in Crawford County. The annual salary for the position was $1320.
Dr. M. L. Helfrich was the winner of the blind bogey golf contest at the Galion Country Club; his final score of 72 (he hit 93 and drew a handicap of 21) put him at the closest score to the secretly drawn bogey number 71.
John Elker, Bernard Mansfield, Robert Richardson, Dean Stone and Dale Sanderlin were selected to attend the annual Buckeye Boy’s State sponsored by the Ohio Department of the American Legion.
Caroline Wirth celebrated her 92nd birthday. Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Schaefer, 131 Payne Avenue, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A special Galion tour to the New York World’s Fair on the Erie Railroad system was advertised. Tickets were available for $25.35. The fare included the train ride in modern air conditioned coaches, all meals on the train, a ferry trip across the Hudson River, a tour of New York City, transfer to and from the hotel, hotel room and admission to the World’s Fair.