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 August 9, 2004
Members of the Galion Free Methodist church were pictured prior to their departure on a mission trip to Hungary.
The office of the State of Ohio Auditor announced that the City of Galion was officially in a state of fiscal emergency. Plans for recovery were detailed and the journey to solvency began.
Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Dewalt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. & Mrs. Delbert Ritzhaupt celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Mr. & Mrs. Harl Hoffman celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary. Ed and Thelma Crawford celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
The Musical Junction Performance Company, was photographed in several pictures are rehearsals as the students prepared to present “…On Broadway”. A total of 83 children between ages 8 and 19 participated in the program.
Dr. Bernard Mansfield, M.D. featured Isaly’s store in his weekly historical Galion column. Several pictures of the delivery van and downtown store were printed.
The week of August 9, 1989
Quay Drugs celebrated 50 years on Public Square location.
Doug’s Toggery advertised the Employee Appreciation Days Sale. This sale was in honor of several long term employees: Jim Yunker 45 years of service, Lewis Tschanen 20 years, Hazel Sutton 30 years.
The weather was normal with high temperatures near 80, lows in 60s, and there was a chance of thunderstorms during the week. The record high for August 12 was in 1944 at 98 degrees, and the record low was 48 degrees in 1967.
Fairprice Gas Station suffered damage from a fire caused when a driver pulled away from the pump while the hose was still attached to their vehicle.
John Imhoff was honored at a gala for his retirement from Galion Community Hospital after acting as CEO for 10 years. Employees and citizens spoke of their memories and his accomplishments.
A Letter to the Editor by Bill Bauer urged Galion to continue adding money to the city budget by increasing taxes to pay for parks, bridges, alleys and economic development.
The week of August 9, 1964
Nicholl’s Furniture advertised a seven piece living room suite for $299.95.
Glenn Dickey placed first in the 4-H Dog Show at the Crawford County fair with 96 out of a possible 100 points. The Henry Garverick family took first place in the Brown Swiss dairy cattle competition.
The Galion Board of Education was informed of Galion’s low cost of education - $321 annually per student.
Entries were being accepted for the city tennis tournament sponsored by the 2nd 20-30 Club.
Severe thunderstorm dumped 1.36 inches of rain on Galion. The storm was accompanied by wind and lightening. A small boy was injured when struck by a heavy box of tractor parts that blew on top of him.
A T-bone steak was only 99 cents per pound at the IGA – Weaver’s Galion square Market 626 Harding Way East.
The week of August 9, 1939
Richard L Ganshorn and Harry L Volk asked for support from voters as they sought City Council seats in the upcoming election.
Local celebrities played in the Donkey Baseball game at the Heise Park stadium. Admission for adults was 25 cents and children got in free.
Heavy rainstorm caused damage to the light lines of the Galion Municipal Light and Power plant. Some residents were without power until noon the following day.
The Galion Board of Education set the opening date for the school year … September 5.
The Galion Public Library offered mimeographed lists of books suitable for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. The books were available from the library for owners of a library card.
Quay’s Quality Meats, 240 Harding Way East advertised homemade bologna and liver pudding.