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 past. The focus will be items of personal or community interest from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago.
The week of May 16, 2004
The Big Four Depot Renovation was underway at the Washington Street station. Workers were pictured repairing the roof over the awning next to the tracks.
Wilma Crall student Ben Loper was pictured beside his poster on the state of Oregon. Loper dressed the part for his presentation as a lumberjack.
Renschville students demonstrated science principles during a science fair. Andrew Nicholls and Jason Trespel were pictured by their project on Human Reaction Time.
The Galion Police were investigating reports of a man luring children into a car.
Tony Randall, star of TV’s “Odd Couple” died at age 84.
The week of May 16, 1989
Sunshine and highs near 80 were in the forecast.
Galion City Council agreed to provide $1000 to the city girls softball league to be used for equipment replacement.
A city water main break near the railroad tracks on Sherman Street had trains delayed and city employees replacing a worn out 6 inch water line.
Ames Department Store, 855 Portland Way North, advertised lawn care items for sale, including playground sand at $3.49 for 50 pound bags.
Missy and Randi Lynn Clevenger were pictured with their Basset Hound Maggie and her eleven puppies. The puppies were born on Mother’s Day.
Eagle Scout Scott Murphy was pictured standing in front of the split rail fence at Heise Park’s log cabin that he built with the help of Troop 304.
The week of May 16, 1964
The annual spring prom was held at Galion High School for junior and senior students. The theme was ancient Egypt and the décor included streamers covering the ceiling and soft lighting.
A Recognition Day ceremony honored Galion High School seniors with awards for achievement for top students.
Fluoridation of the city water was debated with the City Health Department leading the discussion.
Lloyd G. Ross, builder, advertised tours of the model home at 423 Chestnut Place. The bungalow style home could be built anywhere in Crawford County.
Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Epley celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Mr. & Mrs. Earl E. Bowman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
The week of May 16, 1939
Guards at the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus revealed that convicts had a thriving trade in morphine and marijuana in the prison.
Local streets were scheduled for improvement with concrete curbs during the summer months. The streets involved were Clymer, North Boston, Wilson Avenue, Fellows Street and Summit Street.
A total of $1622 had been raised by the police radio committee in an effort to purchase a new radio system for the Galion police department.
The Lincoln Way Garage, 315 Harding Way East, advertised the chance to “Drive a thrilling new Studebaker Champion for $660.”
Galion residents were pictured in a Life Magazine feature on the Postmaster General James A. Farley. The postmaster made a stop in Galion while traveling between Cleveland and Columbus. Frank Parish of Church Street was photographed shaking the postmaster general’s hand.