This Week In Galion’s History

by Noel Lizotte

July 3, 2014

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 July 5, 2004

The new footbridge at Heise Park Lane on North Jefferson Street was nearly completed. Pedestrians would have a safe walkway from one side of the park to the other.

Geo-cache hunters Don Hatfield, Cody Arndt, Neil Craften and Kevin Eady were pictured on a high tech scavenger hunt.

Galion’s Taco Bell staff was pictured after winning a secret shopper inspection from the regional manager. Staff celebrated with a party at the store.

Mr. & Mrs. William Lott celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. At the same time they celebrated their July birthdays: her 90th, his 92nd.

Galion’s 4th of July celebration in Heise Park honored the hometown veterans with music, food, ceremonies and fireworks.

The week of July 5, 1989

Twelve year old entrepreneurs Mike Brown and Jason Beck were pictured starting their lawn mower in an effort to keep their grass cutting business in the green.

Temperatures were in high 80s with scattered thunderstorms in the forecast.

Mr. & Mrs. Russell Badgley celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Valley View Golf Course celebrated its 25th birthday. Owner Lee Stuckman and manager Mike Stuckman were pictured on the course.

Ghostbusters II and Batman were featured at the Bucyrus Cinema.

Joann Harris, Kermin Ginn and Sharon Wittman won state awards at the AMVETS Ohio Department Convention.

Fireworks in Heise Park were delayed 17 minutes, but delighted the crowd. The display was the first in 5 years …

The week of July 5, 1964

Employees of the Woolworth Company held a picnic at East Park in honor of the retirement of Mrs. Pearl Everly after ten years faithful service.

Reverend Paul E. Walter began his 18th year at the First Evangelical United Brethren Church.

One year old Karen Sue Hetrick was pictured on the front page holding a US flag as she celebrated her birthday along with the country.

4th of July entertainment events at Heise Park were sponsored by the Lions club: amusement rides, hootenanny (folk music concert), baseball, swing concert and fireworks. Over 6000 people attended the fireworks display.

Tri-City Family Drive In held a dusk to dawn movie marathon: Cartoons, Jerry Lewis in Who’s Minding the Store, King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Great Escape and Pillow Talk starring Tony Randall.

The week of July 5, 1939

Mrs. Ann E. Bachelder celebrated her 94th birthday and John F. Ricker celebrated his 87th birthday.

Michael Flynn retired after 47 years working on the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Harry Lowe, with a store located at the corner of State Road and Harding Way West, announced this would be his last year selling fireworks and his prices were greatly reduced.

Phil’s Auto Store, 111 Harding Way West, held a bankruptcy sale, customers would benefit from the companies’ loss. “Entire stock must be sold regardless of cost or loss.”

JC Penneys advertised summer dresses on sale. “House Frock – 33c, while they last!”

Reports = 41 Ohioans were victims of 4th July accidents. The accidents were due to traffic, drowning, and 50 fireworks injuries.