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 12, 2004
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Tucker and Mr. & Mrs. Richard Yetzer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.
Reverend Ron Keller accepted a new position at Peace Lutheran Church. He had been an Army pastor and military chaplain for 24 years.
Galion sophomores scored well in state proficiency exams. The 2004-2005 class was the first required to pass the Ohio Graduation Test prior to graduating from high school-
Renovations on Brownella Cottage continued with work on the windows and exterior trim.
Galion native, Donna Creasap, a retired Air Force master sergeant returned to Iraq as a civilian volunteer.
Construction of the new US Route 30 moved along, with the overpass at State Route 598 nearly completed.
The week of July 12, 1989
The 3 ½ year old city charter was subject to debate at city council meeting. Discussion surrounded whether changes were necessary. Jim Ramsey led a petition drive to change from city manager to mayor type government.
Mr. & Mrs. George Harmon celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
The 78th annual Iberia school alumni banquet was held. 151 graduates, former teachers and guests attended.
High temperature of the week was 95 degrees on Friday July 7.
The Galion Booster club signed a contract for the installation of a new all weather track at Heise Park. The track would boast 8 lanes and construction was planned for August.
The week of July 12, 1964
Ralph Cobey, chairman of the board, announced the 1964 Institute on Soil, Food and Human Health to be held at Louis Bromfield ‘s Malabar Farm.
A twelve inch water line from the overhead storage tank on Powers Street broke and flooded nearby streets with two feet of water. The force of the water blew a hole in the ground around the break, about ten feet across.
Postage stamps were going for a premium price … at postage dispensing machines, stamps sold for 5 cents each or three for 20 cents.
Two Galion drivers were arrested for “hot rodding” on Portland Way South after midnight. The pair pulled out of Henry Street onto Portland Way and sped up to 70 mph. Drivers were fined $25 and costs.
US Senators Strom Thurmgood and Ralph Yarbrough lost their tempers and wrestled on the floor of the capital building.
Galionite Carl S. Holland began the eight week Army basic training at Fort Knox, his address was published so hometown friends could send mail.
The week of July 12, 1939
The movie “Tarzan Finds a Son” was showing at the State Theatre.
Shaw’s Restaurant, 134 Harding Way East, advertised their Sunday special: chicken dinner for 50 cents which included half fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, tomato and lettuce salad, fresh cherry pie and ice cream, coffee.
Community Day at Walton Lake, 3 miles east of Crestline on Route 30 North, featured free bathing, 2 bands, music, singing , dancing.
The night ball game, under the lights at Heise Park pitted Galion Iron Works vs. Globe Clothiers. Admission 25 cents, children free.
Cedar Point, for 1 week only – performances by Blue Barragon and his orchestra.
“Ducky” Drake, proprietor of Ideal Market, 112 North Columbus Street advertised chunk bacon and veal chops, 16 cents per pound. The store was open until 8pm every night.
Galion residents saw a meteor flight – it blazed across the sky; the ball game at Heise Park was postponed so attendees could watch the meteor.