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 3, 2004
The Gathering Place was a new business in Uptowne Galion, the store featured Christian books and decorations.
Fred Rinehart was pictured speaking to his class at the Galion High School. Mr. Rinehart was one of ten teachers at the school who were also Galion alumni.
Wilma Crall Elementary students Megan Fuson and Samantha Smith were pictured digging up weeds during the school’s Earth Day gardening program.
A group of concerned citizens asked for the resignation of school board members and filed a lawsuit against the school board for the removal of board members.
City residents attended the city council meeting to voice frustration over the financial situation and $2.2 million shortfall.
Mr. & Mrs. George Heider celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
The week of May 3, 1989
Galion High School varsity softball player, Missy Smith, was pictured making a diving catch during a win over Lexington.
Brad Moore was named Galion High School’s athlete of the week for his tennis prowess.
Emily Phillips of Summit Street was pictured gazing up at her cat, Black Pepper, who was enjoying an afternoon sitting in the tree branches overhanging the sidewalk.
Taylor’s Ice Cream shop advertised their 1 cent Sundae Sale.
Carter Machine purchased buildings at auction from Nine J’s North American Plastics. The buildings would be converted to warehouse space for Carter Machine.
An inch of snow arrived in Galion and covered the May flowers in white.
The week of May 3, 1964
A study completed by MacMillan Company forecast that the average family income in 1975 would be $9500 per year.
JC Penney’s advertised Mother’s Day gifts including a Corning Ware saucepan for $4.88.
The all new Ford Mustang was available at Wert Ford Sales, Inc located at 850 Harding Way West. The price of this new car was $2368.
Chuck Vergon led the Galion High School varsity golf team in a match against Mansfield Senior and Mansfield Malabar. Vergon scored 76 for 18 holes.
Galion Service Safety Director Thomas Maidens announced the annual clean-up week for the city. City employees would pick up items placed by the curb, with the exception of garbage and loose trash.
The worst single incident for Americans in Viet Nam to date was reported – an Army plane crashed killing ten Americans.
The week of May 3, 1939
The Galion Treasury reported balanced books with $142,000 on hand according to the county auditor.
Joseph Mills was honored by his family with a dinner for his 95th birthday.
Klein’s Klothes for Men and Boys advertised suits on sale for $19.85 and the latest style hats were on sale for $1.95.
The regular meeting of the high school German Club was attended by fifteen members. Ruby Arndt, Marcia Arter and Lawrence Maidens presented papers on German history to the group.
Dr. H. H. Rouzer won top honors at the Bucyrus Gun Club competition. He scored 46 out of 50 points with his shooting.