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 June 7, 2004
Kate Furr was pictured celebrating her 70th Birthday at work. She was employed at Wendy’s and her manager Dave Beach helped her celebrate.
The 8th grade graduation ceremony included a performance by Galion Middle School Tiger Tunes: Andrew Honsey, Kyle Mann, Dustin Gadd and Juan Gale were pictured singing “Graduation Day”.
Galion High School varsity track star, Ami Pensinger finished 7th at the state meet in the pole vault event. She cleared 9 feet 6 inches in her final jump.
The Crestline High School varsity softball team won the state championship in Division IV – they beat three time state champions Gibsonburg with a score of 2-1.
Bill Bauer resigned his post as city finance director in a letter to city manager Phil Honsey.
Former United States President Ronald Reagan died at age 93.
The week of June 7, 1989
Gary Frankhouse Jr. was honored as the Valedictorian of the Galion High School Class of 1989. Tom Sweeney was the class Salutatorian. Both graduating seniors spoke at the graduation ceremony.
Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Sipes and Mr. & Mrs. Leon Corbin celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Griefenstines celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
The M&R Restaurant advertised “Wednesday Specials” including a Salisbury steak dinner with potato salad or vegetable for $3.59.
The North Columbus Street bridge was closed due to its depreciating condition. City employee Ron Campbell was pictured putting barrels in place to block traffic.
The week of June 7, 1964
Neff Bros Market advertised “New” Jello – mixed vegetable or celery flavor only 9 cents per box.
Mr. & Mrs. Fred W Beck and Mr. & Mrs. M. O. Robert celebrated their 50th wed anniversaries.
City Council and Mayor Jay F. Nicholls debated the safety of adding fluoride to city water and approved maintenance to the reservoirs & dams.
The postmaster, Lloyd B. Secrest, urged the Kiwanis members to begin using the ZIP code system. Galion’s local annual mail volume was 8.2 million pieces.
Seal-Kote plastic house paint was available at Ross Supply Co, located at 1227 Harding Way East, for $6.85 per gallon.
The Galion Red Cross bloodmobile at the First Presbyterian Church educational center collected 169 units of blood – above the goal of 150 units.
Attempts to locate oil on the Joe Roelle farm, South Market Street Road, was abandoned after reaching 3460 feet in depth with no success.
The week of June 7, 1939
The Galion High School Class of 1939 held graduation ceremony at the high school auditorium. Students spoke at the graduation for the first time. The graduating class was 164 students.
The Galion Junior High School graduated 143 9th graders to the high school for the following year.
Shaw’s Restaurant, 134 Harding Way East, advertised their Sunday special chicken dinner: 50 cents for ½ a fried spring chicken, mashed potatoes, cauliflower, Cole slaw, strawberry pie, ice cream, and coffee.
Mr. & Mrs. James Cameron celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
The Galion Merchants announced summer hours for June, July & August. Participating merchants closed at noon on Wednesday.
700 Boy Scouts completed plans for the biggest “camporall” that the Johnny Appleseed Area Council ever planned. Clubs would camp at Heise Park for three days
A classified ad in the Galion Inquirer: up to 25 words for 1 day for 25 cents, 3 consecutive days for 50 cents.