This week in Galion’s history


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 ending August 8, 2005

Hirt Publishing sold the Galion Inquirer to Brown Publishing.

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cramer celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. MR. & Mrs. Ardeen Waldo Ayer celebrated their 50th anniversary.

Kyle Baughn, Galion High School Varsity Football coach, spoke at the Kiwanis meeting. He was excited to begin his time with the Tigers.

US Route 30 opened on August 4. The divided highway section that was constructed between Ontario and Bucyrus was ready for traffic.

The Galion High School Class of 1995 held their 10 year class reunion. The reunion class photo was printed in the Galion Inquirer.

The week ending August 8, 1990

City council and residents debated the necessity of two swimming pools in Galion. Extensive repairs were needed at the Heise Park pool and an income tax increase was discussed as a way to pay for repairs.

Eddie Mason was pictured building concrete walls at the Heise Park Stadium. New restrooms connected to the stadium were being built and planned to open for football season.

Plans for the annual Pickle Run Festival to be held on Labor Day weekend were in progress.

Mr. & Mrs. John Shoup celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

The Galion Golden Age Center hosted a pie sale. Edith Mathews and Martha Leppert were pictured slicing some of the pies to be sold by the piece.

The week ending August 8, 1965

Mr. and Mrs. John J Shearer quietly observed their 65th wedding anniversary.

Galion’s 4-H club “Snip and Snap” met to plan the fair booth decorations. The theme was “The Wonderful World of 4-H”.

The Crawford County Fair ran for 6 days and 6 nights, August 4 – 9. Included in the Fair schedule was 3 big nights of harness racing, 4-H projects, a tractor pull and a greased pig contest.

The Globe Clothing Store advertised Reis brand underwear. “Reis Perma Sized underwear won’t shrink out of size!”

Temperatures were in the mid 60s and rain fell a good part of the week.

Mysterious objects were seen flashing across the Oklahoma sky. UFO reports kept the Air Force and the FAA busy investigating.

The week ending August 8, 1940

Galion Iron Works was awarded a National Defense Contract totaling $235,351 for 60 heavy duty motorized road graders by the War Department.

Resch and Casey, 123 Harding Way East, advertised 10 oz crystal tumblers were on sale for 4 cents each during the Mid-Summer Sale.

Central Hotel was closed and extensive repairs were planned. Mrs. N. O. Weamer of Mansfield was operating the hotel after her husband’s death. The repairs were required so she could liquidate the hotel and fixtures to settle the estate.

John Van Meter received the Eagle Scout Award. He had been scouting for three years and had obtained 22 merit badges.

Galion City Police Department Patrolman Clarence H Upson, 71, was fatally injured during a traffic accident. He was directing traffic at the corner of Hardin Way East and South Street when he was struck.


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By Noel Lizotte

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