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And how they were in 1938

When Sunbury Lions Club originated

FDR was in the White House in Washington, all of us were working

our way out of the Great Depression precipitated by the 1929

Stock Market Crash. The REA was building lines to supply elec-

tricity to farm properties too widely separated to be served

economically by regular Power Companies. The WPA was installing

Water and Sewer Systems in small towns and municipalities too small

to afford them otherwise. World War II had not yet started--even

in Europe. The Three C's Highway did not by-pass Sunbury & Galena,

and The Hoover Dam and Reservoir, with the resulting dislocations,

was not yet in consideration. I-71 and The Alum Creek Reservoir &

Camp-Ground were far in the future. Sunbury & Galena did have a busy

and well operated Railroad with two passenger trains daily,

north & south, freight trains mixed in between schedules, a full

time station and telegraph operator providing reliable service

between Cleveland, Akron and Columbus. Sunbury boasted a storage

and distribution system to provide an excellent supply of water

to all homes and businesses. Partly because of this facility The

Nestle Co. maintained their plant here and has been a most valuable

source of employment in this area. Many fine families have come to

this area and have worked for the development of this community

since The Company acquired the old Sunbury Co-Operative Creamery

Co. in 1919.

The Big Walnut Consolidated School System had not yet been envis-

aged. Sunbury, Galena, Center Village, Berlin, Kilbourne, Orange, Hyatts,

(Bellpoint & Ostrander)
Ashley and Radnor, ^ separately comprised the Delaware County

Educational System and competition between them was fierce at all
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sporting events. George Walker's field, which was to become The

Sunbury Playground as an early project of the Sunbury Lions Club,

was lying un-used in 1938, a rough undeveloped field with an open

waterway extending diagonally across it. The field had been used

in earlier years by Nelson Ramsey, and perhaps others, as a pas-

ture for horses.

****Businesses Around The Square and In The Area in the Year 1938****

The ground floor of the K. of P. Building contained a small sandwich

shop and soda fountain in the western one-third, a movie theater

occupied the center portion and the Sunbury Savings & Loan had

expanded its offices into the eastern one-third. At that time the

SS&L still occupied the adjacent, stone front building. D. C. Hoover

our first Lions Club President lived next door to the east and had

a rear door from his kitchen and a walkway to a rear door in the

SS&L building for convenient access between the two, he being the

Secretary and Board Chairman of the institution for many years.

Ralph R.(Kinky)Clark lived and operated his barber shop in the

house adjacent to the Bank.

The old stone Farmers Bank Building occupied part of the lot

where the present BancOhio facility stands. All the stone for

the original building was obtained from quarries along Big Walnut

Creek, hauled to and piled on the north side of the Public Square

where it was cut and dressed according to the blue-prints prepared

for the purpose, then erected into a complete edifice.

The Sunbury News and Whitney Ins. offices occupied a two story

frame building adjacent to what is now Whitney Ins. Agency ^ oper-

ated by Lion Bob Morris. The present Ins. Ofc. was, in 1938

occupied by the original Sunbury Grille with a doorway opening

into what had been for many years, Charlie Budd's Pool Room

immediately to the east. The pool tables had been removed and
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individual tables and chairs installed to facilitate the serving

of meals. Our Lions Club had its first dinner meetings there in

late 1938. In the next business room to the east, Garnet Edwards

Hettinger operated a beauty shop. Root's Department Store, on the

corner, was owned and operated by C. A.(Chan)Root. He and Mrs.

Root lived in the 'penthouse' apartment on the second floor. Chan

was a Charter Member of Lions Club and a real community booster.

The north one-third of the old two-story Blakely-Williams build-

ing at the north end of the east side of the Public Square was

occupied by C. C. Welch (groceries) and Henry Beaver (meats)

separately, under the name 'Red & White Store'. Henry and C. C.

were both Charter Members and C. C. became our second President.

The south two-thirds of the R-W Bldg. and the whole second floor

was occupied by The Sunbury Electric Shop operated by C. S. Burrer

and his Mother. This old building contained a 'rope-driven', hand

powered, freight elevator which extended from the basement to the

second floor. This building was destroyed by fire in 1956.

The next building toward the south, now owned by Glenn Evans a

Lions Club Past president, was occupied by The Little Shop with

Louise Sheets as proprietor. The next building housed the U. S.
Store (a grocery) which in 1940 became a 5 & 10 Cents store. In

the same two story building with a center entrance-way and stair

way to the second floor apartments was Anderson's Drug Store. R. P.

or 'Doc' Anderson as most people knew him, was a very popular man

in the community. He acquired considerable property in the area

during his lifetime, was one of the organizers of the Sunbury

Savings & Loan and one of its Directors until his death in 1940.

He was a member of Sparrow Lodge of Masons and a Charter member

of the Lions Club. One of the early Kroger Stores occupied the
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next building further south, known as the Haller Building. Eddie

Haller operated a bowling alley in the basement for a time. This

Kroger store was managed by Carl Perry who was a Lions Club Char-

ter member and became one of its Past Presidents. Notice of his

early and untimely death is indicated elsewhere in this publica-

tion. Harold Stone's Barber Shop adjoined the Haller building.

'Stoney', as he was affectionately called by everyone was Mayor

of Sunbury for the longest, continuous period of years in its

history. ^ occupied that position when the streets of the Village

were paved in 1911. V & M Williamson had a Chevrolet dealership

in the next building with a cement block service garage located

across the private alley to the rear. At the time they discontinued

operations, theirs was reputed to be the oldest Chevrolet Agency

in the central Ohio area. The two-story brick building with cast-

iron support post in the entry way had been known for many years

as the Strong's Hardware building, with living quarters overhead.

In 1938 there was an alleyway between the Strong Hdwe and the old

frame building which originally housed Charlie Granger's Pool

Room and short-order restaurant. Jim and Mary Fravel operated

the restaurant in the south part of the building and might have

looked after the pool room in the north part. What was known as

the Casteel Building, where the Sunbury News is now located (in

1988), the first story had a cut-stone wall with thick door ways

at sidewalk level which supported a frame double, second floor

for living quarters. F. Lamont Kempton, a Lion Charter Member

operated a barber shop in the northernmost sidewalk level room.

Larue and Marge Stith had a filling station and garage at the S,

E. corner of this building, facing the intersection of Granville

and S. Vernon Streets. It must be remembered that in 1926, all

the business buildings with a few living quarters above, situated
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between the Blakely-Williams frame structure on the north (which

contained a three foot thick, stone firewall along its south

side) and the old brick, Strong Hdwe to the south, all being of

frame construction and very old, caught fire one night and

burned to the ground. There was no way to save the structures

since at that time all that was available was a man-power operated

fire pumper and the only water available was from a cistern on

the east side of the Public Square. The owners of the various

properties so destroyed, banded together and hired a contractor

to come on the scene and erect new brick structures according

to each owners requirements. I understand, on good authority,

that 'Rudy' Burrer, a respected banker in the Village was given

the responsibility of co-ordinating the new construction project

between the individual owners and the contractor, Mr. Ray Hopper

of Delaware, Ohio. Believe it or not, there is no indication

handed down to date of any serious problems, financially or other-

wise, in this obviously loose-knit operation.

In 1938 the Sunbury Post Office was located in the brick building

at 75 E. Cherry Street across the alley from the rear of the

Blakely-Williams building. Mr. Carroll Williamson was Postmaster.

The first structure west of S. Vernon St on the south side of the

square was a frame dwelling. The next was the residence of Otis

(Pete) Baker and connected office and exchange of The Ohio Central

Telephone Co. Mr. Baker, with his wife Lulu had come to Sunbury in

1904 to be maintenance man and local manager of the system. His

younger son, Darwin Baker was a Lions Club Charter Member.

The brick structure to the west and next to the alley, provided

quarters for The Delaware County Mutual Ins. Co., founded in 1877,

in the eastern one-half while the western half was occupied by

Strosnider & Wilson Funeral Directors. A. D. Strosnider was Presi-
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dent and a Director of The Farmers Bank, and Ronald F. 'Doc'

Wilson was a Lions Club Charter Member, and a very active promoter

and worker in the development of The Sunbury Playground.

To the west of the alley was the Sunbury Motors Co. adjoining the

Irwin Hdwe. & Furniture Co. Bldg. which extended to the next alley.

This complex of buildings started with the Wheaton Brothers as a

hardware and farm equipment store. Charles Wheaton had the first

automobile in the community and from that experience there devel-

oped an early auto agency.

Bordering the alley, in 1938 was a two-story building made out of

glazed tile, shaped similar to concrete blocks. On the ground floor

Arthur Boston operated the 'Snipe-Town' grocery, no one has said

where the name originated. Dr. Hodge Wilson (no relation to Ronald)

had a dental office on the second floor. The last structure before

Columbus St. was the old Joel Letts residence which had been con-

verted into doctor's offices in the basement with medical clinic

facilities above, by Dr. G. Y. Swickard, a Lions Club Charter

Member. Tom Heston Sr. is reported to have been the operator of

the Sohio Station on the corner of Granville and S. Columbus St.

Hosea C. Hopkins used the Hopkins House as his residence and

rented out individual rooms. He would also assist Strosnider &

Wilson on Ambulance-runs and in conducting funerals.

Otis K. Baker converted the Gelston's Bakery/Burrer's Store and

Tavern building to operate as a Service Station and garage on the

lot just north of the Hopkins House. The next two buildings north

were used for residences, while the third house, (at one time the

residence of Lawrence Myers, one of the founders of the town of

Sunbury,) was the office and residence of Dr. W. B. Carpenter.

The building at the corner of Columbus & Cherry streets was occu-

pied by Wayne's (Feazel) Super Service.
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**** Other businesses off the Square****

On N. Columbus, at North Street, Burrer Milling Co., in 1938, was

producing and distributing livestock feeds, and only occasion-

ally making White Loaf flour. The generation of electricity for

the Village had ceased and the facilities sold to the Central

Utilities Service Co. in 1926. Further north, on Rainbow Ave.

Lloyd Brake and Lee Howard had established a garage and sold

Studebaker automobiles. At the corner of High St. and the Croton

Rd., Ralph H. Clark operated Clark's Furniture Store.

At Rainbow Ave. & High St, Harry Lake operated a machine shop and

garage. Charles & Wilma Ward had a store and specialized in Home

Made Ice Cream in a two-story building called "The Point".

South on S. Columbus St. V. M. Greene built a brick building

and operated a Ford Auto Agency. Clark Tractor Sales sold farm

equipment and machinery south of the Ford Agency. A little fur-

ther south, across the street was Lee's Market.

On E. Granville St. Emmet (Tobe) Feasel operated a Sohio Service

station and next beyond was the Sunshine Feed Store. Across the

street, and up a hill, was George Walker's Hay Barn and beyond

that was the old Sunbury Manufacturing Co. building.

John Williamson & Son sold farm machinery on Harrison St. where

the Sunbury I. G. A. now stands. Also, at 52 Rainbow Ave., Owen

Meredith had an International Tractor Agency, and at 102 Rainbow

Ave., Ghent's Greenhouse was in operation. At 63 N. Vernon St.,

Charles Johnson operated a shoe repair shop, and at 157 South

Vernon Street, Sunbury Lumber Co. was in business, with H. O.

Reece, a Lions Club Charter Member, as Manager.

Cloice E. Barton and Fairland Farms (H. P. & Russell Miller)

were both in the wholesale and retail milk (dairy) business.

The Town Hall was then, as now, a busy place with the Village

Offices, the Jail, and the Fire Department on the first floor.
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The Community Hall with its stage and drop curtain was used for

local activities on the second floor, and Sparrow Lodge #400,

F & A M owned and used the third floor.

Just north of Galena on the 3Cs Highway, John W Shults operated

a business selling electrical appliances and hardware as part of

the Sunbury-Galena Community of merchants.

It may be that some business or professional entity has been over-

looked in this compilation of enterprises active in 1938 and if so

this writer begs to apologize for any omission.

It would have been impossible to assemble the information contained

in this presentation in the length of time allotted without having

at hand the Sesquicentennial book "Sunbury-Founded in 1816" which

was prepared in 1966, and the microfilm record of "The Sunbury News"

for the year of 1938, available at Community Library. Also conversations

with many local Senior Citizens in the area during the past week,

brought forth much valuable historical information which is contained


Respectfully submitted by:-

Carleton S. Burrer

Amateur historian.
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Short Illness Is Fatal to Sunbury Store Manager

Funeral for Carl R. Perry, 38, was

held in the Wilson chapel Sunday

afternoon with the Rev. Hugh Ash

of Xenia in charge of the service.

Mr. Perry died shortly before mid-

night Wednesday in Doctor's hospi-

tal where he had been a patient

since suffering a cerrebral hemmorr-

hage while at work in the Sunbury

Kroger store early Saturday morn-

ing, Dec. 20. 1948 ['1948' handwritten]

Carl became affiliated with the

Kroger store during his high school

days. On graduation from Sunbury

high school in 1928 he was associated

with Kroger stores in Mt. Vernon

and Delaware for a short time and

has managed the Sunbury branch

the past eighteen years.

Sunbury Council President

He served on the village council

one term, was president of that

group at the time of his death and

was re-elected last fall. Carl was

a charter member of Sunbury Lions

club and a past president.

Carl is survived by his widow,

Mrs. Barbara Perry; his mother,

Mrs. Iva Perry of the home; five

sisters, Mrs. Louise Day and Mrs.

Marie McWhirt of Columbus, Mrs.

Eva Gutridge of Chicago, Mrs.

Dorothy Owen of Sunbury and Miss

Gladys Perry of the home; four

brothers, Paul and Walter of Co-

lumbus, Lester and Robert of Sun-


Burial was made in Sunbury

cemetery by the Wilson Funeral

Home. Pallbearers, were Hap

Howard of Columbus, Ted Bennett

of Alexandria, Don Perfect, Tom

Lang, Carlton Burrer and Hoyt

Whitney. Members of Sunbury

Lions Club were honorary pall-


[photo captioned "Carl Perry"]

The above photo of Carl was

taken recently while he was at work

in the Sunbury Kroger store.
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The following excerpts relate to the origin of The Sunbury Lions

Club and its reported activities during the calendar year 1938.

Other items of special community interest of the period are also

included in this presentation.

Jan. 5 -The Mast-Head lists O. W. Whitney and Bill Whitney, Editors.

-Village Officials--J. R. VanDivort, Mayor; Bertha Huddlestun

Clerk; Frank Stelzer, Marshall ($75.00 per month).

-Homer Lott, Chmn, Delaware County Commissioners

-H. R. Fisher, Supt. at Sunbury; C. C. DeLong at Harlem; J. M.

Ruffner at Galena; and G. M. Buell at Berlin schools.

-Dr. J. H. Gerhardt died; Strosnider & Wilson funeral directors.

-V. & M. Williamson, car dealers purchased first two Certificates

of title issued by Delaware County under new car title law.

-Business ads this issue--Blakely & Williams Store, C. C. Welch

(groceries) Henry Beaver (meats); Clarks Furniture Store;

Sunbury Savings & Loan; Bostons Snipe-Town Store; G. J. Burrer

Co., Sunbury & Condit; Whitney Ins Agency-Phones 26 & 76;

V&M Williamson Auto Sales; Kroger Stores; Roots Department

Store; Lees Food Market; Garnets Beauty Shop; Sunshine Feed

Store; Sunbury Lumber Co. Ph 17; Irwin Hdwe. Co; A.L. Strider

Ins.; Sunbury Motors Co.; Lloyd Brake, Used Cars $25.00 to

$150.00; Clark Furniture Store, Appliances-Grunow, Norge &

Kelvinator; Clarence Clark to sell Hudson cars-S. Columbus St.;

Brake-Howard Motor Sales, Dodge-Plymouth-3C Highway &

Rainbow Ave; V. M. Green Ford Sales, S. Columbus St.; Andersons

Drug Store; John Williamson & Son; Sunbury Electric Shop.

-28th Annual Statement Sunbury Savings & Loan-D. C. Hoover, Secy.,

Howard Cring, Asst., J. W. Furry, Leland Fisher, E. B. Dustin,


-Dr. Noah Gorsuch chosen President of The Galena Bank.

-A. D. Strosnider chosen President of The Farmers Bank, Sunbury.

-Earl M. French, Auditor-Delaware county.

-Burnie Day-Supt of Sunbury Water Plant since completed in 1925.

-Movie, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, with Walter Huston & Una Merkel

at K. of P. Hall Theater.

Apr 6 -SUNBURY MERCHANTS TO ORGANIZE CLUB--Fifteen Sunbury merchants

attended a meeting last week to formulate plans for a per-

manent business organization in the Village. Every merchant

and professional man in town is urged to attend a meeting in

the Town Hall Council Room one week from tonight.

H. P. Irwin, C. A. Root and Dr. Walter R. Williams were named to

a committee to contact Rotary, Kiwanis, and Lions Clubs and

present their plans for organization. Representatives from

these clubs have been here in an effort to organize in the


-Walter Lenhart, Ralph H. Clark and Henry Beaver were named

to call on business houses to see what is desired in the

way of free entertainment this summer. Both of these committees

will report at the next meeting. Merchants plan to join a

national organization or form a local club in the near future

and urge every merchant to come to the council room next
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Wednesday night.

Apr 13 -Notice to attend meeting at 8:00 PM--

Representatives from the Delaware Rotary Club will attend

and explain the details of joining a Rotary Club.

Apr 20 -25 merchants attended a meeting with seven members of Delaware

Rotary Club and their Dist. Gov. Harold Covault of Youngs-

town. Everyone voiced need of club here.


WPA will pay for all labor and part of material. Village

bonded indebtedness very low at this time. New streets

were paid off several years ago.


Arranged by Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Co., Merrill

Peters in charge. Sponsored by Galena PTA. John W Shults,

Galena Appliance Dealer furnishing appliances and prizes

for the school.

-O. W. Whitney announces candidacy for State Senator again

after Democratic landslide wiped him out two years ago. He

had previously served three consecutive terms.

-High School Honor Roll--Seniors; Emma Longshore, Betty

Morris, Clara Nuckles, Beatrice Paul, Emily Reynolds,

Elain Sherfy, Frances Williamson.--Freshman Roll-Claribel

Gallogly, Merna Hoover, Sherrill Link and Maxine Roof.

Mar 23 -Irwin Hdwe. celebrates 10th Anniversary--

-Merchants are neglecting to collect Sales Tax as required

by recent law.

Mar 30 -Sales Tax Stamps now available to local merchants at The

Farmers Bank. No longer required to make trips to Delaware

or to Columbus to obtain them.

Apr 27 -Sunbury merchants will meet in council Room tonight to

complete plans for organizing a ROTARY Club. Members of

Delaware club will attend to help Sunbury form their

organization. Complete details will be discussed and all

invited to join. D. C. Hoover, C. A. Root and Ronald Wilson

are named for the membership committee.

-Sunbury businesses to start regular summer hours.--Open

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

May 04 -Larue Stith purchased the 3Cs Service Station in north

end of Sunbury. Larue and his brother Henry own and

operate a service station at the S. E. corner of the Sunbury


-Sanitary Sewers are to cost Sunbury $24,000.00 out of a

total cost of $114,000.00

-Mrs. C. M. Wheaton died in Pasadena, California. She was a

sister of Vachel Green of Ford Motor Sales. C. M. Wheaton

died in Pasadena twelve years ago.

-A Water Contract has been entered into with Nestle Milk

Products Co.
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May 18 -Plans for a National Service Club were abandoned and an

effort is being made to organize a Sunbury Merchants Club.

Jun 08 -----A VILLAGE PLAYGROUND-----The FFA Assn. proposes

constructing a Village Playground in or near Sunbury.


June 22--Crowds are jamming parks for free movies.

-Mayor Stone instructs Marshal Stelzer--'TO ENFORCE SPEED LAWS'



Charter being held open for new members. Club open to all

Business and Professional men in Sunbury. Other officers

are: K.O.Burrer, H.O.Reese and Ronald Wilson, V. Presidents,

K.E. Barhill, Secy.,Henry Beaver, Treas., C.S.Burrer, Lion

Tamer, C.A.Root, Tail Twister, C.C.Welch, Dr. Walter H.

Williams, H.D.Kempton and Bill Whitney, Directors.

H.N.Walter Spec. Rep. of the national club directed the

forming of this club. A Supper Meeting will be held at 6:45

at The Sunbury Grille. Plans are made for Charter Night

Sept 28th. Members joining are: C.A.Root, Dr. G.Y.Swickard,

D.C.Hoover, D.E.Simkins, K.E.Barnhill, Darwin Baker, Henry

Beaver, C.C.Welch, K.O.Burrer, R.F.Wilson, Z. Monbarren,

Carl Perry, H.O Reese, O.W.Whitney Jr., C.S. Burrer, H.R.

Fisher, H.D.Kempton, O.W.Whitney, Dr. Walter R. Williams,

P.W.Stith and Bill Whitney.


Merchants and businessmen of Sunbury have taken a step

forward by organizins a Lions Club. This Village has long

needed a business-mens organization, and the forming of this

club is bound to promote Sunbury interests better, and weld

the business-men even closer together than they have ever

been before. Success of this venture depends on its members

and the interest they take in the club. We congratulate the

men starting this organization and are looking forward to

hearing the new Lions roar for many good things in this


Sep 07--Sheriff raids nudist camp along Alum Creek northwest of here

Sunday morning. Members were playing volley ball while

officials spied on them. Adults were fined $200.00 each.

--O.W.Whitney Jr. opens law office here.

--Sunbury Fall Festival planned, H.D.Kempton, CHMN.

Sep 21--Lions club Charter Night Banquet to be September 28th at

Sunbury High School Auditorium, with Esther McCormick and

her Home Ec. Girls providing the food. Wives are invited.

C.C.Welch, Darwin Baker and Henry Beaver to arrange program.

Oct 05--130 Attend Lions club Charter Night---Lions and wives from

Mansfield, Fredericktown, Newark, Columbus, Bluffton,

Tiffin, Ashland and Westerville. Forrest L. Steinman of

Lions International presented the Charter to D.C.Hoover,

club president. Lion O.W.Whitney as toastmaster, called on

the many distinguished guests, among them, Judge Myers of

The Ohio Supreme Court, Dr. Schrontz of Newark, Past Dist.

Gov; Joe Ray, Pres., and Jim Engel, Secy. of the Columbus

club; A.E. Bogen of Columbus; Past Dist. Gov. Ed Lape of

Bluffton; State Secy.; C.W. Schwartz of Akron, Zone Dir; and

Hal Walter, Int. Rep. of Akron. Members of the Fredericktown
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Club expressed their appreciation in having the opportunity

to sponsor our club. The new club meets each 2nd and 4th Wed.

evenings. Lions assenbled, gave a big hand to C.C.Welch,

Henry Beaver and Darwin Baker for the fine evening.

--Lions Club to participate in the Fall Festival, week-end of

October 6th.

Nov 16-Merchants Tuesday night show at High School to be in Techni-


Nov 23-Dr. Hans Spiro opens office in George Strong house.

Nov 30-F.C.Murphy speaks to Lions Club meeting in Sunbury Grille.

Dec 07- New Street Lights being installed by Cols & Sou Elec Co.

Councilman Lamont Kempton presented a plan proposed by the

Lions Club to construct a public playground. K.E.Barnhill

and C.C.Welch, club members, explained that the club wished

to obtain land and construct the playground with the help

and support of Village Council. Council voted unanimously

to give its moral support to this movement. Action was also

taken by Council to provide assistance to the Village Volun-

teer Firemen and the Lions Club in staging the annual "Christ-

mas for Every Family" drive in this community.

-Lt. Col. H.H.VanKirk of near Condit will speak to members of

Lions club Wed, Eve. Dec. 14 at their supper meeting in the

Sunbury Grille. The Lions Club has assumed sponsorship of the

Sunbury Boy Scout Troop.


and more toys if we are to bring Christmas into every home

in the community this year" is the plea of the Volunteer

Fireman and the Lions club members who are directing the

Community Christmas this year. Old toys, games, dolls and

anything will be accepted for this drive. Bring the items

to the east side door of the Town Hall as soon as possible.

Money is needed to purchase food and clothing for the Christ-

mas Baskets. Cash donations have been received from-Sunbury

Village, Mrs. Louise Sedgwick, M/M Lamont Kempton, M/M C.A Root,

M/M D.C Hoover and Dr. and Mrs Walter Williams. The boys would

like to add your name to the list next week. Leave your dona-

tions with Lamont Kempton. "You will not be solicited but

your donations will be most appreciated", says Mr Kempton.

Firemen and Lions are working every night at their shop in

the Town Hall

------LIONS CLUB TO SPONSOR DANCE****Sunbury Lions Club is

sponsoring a Christmas Dance in the Ford Building on Monday

evening December 26th. Allan Hale and his band will play for

the dancing from 9:00 to 12:30. The public is invited.

Purchase tickets at Andersons Drug Store or from Lions Club

members. One dollar per couple.

Dec 21 -Crowd expected for Lions Club Dance---Advance ticket sales

for the dance Monday night, Dec 26th,point to a crowd of

nearly 100 couples to enjoy the evening in the Greene-Ford

building on south Columbus Street. "Proceeds from this dance

will help finance a Public Playground in Sunbury" according

to Lions club members. Lions from several neighboring towns

and cities have made reservations for the dance.

-News item----Mr and Mrs Harold Kintner have moved to Mansfield

where he is employed by The Ohio Oil Company.
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Dec 29 -More than 100 couples attended the Lions Club Dance in

the Ford building Christmas night. The large hall was

turned into a beautiful ball room with Christmas decorations


-Sunbury Volunteer Firemen and Lions Club members wish to

thank those listed for their contributions to the Christmas

Fund. Mrs. Louise Sedgwick, M/M F.Lamont Kempton, M/M C.A.

Root, M/M D.C.Hoover, Dr & Mrs W.H.Williams, Mrs Maud Horlocker,

M/M Perle Stockwell, E.C.Teut, M/M Burt Armstrong, Mrs Ger-

hardt, M/M C.C.Welch, M/M Glenn Hoover & Sons, Miss Leta

Curtis, M/M J.R.VanDivort, M/M Glenn Farris, M/M Henry Beaver,

FFA Boys, a friend, M/M Lee Colvin, Zhonta Camp Fire Girls,

John Edminster, L.A.Compton, Burrer Milling Co.,Miss Dora

Beattie, M/M Art Boston, and Miss Alice Johnson. The club

thanks anyone donating toys and clothing and The Sunbury News

for their help in making this Christmas for the Needy a success.


More than thirty bushel baskets and a truck load of toys were

distributed in this community by Sunbury Fireman & Lions to

make possible their aim of "Christmas In Every Home". Nearly

everything in the way of toys, dolls, games, sleds, wagons

and clothing were made-over by firemen who filled Santa's

Pack and sent him over the community on Christmas Eve. Both

Firemen and Lions directed this operation. Clifton Miller

helped remodel toys and Mrs Howard Cring assisted in dressing

dolls that meant Christmas to many little girls. The News

Photographer failed in his attempt to bring you a picture

of Santa's packs. The east room of the Town Hall was so

filled with Christmas that he had to climb up on top of the

'Jail Cage' for a picture &'fumbled the shot'[underlined]. Baskets of

fruit were taken to the sick.

---**Illness fatal to Sunbury Phone Man***

Otis L.(Pete) Baker,64,died at his home here early Sunday

evening after an illness of more than a year. Mr Baker came

here in 1904 as maintenance man for the telephone company

and held that position until a year ago when he retired

because of ill health. Pete had been able to be around town

some since, but became critically ill Thursday. Sunbury

business places closed for an hour Tuesday afternoon during

the funeral in the Strosnider & Wilson Chapel. The Rev. W.E.

Hayden of Radnor conducted the service. Burial was made in

Sunbury Cemetery. Pall bearers were: H.W.Stone, R.P.Ander-

son, Arthur Boston, Herbert Irwin, Merle Williamson and O.W.

Whitney. Mr.Baker is survived by his wife Lulu, two sons,

Owen of Coshocton and Darwin of the home. One sister, Mrs.

Daisy Post of near Croton.

---News Item***M/M Alfred Fivaz of Washington,D.C.,Dr.& Mrs.

W.(Bill)Fivaz and son of Fulton, N.Y.,M/M Ernest Fivaz of

Chicago, Robert Fivaz of New York City, Helen and Annette

Fivaz of Columbus are spending the holidays with their par-

ents M/M E.Fivaz of Sunbury. (Note) Mr. E. Fivaz came to

Sunbury about 1924 and brought the secret formula, by memory,

for the manufacturing of Nestle Baby Food at the Nestle Milk

Products Co. Plant here. He and his wife were French speaking

Swiss. Their four youngest children attended Sunbury schools.

Ernie and Bob were both active in High School sports. All the

family were a fine addition to our community. The youngest

daughter married Hal Roberts raised a fine family and they

continue to reside in Sunbury. Mr.Roberts managed the Galena
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for several years and became a Director in The Delaware

County Bank before retirement. Annette is still active

in support of 'Friends of Community Library' and has been

responsible for the operation of its 'Thrift Shop' in the

historic 'Hopkins House' prior to the commencement of its

Restoration process.

*Here follows a listing of businesses in Sunbury at the end of 1938*

Roots Department Store O.K.Baker Service Station

Garnets Beauty Shop Waynes(Feasel) Super Service

Clover Farm Store The Sunbury Savings & Loan

Blakely & Williams Market Delaware Co. Mutual Ins Co.

(C.C.Welch & Henry Beaver) Sunbury Grille

Andersons Drug Store Whitney Insurance Agency

The Kroger Grocery Co. A.L.Strider Insurance

V&M Williamson Auto Sales Strosnider & Wilson

Lee Colvin's Grille Chas Johnson Shoe Shop

Jim Fravel's Place Brake-Howard Auto Sales

Stiths Service Station Sunbury Lumber Company

Sunbury Motors Co. Charles Ward 'The Point'

Boston's Grocery Dr. G.Y.Swickard Clinic

Sunbury Electric Shop Sunshine Feed Store

Irwin Hardware Co. E.Feasel Sohio Service

The Farmers Bank C.E.Barton Dairy

(Member FDIC) Marpes Beauty Shop

Sunbury Post Office The Sunbury News

(Carroll Williamson,P.M.) Clark's Furniture Store

Fairland Farm Dairy Clark's Tractor Sales

(H.P.& R.W.Miller) V.M.Greene Ford Sales

Tom Heston Sohio Station Lee's Market

Burrer Milling Co. The Hopkins House

*News of interest from 1916[underlined] Issues reprinted in 1938[underlined] Sunbury News*

-C.M.Wheaton is building an Auto Show Room next to his store-

-C.M.Wheaton & Co report the automobile business in "On the BOOM".

Last week they delivered a new Studebaker to the Overturf brothers,

and Fords to G.L.Armstrong, Dr.Furniss, F.C.Murphy, H.C.Hopkins

and to W.E.Loar.

-O.W.Whitney has purchased Fred D.Baker's interest in The Sunbury

News. Baker becomes Postmaster--Job vacated by Whitney.

-D.C.Hoover of Miami, Florida visits his mother Mrs. Minnie Hoover.

-Supt. Milton Utley is 'shining around town' in a new Dodge car.

*The information used in this article was assembled from microfilm

record of back issues of The Sunbury News on file at Community

Library, Sunbury, Ohio by:-

Carleton S. Burrer

Charter Member & Past President

The Sunbury Lions Club.

Dublin Core


The Sunbury and Galena Communities and how they were in 1938 when Sunbury Lions Club Originated


Sunbury Lions Club--History


Carleton Burrer's history of the origin of the Sunbury Lion's Club and a description of what the communities of Galena and Sunbury were like at the time of the club's establishment in 1938. Mr. Burrer describes each of the businesses located on the Town Square in 1938, and includes excerpts from the 1938 edition of the Sunbury News.


Local Historian Carleton Burrer; Sunbury, Ohio













Local Historian Carleton Burrer; Sunbury, Ohio, “The Sunbury and Galena Communities and how they were in 1938 when Sunbury Lions Club Originated,” Delaware County Memory, accessed May 24, 2024,

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