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About Phil Reid

Phil Reid is a former Chief of the Marion City Fire Department, teacher, and City Council President. In addition to his writing on local history, Reid hosts "Sentimental Journey" on Saturday mornings on 97.5 FM. He is also the author of "The Mystifying Murder in Marion, Ohio." You can learn more at

Fire Captain Retires, Pearl Street Wins Cage Title

Today our sentimental journey is taking us to 1939 for a couple of articles that got my attention. Our first item appeared in The Marion Star February 21, 1939 with this headline. “Capt. George Kelly Ends 32 Years of Service With Fire Department.” The smaller headline went on, “Pensions Granted Him and Widow of Fireman […]

1957 at Harding High School and City Grade School Musical Festival

Today our sentimental journey is taking us to 1957 for another look at what was going on at Harding High School. Tuesday May 7. 1957 this article appeared with this headline. “Harding High’s Awards Assembly Slated Friday,” and this underlined smaller headline appeared above the main one. “100 Students To Be Honored.” The annual awards […]

Opening of Garfield Park and Crystal Lake

Today our sentimental journey is returning us to 1949 for an article about the opening of the “New” Garfield Park and then a look at the opening of the 1949 edition of Crystal Lake. So let’s get to Garfield Park. From the Marion Star Friday May 27, 1949 on the front page, we have this […]

City Playgrounds Battle for Supremacy, Science Days Winners

Today our sentimental journey is taking us to 1962 for a look at items that were not on the sports page. Our first story for today was found in the Star July 14, 1962. The headline said “Glenwood Playground Takes Weekly Award” and had this sub headline “City Turnout Hits 4,177.” Glenwood School playground, under […]

Edison Jr. Athletes are Entertained

Sentimental Journey Volume XVI, Issue 15A, April 16, 2014 Today we are taking up part two of last weeks column from Monday, November 1, 1948, about the Halloween parade. Remember, last week we finished with the first and second grade prize winners. Today, we begin with the third grade and go up from there. Third […]

20,000 Turned Out for 1948 Halloween Party

Sentimental Journey Volume XVI, Issue 14A, April 9, 2014 Today’s sentimental journey is taking us to 1948, the same year the Cleveland Indians won the World Series. Wouldn’t it be great if they could do it again? Our first item appeared in The Marion Star Monday November 1, 1948 with this headline. “HUGE CROWD SEES […]