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Union Strike at North Electric
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Anthony Apr 14, 2010.

 

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Don Wiggins commented on Mark J Blum's album
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Lowe Volk Park Monday morning stroll...

"Very nice images, Mark.  I left Ohio years ago and was wondering where in Leesville the Lowe-Volk Park is located.  I attended first and second grades at the old Leesville School before moving to Galion around 1952."
May 15, 2011
Don Wiggins replied to Anthony's discussion Pictures of the former Galion Schools
"I was there for third grade when it was South School and Wilma was principal. The next year we became next door neighbors to Wilma, her sister Murial and their uncle Ed on Harding Way West. Both houses were demolished years ago, sad to say."
Jan 8, 2011
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Jan 7, 2011
Don Wiggins replied to Anthony's discussion Anybody boycotting the BP station at the four corners ?
"It's a little bit like showing your opposition to illegal aliens by no longer eating Mexican food. It might make you feel better but you're only punishing the local guy who supports his family by managing the restaurant."
Jun 19, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to Patty Rice Groth's discussion Brown Publishing bankruptcy hidden on page 3 of May 1 edition
"Since I don't live in town, this is the first I've heard about it. But several years ago I worked for a company whose parent company also entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Same type deal as the Inquirer. Our company was making money and paid…"
May 2, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to IndridoG's discussion Secret Places in Galion
"Oops. Did I say I left there almost forty years ago? That should be almost fifty years ago. Hey, I said I had a lot of good memories. I didn't say they were all accurate."
Apr 27, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to IndridoG's discussion Secret Places in Galion
"I left Galion nearly forty years ago and I don't get to return as often as I'd like. But whenever I do make it back, I suppose my favorite places are the ones that were important to me back in the day. The library certainly qualifies…"
Apr 27, 2010
Anthony replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"Wow what chaos, I never heard any of this before. "
Apr 14, 2010
John Stickel replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"North Electric's office workers, draftsmen & engineers wanted to join the UAW (CIO) union. On August 20,1947,the strike began. The local problem was a test of the recently passed Taft-Hartley act designed to break unions. On Sept. 26th, 36…"
Apr 14, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"As I recall -- and I could be way off base here -- North Electric moved to Tennessee mainly to get away from the unions. That makes sense since many other companies left Ohio and other northern cities for the same reason. "
Apr 13, 2010
Anthony replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"Must have been for the Governor of Ohio to show up. I think the strike in the early 70's and all the destruction that happened may have led to the decision to split the company up into different parts throught the the country. "
Apr 13, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"Thanks, Anthony. It pretty much confirms what my folks told me years ago. It's a shame that The Inquirer doesn't have its archives digitized and on-line. I'm sure there'd be a lot more detail there. Maybe I'll sort through…"
Apr 13, 2010
Anthony replied to Don Wiggins's discussion Union Strike at North Electric
"1947 strike was well before my time. I do recall a violent strike in the early 1970's with North Electric. Their headquarter on South Market Street was in shambles with windows all busted out, employees cars attacked. A very bad scene…"
Apr 13, 2010
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Union Strike at North Electric

I remember my folks talking about the time when a labor union (I think it was the CIO) sent a group of protesters from Cleveland or somewhere in an attempt to get their union into the old North Electric plant.  I think it was around 1947.My father used to talk about rocks being thrown through the windows of the plant and that Galion cops stood and watched because they were outnumbered.I've looked around the internet and haven't found much about that event, but I'm wondering if anyone here has…See More
Apr 13, 2010
Don Wiggins commented on John Stickel's photo
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NORTH ELECTRIC SPECIAL

"I remember this car! They brought it to the back parking lot at the high school for us students to ooh and aah over. If I remember right, the driver said that the engine was a four-cylinder originally designed by Offenhauser, but the company had…"
Apr 12, 2010
Don Wiggins replied to Pauline Eaton's discussion A small world after all
"Several years ago I was on a relatively commuter aircraft, flying from Champaign, Illinois, to Nashville, Tennessee. I noticed that the woman sitting across the aisle from me was reading the same novel I was and we had a pleasant discussion about…"
Jun 25, 2009

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Joined the Air Force after graduating from GHS, served for 23 years and have lived in central Illinois since 1985. In the years since then I've worked in database design, computer systems management and environmental compliance auditing. I retired in 2004 and have been happily goofing off ever since.
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