City of Girard, Ohio







History Time-line

Contributed By 

 Phyllis Delbene, Michael Costarella, Jane Harris

Joe Costarella, Larry Williams.

Girard Historical Society




FORT DUQUESNE is built by the French, at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers, in what is now modern day Pittsburgh,


The French and Indian War erupts as a result of disputes over land in the Ohio River Valley. In May, George Washington leads a small group of American colonists to victory over the French, then builds Fort Necessity in the Ohio territory. In July, after being attacked by numerically superior French forces, Washington surrenders the fort and retreats.


Salt is being extracted by Pennsylvania settlers at the Salt Springs in Weathersfield Township. The Salt Springs are shown above. The springs are located south of the Mahoning River and approximately one mile west of Niles.


Lewis Evans publishes his "Historic Map of 1755". Marked on this map is the Salt Springs, of Weathersfield Township. This causes the springs and its salt licks to become a gathering spot for settlers.


In February, English General Edward Braddock arrives in Virginia with two regiments of English troops. Gen. Braddock assumes the post of commander in chief of all English forces in America. In April, Gen. Braddock and Lt. Col. George Washington set out with nearly 2000 men to battle the French in the Ohio territory. In July, a force of about 900 French and Indians defeat those English forces. Braddock is mortally wounded. Massachusetts Governor William Shirley then becomes the new commander in chief.


In November, the French abandon Fort Duquesne in the Ohio territory. Settlers then rush into the territory to establish homes.


The "French And Indian War" comes to an end.


To avoid wars with native American tribes, England declares the "Proclamation of 1763", which prohibits colonists from settling west of the Appalachian mountains. This region, north of the Ohio river is referred to as the Ohio Country.


A map is published which locates two Delaware tribe towns as "Salt Licktown" (Niles) and "Mohoningtown" (Newton Falls).


Virginiaís colonial governor, Lord Dunmore, sent an army into Indian Territory to stop Indian attacks on whites. His troops were ambushed and defeated along the Kentucky River. Dunmore then sent an army of 1,500 Virginia militiamen into the area. Shawnee Chief, Cornstalk, led a force of Shawnee, Mingo, Miami, Wyandot, Delaware and Ottawa warriors against the Virginians in the Battle of Point Pleasant. Both sides suffered heavy losses during the long fight, but as the day ended the Indians retreated. In the autumn, the whites and Indians met near Chillicothe for peace talks. There, Cornstalk signed a treaty promising that whites would not be attacked south of the Ohio River.


The United States of America declares its independence from Great Britain.


The treaty of 1774, signed at Chillicothe, was supposed to bring peace to the region, but Indians and whites continued to clash. As the fighting worsened, Cornstalk and a small group of Indians traveled to Point Pleasant. They wanted to discuss ways of keeping the peace. The colonials, now at war with Great Britain, were not interested in peace talks. Instead, they put Cornstalk and his party in jail and held them as hostages. They hoped that holding Cornstalk would keep the Shawnees from fighting for the British. On November 10, a small group of militiamen stormed the jail and murdered Cornstalk and his son in revenge for the death of a white man who was killed by other Indians. Thus ended the life of the great Shawnee warrior and chief, Cornstalk.


The Revolutionary War ends. The U.S.A. is victorious.


In an area around Salt Springs exist 4 cabins, often involved in "trouble". A store keeper from this area, working for Duncan & Wilson Traders, is murdered by Native Americans. Eventually these cabins are torn down to control the "trouble".


The Northwest Territory is formed. This territory contains what is now Ohio.


A proclamation is made declaring the existence of Washington County, Ohio. This county includes much of eastern Ohio ( including what is now Trumbull and Mahoning counties ) in its original dimensions.

April 1, 1788

Lachlan McIntosh commands an American army sent to the Ohio Country to defeat the Wyandot Indians, strong allies of the English. Also to attack the British garrison at Detroit.

April 7, 1788

The city of Marietta is first settled by 48 revolutionary war veterans. It becomes known the "gateway to the northwest".

December 1, 1788

Fort Laurens is completed along the Tuscarawas River (near modern-day Bolivar, Ohio). It was to serve three purposes: First, the Americans hoped to use it as a base to attack the British garrison at Detroit. Second, they hoped it would discourage natives loyal to the British from raiding American settlers in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. Finally, by offering protection to the neutral Christian Delawares, the Americans hoped to win them over to their side.


John Young arrives to settle his plot of land in the Western Reserve. Youngstown is established soon after.


A proclamation is made declaring the existence of Jefferson County, Ohio. The city of Steubenville becomes the county seat. The land contained within Jefferson county was previously part of Washington County, Ohio. ( What are today Mahoning and Trumbull counties are contained within Jefferson county land )


The Ohio Territory gains sufficient population (5,000) of males to initiate self-government. A 22-member territorial legislature was formed, of which five members were selected to serve as territorial council.


Liberty Township is first settled. Originally Girard is no more than a subdivision, located in the southwest corner of Liberty Township, known as "Great Lot #10". At the time this lot was one of the most valuable, one-mile square lots, in Liberty Township because it had the Mahoning River and the "State Road" (now U.S. #422) crossing through it.


Joseph McMahon and Richard Storer murdered Tuscarawa chief Captain George, and a Seneca known as Spotted John (John Winslow), at the Salt Springs. Storer left the area knowing he had acted in self-defense and was never arrested. McMahon was arrested then later tried and acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.

July 10, 1800

A proclamation is declared to establish Trumbull County as an independent county from its parent county, Jefferson. The new county's seat becomes the city of Warren, Ohio.


The first settlement, in what is now Girard, is by Hieronimus Eckman. Eckman, a gunsmith, purchases the upper third of the Great Lot #10 from his home in Lancaster County, PA and then moves here with his nine children to clear the land for a farm. He becomes one of the first gunsmiths in the Mahoning Valley.


Ohio becomes the 17th state of the United States Of America (U.S.A.). The first state capital is Chillicothe, in Ross County.


Francis Carlton moves from Warren to Girard. He purchases and settles the lower third of Great Lot #10.


The Village of Hubbard, Ohio is established.


Hieronimus Eckman petitions to have State Route #304 ( Churchill Rd. ) built.

ca 1804

William Moore purchases the middle portion of the Great Lot #10.


The U.S.A. suffers an economic depression brought on by the Embargo Act of 1807.


The Ohio legislature passed a bill that required every man of military age to annually present 100 squirrel pelts to township officials. Those who failed to comply were fined 3 cents for each scalp they were short. Those who turned in more scalps than required received a bonus of 2 cents per scalp. Large groups of hunters participated in squirrel roundups and hunts.


A proclamation is made declaring the existence of Portage County, Ohio. The new county's seat is the city of Ravenna, Ohio. The land within Portage County was previously contained within Trumbull County.


Commodore Perry's Lake Erie fleet begins construction at Presque Isle (modern-day Erie, Pennsylvania).

June 12, 1812

The U.S.A. declares war on Great Britian.


A great typhoid epidemic strikes America and Girard.


Francis Carlton dies in the typhoid epidemic.


William Moore dies in the typhoid epidemic. His property was sold to Daniel Reeser.


Henry and EveAnna Barnhisel purchase 318 acres of the Connecticut Western Reserve land in Liberty Township just north of Great Lot #10.

September 1, 1813

Commodore Perry's Lake Erie fleet sets sail to meet the British fleet at Put-in-bay.

September 10, 1813

The "Battle Of Lake Erie" takes place with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry victorious.


The British army burns the U.S. Library Of Congress.


The U.S. federal government enacts the Tariff of 1816 on all foreign import products. This causes many new factories and businesses to start up in Ohio.


The Orrin, Dunscom & Bristol Company is formed near the Salt Springs in Weathersfield Township. This company makes pottery, specializing in bedroom products widely used at this time.


Judge Ephraim Cutler writes a state law that provides free education in Ohio public education in Ohio funded by property tax.


David Tod begins practicing law.


Area Lutherans construct a log building for worship.


An Asiatic Cholera epidemic brought by English immigrants strikes the U.S.


A cholera epidemic strikes Columbus, Ohio.


Neighboring Warren, Ohio is given a village status by the Ohio State Legislature.


Construction on the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal begins.


Girard gets it first post office and becomes identifiable as a village.


The Lutheran's log house of worship is replaced by a more sturdy structure, The Salems Lutheran Church of Girard and Vicinity, on ground given by Henry Barnhisel.


Town plat laid out by David Tod of Youngstown, believed to be named in honor of Stephen Girard.


Cholera epidemic kills workers of the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal between April 30th and September 15th. Work on the canal is halted.


"The Panic of 1837" spreads throughout America, Ohio, and Girard.


Victoria becomes the Queen Of England.


Work continues on the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal.


The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal reached Girard and the dam was rebuilt into its present form.


Construction on the Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal is completed.


Construction of a flour mill begins on the western side of the Mahoning River by Abner Osborn. This mill is shown above.


On land previously owned by his father, Henry and Susan (Townsend) Barnhisel Jr. build a Greek Revival mansion facing the State Road.


A Yellow Fever epidemic strikes the U.S.


Jesse Baldwin partners with Abner Osborne to expand the mill and a create a store in Girard.


The Girard Rolling Mills, located on the Mahoning River and shown above, are completed and become operational.


The efforts of a group led by Rev. Dillon Prosser laid the foundation of a Methodist Episcopal Church in Girard. They worshiped in an 1800 log schoolhouse on land owned by Peter Carlton. This log structure was located on State St. between Morris and Second streets.

June 4, 1843

Heavy rains cause the Mahoning River Valley to flood.


David Tod returns home and opens the Brier Hill Coal Mine. Tod has interests in mines in Girard as well. He is also instrumental in introducing local coal into the Cleveland and lake markets by way of the Pennsylvania Canal.


Approximate date that a covered bridge was built over the Mahoning River at the base of Liberty Street.


The Pennsylvania Railroad is established.


An influenza epidemic strikes the world.


A cholera epidemic strikes North America.


A Yellow Fever epidemic strikes the U.S.

March 10, 1851

The Ohio Constitution is ratified.

September 9, 1851

Six children of James and Mary Ann Nelson, of Liberty Township, have died of dysentery since August 25th.

October 30, 1852

A 32x42 Quaker style Methodist Episcopal Church building on the northwest corner of Main and High streets is completed. The Total cost is $680.00.

September 27, 1853

John McConnell, age 75, dies. Believed to be the first settler of Weathersfield Township.

August 29, 1855

The son of James Anderson is crushed by a canal lock while swimming, the boy was about 10 years old.


The village tannery is purchased by Frederick Krehl from Elmadorus Crandon.

December 3, 1858

Mrs. Nancy Tibbitts, age 78, of Weathersfield dies as a result of injuries sustained when thrown from a buggy nine months ago.


David Tod becomes the president of the Cleveland & Mahoning Railroad.

August 1, 1859

Sixteen year old, William Frack, is injured in a Girard blacksmith's shop accident and later dies.


Girardís population is now approaching 500 citizens.


A Smallpox epidemic strikes Pennsylvania.

August 22, 1860

Polly (Lanterman) Rush, of Liberty Township, age 55, and w/o Abner, died of cancer leaving 3 sons and 3 daughters.

November 15, 1860

Son of Benjamin Williams, aged 7-9, is killed near Girard when hit by a railroad car at the Morris coal chute.


David Tod elected Governor of Ohio.

March 12, 1861

School directors: J.C. Allison, Abner Osborne, Henry Barnhishel and a citizens committee: William Johnson, Edward Ray, Martin Houston, Abner Rush, and H.P. Gilbert meet to discuss the construction of the Union School.

March 12, 1861

David Tod donates an acre of land known as Jefferson Square. This land is bounded by Kline St. to the north, Market St. to the east, Main St. to the south and High St to the West.

April 12, 1861

South Carolina's Fort Sumter is fired upon by the Confederacy. The civil war begins.

July 24, 1861

- The Union School house is constructed on Jefferson Square. This is the village's first brick building.

December 12, 1861

John Walters, of Girard, dies of burns sustained two weeks earlier when a barrel of oil exploded.

January 1, 1862

David Tod becomes Governor of Ohio.

July 10, 1862

Daniel Walters of Girard dies of sunstroke while pitching hay at William Reichard's.



July 24, 1864

James Ward, of James Ward & Company, iron makers, is assassinated while on a visit to the Elizabeth Furnace on Mosquito Creek after attending church. - Mining by the Church Hill Coal Company at Quadrangle 1 of the Church Hill Mine begins in Girard. - David Tod leaves office of the Governor of Ohio. - President Abraham Lincoln sends a telegram, via switching engine to Brier Hill, offering David Tod the position of Secretary Of The U.S. Treasury. Tod respectfully refuses the offer.

May 22, 1865

A son, Thomas Gordon, is born to William & Sara I. (Porter) Blackstone in Lackawanna Twp., Mercer Co., Penna.

February 1866

Ice causes flooding in the Mahoning River Valley. - Girard's Iron Industry begins with the construction of the Girard Iron Company. This company is a venture partnership of David Tod, William Ward, William Richards, and Joseph G. Butler Jr.


The Girard Iron Company plant becomes operational. - Mining begins and ends by Tod, Stambaugh & Company (later changing name to the Brier Hill Coal Company) at the Kline Mine located at Great Lot #8 in Girard.


Louis Hauser becomes a partner in The Krehl tannery. The tannery is enlarged and shown above.


Governor David Tod dies during a stroke of apoplexy.

October 21, 1868

The first Roman Catholic service is held in the home of John Kinney. This mass was read by Reverand Bernard B. Kelley, of Niles, Ohio.


St. Ann's Church is established to serve Catholics in Brier Hill, Mineral Ridge and Girard who had been members of St. Columbia Parish. The second Catholic parish in Youngstown, it first builds a small wooden framed church on Calvin St., close to Federal Street.


David Tod, grandson to governor David Tod, is born in Girard. This David Tod is the son of William and Francis (Barnheisel) Tod.


A photograph of the Tod Mansion on Federal Square, taken in this year, is shown above.


The Disciple Church is built in a delicate Gothic style. The church, located at the corner of State and Basin streets, is shown above. The congregation owns a plot of land at the corner of Broadway and Stewart avenues to be used for a future church site.


The Corns Iron Company rolling mill is constructed in Girard.


The Girard Savings Bank is organized, it is a pioneer institution of its kind in Girard. The Ashtabula, Youngstown and Pittsburgh Rail Road Company completes a 58.03 mile line from Ashtabula Harbor to Girard, via the City Of Niles. Girard is now linked via railroad to Lake Erie shipping trade.


Mining resumes by the Brier Hill Coal Company at the Kline Mine located at Great Lot #8 in Girard.


The Pennsylvania and Ohio Canal is officially closed.

April 30, 1877

A charter is obtained under the code of the State of Ohio, for the Youngstown and Pittsburgh Railroad Company. This was for the portion of the road in Ohio.


Girard Fire Department organizes and purchases a hand engine for $760. (The first fire station was located on E. Main in the area behind the Sanders and Jenkins Building in ????.)

January 5, 1878

The Youngstown and Pittsburgh Railroad Company is consolidated with the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company.


The first class graduates in Girard. The class is comprised of four student named Louise M. Hauser, Kit B. McGlathery, Ella Bowman, and Charles J. Allison.

February 10, 1879

The entire Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad opens.

January 18, 1880

The new Gothic style First Methodist Episcopal Church at the corner of Main and Market streets is dedicated under the leadership of Rev. J. H. Starrett.


Frederick Krehlís Queen Anne style family home is built at State and Basin (now Broadway) streets.

February 10, 1881

Ice, combined with nearly 40 hours of rain, causes flooding in the Mahoning River Valley.

February 12, 1881

The main street bridge in Niles collapses.


A one-day hunt near Columbus resulted in 19,660 squirrels being killed. A day-and-a-half-long hunt in the same year in two Licking County townships netted 3,800 squirrels.


Mining resumes by the Tod Iron Company, after changing hands, at the Kline Mine located at Great Lot #8 in Girard. - Mathew Ramsey, 118th IL, born in 1822 dies and is buried in Girard-Liberty Union Cemetery


A steel bridge is built over the Mahoning River (picture above)


A typhoid epidemic strikes Plymouth, Pennsylvania.


Mining ends by the Tod Iron Company at the Kline Mine located at Great Lot #8 in Girard.


Mining at Quadrangle 1 of the Church Hill Mine ends.


The William and W.H. Johnson Tinware and Sheet Iron Company moves to Girard.


Girard's new high school is built on the SE corner of Wilson and State streets. Wilson Avenue School will eventually be used as an elementary building housing grades 1-3.


Second view of Girard High at Wilson & State.

May 8, 1887

Grace Krehl, d/o J.C. Krehl and mother of Fred Vogel, is the last child baptized in Salems Lutheran Church


The Youngstown Foundry & Machine Company is organized. It was originally the Wallis Foundry Company and operated a plant in Girard. The principal owners are William J. Wallis and F.A. Williams.


Harry Sechler starts the first newspaper called the "Girard Grit".


The population of Girard reaches more than 1,000 citizens.


William J. Wallis and F.A. Williams purchase the Girard Stove Works and secure a charter under the name of the Girard Stove and Foundry Company.

September 1, 1890

Catholic Diocese receive a clear deed to the lot purchased from the Ward estate.


The Village of Girard is granted a charter by the state of Ohio and holds its first municipal elections


The previously abandoned Union School becomes the first village or "town" hall, shown below. The second floor is used as the public library.




The Lotze Building, shown above, on West Liberty St. is constructed. It is owned by George Lotze & Sons, and its second floor houses the Girard Opera House. (This building is destroyed by fire in 1972)


Construction begins on the future St. Rose Church, located on the corner of State and Main streets.

September 21, 1891

Girard becomes an incorporated municipality known as the Village Of Girard, Ohio


Ambrose Eckman takes the office of the 1st Mayor of Girard. His photograph is shown above.


Salem(s) Lutheran Church abandoned.


A survey indicates that 3 million tons of pig iron are produced in the Mahoning Valley this throughout this year.

May 15, 1892

The St. Rose Church, shown above, is dedicated. James J. Stewart is the first pastor.

July 16, 1892

The Strike at Homestead Pennsylvania at Carnegie steel occurs. The Pennsylvania militia is called in before it is over.


U.S. suffers an economic depression.


The St. Ann's parish builds a new brick church at Federal and Superior. The construction proceeds slowly due to the economic depression. When the parish is finally able to use part of the new parish, the old one is turned over to the new St. Anthony parish, established to serve the Italian Catholics. Completed, with a high spire, St. Ann's stood at one of the high points in West Federal and becomes a landmark. The inside of this church is shown below.



May 8, 1893

The First National Bank of Girard opens for business. The bank has $50,000 in capital and resources of $80,000. The Bank President is A. W. Kennedy. The Vice President is state senator John J. Sullivan.

July 21, 1893

The cornerstone is laid for the new Trinity Lutheran Church on West Main St.


Something happens with The Krehl Tannery?.


Steel production begins in the Mahoning Valley. The Ohio Steel Company, located in Youngstown, pours its first load of steel. This plant is located on 171 acres of the Hawkins farm, west of the Mahoning River. This is at the future site of the Ohio Works of the Carnegie Steel Company.


A trolley service running along State St. opens in Girard. This trolley system ties into trolly systems of Niles, Warren, and Youngstown.


The Avon Oaks (Squaw Creek) Amusement Park is constructed. The park has entertainment and amusement facilities, including a zoo, swimming area, and a roller coaster.








Gomer Jones establishes a general store in Girard, formerly owned by A. E. Hartzell (is this Aaron E. Hartzell?)

April 10, 1896

Kennard Shoe Co. locates its plant in Girard.


William McKinley is elected as the 25th U.S. President.


Ambrose Eckman leaves the office of the 1st Mayor of Girard.


Emmett D. Crum, above, takes office as the 2nd Mayor of Girard.


Fifty residents of Youngstown form the Mahoning Country Club. It has 55 acres of land, on the upper north side, with a 9-hole golf course.


William J. Zeller and John H. Chryst purchase the Girard mills.


Government reports indicate more immigrants to the United States come from Italy than from any other nation.


Idora Park is constructed in Youngstown by a street car company.


The Ohio Leatherworks is established.


Abandoned Salem(s) Lutheran Church building sold to Henry Stull for $100, and moved to his farm on Shannon Rd. (Razed in 1934.)

September 1, 1901

William McKinley is shot at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition by a deranged anarchist

September 9, 1901

William McKinley dies


The Salt Springs are covered over by railroad fill from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company.


The Krehl Tannery burns and the factory building is completely destroyed. Losses are sustained of $250,000.


The North Avenue School designed by the well-known Youngstown architect, Charles H. Owsley.. in a Beaux-Arts style with classic details. - James J. McFarland, at twenty years of age, was appointed cashier at First National Bank Of Girard - The Girard Stove and Foundry Works moves to the city of Youngstown - Emmett D. Crum leaves the office of the 2nd Mayor of Girard.


Thomas Gordon Blackstone, shown above, takes office as the 3rd Mayor of Girard.




Construction of North Avenue School.



January 13, 1906

The Pittsburgh, Youngstown & Ashtabula is incorporated under the general laws of Ohio and Pennsylvania, through filing, in Ohio. - The North Ave. School is completed.


The Pugh & Howells Building is constructed at 114 W. Liberty St. -- The Hartzell Brothers Building is constructed at 118 W. Liberty St. -- Thomas Gordon Blackstone opens Blackstone's Funeral Home, shown above.

June 20, 1907

Much of Girard Village was swept away by $75,000 fire. The fire nearly wiped out the business portion of the village from Liberty street and spreading from Market to High street. Nine businesses, one home, and two barns were burned.


David Tod, grandson of Ohio governor David Tod, is elected to the Ohio State Senate


A view of Girard, looking south along the state road from the St. Rose Church tower, is shown above. The Wilson Avenue School tower can be seen in the distance.


The Stanley Works opens an operation in Girard, producing rough steel washers - The Pennohio Lumber company is founded in Girard


David Tod, grandson to Governor David Tod, takes office in the Ohio State Senate.


The above picture looks southeast from the tower of the Girard Town Hall at Jefferson Square. The spires of the Lutheran and St. Rose churches are seen at the skyline just left of center

July 5, 1909

Girardís 4th of July Celebration. Chairman Roy H. Green, Secretary Arthur E. Jones, and Treasurer Charles Norling. Merchants and Mechanicsí Fantastic Darktown Fire Brigade forms at Public Square for a 9:30 a.m. parade to kick off the dayís festivities. Fireworks at 10 p.m. - The Mahoning Country Club, of the upper northside of Youngstown, purchases 131 acres of land in Liberty Township for its future location. - Thomas Gordon Blackstone leaves the office of the 3rd Mayor of Girard.


Boyscouts of America is formed


William W. Wilson takes the office of the 4th Mayor of Girard. His photograph is shown above.


John G. Eckman organizes the Eckman Coal Company. It is a supplier of coal, ice, and building supplies. - St. Rose Church pastor, Reverend James J. Stewart is succeeded by Reverend E. A. Kirby D.D.


A picture of the "Pittsburgh Flyer" train, shown above, is taken by moonlight from the west side of the Mahoning River. This picture is published on a postcard by E.H. Lotze Company of Girard, Ohio.

March 1, 1910

Great blocks of ice in the Mahoning River cause it to overflow its banks.


William W. Wilson leaves office of the 4th Mayor of Girard. - The Trumbull Banking Company is formed. This is a state bank. This bank is an outgrowth of the Girard Savings And Banking Company. - The Trumbull Savings and Loan Company is formed. This bank is an independent outgrowth of the Girard Savings And Banking Company. - The Girard Weekly Journal is goes out of business.


Thomas Gordon Blackstone takes the office of the 5th Mayor of Girard.


The First National Bank remodels its building on W. Liberty St. - David Tod, grandson to Governor David Tod, leaves office of Ohio State Senate.


The Summit School is built on W. Liberty St. in Weathersfield Township.


The Community Mausoleum was erected in the Liberty Union Cemetery by the American Mausoleum Co., an Ohio corporation.


The St. Rose School, shown above, is built on E. Main St. by the Roman Catholic parish.

March 1913

Record breaking flood hits Ohio and Mahoning Valley. Squaw Creek massively floods and the Avon Oaks Amusement Park is mostly destroyed.

June 1, 1913

Over one-half million Italians leave Italy in the first six months of this year.


The Great War (World War I) begins in the Balkans - The William Tod 34" x 68" x 60" cross compound stationary steam engine is manufactured in 1914 in Youngstown, Ohio to power a six stand, 24" merchant mill for the Brier Hill Steel Company. It weighs 300 tons, has overall dimensions of 27' x 47', is equipped with a 20' diameter flywheel and produced a maximum of 4,000 hp at 75 rpm. It is claimed to be the largest engine of its type still in existence in the U.S. and quite possibly the world.


The Pugh Building is constructed on the northeast corner of Liberty & State Sts., and the King Building is constructed on the southeast corner.


John Jacob Hake becomes a local salesman for Buick Automobiles.


Thomas Gordon Blackstone leaves the office of the 5th Mayor of Girard.

May 23, 1915

Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.

October 9, 1915

Lawrence P. Clark, a telegraph operator for the PRR Company, was run down and instantly killed at the Avon tower opposite Avon park, Girard, Ohio when he had run out on the track to hand orders to the train crew.


Edward H. Vaughn, shown above, takes the office of the 6th Mayor of Girard.


William J. Zeller becomes sole owner of the Girard Mills - A strike occurs at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company that results in the Ohio National Guard being called in to settle the rioting. The workers accept a 22cents per hour wage. The result is a trend of corporate community contributions which create parks, baseball teams, and community centers. - Child Labor Act passed, setting a national minimum age of 14 in industries producing nonagricultural goods for interstate commerce or for export - Keating-Owen Act passed, forbidding the transportation among states of products of factories, shops, or canneries employing children under 14 years of age, of mines employing children under 16 years of age, and the products of any of these employing children under 16 who worked at night or more than eight hours a day. - Antidumping Act passed. - Federal Farm Loan Act passed, providing low interest credit to farmers

September 1916

Adamson Act passed. This act limits railroad workers to an eight-hour day ad mandates time and a half pay for overtime for railroad workers

November 1916

Woodrow Wilson defeats Republican Charles Evans Hughes to win a second term as President.


Joseph H. Hake, father of John Jacob Hake, was killed on the railroad crossing in Girard


Peter Ragusky, resident of Girard, serves in Battery "E" of the 322nd Field Artillery unit in the U.S. Army. - The L. Deutch Building is constructed at 201 W. Liberty St. ( next to the viaduct/bridge ) - The "Slovenian Dome" building is constructed on N. State St. - Edward H. Vaughn leaves the office of the 6th Mayor of Girard.

April 6, 1917

US Congress declares war against Germany.

May 18, 1917

Selective Service Act passed by the US Congress.

December 17, 1917

U.S.A. declares war on Austria


Thomas Gordon Blackstone takes the office of the 7th Mayor of Girard. - The "Great Flu of 1918" strikes Girard and the entire world.


The Trumbull Banking Company, located on E. Liberty St., is formed as a result of the combining of The Trumbull Savings and Loan and the Trumbull Banking Company.

November 11, 1918

A general armistice is signed and The Great War (World War I) comes to an end


Gerard C. Chirichigno marries Miss Angelina Parillo of Girard. Chirichigno was the sales manager for the Youngstown Wire and Iron Company. - Jonas Earle King M.D. relocated his medical practice to Girard. - Alonzo G. Sharp founds and manages A.G. Sharp Lumber in Youngstown, Ohio. Located at the old Dingledy plant. - A five acre site is purchased for the construction of a new high school. - The First National Bank of Girard purchases 41 feet on W. Liberty St. to accommodate its growth. The bank is now valued at $1,210,000. The growth is %110 in 15 years.


Tod Woods School, shown above, is constructed on Trumbull Ave.


Ed L. Hauser is elected secretary of Ohio post-masters association.

January 16, 1919

The 18th Amendment is ratified by the US Congress declaring "prohibition".

May 5, 1919

State and county official raid the Slovenian home on North Sate Street. Operators of the establishment are placed under arrest for alledged illegal selling of liquor. The home has been suspected of operating a speak-easy for several months. A truck load of alcohol is confiscated.

May 5, 1919

Frederick Everhart, 75 and a veteran of the civil war, dies. He was the father-in-law of Mayor Thomas G. Blackstone.

May 14, 1919

Senator David Tod, grandson of Governor David Tod, dies.

August 18, 1919

The 19th Amendment is ratified by the US Congress declaring the right for women citizens to vote in political elections.

September 16, 1919

The US Congress Charters The American Legion.

September 25, 1919

The Girard Home Savings And Loan Company is open for business in the Dennison Building at corner of State and Liberty St.


A photograph is taken of Frederick Krehl, shown above.


Construction on the Girard Lower Lake Dam is completed - Ed L. Hauser is elected secretary of Ohio post-masters association.

January 31, 1920

US economic expansion peaks; a severe recession begins.

August 18, 1920

The 19th Amendment is ratified by the US Congress declaring the right for women citizens to vote in political elections.


The first city officers are elected.


The Girard Free Library is established.


The C.J. Jones Building is constructed on S. State St. ( Tropitan is there now ) - The First National Bank of Girard has the following officers: President F. W. Stillwagon, Vice President(s): J.C. Krehl and E.L. Hauser. - The Williams Building is constructed at 36 S. State St. - Thomas Gordon Blackstone leaves the office of the 7th Mayor of Girard

May 19, 1921

Emergency Quota Act is passed by US Congress, establishing national quotas for immigrants.

July 14, 1921

Immigrant anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are convicted of murder.

July 30, 1921

US economic contraction ends. An economic recovery begins.

November 1, 1921

The Village of Girard, Ohio becomes the City of Girard, Ohio.


William D. Cunningham, shown below, takes the office of the 8th Mayor of Girard


The Morgan Building, shown above, is constructed on the north east corner or State and Prospect St. (picture above)

March 30, 1922

Jacob Charles "JC" Krehl, eldest son of Frederick Krehl, dies

October 28, 1922

Benito Mussolini leads the Fascist-based "March On Rome". Mussolini assumes control of Italy.


A new Girard High School, shown above, is constructed on Ward Avenue.

May 30, 1923

US economic expansion peaks and an economic recession begins.

October 12, 1923

Frederick Krehl dies.

February 3, 1924

Woodrow Wilson dies.

May 1924

Thomas Gordon Blackstone dies.

May 26, 1924

Johnson-Reed Act is passed by the US Senate, severely limiting US immigration.

November 1, 1924

A riot occurs in Niles, OH that is the result of two opposing social groups; "The Ohio Knights of the Ku Klux Klan" and a group formed in oppostion, "The Knights of the Flaming Circle". "The Knights of the Flaming Circle" is composed of mostly immigrants who oppose the reoccurring actions and political control of the "Ku Klux Klan". Many local government officials are openly members of the "Klan". The state and local governments fail to respond to the situation and federal troops intervene.


Ambrose Eckman dies. -- The first Scout troops in the Girard area are started with Troop 41 and 42


Liberty Memorial Park is created by the Girard Parks Commission -- The entire Route 16 is certified and renamed to Route 422 .


William D. Cunningham leaves the office of the 8th Mayor of Girard. -- The Girard News, weekly newspaper, is founded.

July 17, 1927

The last worship service in the First Methodist Episcopal Church is given prior to its building being torn down to make way for a new building.

October 1, 1927

A scout cabin erected for troops 41 and 42 with permission of the mayor and the parks commission

December 1, 1927

The new Carlton-Vaughn building at 20 & 22 S. State is ready for occupancy.

December 8, 1927

The Girard Merchantile Bldg., above, at W. Liberty and High Sts. was completely destroyed in one of the city's worst conflagrations. The fire caused near $100,000 damage and threatened the entire business secion.


David J. Rees, shown above, takes the office of the 9th Mayor of Girard.


The Girard Viaduct, shown above, is constructed.


A small corner store is constructed at the western corner of Prospect and Lawrence streets. Its address is 228 E. Prospect St.


Arrowhead stadium, shown above, is constructed at Highland Ave. and Second St.

October 24, 1928

"Black Thursday," Stock Market crashes.

December 24, 1930

Melvin Christopher Triplett is born in Indianola, Mississippi, the second of 12 children. He will move to Girard and excel at sports at Girard High School.

January 19, 1931

Hoover's Wickersham Commission reports that enforcement of Prohibition has become almost impossible.

March 31, 1931

Davis-Bacon Act becomes law, requiring "prevailing" (union) wages to be paid on federal construction contracts.

August 19, 1931

Wednesday opening of the new Liberty Memorial Park Swimming Pool celebrated with a town picnic. Girard's downtown stores closed at noon so everyone could attend the picnic.

October 17, 1931

Mobster, Al Capone, is convicted of income tax evasion and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

June 6, 1932

Revenue Act of 1932 passed by US Congress. Raises top tax rates from 25% to 63% and reduces personal exemptions from $1,500 to $1,000 for single persons and reduces personal exemptions from $3,500 to $2,500 for married couples.


David J. Rees leaves the office of the 9th Mayor of Girard. -- State Route 304 is certified.

December 5, 1933

21st Amendment ratified (repeals 18th amendment, ending alcohol prohibition).


John J. Cronin, shown above, takes the office of the 10th Mayor of Girard.

August 2, 1935

The Youngstown Telegraph newspaper reports that Girard receives a public works loan and grant amounting to $27,272 for the construction of a new city hall.


The "West Nile Virus" is identified in Uganda, Africa. -- "The Little Steel Strike of 1937" occurs in Youngstown.


A U.S. Post Office is constructed at the southeastern corner of Market and Main streets.

June 25, 1937

Heavy rainfall causes the Mahoning River Valley to flood.


The Girard Town Hall (formerly Union School) is torn down on Jefferson Square and replaced by the Girard Municipal Building, shown above.


The Zeller feed and flour mill, located on W. Main St., is abandoned.


A. M. Byers Steel Company (formerly the Girard Iron Company) closes, leaving behind an 80-acre plot located east of the Mahoning River and west of State St. -- Mobster, Al Capone, is released from prison. --John J. Cronin leaves the office of the 10th Mayor of Girard.


Alex Whitford, shown above, takes the office of the 11th Mayor of Girard.


The Trinity Lutheran Church, located on West Main St. and shown above, is remodeled.

July 1940

Trinity Lutheran Church celebrates 15th Anniversary of Pastor Sinnerís ordination.

November 1940

The 102 year old Girard House was torn down to be replaced by a gas station. It was on the SW corner of State and Broadway and once served as a stagecoach stop. Workers say its construction was amazingly well done.

December 7, 1941

War planes from the Japanese Navy launch a suprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Eighteen ships are sunk or damaged, and around 2400 Americans lose their lives. The Japanese suffer minimal casualties.

December 11, 1941

Germany and Italy declare war on the United States.

February 19, 1942

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs executive order #9066 which orders the internment of all (110,000) Japanese-Americans living within 48 states.


The B-25 Mitchell Bomber purchased by the people of Girard is now in action. The $175,000 needed to purchase the bomber was raised over the summer in a drive sponsered by The Girard Businessmen's Association, headed by Don Welty.

August 1943

A flash flood strikes the Ohio River Valley, including Trumbull County.

September 24, 1943

A fire thought to be caused by boys playing with matches, razes the 103 year old Zeller feed and flour mill on W. Main St. It had been abandoned in 1938 and has stood for over a century as a familiar landmark.


Alex Whitford leaves the office of the 11th Mayor of Girard.


Clyde U. Helman, shown above, takes the office of the 12th Mayor of Girard.


The Syro Steel Company is founded at 1170 N. State St.

December 31, 1946

End of World War II


An F4 Tornado strikes the region. Forming in the Silver Lake region north of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the first tornado ever to hit Sharon cut a 75-mile swath of destruction through eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania before blowing itself out near Mercer Saturday afternoon [June 7, 1947]. After missing Kent and Ravenna, Ohio, the storm raked the Ravenna Ordnance plant, then moved to the DeForest area between Niles and Warren, leveling houses and injuring scores of persons. Next in its path were Smith-Stewart Road, Niles-Vienna Road and Belmont Avenue Extension (Route 90), all in Ohio. Three persons were killed in the last-named area. The storm then crossed into Pennsylvania and swooped into Sharon, where it killed two persons, injured scores of others and damaged many homes and business places. The path of this tornado is shown below.


Joseph Standohar joins the Girard Police Force.


Boy Scout Troop 40 of St. Rose Church is formed.

June 25, 1950

South Korea declares war on North Korea.

November 6, 1950

Edward Eugene Rowland, a corporal in the U.S. Marines and resident of Girard is killed in action.


Clyde U. Helman leaves the office of the 12th Mayor of Girard.

March 30, 1951

Elvin Baker Shields, a seargent in the U.S. Marines and resident of Girard, dies of wounds.

June 9, 1951

Jack Holly Hederstrom, a captain in the U.S. Air Force and resident of Girard dies while missing.


Joseph Catone, shown above, takes the office of the 13th Mayor of Girard.

January 1952

The Mahoning River Valley floods.

June 30, 1952

Walter Everett Pittman, a captian in the U.S. Air Force and resident of Girard dies while missing.


The Girard Sesquicentennial is celebrated.


The Trinity Lutheran Church building on West Main is sold to Mr. Charles Zitnik for $17,500, to be razed for downtown parking space.


A new Trinity Lutheran Church, shown above, is constructed at E. Liberty and Stewart Streets.


The Acerra Brothers Building is constructed on the southwest corner of State and Liberty streets.

June 1, 1953

The U.S. unemployment rate reaches a low of 2.5 percent.

July 27, 1953

The United States, North Korea and China sign an armistice, which ends the war but fails to bring about a permanent peace. This marks the end of U.S. military involvement in the conflict.

August 21, 1953

WYTV Channel 33 begins broadcasting in Youngstown, Ohio.

October 4, 1953

Wm. J. Zeller, 80, dies. He was a life long resident of Girard and the owner of the Zeller & Son feed mill until his retirement in 1945.

May 1954

The Zeller feed store at 132 W. Wilson Ave. closes. The Zeller family has been in the feed business since 1872, and at this location since 1928.

May 2, 1954

The First Evangelical Lutheran Lutheran Trinity Church is dedicated. It is located at 78 E. Liberty St. Philip J. Sinner, Pastor.

May 25, 1954

Girard offices of Union Distributing Co, partially owned by Anthony B. Flask are bombed.

January 31, 1955

End of Korean War

December 8, 1955

Service Director "Butch" Rees announced today (Thurs.) that the selection will be made Saturday for the engineering firm to begin a survey for the water pipeline to connect with Niles. It is intended that Girard will purchase water from Niles but buying it from Warren is a remote possibility.


The New York Football Giants, with Girard High School alumnus Mel Triplett as starting fullback, win the National Football League championship.

September 5, 1956

The City of Girard conducts its homecoming parade.

September 4, 1957

The City of Girard conducts its homecoming parade.


Tod Woods Elementary School constructs a new addition.

April 11, 1958

A "Holdup" occurs at City S&L in Girard.

August 27, 1958

The City of Girard conducts its homecoming parade.


The City of Youngstown, Ohio buys the West Federal St. property, containing the St. Ann's Church, for redevelopment. The old church is torn down. -- Floods strike the Mahoning Valley. -- Joseph Catone leaves the office of the 13th Mayor of Girard.


John D. DePietro, shown above, takes the office of the 14th Mayor of Girard.


Parks commission is ended and Liberty Park falls under jurisdiction of the City Recreation Department.


The Girard High School constructs a new Gymnasium addition.

April 9, 1960

The Hubbard Blast Furnace is shut down.

October 9, 1960

Senator John F. Kennedy, shown above, campaigns for the U.S. presidency in Girard at the corner of Wilson and State streets.

November 15, 1960

The Crown Cigar Store, located in Girard, is bombed.

February 28, 1961

Start of the Vietnam War.

April 6, 1961

WKBN does a story concerning highway construction in Girard.

June 30, 1961

A "Hold-up" occurs at a bank in Girard.


Phillip A. Cretella, shown below, takes the office of the 15th Mayor of Girard.

February 9, 1962

WKBN reports that a family is evicted from home in Girard - Ralph Gilbert.

June 6, 1962

Girard police catch arsonist from Youngstown. The fugitive is arraigned in Municipal Court.

September 19, 1963

Three condemned buildings in the 200 block of W. Liberty St. burn in the worst fire in Girard's history. 12 area fire departments battled the blaze and 17 firefighters were later treated at Northside Hospital for heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.

September 19, 1963

Wilsons Wayside Furniture Store gutted by fire near Girard.

September 27, 1963

A new, $1,750,000, waste water treatment plant is dedicated in Girard.


A double-bay addition to the fire station is constructed adjacently north of the original Liberty St. fire station.

July 28, 1964

Severe storm hits Girard. Streets and sewer plant are flooded.

February 15, 1965

A broken phone line, which crosses Mahoning River in Girard, is recovered.

September 13, 1965

Parents & Kids in Girard picket on Rt. 422 regarding "School Bus Issue".


A Two story annex is added to the Boy Scout cabin in Liberty Park by the area Kiwanis for the Boy Scouts and the city.


The top floor of the origninal section of the Liberty St. fire station is removed and the exterior is refaced. The section is now used for office and living quarters.


Phillip A. Cretella leaves the office of the 15th Mayor of Girard.

February 9, 1967

Bank Robbery at Girard Federal Savings and Loan. A fugitive walked into the bank and demanded money. He was last seen heading towards the railroad tracks.

March 14, 1967

WKBN reports on a Girard municipal employees wages, settlement.

May 25, 1967

U.S. Marines PFC Joseph A. Siciliano Jr., age 20 and resident of Girard, is killed in military action in Quang Tri Prov., S. Viet Nam.

July 13, 1967

WKBN announces a Public Hearing by Highway Department in Girard.


Joseph Masternick, shown above, takes the office of the 16th Mayor of Girard.

July 18, 1968

U.S. Army SSGT Ronald Carl Ross, age 29 and resident of Girard, killed in military action in S. Viet Nam.

September 23, 1968

Citizens object to I-80 construction at a city council meeting. The citizens are concerned about the construction at St. Clair Ave.


The Girard Free Library constructs a new addition.


State Route 11 is complete from Canfield to Austintown.


The Eastwood Mall is constructed in Niles, Ohio. -- The Girard News, weekly newspaper, goes out of circulation.

August 21, 1969

U.S. Army PFC Robert Arthur Jones, age 20 and resident of Girard, killed in military action in S. Viet Nam.


The interior of the scout cabin annex is finished and a kitchen with utilities is added by the city of Girard.


State Route 11 5 miles north of East Liverpool to West Point, Austintown to route 80, and route 307 to route 531 complete.

May 11, 1970

U.S. Army PFC James Ward Charlesworth Jr., age 20 and resident of Girard, is killed in military action in Cambodia.

October 1, 1970

The Ohio Leatherworks closes.

March 3, 1971

Paul Anthony Sgambati, of Girard, dies at the age of 21 while serving his country in the Vietnam War.


The entire State Route 11 is completed.

May 18, 1972

The old three-story Lotze Building was destroyed by a spectacular fire that began right after a local man and his companion were in the structure "looking for junk." The men had reportedly been drinking and admitted to lighting matches and smoking during the time they were there.

June 20, 1972

The demolition of the fire damaged Lotze Building begins.


The Girard Free Library is moved from the municipal building on Jefferson Square to a new building on the southeast corner of Prospect and North avenues.


Joseph Masternick leaves the office of the 16th Mayor of Girard.

May 7, 1975

End of Vietnam War.


Nick J. "Tiny" D'Eramo Jr. takes the office of the 17th Mayor of Girard.

August 16, 1976

USA Bicentennial Festival celebrated.


The Girard Municipal Building is remodeled. -- Consentino (medical office) Building is constructed. -- The Girard Free Library constructs a new addition.

January 28, 1977

Snow begins to fall from a blizzard that strikes eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and western New York. Nineteen counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio were involved in the snow emergency that prompted a visit from then-President Jimmy Carter in Pittsburgh.

February 9, 1977

Snow emergency ends.

January 26, 1978

A severe blizzard strikes the Mahoning Valley along with the rest of Ohio. 35 people are killed by this storm before it is over. - The hit movie, "The Deer Hunter" is filmed in Youngstown, Ohio.


The Brier Hill Works of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company closes. -- Paul Nick Kardulias, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, is crew chief, on a 6-week excavation at the Barnhisel House, Girard, Ohio.


Nick J. "Tiny" D'Eramo Jr. leaves the office of the 17th Mayor of Girard.

July 25, 1979

25th Annual Homecoming Celebration

September 1979

3.57 inches of rain fall, in two days, cause the Mahoning River Valley to flood.


Joseph J. Melfi, shown above, takes the office of the 18th Mayor of Girard


Boy Scout Troop 42 relocates in Liberty Township.


Ed "Doc" Semple in homecoming parade in front of IGA on State St.


Boy Scout Troop 41 dis-bans and merges with current troop 40 at St. Rose Church.

August 24, 1982

Start of the Lebanon War

July 31, 1984

End of the Lebanon War

May 31, 1985

An F5 tornado causes damage and loss of life in Niles, Newton Falls, Vienna, and beyond.


The Girard Viaduct is demolished.

January 13, 1986

Nick "Tiny" D'Eramo dies at age 47 after a 13 year illness. At age 21, he was the youngest person in the state of Ohio to be elected to a school board when he was elected to the Girard Board of Education in 1959. He was also the youngest person to become Mayor of Girard when elected in 1976 at the age of 37.


Joseph J. Melfi leaves the office of the 18th Mayor of Girard.


Kennth L. Woodford, shown below, takes the office of the 19th Mayor of Girard.


Captain Joseph Standohar retires from the Girard Police Force after 40 years of service.

December 20, 1989

Start of the Panama Conflict

January 31, 1990

End of the Panama Conflict

August 2, 1990

Start of Persian Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom

September 1990

Kennth L. Woodford dies, leaving the office of the 19th Mayor of Girard.

September 1990

Joseph J. Christopher, shown above, takes the office of the 20th Mayor of Girard.

September 24, 1990

Kenneth L. Woodford is buried at the Girard-Liberty Memorial Cemetery.


Norm Kobal, raised in Girard, is designated the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame, Musician/Individual of the Year. -- Joseph J. Christopher leaves the office of the 20th Mayor of Girard.


Vincent E. Schuyler, shown above, takes the office of the 21st Mayor of Girard.

April 29, 1992

Philip A. Cretella, the 15th Mayor of Girard, is layed to rest at the Girard-Liberty Memorial Cemetery.

December 21, 1992

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary 1892-1992.


Demsey Steel Company closes leaving an abandon 18-acre lot east of the Mahoning River and West of State St.


The "Trumbull County Disturbance" occurs involving alleged UFO sightings by area police.

August 1994

4.54 inches of rain fall in a 24 hour period. Flooding occurs in the Mahoning River Valley.

March 27, 1995

Girard and Liberty lakes are purchased by the City Of Girard from the Ohio Consumer Water Company ( fomerly Ohio Water Service ) for 2.5 million dollars. The city borrows the money from the Ohio Water Development Authority, such that when the loan is paid off, in 12 years, $4.7 million of public funds will be expended. The terms of this loan make it impossible for Girard to pay off the principal early to avoid finance charges.

September 25, 1998



Vincent E. Schuyler leaves the office of the 21st Mayor of Girard.

January 1, 1999

Much of the midwest, including northern Ohio is struck by the second worst blizzard of the 20th century. 73 persons die as a result of the winter storm.

May 1, 1999

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers - Pittsburgh District - Mahoning River, Ohio Environmental Dredging Project - The 1st phase of the project, a reconnaissance study, is completed. The reconnaissance study identifies a federal interest (benefits outweigh the cost) to remove and remediate approximately 750,000 cubic yards of contaminated in-river and riverbank materials at an estimated cost of $100 million. Annual benefits, measured in recreational user days, are estimated at $29 million annually. -- The "West Nile Virus" is discovered as entering the east coast of the U.S.A.

May 27, 1999

The City of Girard enters into a contract with the Ohio Edison Company for 2.3 million dollars in order to place the utility lines along State St. underground. With loan interest, the total of this project will be 3.5 million dollars.

September 13, 1999

The City Of Girard enters into a contract with ? for the construction of the Justice Center for 4.7 million dollars. With loan interest, this project will total 6.3 million.


James J. Melfi takes the office of the 22nd Mayor of Girard.

February 1, 2000

Ex-Councilman Charmelo "Charlie" Lamancusa, at the age of 72, is shot and killed by a robber after handing over all the money in the cash register during a robbery at his Parkwood area grocery store. He had been inducted into the Ursuline High School Hall of Fame in 1998.

September 2, 2000

Joseph Masternick, the 16th mayor of Girard, dies. He was buried in Girard-Liberty Memorial Cemetery.


Jim Petro, the Ohio State Auditor, places the City of Girard in a fiscal emergency.


The Shannon Road Area of Liberty Township has not been included in any previous CDBG target area study. This Investment Area was identified in 2001 when septic wastes from this area began to pollute Squaw Creek, which runs from Vienna Township through the Girard Lakes, then through this area into the City of Girard, eventually flowing into the Mahoning River. While the Investment Area is located in Liberty township, the water pollution was first discovered by City of Girard officials, who were alarmed at the pollution in a pond in David Tod Memorial Park just downstream of the area in the city. The Mayor of Girard was so concerned for the children who fish at this pond that he ordered the pond to be drained, which is how it remains today. After the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency mandated that the county solve the problem with septic wastes, a $3,000,000 sanitary sewer project was proposed to alleviate the problem. An income survey was conducted by Liberty Township officials to qualify this area for CDBG assistance. After qualifying as having more than 51 percent low- and moderate-income households, the Shannon Road Area was added to the countyís Community Assessment and Strategy, and CDBG funding was sought. The county has applied for a $600,000 grant from the CDBG Water and Sewer Competitive Program and has allocated $300,000 from the countyís FY02 CDBG Formula Program to leverage funding from the State Issue 2 Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Once funding is in place and the design of the sanitary sewer is completed, it is anticipated that the sewer project will be constructed in 2003.

January 25, 2002

Mel Triplett, the fullback for the Giants' 1956 National Football League champions and a Girard High School athletic star, dies in Toledo, Ohio at the age of 71.

March 1, 2002

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers - Pittsburgh District - Mahoning River, Ohio Environmental Dredging Project - A feasibility study, the project's 2nd phase, is initated. Eastgate Regional Council of Governments is a 50%-50% cost sharing partner for the $3 million phase. The scope of the feasibility phase includes more detailed studies and investigations than were accomplished during preparation of the reconnaissance study. Based on the recommendations in the 1999 Reconnaissance Report, the feasibility study will evaluate the following major construction activities: dredging (mechanical, hydraulic, etc.) of the contaminated sediments, dewatering, water treatment, excavation of contaminated bank material, stabilization of contaminated bank material, and placement options, including bioremediation and beneficial reuse. There will also be additional chemical sampling of strategic sections of both the river channel and near-shore areas to confirm that no hazardous or toxic material lies within the project area. Other general areas of study include estimation of utility relocation requirements due to the proposed dredging, mitigation of bank impacts and restoration of Mahoning River substrate in the area to be dredged. The feasibility study will culminate with the identification of a recommended plan for implementation. In the process of arriving at a recommended plan, the environmental, socioeconomic and engineering impacts of the remediation project will be analyzed.


The State Of Ohio celebrates its Bicentennial. The Trumbull County Bicentennial Barn, located in Hubbard, is shown above.


Work begins on the 711-Connector project. -- Work begins on the Route 422 widening project.

January 25, 2003

The Amen Corner Restaurant, located on the corner of S. State and Abbey streets is destroyed by fire. The building as shown above is prior to the fire.

May 2003

Grand Opening of the restored 1st floor of the Girard Historical Societyís Barnhisel House.

June 9, 2003

The Diversified Evaluation Company, of Pittsburgh, places the market value of the Girard Lakes and surrounding land at $1.25 million dollars. This is a huge contrast to the 2.5 million dollars paid for it in 1995. The appraisal report from Diversified Evaluation does not address the question of the dams, which have been declared structurally unsound by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. It would cost about $10 million to bring one of them up to safety standards. The other would be breached. James E. Lignelli of Diversified Evaluation told a Vindicator reporter that if the liability of the dams was included in his appraisal, the property would be "potentially worthless."

July 21, 2003

Record breaking Flash Flood/Thunderstorm. 4.56 inches of rain have fallen at the Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport in a 24 hour period. This is a new weather record for Trumbull County. An F1 tornado hits the east side of Youngstown. A micro-burst hits the Belair trailer park in Liberty township, on Belmont Ave. 100 yards south of where the tornado passed in 1985. On Dawson Drive in Howland Township, people are evacuated because the street turns into a river. All roads in Girard are considered to be closed due to flooding and lack of power. Rt. 422 is closed from North Rd to St. Rt. 46. The Trumbull County 911 Emergency Management Headquarters, in Warren, are flooded. A command center is moved to the Youngstown/Warren Regional Airport. Alternate emergency numbers are relayed via news and radio stations. Power outages are wide spread throughout the county.

July 22, 2003

River cresting occurs up to 6 feet above flood stage. Pictures of this phenomenon are shown above and below.

July 22, 2003


July 22, 2003


July 22, 2003


July 27, 2003

The City of Girard and Liberty Township recieve approximately 4 inches of rain within two hours. One third of all Girard homes are flooded.

July 30, 2003

"The Shannon Road Sanitary Sewer Project" was awarded for 2.489 million dollars to a Youngstown, Ohio firm named "Utility Contracting, Incorporated". This project is designed to stop the pollution flowing into the Tod Park pond, by connecting homes into the city's sewer system. The homes from Tibbets-Wick Rd. to the city line and all adjoining streets will be connected.

August 2003

The Frankford Bicycle Shop expands its building on North State St.

August 20, 2003

A meeting is held, in city council chambers, between local flood-victims and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


Ceremony to dedicate the Barnhisel House's historical designation marker.


Joseph J. Christopher retires from public service as council at large. He receives official accomodation for his many years of service from the Girard City Council.


Through the Hazard Mitigration Grant Program and a FEMA grant, private property in the flood plain along the Mahoning River is acquired and turned over to the City of Girard. The program requires that the land remain "green space forever."

February 1, 2006

Mayor James J. Melfi announces his candidacy for the democratic nominee for the Trumbull County Commissioner.

April 24, 2006

Girard City Council declares the last Saturday in April of each year to be a "Green-Space Town Holiday". This day is set aside to organize projects which benefit public lands in the city.

April 29, 2006

The first Green-Space Town Holiday is celebrated as a clean-up and repair of Liberty Park. This effort is lead by councilmen at large, Michael A. Costarella and Joseph P. Shelby. Major contributors to this effort are Street Department Supervisor Ken Moran and citizen Paul Minotti.

August 2006

The old Royal Garden's building on S. Market St. is razed.

March 20, 2007

Joesph J. Christopher deceased. Thought by many people as a "Great Public Leader".

April 2007

The Blackstone family celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Blackstone's Funeral Home. Since Thomas Gordon Blackstone's founding of the home in April 1907, four generations of the family have done an excellent job in serving the needs of our community.

August 19, 2007

End of the SummerParade, chaired by Joann Sura and Girard-Liberty Rotary Club, Randy Suchanek of the Rotary's car show gave Girard residents many smiles and laughs. The parade and car show was a great time for everyone in over a decade.

August 19, 2007

One of the many floats, 50 units in the parade.

August 19, 2007

Randy Suchanek stands in for a picture after the hard work is done. About 175 cars were on the streets for people to admire. The car show was a great success, as well as the parade.

August 16, 2008

Girard Fire Dept.......... All Parade Photos by Joe Costraella

August 16, 2008

Above....Girard Honor Guard starts the 2008 End Of The Year Parade.

August 16, 2008

Parade Marshal, Joann Sura

August 16, 2008

Girard School Board

August 16, 2008

Councilman Larry Williams and Rotary Car Chairman Randy Suchanek.

August 22, 2008

Girard City schools opens phase one of their renovations project for Arrowhead Stadium on Friday night August 22nd, the opening game of the season. The new facility is a state of the art turf field and track. A new parking facility behind the visitor stands also opened allowing visiting team busses adequate parking, safe for students, fans and visiting teams. Ribbon cutting was led by Superintendent Joseph Jeswald. Photo by Mike Krakora.