....keeping and making history
The Salem Historical Society
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
(330) 337 - 8514
Hours of Operation
(May through October)
As this is the 150th anniversary of the death of our 16th President, Keynote Speaker Gerald Payn will conclude the evening with a first-person presentation on The Final Days of Abraham Lincoln. His wife Marilyn accompanies him in period dress, as Mary Todd Lincoln. Mr. Payn hails from Wooster and holds degrees from The Ohio State University and the University of Akron. He is a retired educator. He is the coordinator of the Wayne County Civil War Roundtable, and is a Life Member of the National Association of Lincoln Presenters.
A highlighted feature of the evening is the recognition of the 2015 Citizens of Honor, Attorney Geoffrey S. Goll and Judge Robert C. Roberts, who are being acknowledged for their many accomplishments and service to the City of Salem. The evening’s activities will also include the ever-popular Chinese Auction and a 50/50 Auction.
The Salem Historical Society is honored to be featured in the 2014 Salem Community Foundation Annual Report. The Salem Community Foundation has generously helped The Historical Society through the years to help preserve Salem’s History and to continue to grow. We are truly thankful for their continued support. Click on the cover photo to link over to the Salem Community Foundation website. Photo is courtesy of Melissa Moffett Costa and The Salem Community Foundation.
During the 2006 Salem Bicentennial, 24 persons connected to Salem were recognized as "Citizens of Honor". Since that time two have been added each year for a total of 40. The intent has been adding two citizens each year during the annual Founders' Day activities.
Selections for the 2015 Citizens of Honor class, Attorney Geoffrey S. Goll and Judge Robert C. Roberts, will be officially recognized during the April 28th Founders' Day dinner.
Geoffery S. Goll has practiced law for over 40 years and is extremely active within the Salem community. The son of the late Dr. Carl and Dru Goll, he graduated from Linsdy Military Institute, Denison University, and The Ohio State University College of Law. He served in the U. S. Air Force for over 25 years with the Staff Judge Advocate office, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Geoff has served as president of the Salem Jaycees, Columbiana County Bar Association, Columbiana Council Boy Scouts of America, Mobile Meals of Salem, Columbiana County OSU Alumni club, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem Rotary Club, and as Chairman of the Salem Salvation Advisory Committee, Salem Community Foundation, and The Salem Rotary Club Foundation, as well as Fiscal Officer for the Columbiana County Port Authority, and as Elder of the Presbyterian Church.
Particular honors received were U. S. Jaycees-Presidential Award of Honor, Columbiana Council boy Scouts of America – District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, and Vigil Honor; The Ohio State University – Alumni Citizenship Award; Columbiana County Port Authority – Captain of Industry Award; Rotary International – Paul Harris Fellow; National Council Boy Scouts of America – James E. West Fellow; Salem YWCA Man of the Year; Salem Area Chamber of Commerce – Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Geoff is a 40 years member of Rotary, and has served as Club President, and District Governor. As a polio survivor, he has been a frequent speaker for Rotary International as an “End Polio Now” coordinator, representing the states from Wisconsin to Maryland.
He was married in 1983 to Kim Shauck, and their children are Megan, Yvonne, step-daughter Hope, and a granddaughter Anna.
Robert C. Roberts was elected a Columbiana County Court Judge in 1988, where he served for 17 years until his retirement in 2005. He had previously served as both assistant prosecutor and assistant public defender in Columbiana County.
Born in 1974 to Marilyn and Robert E. Roberts, Bob graduated from Salem High School in 1970, Wittenberg University, and from the Cincinnati University Law School with a Juris Doctorate in 1977. He was admitted to the Bar in 1978, and practiced as a partner in the firm of Yeagley, Roberts and Kirkland.
As a judge, Bob made extensive use of community-service sentencing where offenders were taught to pay their debt by working on tasks and projects that benefitted the entire community.
While in high school he was an Eagle Scout and was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He served on the church Board of Elders, was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Ruritans, and the Columbiana County Fair Board. Bob was a trustee of the Salem High School Alumni Association, and the charitable referral service A.I.D. and the Bar Associations.
Bob played on the Legends baseball team, and coached in little league baseball. He was a staunch Cleveland Indians fan, and owned and frequently rode champion-caliber horses.
Upon retirement and a move to Beaufort, South Carolina, he and his wife established a real estate agency. He also was a volunteer in the Kairos Prison Ministry.
Bob is the father of daughter Anne, and son Robert, three stepsons, Tim, Scott and John Treleven, and three grandchildren. Bob passed away in December, 2014 from a rare form of cancer. His obituary noted that he was a man of endless curiosity and energy.
The Salem Historical Society Museum will open for our 43rd season on Sunday, May 3 and each Sunday through October 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. Members are admitted free. Non-members will be charged a small fee.
From the first year where six rooms were featured, the Museum has grown extensively with exhibits in over 20 rooms in the four buildings. The last tour begins at 3:30 with guests encouraged to come early as there is plenty to see for all members of the family.
This year admission to the Museum will be through the entrance off the Dale Shaffer Way off of East Pershing Avenue. Parking is available behind Freedom Hall or at the Salem Methodist Church. If you have questions, contact the Society, 330-337-8514.