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The Salem Historical Society

The Salem Historical Society
Main Entry for Meeting Room and Gift Shop in the lower level of
Dale Shaffer Research Library

239 South Lundy
Salem, OH
(330) 337 - 8514

Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday  9am-noon

Offices are located in the upper level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library

Mailing Address:
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460


Weekly Sunday 1-4pm

Monthly 3rd Tuesday 6-9pm
(May through October)

Tours are also available by appointment, call 330-337-8514

Tours begin at the front door of the Pearce House at 208 South Broadway.

Trolley Tours begin at the lower level of Dale Shaffer Library on South Lundy Ave.

Perry Calvin (1924 - 1976)

Excerpts from The Salem News, July 15, 1986

Posted November 4, 2015

Perry Calvin was a serious painter when he received a request from John Cabas, Salem High School basketball coach from 1950 to 1973, to draw a caricature of the Quaker man.   A Quaker man and woman have symbolized Salem Schools since the 1920's and 1930's.  Jim Jackson, a press operator at The Salem News, recommended Perry Calvin to Coach Cabas.  "I had to do something to change the image of a boy's team with a woman for an emblem" Cabas said.  Calvin sketched 25 views of a portly diminutive Quaker man and Cabas was pleased with the drawings.  Readers of The Salem News in the 1950's could find out how the local team fared the night before by looking at the cartoon accompanying the game story.

In 1952, in an effort to raise school spirit, Cabas worked with the Kiwanis and the Varsity Club with Joe Hajcak, president, to raise money for badges and trophies.  Joe Hajcak drew the black on white image with red lettering for the badges, and Cabas added the slogan "Love those Quakers".  The team wore the emblem on their new uniforms during the 1951-52 season.

Mayor Dean Cranmer had the little man's face painted on the city trucks and The Salem News began featuring one of Calvin's cartoons after every Salem athletic event.  If Salem won, Sam might be pictured bowing and removing his hat or doing a somersault.  After losing a bandaged Sam might be hobbling on a can or sitting woefully confined in a pillory.   In each background is the school and a flag flying breezily with a win or drooping with a loss."