When I’m already not keeping up with my current features – “Where’d They Go Wednesday” and Friday’s “Foto Feature,” it makes perfect sense to start a new feature. Sure – why not. Tuesday (or sometimes Thursday) tidbits are designed to share some of the interesting discoveries about the George family that I come across in my research.
Harold George Galand was born in Dunbar, PA on December 28, 1926 and died on May 8, 1992. He was the second son born to Philomena George and Anthony Galand. In 1955 he married Margaret Brown.
Harold and Margaret had two children, a daughter named Rosemary and a son named Richard Lee. Margaret died on January 21, 1968, when she was only 37.
In August 1968, Harold married the former Janet Bryson of Uniontown. They jointly owned and operated the Howard Johnson in Hopwood, which proved to be a profitable venture.
When Rick and I met Irene Veri in July 2013, she mentioned that Harold “The Baron” Galand was a famous chef and had worked at Seven Springs Resort. She also remembered that he had a radio show she sometimes listened to. In a conversation with Carole Ann or Lynnette, one of them mentioned that when they went to Harold’s funeral they were surprised to see that his pallbearers were all wearing white chef’s toques.
When I searched the Connellsville Daily Courier for “Harold Galand” I got 98 hits. It seems he is one of the more popular members of our family. The early articles were about his horse riding days and his role as President of the Fayette County Horse Owners Association. There was also a reference to him being a star athlete in high school. Harold organized a horse show in July 1954 that got a lot of press. Over 100 entries were expected from Pennsylvania and West Virginia. I love his horse’s name – Danger Rock.
Many of the references from the mid – 1960s to early 1970s were about Harold’s position as cafeteria manager at the Connellsville Joint High School and his job as “proprietor” of the Howard Johnson restaurant in Hopwood, PA. For those of you too young to remember Howard Johnsons, think Cracker Barrel but with a nice, clean, inexpensive motel attached. HOJOs, as they were called, sprang up along the interstate system in the United Stated in the 1960s, making it easy to take a long family trip by car, with convenient places to stop and eat and sleep along the way. Apparently if you stayed in the one in Hopwood PA you would have gotten some very good food.
It seems that when the George families from Midland and East Liverpool visited Dunbar, Aunt Phil did all the cooking (not Grandma George). The Galands lived in the house behind Grandma’s, just up the hill on High Street. More than one cousin has described the bounty of Uncle Tony’s garden that stretched between the two houses. Perhaps Harold’s culinary training began in his mother’s kitchen. This article from 1975 mentions his election as vice president of the American Culinary Federation, Inc.
So here’s my first Tuesday Tidbit – a small snippet of my weekly finds. If you have any stories or memories of Cousin Harold that you can share – please leave a comment. If it’s too confusing to find the place to submit a comment, you can send me an email at kalenkingsbury.gmail.com.