Galloway water tower

Twenty men gather at the farm of John Leonard Purzner Sr. to erect a water tower.


Welcome to Historic Galloway, The Current’s weekly feature that looks back through Galloway Township history. Each week we get a chance to learn or reminisce courtesy of Sarah Snow, librarian for the Galloway Township Historical Society, who shares information and early photos online and in print.


Here we see a common occurrence in turn-of-the-century Galloway — neighbor helping neighbor. It was the only way people could get by before the availability of heavy construction equipment.

These 20 men were all assembled at the farm of John Leonard Purzner Sr. to erect a water tower, the structure on its side to the left that some of the workers are sitting atop. 

Purzner is the fourth man from the left, the one with his hands on his hips.

The Galloway Township Historical Society Museum is seeking old pictures, documents or items from Galloway’s past. The Historical Society will scan and copy them. Other items can be loaned or donated to the museum.

The museum is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday. It is in front of the Municipal Complex, 300 E. Jimmie Leeds Road.

See and Historic Galloway on Facebook to learn more or call 609-287-2440.

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