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Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:19 PM

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GOMER — The Village of Gomer will resurrect the tradition of Bob Shelmadine’s Christmas from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Shelmadine’s home, which is located across from Gomer United Church of Christ, was built in the 1800s and owned by relatives of the family.
Never married, Shelmadine lived alone and collected and repaired toys each year to be given to children around Gomer, in Gomer School and in Lima. His house was filled with toys from the floor to the ceiling. A small pathway snaked around the four rooms.

Adults in Gomer donated toys for Shelmadine’s livelihood and they would drive him around to children’s homes. He always gave a small brown sack to each good little girl and boy. Hundreds of adults today remember “Santa” and the sack of treats.

Shelmadine was also a Gomer reporter for The Lima News and was featured by Easter Straker on WIMA radio shows.

Today, the home is the Gomer Welsh Community Museum, which had many pictures of what Shelmadine’s house looked like during those 30 years, his original Santa suit and some older toys.

The Welsh Society of Gomer will try to refill the house with toys and provide a small sack to everyone who visits from 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Parking is available across the street at the church.


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