We have long regarded the late Dale Shaffer as one of the treasures of Salem and Columbiana County. The opening of his research library, built with funding he bequeathed to the Salem Historical Society, will ensure that his legacy endures.
The author of 28 books and countless newspaper articles on the history of Salem, Shaffer was the quintessential authority on our area's past.
Gathering and organizing all of his research material, right down to the trademark manual Royal typewriter still holding the last page he typed, must have been a phenomenal task and the historical society is to be commended for the excellent job.
Shaffer's love for his hometown was so great that he spent most of his lifetime researching and chronicling its past. That love continues to benefit Salem through his benevolence and the rich history he preserved. We hope that others will take up Dale's torch and continue preserving history for generations to come.
Shaffer had a dream of a place where people could learn from his research and the research of others who studied Salem's past. Now that dream is fulfilled and the name of Dale Shaffer will belong to the ages.