December 24, 1064
J. C. Nolan, 121 W. 7th St back in 1964 supplied these old photos to the Star Gazette in 1964 showing the downtown area from the early 1900′s. They were taken from the courthouse cupola. This is a very rare view as it shows the 200 block of Vermillion Street which has since been torn down to make way for the approaches of the High Bridge. Note the horses hitched along the street in the photo.
This view looks north, towards the heart of downtown Hastings with the view of the Spiral Bridge in the background.
Looking northeast from the courthouse, the Masonic Hall is most prominent in the foreground and also the Wright & Austin and opera house building is shown in the distance.
The Hastings Gazette, December 1, 1939
November 30, 1989
This year marked the seventh annual playing of the Turkey Bowl. Played each year in Hastings, the Turkey Bowl pits members of the Turkey Town Camel Toes against one another in a savage display of weekend warrior machoism. Each year on the Friday after Thanksgiving the team members, who are also on a softball team of the same name during the summer, meet on the gridiron and slug it out for the honor and glory of being Turkey Bowl champions. Playing this year were most of the Camel Toes, David Kirtz, Pete Teigland, Torny Kriha, Joe Larson, Brad Stepan, Todd Tollefson and Nike Nicklay. All are in the early 20′s and have been playing the Turkey Bowl since they were in junior high school.
Thursday, October 8, 1964
August 20, 1964
A local woman was surprised during the past week when she found a false eye in the Laundromat tub she was using. She took her find to an optometrist who valued it at $7,500, she said. Inquiry by anyone having lost a false eye should be made at the Gazette office.
Heimstreet’s Inimitable Hair Restorative
August 18, 1864
Inimitable Hair Restorative. Not a dye but restores gray hair to its original color by supplying the capillars tubes with natural sustenance, impaired by age or disease. Heimstreet’s Inimitable Coloring not only restores hair to its natural color by an easy process, but gives hair a luxuriant beauty.
The Hastings Gazette, July 16, 1964
Six Hastings Boy Scouts and a leader left Monday by train for Valley Forge, Pa., where they’ll be attending the National Scouting Jamboree next week. Before returning home the boys will also visit the New York World’s Fair and Niagara Falls and sight see in Washington D. C. From Left to right are Duane Pufpaff, Dennis Klopf, William Sieben, and Gerald Knoll, all from Troop 207, Michael Hoffman from Troop 441 and Scoutmaster Harold Mueller from Troop 441. The sixth boy Robert Hampton was unable to be present for the photograph.
Hastings Star Gazette May 1, 2014
Paul Cyr of Hastings found this photo of his Hastings kindergarten class in 1958 recently. All of the students are identified on the back of the photo that he provided. The teacher is Mrs. Casserly. Pictured in the front row are Pamela Pederson, Michael McCabe, Roxanne King, Karen Overstreet, Kevin Swanson, Mark McCoy, John Bauer, Paul Cyr, Mary Lou Kieffer and Susan Lamb. In the second row are Brooks Swanson, Mary Ann Bowers, Joy Hubhagen, Sally Hale, Theresa Hunter, Robert Dries, Susan Hale, George Hild, Lou Pederson, Connie Milner and Thomas Zweber. In the third row are Maren Hanson, Noreen Swanson, Jackie Bennis, Kenneth Knoll, Eileen Johnson, Wayne Lindholm, Katherine Peterson, Barbara Begich, Sandy Cater and Gary Whipple.
Hastings Gazette, March 19, 1964
Uniforms worn by Girl Scouts at various stages in their history were modeled during the annual Girl Scout Fair last Saturday night by members of Senior Troop 603. From left to right Delight Penrod models a 1925 uniform, Peggy Waste a 1920 camping outfit, Ann Olson a 1964 uniform, Kathy Nearing 1930, Jane Melby 1940 mariner’s outfit, and Diane Erickson, 1925.
The Hastings Star Gazette, March 23, 1989
In the long successful history of Hastings High School wrestling, there is one family name that sticks out like no other. The family is responsible for one-half of the school’s four state championships.
From the early- to mid-1960’s, twins Ron and Bob Ruedy dominated area and state wrestling competition like not many others had. Bob was a state champion at 103 pounds in 1964, and the following year Ron won the 95-pound state title. From 1962-65, the Ruedy twins combined to win more than 200 matches, while losing less than 10.
Being so close in experience, weight and physical talent made Ron and Bob ideal opponents for each other. For obvious reason, colleges were very interested in the Ruedys. A few Division I programs came calling, as did numerous small schools. The schools did not want one or the other, they all wanted a package deal– both Bob and Ron. And St. Cloud State College was the eventual winner, getting both to attend the school in 1966.
While neither of them take to the wrestling mat anymore, they both maintain an avid interest in the sport. Bob is a member of the Hastings Wrestling Club, and attends Hastings wrestling matches regularly. Ron, meanwhile says he tries to keep on top of local wrestling news by reading the Hastings Star Gazette. Aside from the Hastings wrestling team, Ron is also interested in the smiley squad, where longtime friend Jim Short is head coach.
“I think wrestling is something that gets in your blood,” Ron says. “You may not be able to keep wrestling as you get older, but you still follow it.”