Boy Scouts off to the National Jamboree in 1964

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.

A Step Back in Time to 1958

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.

45 Years of Girl Scout Fashions are Modeled in 1964

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.

Ruedy twins among state’s best in 1960’s

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.”

Happy School Days

Yesteryear of The Hastings Star Gazette, January 26, 1989

This is an eighth grade classroom of St. Boniface Catholic School. The photo was contributed by Clare (Kilbride) Wiles, who attended the school, in observance of Catholic Schools Week. The photograph names a few students such as Paul Donndelinger, Jim Caturia, Frannie Cahill, Donald Denn, Ray Gove, Margie Kranz. The classroom teacher, Sister Bernard is seated in the back of the room. As was typical of the local Catholic schools, nuns comprised the teaching staff.

Leo Hagenson’s Bring Home Top Inventer’s Prize in 1963

June 26, 1963

A modest Hastings couple slipped one over on their friends here when they captured the grand prize at the first Minnesota Inventors Congress session held at the fairgrounds in Redwood Falls, Minn.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hagenson, 1531 Eddy Street, brought home the top prize in competition represented by 182 inventors who submitted a total of 270 inventions. “If it hadn’t been for my father-in-law Frank Yanz, I’d have given up on the idea,” said Leo. “He thought it was a good one and kept giving us a push when we needed it most.” The invention: a collapsible camping trailer. The trailer is fully quipped with clothes closet, couch, table stove sink and cupboard is 6 1/2 feet high and folds to 32 inches. Other unique features include a table that converts to a bed. With hammocks for their three children, the Hagenson’s trailer will sleep seven persons.

Tribute in City for Slain President in 1963

The Hastings Gazette, November 28, 1963


Tribute from Army marked Sunday evening services for the late President John F. Kennedy by the Hastings VFW ceremonial honor squad under command of Capt. Frank Loesch, at left, during playing of the National Anthem. Other men saluting were, in front from left, Tom Kingston, Ray McNamara and Dayton Robinson; back row, Hastings National Guardsmen who also attended the services.

Eddy Street Monkeyshines’ Spook a Pet in 1958

July 3, 1958

A monkey named “Spook” took to the trees in the Eddy Street jungles Sunday afternoon.

He stayed there for six hours and nothing a contingent of neighbors, city firemen, youngsters and most unhelpful passersby could dream up would entice that monkey down out of the lovely stand of oaks.

Spook belongs to Frank Brabec, son of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Brabec. Frank was showing his pet to pal Mike Freed. The boys got to monkeying around and that included opening the cage to see what Spook would do. He did. Spook shinned up the side of the Willis Olson home climbed the TV-areiel found his way into one of the many tall oak trees and stayed there.

Tempting food morsels failed to lure him down. City firemen arrived with the hose. A spray of water merely sent Spook higher and into the dense leaves. Eventually people gave up. That’s when the pet solved the problem himself, retraced his steps, found his way to a banana left in his cage and the door was closed on a $50 purchase.  Eddy street is back to normal.


Patrol Lads head to Legionville in 1959

July 9, 1959

21 school patrol boys gathered Sunday morning just before boarding a bus for Legionville camp at Brainerd. Thanks to the generosity of Hastings sponsors who paid the $22.50, including $4 transportation cost per boy for this “once in a boyhood” venture to a beautiful campsite.

Show with Legion Post 47 adjutant Ken Matsch, front row from left: John Lightbourn, Harold Robinson, Stephen White, Conrad Fuchs, Michael Bauer. Second row from left: John Lewis, James McGrath, Roger Stoick, Ray Keiffer, Dennis Deutsch, Lloyd Rekstad, Charles Morrow. Third row, from left: Gary Glass, Marland Kimmes, Danny Fry, Bruce Bherends, Ronald Ruedy, Michael Lenz, Ridchard Engstrom, Bruce Hanson, John Conzemius. Ten of the patrol boys were from public schools, 5 each from Guardian Angels and St. Boniface parochial schools, one from Miesvile. The lads will be at camp through Saturday.