This is a view of Sibley Street in downtown Hastings, looking south from near where Hastings City Hall is today. The picture, lent for publication by Bob Olson and Betty Falkosfski, is believed to have been taken during the winter sometime between 1900 and 1915.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 28, 1963
Twenty members of Senior Girl Scout Troop 45, under the leadership of Mrs. Walter Johnson and Mrs. Robert Swanson, were guests of the Hastings Girl Scout Council last Thursday evening at the regular meeting of the Council held at the Guardian Angels’ school hall. Mrs. Allen Brumm, president, welcomed the girls.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation to the Council of a Girl Scout flag by the members of former Troop 14 intermediate scouts. These girls earned the money for the flag and report that this is the only Girl Socut flag in Hastings.
The following girls contributed to the project last year (many are new members of the Senior Troop 45): Carolyn Chalres, Shelly Chezick, Katy Kane, Nancy Matz, Karen Miller, Mary Ellen Polga, Luella Tonsager, Toni Trutna and Barbara Welshons. Mrs. Frank Charles was the leader of the troop and is now a member of the Girl Scout Council.
After the business meeting, the members of the council and their Girl Scout guests enjoyed lunch served by Mrs. Ed Sontag, Mrs. Charles Kranz, Mrs. Karl Ekman, and Mrs. B. J. Polga.
The start of football season was cause for a celebratory notice in the Hastings Gazette of 1915. Team members were, front row, left to right: Lawrence Bryngelson, Maurice Johnson and Harry Warner. Second row: Harold Kircher, Joe Huckenpahler, George Hanson, Milton McLean, and Leo Matsch. Back row: Alphonse Wallerius, Britton Leavitt, Clarence Lidstrom, Coach Alphonse MacPheeters, Ed Raetz, George Mainz, and Earl Grause. (Photo from the Sloniger Collection).
June 16, 1988
Residents of Oak Ridg Manor are helped aboard a TRAC bus while some share an embrace with family and friends as young people look on.
The water was shot from all directions as the blaze engulfed two wings of Oak Ridge
Manor and threatened the third. Firefighters used 1.1 million gallons of water to extinguish the four-hour fire.
Firefighters battled 94 degree temperatures and hot flames while sweat poured out of their bodies beneath protective clothing. A firefighter gets a well-deserved and much needed cooling off after battling the blaze for several hours Sunday afternoon.
Oak Ridge resident Mary Pulford gets a comforting hug from a friend at Regina Medical Center cafeteria following the fire. Though most residents escaped with just the clothes on their backs, no residents were seriously injured or killed in the fire.