Three Images From The Devastating Flood Of 1965

The flood of 1965 was well documented in the Hastings Gazette. We found an issue here from April 8, 1965, that documented the flood. The headline reads “Flood loss sets record,” and the story reads like this: A placid creek most of the time, the Vermillion River at Hastings’ southern edge went out of its…
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How Power Poles Were Fixed In 1947

We found this photo in a folder here called “Disasters.” On the back of the photo we get a little information about the shot. The photo was taken June 28, 1947. The words “After storm” are written on the back, as are the names of the men in the image. They are Panek, Dixon and…
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Gazette Turned 100 In 1957

The history of the Hastings Gazette goes back to 1857. Here is a scan of the front page from the centennial edition.

25 Years Ago, Matsch Was A Singing Cupid

From the Feb. 12, 1987 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette: Neil Matsch is Hastings’ singing cupid, and for $5 he will carry a tune for those who can’t, via Ma Bell, to a special sweetheart. Last year, Matsch said he started with 28 scheduled singing orders, but that the number grew to 80 before…
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Hoffman, Strub Named Snow Week King And Queen 25 Years Ago

From the Feb. 12, 1987 edition of the Hastings Star Gazette: “Kari Hoffman and Brian Strub were crowned the new 1987 Snow Week senior king and queen in ceremonies last Thursday. Junior prince and princess were Jim Schlader and Heather Aschenbrenner; sophomore royalty were Monte Meier and Darcy Luoma; freshman prince and princess were Chad…
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