Fierce Conflagration Ravages Village of New Trier in 1929

December 29, 1929

The village of New Trier, 12 miles southeast of Hastings, was virtually wiped out Tuesday morning by disastrous conflagration that started, presumably in the H. J. Frandrup dance hall and spread, with incredible rapidity, to three adjoining structures, all of which were burned to the ground despite the heroic efforts of volunteer fire-firefighters to check the raging flames.

The four buildings, which were devoured by the flames, comprised the main business section of New Trier, a village of approximately 100 inhabitants. The Frandrup dance hall and soft drink parlor, the C. E. Peine general store and post office, the residence of Mrs. Susan Lisenfelser, and the residence of the J. M. Ficker family were the structures razed by the flames.

Milk-Fed Chickens Make Poultry Business Thrive in 1929

September 13, 1929

A poultry business, started in a small way last spring by Otto Reissner, Jr., of this city, is blossoming into an enterprise that seems to bring its owner some very neat returns.

Otto purchased a few purebred White Leghorns, rented an acre of ground form C. P. Jurisch, between West Fifth and Sixth streets, and started his poultry ranch. The business thrived from the beginning and the young poultry enthusiast now has a flock of six hundred choice White Leghorns that till bring him a fancy price on the Twin City market any time he cares to dispose of them.

He feeds his flock milk and Gold Medal feed three times a day and finds that his liberal diet pays big returns in the size and quality of his feathered money-makers.

If the enterprise continues to prosper, as it has during its first season, the owner will probably make arrangements to engage in the business on a larger and more profitable scale next year.

Hastings Third Grader is published Author in 1982

May 27, 1982

Ricky Carlson, a third grader at Kennedy Elementary School in Hastings, was recently named one of 31 winners in the Multiple Sclerosis READ-a-thon Creative Writing Contest. His winning mystery story, “The Old Woman,” will be included in a book of the winning stories, published by B. Dalton Booksellers.

His story was about a little old lady who lived on a hill. She was frightened one day by a dart that flew across her room. Her screams were answered by a neighbor who hear her cries of distress while mowing his lawn. The story tells of the investigation to determine who shot the dart. 

The mystery is finally solved by a child who said he had written a similar story for the READ-a-thon. The neighbor had to be the one who shot the dart. The neighbor had to be the one who shot the dart. If he had not been the one who shot the dart, he would not have heard her screams. The noise of his lawnmower would have locked out any other sounds.

Hastings Census Takers Find Reluctance of Housewives to Reveal Age in 1930

Friday, May 16, 1930

The trials and tribulations of a census taker, from both the masculine and feminine viewpoints, were recounted to The Gazette recently by the hard-working enumerators who have been engaged in the 1930 census count in this city and vicinity.

All of the census takers, Rev. August Warnecke, Mrs. L. S. Kyle, Mrs. John  Kelly, Mrs. Clarence Clure and Otto Reissner, Jr. felt they were qualified to be tax collectors, assessors or anything else that required patience, perseverance and a generous percentage of luck by the time they were finished.

Strange as it may seem, the local enumerators were not bitten by dogs, chased by irate residents, insulted by grouchy old bachelors or pursued by footpads during their daily and nightly visitations around the community. Their greatest difficulty, they reported, was to find anyone at home, without making three or four calls at the same dwelling. In many instances both the husband and wife were working and the census taker was forced to return to the residence several times before finding anyone at home to answer the necessary questions.

The majority of residents, when interviewed, were friendly and accommodating, the census staff asserted, but feminine members of many households objected strongly to divulging their age, and in a few instances it was found necessary to obtain this information from other members of the family.


Law Bans Pheasant Hunting in 1929

September 6, 1929

The Game and Fish Department has received requests and petitions from many parts of the State asking that the ringneck pheasant season be opened for only a limited number of days. Most of these requests came from persons laboring under the impression that the Governor could declare an open season under Section 5640 Mason’s Minnesota Statutes 1919. 

In an opinion handed down by the Attorney General he states that this law, referred to above as Section 5640, applies to the case wherein the Commissioner, after due investigation, finds that additional protection must be provided in order that any species of wild game are in danger of depletion and cannot be in any way associated with an order calling for the opening of a season on any particular of wild animals or game birds for which an open season has not been provided by law. A law, similar to that which is in operation in South Dakota, would enable the Game and Fish Comissioner of Minnesota to open or close the season in accordance with that common sense rule “to permit people to enjoy the natural resources of the State of Minnesota to the fullest extent, keeping in mind that we have sufficient machinery now through the Governor’s Executive Order to prevent undue depletion.”

Bandits Foiled When Hampton Woman Grabs Pistol in 1931

The Hastings Gazette, February 20, 1931

The prompt and vigorous resistance of a Hampton woman, Mrs.Paul Gores, wife of the proprietor of the Cozy Corner cafe, saved that establishment from a hold-up last Thursday night and almost placed town bandits in a hospital for “repairs”. 

Mrs. Gores was alone in the front  of the cafe- her husband being engaged with some task in the basement – when the two hold-up men drove up to the restaurant in a large Hudson sedan. They first requested some cigarettes, then asked for two bottles of pop. As Mrs. Gores turned to comply with the second request, one of the bandits pointed a revolver at her and ordered her to put her hands up.

Instead of obeying the order, Mrs. Gores, although frightened into emitting a stifled scream, darted into an adjoining room where a revolver was kept handy for such emergencies. Her unwelcome callers became alarmed at her action  and fled. As she reached the door of the cafe the bandits’ car whiled into the road and roared away at high speed. Mrs. Gores fired five shots after the vehicle and was confident that at least one of the bullets struck the car but apparently it failed to inflict any damage.

Petition Seeks Public Support for Playground in 1930

The Hastings Gazette, October 17, 1930

Backers of the proposal to construct an athletic field and student playground on the vacant tract of lowland adjoining Vermillion Street, between Tenth and Eleventh streets, have prepared a petition  which, when signed by the required number of citizens, will be presented to the city council of Hastings, asking that Eddy street, which bisects the playground site be vacated. 

To stimulate public interest in the project and expedite the signing of the petition, the playground advocates arranged a parade of school children through the downtown district Thursday afternoon, the high school band, football team, Boy and Girl Scouts and student body, generally, appearing in the procession. Placards, explaining the purpose of the parade, were displayed by the youthful marchers and other novel “advertising” stunts were employed to stir up public interest int he playground enterprise. 

The peition, which will be circulated for signatures before being presented to the ciy council, is worded as follows:

“It is with genuine pleasure that we, representing citizens of the various walks of life, merchants, mechanics, professional men, laborers, bankers and mother of the citizens-to-be of Hastings, all deeply interested in the advancement of our fair city and the health and morals of our youth, present this petition to your honorable body. We ask that you vacate Eddy Street between 10th and 11th streets. The tract of land between 10th and 11th, Vermillion and Eddy streets, is about 9 feet below the street grades, an open and unsightly field, but a natural bowl for an athletic field with the added advantage that, on account of the porous soil, affords a natural drainage. Eddy street, between 10th and 11th streets in unimproved and little used West of Eddy street, is a deep gravel pit. Arrangements have already been made to purchase this tract of land at a nominal price. If Eddy street is vacated, it would provide an athletic field of the proper size, having a frontage of 200 feet on Vermillion street and extending in a westerly direction 296 feet.

Stillwater and White Bear have fields a great deal larger, but have not the ideal location and setting this tract would provide. it is proposed to make it an athletic field of which this city can be justly proud.

The beauty of the whole thing is that the City will lose nothing in vacating the street. The Board of Education will purchase the land at a nominal price, really a donation by the owners of the property. The location of the field will cause a greatly increased attendance at the games with a corresponding increase in gate receipts and the High School Athletic Association will pay all assessments and taxes in arrears.

We sign our names willing, with the fullest confidence that your honorable body will act favorably in the matter.

Lightening Bolt Cleans Sewing Machine of Dust in 1939

The Hastings Gazette, June 28, 1939

Smashing panes in the lower half of a window as it entered, a bolt of lightning in the form of a ball of fire, shattered a radio and cleaned the dust from a drophead sewing machine, leaving it piled an a ball under the undamaged machine in the home of the Joseph Pilcher family in southwest Coates during the storm Sunday evening.

After hitting the radio and the machine at opposite sides of the room, the ball of fire floated to the feet of one of the Pilcher boys, who was sitting in the room, stunning him for several minutes, then left the house through an open door. The radio  was blown to pieces and the control knobs were strewn about the room like flaming balls.

It was an experience that neither Mrs. Pilcher nor any member of the family would care to go through again. The freak incident occurred during an electrical storm which did considerable damage to trees, silos and other buildings in that area.

State Champion Football Team of 1939.

The Hastings Gazette, November 17, 1939

Three championships in succession don’t just happen. What’s more, they aren’t a common thing. Yet by defeating Cannon Falls Friday, the Hastings high school football eleven garnered its third consecutive Mississippi Valley title with the ease of child’s play.

Art Kranz, Jim McNamara, and Jim Moore earned  merited places on the all state high school eleven for their performances of the season.

Left to right- back row: Co-captain Les Wilke at halfback; Amos Welshons at fullback; Jim Moore at Halfback, James “Buss” Monty at halfback; John Hankes at quarterback. Front row, left to right: Co-captain Art Kranz at right end; Bernard Wildes at right tackle; Jim McNamara at right guard; Charles Welch at center; Clarence “Bud” Zeien at left guard, Donald Sanford at left tackle, Paul Berge at left end.

Presenting the Class of 2000 in 1987

Hastings Star Gazette, September 17, 1987

Kindergarteners usher in new century of education

Kindergartners at Tilden Elementary School follow the lead of teacher Liz Wintermeyer in the Pledge of Allegiance

With milk money jingling in their pockets, the Hastings High School class of 2000  packed up their crayons and pencil boxes and walked into their very first classroom last week.

In the meantime Board of Education Chairman Don May wanted to know what will they wear on their letter jackets- 00? For now letter jackets are unfamiliar to the class of 2000. But according to veteran kindergarten teachers, the class of 2000 is much more familiar with their world and able to learn more than kindergarteners of previous decades. Children are more mature and ready to learn more than the kindergarteners who preceded them.

Double zeros will be worn on the letter jacket of this year’s kindergarten class of 2000 when they reach  high school.