9 MPH and You’re Speeding

Hastings Gazette, August 23, 1962

A reminder of the days when a horse could have been picked up for speeding on the streets of Hastings, is this old sign which Pete Werth displays in his antique-repair shop. Pete isn’t sure just when this particular sign, restricting speed to 8 miles per hour, was in use, but he thinks it may have been between 1922 and 1924, when Jim Smith was mayor of Hastings. “He started quite a crack-down on speeding,” Pete recalls. According to Pete, the “8 MPH” signs at one time were posted on Vermillion street south across the river from the King Midas Mill; at 10 and Tyler: and at 55 and Pine. This particular sign is hand-made, of one-eighth inch sheet metal, with the lettering punched and drilled out.

Girls Agriculture Class of 1915

Hastings Star Gazette Yesteryear page, November 1, 1990

Shown is a 1915 female agriculture class. Pictured in the first row from left to right are: P.S. Jordan, ag. teacher, Agnes Judge, Mable Berges, Esther Carlson, Francis Smith, Edna Huowles (?), Lucia Simmons, Kathryn Brummel, Theresa Thena and Mabel  Nelson. Second row: Hazel Humm, Jessie Shultz, Jessie McHattie, Ruth McChesney and Mable Reid. (photo courtesy of Sloniger collection)

Privates’ Karnick and Monty say goodbyes to Man’s Best Friend in 1941

Goodbye for a Year, Old Pal

The Hastings Gazette, January 24, 1941

These boys of Battery E 216th Coast Artillery, (AA), were loading the baggage car preparatory to leaving Hastings on Thursday evening, January 16, 1941 for March Field, California. Private James Monty, star half back on the Hastings high school untied, undefeated football team of last year, and also of former years, is holding his dog Peggy, a little brown animal 7 or 8 inches high and about twice that long, a companion of his for the past 11 years or almost ever since the Monty family came to Hastings, At the right is Private Raymond Karnick who is apparently telling  his Irish dog he will have to stay home as the soldiers will soon be on the road west.

Fire Losses Estimated at $175,000 in Ace Hardware Fire, 1960

The Hastings Gazette, February 4, 1960

Defective wiring and oversized fuses have been pinpointed as suspected causes of an explosive fire which last Thursday evening destroyed the Ace Hardware and Furniture store, heavily damaged the adjoining Sears-Robuck and Bathrick’s Home Appliances stores, and left in its wake destruction estimated at $175,000.

But for the furious frontal, rear and top-side assault waged by the Hastings Fire Department against the blaze which burst into spontaneous full fury seconds after 6 p.m., the entire 200 block in the heart of this city’s business section could have gone up in flames.

When Mrs. Rose Seleski’s apartment over the furniture section of Ace Hardware was destroyed in last Thursday’s fire, her prized collection of salt and pepper shakers, valued at $2,600 went up in flames. The fact that her hobby collection was wiped out, even though partially insured for $2,000 was the biggest blow for the local lady. Brighter note: she received $2,000 insurance check yesterday on loss of household goods, from Sontag Insurance Agency.

Hastings Marina Experienced Geysers in Boat Harbor in 1965

The Hastings Gazette, April 15, 1965

Ice created havoc in the Hastings Marina the fore part of the week with the collisions of ice blocks causing “geysers” like the Old Faithful above. By Wednesday, the floodwaters were over the high bank along the north side of the boat harbor, and the large ice blocks were floating past the harbor.

The flood gauge at the U.S.  Lock and Dam here Wednesday night showed a water level already four feet over the 1952 crest, and two feet short of the crest expected here Saturday. Dakota County was one of 39 flood-devastated Minnesota counties to be declared a Federal disaster area, eligible for emergency aid, by President Jonson on Sunday.

Local authorities are warning Hastings residents that they should not drink from private wells. Warnings have also been issued to downtown businessmen and residents to cover all floor drains in the event of sewer back-up.

Cornerstone Layed in 1900 for New Trier School and Hampton Church

June 9, 1900, Hastings Gazette

The laying of the cornerstone of the new schoolhouse  in New Trier on Monday was a notable local event, with an unusually large attendance and two brass bands. Solemn high mass was celebrated by the Rev. Leopold Haas, assisted by the Revs. William Lette, of Vermillion, and the Re. F. X. Gores, of St. Paul. The address was delivered by the latter.

The laying of the cornerstone of St. Mathias’ Church at Hampton Station last Sunday afternoon was an important event, attracting a large gathering of people from Hastings and the adjoining towns. The Rev. Leopold Haas, of New Trier, was in charge of the services and the sermon was delivered by the Rev. William Lette, of Vermillion.

Earlier Years of Rosewood Bed and Breakfast Inn

Latto Hospital

The Hastings Gazette, January 24, 1914

Our city council has nearly completed the Latto Hospital, a handsome, well equipped building which promises to be, for years to come, a safe and comfortable home for the sick of our city and this vicinity. May we not ask the city fathers to go a step farther and see to it that the patients at the Latto Hospital are to be provided with pure ice?

The Hastings Gazette, February 14, 1914.

Patients were received at the institution on Thursday also those form the Adsit Sanitarium. Miss Helen Stevens, of Minneapolis, is superintendent, Miss Martha J. Fickling, Owatonna, day nurse and Miss Theresa Miller of Hastings night nurse. The hospital has been fitted in modern style and will be conducted in a satisfactory manner.

The Hastings Gazette, January 8, 1932

At the regular meeting of the city council Monday evening two resolutions were adopted offering the Latto Hospital property and hospital equipment for sale as the city, since the closing of the hospital, has at considerable cost and expense employed a night watchman to protect the property which is of no use of benefit to the city and its taxpayers.

The Hastings Gazette, January 22, 1932

Dr. H. A. Fasbender was declared the successful bidder at the sale of personal property used in the Latto Hospital and in the nurses’ home at the meeting of the city council last Monday night. The consideration was $525.

The Hastings Gazette, January 10, 1941

The Latto Hospital was reopened the first part of the year after it had been closed for the past three months. Previously the hospital was operated as a general hospital by Mrs. Frank Schmitz, who now in reopening, plans to operate it principally as a Rest Home. Before closing three months ago Mrs. Schmitz operated the hospital continuously for seven years.

Hastings Star Gazette, May 5, 1988

Work on restoring the former Latto Hospital to the grandeur of a 19th century home has begun in earnest after the Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission give its blessings to plans by owners Deck and Pam Thorsen to turn the mansion into their second bed and breakfast.

Hastings-St. Paul Bus Line Discontinued, 1932

March 14, 1932

On Wednesday, February 24, 1932 the bus line operated by E. R. Princeton between Hastings and St. Paul was discontinued. Although there had been rumor that the line would be discontinued, the announcement of the definite suspension was unexpected.

The bus line had been in operation since October 28, 1928 when the first bus traveled over the route between Hastings and St. Paul replacing the abandoned St. Paul Southern electric line.

When the line was first established, residents of Hastings and other communities along the route to St. Paul supported it generously and proved to the owner that a transportation facility of that nature was appreciated. However, high operating expenses, which included taxes and licenses, and a competing line and changes in route due to road improvements, and the increased use of private owned automobiles cut he receipts to the point where the line began to lose heavily .

Memorial Hospital Corner Stone Laid October 7, 1953

The Hastings Gazette, October 9, 1953

The dedication including the laying of the corner stone into which were placed many valuable documents, including a record of the signing of the contract with the architects, the letting of the bids for the hospital itself and the account of the first spadeful of earth for the construction.

Showing some skill with the trowel, Archbishop John G. Murray, D. D. is here seen laying the corner stone of the new Salve Regina Memorial Hospital in ceremonies at 4:00 p.m. October 7, 1953. Left to right, Rev. H. B. Hacker of St Paul, Archbishop Murray, Rev. J. J. Quinlan, Chaplain at the Hastings State Hospital, Rev. George H. Galles of Miesville, Rev. Lambert Weckwerth of Hastings, and the Rev. Fr. Ferguson of Hastings.

The Hastings Star Gazette, August 8, 2002

While working on a project for the future, the staff at the Regina Medical Center uncovered a piece of its past in the form of a time capsule last month. The time capsule was apparently buried in the building in 1953, as there is a letter dated Oct. 7 from that year from the Sisters of Charity who helped raise money from the first facility. Maria Reis, public relations director said the most exciting items were a collection of 44 Catholic medals and a list of “Our Honored Dead,” featuring 44 names of soldiers from Hastings “who did not return from three great wars.”

The letter from the Sisters of Charity shows a mix of satisfaction about the completion of the hospital and concern about the military conflicts in other parts of the world.

“At last the big day has arrived for the Sisters of Charity and the people of Hastings after a most strenuous time to accumulate funds for a modern, up-to-date hospital. With all hands working together and also with the aid of government funds, success has been achieved.” The letter ends with this more grim statement: “The world seems to be in a turmoil with the Koran War and outbreaks in several counties.” The letter also provides a sense of how the hospital has changed several times through the years, as one of the sisters on the letter went on to witness seven groundbreakings in her lifetime.