These Boys Made History Winning All Games in 1937

January 14, 1938

All due honor will be accorded the Hastings High School football team champions of the Mississippi Valley League the past season, at a big banquet and program to be staged at the Memorial Auditorium at the high school. Preparations now complete include a banquet followed by a speaker’s program and the showing of movies of the Big Ten football games played by Minnesota. Parents and friends of the squad may also attend the event by purchasing tickets in advance. A. R. Graf is Blue and Gold coach, who whipped the team into championship calibre and carried them through a heavy schedule to be crowned Mississippi Valley all conference champions. Lin H. Hildebrand is the Assistant coach, responsible for much of the drill work and coaching fundamentals that helped the team to greater laurels.

A Visit With St. Nick, 1962

Hastings Gazette, December 20, 1962

Arriving at the Hastings Armory last Saturday afternoon for his annual visit with the youngsters and distribution of treats for all, Santa strikes up a conversation outside the entrance with little Tommy Elllis, front row center, four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Elllis. Tommy just waved his hand in reply, saving his conversation for later when he got to sit on Santa’s knee.

Long line of waiting youngsters with parents streamed into the Armory while the older children attended a movie at the Riveriera Theatre. The day’s program was sponsored by the Hastings Jaycees.

City Awaiting Good News from Santa in 1929

December 6, 1929

Hastings youngsters- and some of their elders- who have been anticipating another radiogram from Santa Claus this week are doomed to disappointment for no  message has been received, as yet, from the Santa Claus Express that left Nome, Alaska last week on the first leg of the long journey to Hastings.

“No news is good news,” however, and there is no reason to believe that anything serious has happened to St. Nick and his reindeer chargers. They may have been stalled, temporarily, by Arctic Blizards, but they should be at Point Barrow by this time and a message will undoubtedly be received within a few days, informing Santa’s friends here that he has passed the most dangerous stages of the trip successfully.

Bridges of Hastings

This is an  aerial view of the famous Spiral Bridge that was built in 1895 and torn down in 1951 after the new bridge was constructed. The Spiral Bridge played a major role in the early history of the Hastings community.

Hastings was a growing river town in the latter part of the 19th century. A rope ferry was used to get from one side of the river to the other side, but because of the increasing population of the community, an improvement in transportation was definitely needed. The bridge saved Hastings. If it hadn’t been for the bridge, Hastings would not have developed and development would have happened on the other side of the river.

The Spiral Bridge was originally designed to carry a load limit of 10 tons, through the years the bridge’s load limit was gradually lowered to six tons, and finally four tons. As the invention of the automobile brought increased wear to the bridge, a bridge designed for horse and buggy travel, the bridge’s demise was foretold.

The bridge was demolished in 1951. The two ends were disconnected from the middle span. Those ends fell into the river and a derrick was used to lift the pieces out.

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.