Members of the 1970 – 71 Rensselaer High School cross country team included (L to R) Ed Edmonds, Jim Rodibaugh, Rollie Hobbs, Randy Fenwick, Mike Edmonds, Bruce Zorich, coach Gene Edmonds, Bob Swartz, Steve Anderson, Toni DeWees, Jeff Tatlock and Dave Williams. Photo from Chaos. Rensselaer Republican 10/23/00
Charlie Halleck Day - Sept. 13, 1962
In 1962, the former president came to Rensselaer to personally endorse Halleck for re-election. This event is still talked about by residents who remember the visit. The day-long visit included a public speech delivered on the courthouse steps, the dedication of a cornerstone for Saint Joseph's College's Halleck Center, as well as other dinners and revelries that would accompany a visit from such a distinguished guest.
You can read the full text of Eisenhower's speech that day at the National Archives. (The link is to a 190-page pdf of his collected post-Presidential speeches, organized by date. The speech is on pages 66-69.)
Click on the links below to see coverage from the Rensselaer Republican newspaper of the pre-visit preparation and the visit itself. These files were taken from the microfilm records available at the library.