The Rensselaer Central High School 1971 boys varsity basketball team is pictured to the right. In the front row are Bill Williams, George Groom, Randy Fenwick, Mike Edmonds, Bob Linback, Tony DeWees, Brad Bailey and Bob Tubbs, and behind them are Coach Davisson, Bill Bruce, Jeff Baer, Mike Roberts, Coach Day, Doug Meyer, Bill Webb, Mark Malone, Coach Brandenburg. Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 2/21/05
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.