The Rensselaer High School Class of 1955 have shared many memories at class reunions over the years, including the year it held a reunion in 1970. Class members who participated in this reunion included (front row, L to R) Frances Phegley, Sandra Martin, Darla Jones, Phyllis Miller, Nancy Yeoman, Geri Chapman, Marilyn Steinke, Virginia Kerns and Pat Moore. (Back row, L to R) Gary Mau, Trd Knorr, Charles Tullis, Dale DeWees, Ron Paulus, Jim Hopkins, Vaughn Wood, Dick Phegley and Rich Potts. Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 2/21/00
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.