(upper photo) Last week, we asked people to call in and identify these seven lovely women, who were Homecoming Court candidates at Rensselaer Central High School in 1966-67. After fielding several calls, the identity of these seven women was revealed. They are, with married names in parenthesis where possible, (front row, L to R) Pama Tonner (Schreeg), Pam Mackey and Pat Woodworth (Riley). (Back row, L to R) Cindy Kanne, Linda Foulks, Marcia Hurley and Jane Pfledderer. Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 10/16/00
(lower photo) The 1966 Homecoming Court included eventual queen winner Linda Foulks (second from left in back row). Please help us identify the other candidates and we’ll include the results in next week’s paper. Photo from Chaos. Rensselaer Republican 10/9/00
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.