We got several responses to the picture we printed in Peek at the Past two weeks ago, many of which helped us identify the players, coaches and managers who helped Rensselaer Central High School’s boys basketball team capture a sectional in 1969. They include (first row, L to R) Karen Zacek, Deb Cochran, Julie Amsler, Teresa Gates and Linda Cochran. (Second row, L to R) John Tilton, Bill Williams, Greg Bailey, Jeff Templeton, Mike Denton, Dave Yeoman and Rick Linback. (Third row, L to R) Greg Lintner, Coach Lary McCray, Dave Baer, Mike Hooker, Ron Fenwick, Bob Clouse, Larry Edmonds, Russ Martin, Ron Huhn, Coach Dave Day and Jay Rodia. Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 11/24/03
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 thanks to the Eisenhower Memorial Commission.
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.