In the early 1970s, Rensselaer Central High School had a Future Nurses Club with over 100 members at one point in 1971. Officers of the club in 1971 are pictured above (L to R) Rita Messman, president; Kay Foulks, treasurer; Sharon Yeoman, vice-president; Debbie Phegley, secretary; Kris Spurgeon, chairman. Did these women become nurses after graduation? If anyone has information on the whereabouts of these officers, please contact the Republican with the information. Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 11/18/02
JCPL Genealogy & Local History
Welcome to the Jasper County Public Library Genealogy and Local History Department
The materials on these pages are presented by library staff to help you with your personal and local history inquiries.
Explore the index at left to see what is available on this site.
For more information, or to get help with your genealogy requests, please check out our online contact form and select the genealogy category that best matches the region of your inquiry.
About our Local History Collections Online
General Milroy Collection - Hundreds of original letters and documents from a noted figure of the U.S. Civil War.
Oral Histories - First-hand accounts of life in northern Jasper and Newton County at the start of the 20th century. Sponsored by DeMotte-Kankakee Valley Rotary Club - Oral History Project
News Files - Assorted records from our Microfilm and Vertical File Collection
Other Local History Collections available by request:
Catalogued from the KV Post-News and available at the DeMotte Library:
- Birth Announcements 1930s – present
- Marriage Announcements 1930s – present
- Obituaries 1930s – present
Catalogued from the Rensselaer Republican and available at the Rensselaer Library:
- Obituaries 1910-1939, selected years 1940-present
Newspapers on Microfilm
The DeMotte Library has all of the back issues on microfilm of the KV Post-News.
The Rensselaer Library contains several back issues on microfilm of various current and historical newspapers, including:
- Rensselaer Republican
- Jasper County Democrat
- Rensselaer Standard
These sites should be helpful in exploring your personal or local history.
Lanewood Jasper County Genealogy Resources. Award-winning site.
Jasper County Cemetery Records at Find a Grave.com Extensive records from the DeMotte area.
Genealogy Web Sites Hand-Picked Links from free, local, state and government websites (via Delicious.com)
Indiana Roots State geneaology records from Elkhart, Kosciusko, Lake and Porter counties