Mayor to speak at Sept. meeting

Rensselaer Mayor Steve Wood
Rensselaer Mayor Steve Wood

Come to hear Mayor Steve Wood give a Rensselaer Update on Tuesday, September 15th at the Jasper County Historical Society meeting.

A short business meeting begins at 6:30 PM in the Museum, 479 N.

Van Rensselaer Street.

Visitors are welcome and refreshments will be served.

126 years of Saint Joseph’s College

Colorized black and white photo. Caption reads "Terrace, St. Joseph's College, Collegeville, Ind."
Postcard of the Chapel and Administration buildings at SJC, constructed 1890. The Administration Building was destroyed by fire in 1973.

St. Joseph’s College is now in its 126th year of serving our community. You can read more about this institution in the latest issue of our newsletter, as well as the 1938 County Fair, an update on the Rev. Helenor Davisson Site, Monnett School for Girls and Photographer Harry Parker.

Additionally, you can take a peek at some of the old St. Joseph’s College postcards from our museum collection. We would like to obtain additional college postcards so they can be included in a Jasper County postcard book that we plan to publish next year. It is going to take a lot of post cards to fill a tiny book, so we invite the Jasper County and Saint Joe communities at large to contact us if you are able to help.

For many years the Chicago Bears trained at St. Joseph’s College. Unfortunately, the Historical Society does not have any records or photos of their time in Rensselaer. Can anyone help our curator eliminate this gap in our collection?

Finally, The historic buildings at the fairgrounds including the log cabin, post office, Roosevelt privy, and school house will be open during the Jasper County Fair Sunday, July 19 from 1-4, Tuesday, July 21 from 1-4, and Thursday, July 23 from 1-4.

The society will also have a table at the Volunteer Fair in the Community building from 4 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, July 19. Come visit us and pick up a copy of the latest Vintage Views while you are there.

JCHS newsletter JULY 2015

Desperately Seeking Nancy

We are looking for a photo of Nancy McColly Davisson, second wife of Thomas Davisson of Jasper County Indiana.

Thomas was the second husband of Rev. Helenor Alter Davisson. They  married March 4, 1864.

Thomas married Nancy some time after 1876.

If you have a photo in your collection, please contact the JC Historical Society, care of County Genealogist Sue Caldwell, or comment on this post and we will contact you!

2015 JC Fair Dates Announced

Step back into history this summer at the Jasper County Fair.

The 1967 Quick/Walters Log Cabin, the 1874 Rosebud School, and the 1938 Paar Post Office, part of the county’s historical village at the Fairgrounds, will be open during the Jasper County Fair, Sunday, July 19, Tuesday, July 21, and Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

April 2015 Newsletter

Charlie Halleck from waist up
Charlie Halleck poses with this latch-hook rug, a symbol of bicentennial fever.

Be sure to visit the Jasper County Historical Society between now and August 15 to enjoy the fantastic exhibit on Charles Halleck. The exhibit was created by Museum Curator Judy Kanne.

Halleck, a native of DeMotte,  served 16 terms in the House of Representatives. He was Majority Leader from 1947-1949 and 1953-1955 and Minority Leader from 1959-1965.

Read more about this man of history in the  April Newsletter:

JCHS newsletter APR 2015

January 2015 Newsletter

cover of newsletter
Local historical news, published quarterly

The 23rd issue of Vintage Views is now available for purchase at the historical museum.

The cover pictures Nane Long Loy (in Junior Red Cross attire) and Ruth Harriet Eger McFall collecting for starving people in Belgium after World War I.

County Historian Judy Kanne’s article is titled “A Lady Named Nane Long Loy”. Other articles and photos relate to Morris Jacks’ store on wheels, J A Grant & Son Motor Freight, Hollis “Holly” Hayes, the Rensselaer Lions Club, and more.

Also included are a tribute to the 2014 state champion football team from Rensselaer and a reprint of an article about the Bomber name by Michael Campbell.

The cost is $10 plus $3.00 for postage if you want it mailed.

Read more:

JCHS newsletter JAN 2015