In honor of the Rensselaer Central High School football team’s thrashing of North Newton Friday, here is a group of players of the current Bombers can look up to. This group of mostly Rensselaer High School graduates played in a semi-pro football league in Chicago around 1969. They include (front, L to R) Wayne Tilton (Class of 1962), Dave Staddon (Class of ‘620, the late Joe Burvan, who taught and coached football and wrestling at RCHS), and Terry Davisson (Class of ’61). (Back L to R) Duffy Hagist, Joe Zimmer (class of ’62), Chris Geesman (former RCHS football coach), and Chuck Tilton (Class of ’56). Photo provided. Rensselaer Republican 8/25/03
Online Records to help your research.
Indexes and Lists
Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Records Table of veterans who fought for the north in the Civil War (1861-1865), Jasper County Post #84
Standard Atlas Index - 1909 Standard Atlas Index of Jasper County, searchable by name
Local Obituary Index A collection of spreadsheets listing obituaries that can be found in the Rensselaer Republican (1910-1939 - other years to be added) and the Kankakee Valley Post-News (1938-present).
Jasper County Cemetery Records at Find a Grave.com Records added by community volunteers. Extensive records for the DeMotte area.
Jasper County Cemeteries at Google Maps A map of existing and former Jasper County Cemeteries, based on library records.
1840 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
1850 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
1860 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
1870 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
1880 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
1900 Census Index - Jasper County, Indiana
Genealogy and Local History books at JCPL
A list of non-circulating books available in our branches
Vintage Views Index
Copies of the local history publication available for browsing at the Rensselaer Library.
Other Records available at the Library
For highlights of our collection, please see our main genealogy page.