Helen found Susan (Gray) Stewart and Myrtle Green, both of whom
had taken two previous high school subjects. Miss Helen
pursuaded those two to come back to school in order for the school
to have graduates for another three year course. Mrs. Stewart
was working and Miss Green was teaching at the one room school,
Alexander. Susan and Myrtle went back to school in order
that the higher education that Miss Helen was so interested in
Ireland having, would go on.
and Myrtle graduated in 1907 from the three year
course. Class colors were gray and green.
Ironically, these colors were the last
names of these two students. This probably has
never happened before in any school anywhere!
Miss Helen was so intent on keeping the school going. She
would even take her horse and buggy out into the countryside to
visit the farmers. Her intent was to convince the farmers
to let their children continue on to advance training and schooling
at Ireland High School.
In 1908 a class of eight students graduated from
the three year course. They were Jemima Cooper, Elsie Green,
Della Long, Wallace Green, Alice Norman, Effie Ragle, Albert Root
and Urban Steinhart. In 1909 there were
five graduates of the first four year course of
high school education. They were, Wallace Green, Alice Norman,
Albert Root, Effie Ragle and Urban Steinhart. All
five had completed the three year course in 1908. I interviewed
Albert Root in 1989 when he was 98 yrs old. He attended
the Corn Log one-room school just south of Ireland and the Hopkins
School east of Ireland near the Bainbridge Township line. He related
to me that his schooling in the Ireland area was so essential
in his life. He mentioned that Teddy Roosevelt was the first
president he remembered. He had written a biography of himself.
Albert shared this writing with me and gave me a copy. We
shall relate to his biography later on this website. Albert
invented one of the first incubators for chickens. Albert
also wrote a science fiction book that was published. The
book included space ships, etc.
At this point we need to give a short resume of Helen Rose. The
Ireland High School continued under the guidance of Helen Rose
from 1905 to 1921. She retired in 1922. She was the only
principal that taught in both the 1884 school and the 1915 school.
As was stated, she began her schooling at Adams School in Madison
Township. Helen then attended Jasper Normal for three years,
Mitchell Academy and Indiana University. Her teaching career spanned
a 36 year tenure. During this time she guided the growth
of Ireland High School from a two year course to a four year Indiana
State Commissioned School. She was influential in securing
material facilities for the school which led to the construction
of the new 1915 Ireland High School. Her professional capacity
was recognized by other educators in the state through her election
as the first woman president of the Southwestern Indiana Teacher's
Association in 1914. It was publicly reported in newspapers as
follows: "Superintendent HELEN ROSE, of
the schools of Ireland, Madison Township, was recently elected
president of the Southwestern Indiana Teachers. The association
embraces thirteen counties of the pocket and adjoining counties.
For the last nine years she has been at the head of the Ireland
School, one of the best high schools in Southern Indiana.
She is one of the most progressive teachers in the state,
a firm believer of vocational education".
During Ireland High School's 61 years of existance (1909-1970),
there were approximately 861 graduates. For the least graduates
there were 2 in 1913 to a high of 44 graduates in 1966. Around
1202 attended Ireland at one time or another. They either
quit school or moved on to another school. There were 141 students
attending Ireland in its final year of 1970. From 1910 those
attending Ireland are listed below. A (c) after
the name indicates they left before graduation from Ireland High
Alva Alexander, Eula Alford, Hazel Johnson, Andrew Mercker,
Ross Stewart and Richard Thompson.
1911: Hugh Anderson, Ethel Baker, Roy Brittain, Homer
Cooper, Grace Glezen, Leland Green, Dessia Green, Nellie Hopkins,
Shirley Payne and Bernard Rose.
1912: Loren Anderson, Marie Grant, Anna Kellams, John
Lansford, Eugene Norman, Daisy Payne, Bruno Ragle, Hammond Stewart,
Edna Traylor and Anthony Wigand.
1913: Florence Stewart and Mabel Sweeney.
1914: Helen Alford, Thomas Anderson, Anna Dorsey, Ernest
Frick, Gladys Glezen, May Morgan, Oscar Schwenk, Jacob Nahler
and Samuel Schwenk.
1915: Adeline Armstrong, Lawrence Frank, Ward
Glezen, Norma Kellams, Nelda Morgan, Bernice Myers, Glenn Schnarr,
Gilbert Schwenk, Lela Wininger and Lena Wigand.
All previous students mentioned went to the 1884 school. The new
(1915) Ireland High School was completed to begin in the fall
of 1915. The school was modern for its time with forced
steam heating system and electric lights. The school had
a slate roof that lasted until the school was torn down in 1989.
The school also had a nice auditorium upstairs which doubled as
a gymnasium. The two south ground level rooms were used
for grades 1-8. Most everyone brought their own lunch.
However, there was no indoor plumbing. This of course still meant
outdoor privys. Ottis Green was trustee of Madison Township
during this time. He was criticized for spending too much
money on the school. (Does this sound familiar?) The school cost
the township a staggering $15,000.00. Everyone still had
to find their own way to school. That meant the students
had to walk, or travel by horseback or horse and buggy.
The 1916 class was the first to graduate from this new school.
Floyd Schnarr spoke to me about playing basketball on dirt courts
during his early high school years. He also told me of the
great experience of playing in the new high school. The team was
then called "The Irish Lads".
Ralph Green, Mattie Hardin, Ruben Hautch, Ethel McCormick,
Flora Ragle, Floyd Schnarr and Barney Sweeney.
1917: Edna Dorsey, Lorenzo Hardin (c), DeWitt Hobbs,
William Morgan, Ray Murray and Rachel Yates.
1918: Violet Alford, Lucille Anderson, Glenn Hadlock,
Herbert Renner, Minnie Frick and Minnie Whitsitt.
1919: Meta Frick, Vivian Jeffers, Russell Kellams and
1920: Jennie Banta, Robert Green and Russell
1921: Albert Mercker attended Ireland High School as
the only one in his class. He attended Ireland until the
last semester of his senior year. To avoid expense to the
township of a commencement, he entered Jasper High School and
graduated with the senior class there.
1922: Eugene Brittain, Martha Glezen, Herbert
Greener, Mabel Harker, Lizzie Klein, Mary Klein and William Schwenk.
1923: Grace Alford, Ormsby Bence, Elsie Morgan, Lloyd
Green and Austin Rudolph.
In December 1921, Llyod Green (Class of 1923) edited the first published newspaper. It was called The Beacon. The Beacon sold for 10c. The first edition was a well put together piece of jourinalism. However, the cost must have been prohibitive for that edition was the first and last. It wasn't until the mimeograph machine came into to play in 1949-50 that it was published again. This time under the name of the Irish Gazette.
1924: Olive Norman, Patrick Renner and Irene Traylor.
During the years the school continued to have a good academic
standing. The mascot name of "The Ireland Spuds" was
born. Joseph C. Glezen, class of 1925, later became the
only Ireland High School graduate to become the basketball coach
of his alma mater.
1925: Marian Anderson, Lloyd Dillin, Joseph Glezen,
Madelyn Myers, Willa Roudenbush and Ralph Traylor.
1926: Louannah Bence, Emil Dischinger, Lucas Dupps, Herb
Grabeman (c), Mary Green, Leo Hoffman (c), Clara Keusch, Lloyd
Mosby, William Schmitt, Hugo Schuler, Gladys Small and Victor
1927: Louise Bachman, Howard Kellams, Esther Morgan,
Fredia Schmitt, Edwin Schnarr and Raymond Weisheit.
1928: Floyd Anderson, Robert Armstrong, Helen Bence,
Henrietta Dischinger, Martin Hochgesang, Rita Renner, Carl Schnarr,
Catherine Schuetter, Harry Smalll, Hugh Stewart and Marie Streigle.
Ariel Green(e) of the class of 1929, both Green & Greene were
used, related to me about some of her days in Ireland High School.
The satisfaction of a college degree and a teacher's liscense
were the foremost results. She also relayed the above remembrances
of the 1915 Ireland High School when her dad, Ottis Greene, was
trustee of Madison Township. Many of the facts about Miss
Helen Rose also came from Ariel. Ariel was Miss Helen's
niece. Ariel lived with her Aunt Helen during the week in
Ireland and went home in the country for the weekends.
Kellogg Armstrong, Kenneth Asbell, Henrietta Bachman,
Marie Brittian, Ariel Greene, Raymond Rutter and Helen Small.
1930: Fern Johnson, Julius Leinenbach, Mildred
Rudolph and Dorothy Schmitt.
1931: Josephine Dischinger, Mary Heim, Fredrick Houchins,
Robert Kellams, Herbert Mehne, Lenas Rudolph, Armella Schwenk,
William Stewart, Lee Theroff, Donis Yates and Nellie Armstrong.
1932: Loretta Bachman, Edgar Frank, Bernard Heim, Raymond
Hochgesang, Cletus Keusch, Marian Leinenbach, Levi Leinenbach,
Amos Leinenbach, Luther Schnarr, Jerome Schwenk, Felix Schnaus
and Wilmajean Smith.
1933: Louise Armstrong, Raymond Buechler, George Heim,
Mildred Jerger, Justine Krelien (c), Stella Schmitt, Walter Steinhart
and Raymond Stenftenagle.
1934: Wilfred Buechler, Pauline Dischinger, Henrietta
Heim, Anthony Heim, Albert Keusch, Bessie Radke, Pete Rudolph,
Wilfred Schitter, Charles Stewart, Joyce Stewart and Earl Tabor.
1935: Roman Bachman (j), Geneva Brittain, Leo Heim, Helen
Jerger, Anthony Klein, Woodrow Mehne (c), Valerie Renner (c),
Elizabeth Schmitt, Alice Schnaus (c), Genevieve Schuler, Raymond
Schuler, Lucille Schwenk, Viola Schwenk (c), Marilene Smith (c),
Marie Steinkamp and Clarissa Stenftenagle.
1936: Bernice Buechler (c), Mergerta Dischinger, J.C.
Frank (c), Herbert Goeppner, Wilfred Kluemper, Arthur Leinenbach,
Eugene Leinenbach, Allabell Meaders (c), Issac Mehne (c), Benjamin
Mundy (c), Esther Renner (c), Helen Schmitt (c), Joseph Schitter,
Jerome Schuler, Paul Weisheit and Mildred Yates (c).
1937: Glen Brittain (c), Lorene Heim, Clarissa Hochgesang,
Virginia Johnson, Faye Meadors, Helen Miller (c), Doyle Padgett
and Remus Schuler (c).
1938: Walter Buechler, Richard Burger, Alice Jerger,
Dee Johnson (c), William Rudolph, Ralph Schmitt, Clarence Schnaus
(c), Rufus Schwenk, Herman Small, John Small, Helen Stewart and
Clarence Wehr (c).
1939: Maleta Campbell (c), James Hopkins, Rudy Hulsman,
Marcella Keusch (c), Catherine Marks (c), Felix Mundy, Virginia
Padgett (c), Vivian Padgett (c), Bernadine Schepers (c), Meinrad
Schitter, Josephine Schmitt (c), Mary Schmitt, James Schuler (c)
and Clara Steincamp.
1940: Monica Dischinger, Edward Heim (c), Robert Hopkins
(c), Joan Jerger, Harley Kearby, John Meadors, Arnold H. Mehringer,
Sylvester Miller (c), Robert Rees, Agnes Renner, Ruth Renner,
James Schnarr, Leroy Schnaus (c), Ivo Schuler, Arthur Stenftenagle,
Virginia Stenftenagle, Eugene Wehr (c), Joseph Wehr (c), Meleties
Weyer (c), Bernard Wigand, Dorothy Wigand.
In 1940, the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which was
built in 1885, disbanded and the congregation moved to Jasper.
Madison Township bought the land & building, just west of
the present Ireland Elementary School. They removed the
steeple from the church added a furnace room and continued to
use the building as a gymnasium. The writer remembers that
during a game in the middle 1940's, a player broke through the
poplar tongue & grooved floor. Mr. John J. Lasher, principal
at the time, came out onto the floor with a replacement board,
handsaw, hammer and nails in hand. Mr. Lasher proceeded
to fix the floor and the game went on! The Ireland Spuds played
in this building until 1948.
1941: Paul Burlingame, Francia DeSainie, Robert
Keusch, Charles Leinenbach, William Meadors, George Padgett (c),
Rudolph Schitter (c), Alice Schmitt (c), Vincent Schmitt, Sylvester
Schnaus, Donald Schuler (c), Sylvester Stenftenagel(c), Alatha
Stewart (c), James Terwiske, Pete Wehr and Albert Weisheit (c).
It turned out that the class of 1942 produced
the first jet-pilot from Dubois County. Curt Eskew became
known as "Hawk". He attained ths knickname from
his airforce buddies during his 100 combat missions in the Korean
War. During his military career Curt reached the rank of
Lt. Colonel. Later in life, Curt, unfortunately became legally
blind. However, with the help of the people at Mana-Sota
Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Florida, Curt
adjusted. Curt then wanted to help others with the same
problem. With that in mind, he became a counselor at the
1942: Lester Armstrong, Baker Barrett, Carl Bleemel,
Robert Bonifer, Curtis Eskew, Marcella Goeppner (c), Carroll Gregory,
Irene Hulsman, Leona Mehringer, Martha Lou Padgett, Eleanor Renner,
Ignatia B. Schitter, Dora Schuler, Irene Terwiske, Max Traylor
and Cyril Wigand.
1943: Anna Marie Buechler, Virginia Blessinger
(c), Harry Cirance (c), Hubert Gregory (c), Aloysius Heim, Luella
Hoffman (c), John Jerger, Charles McElfresh (c), Hazel Murry,
Clarence Rees (c), Delores Schitter (c), Bertha Schmitt(c), Seraphia
Schmitt, Slyvester Schmitt (c), Lloyd Schuler, Herbert Schwenk
(c), Eugenia Sermersheim, Robert Stenftenagel(c), Wilfred Stenftenagel,
Cletus Terwiske (c), Victor Wagner (c), Fredrick Wehr (c) and
Robert Weyer (c).
1944: Lee Albert Bachman (c), Lorena Blessinger, Norma
Gregory (c), William Hensley (c), Rosalee Hoffman, Bernita Hulsman,
Mildred Marks (c) ,James Meadors (c), Lucille Miller, Dennis Schitter
(c), Frank J. Schmitt (c), Jerome Schmitt (c), Raphael Schmitt
(c), Dorothy Schnaus, Virgil Schnaus (c), Jerome Sermersheim (c),
Lucille Steinhart, Marilyn Stewart, John Wehr (c), and Lavella
Eight girls graduated
from the 1944 class. There was also and all girl class (two) in
1945: Silvera Ackerman, Lillian Armstrong (c), Ruth Burlingame,
Marilyn Eskew, Clara Mae Gress, Norma Gregory (c), George
Hupp, Ellis McCrary, Vera McCrary (c), Cletus Melchior, Claude
Rees (c), Levienes Schitter (c), Anna Mae Schmitt (c), Raymond
Schmitt, Robert Schnaus (c), James Schwenk, Bernadine Sermersheim
, Rose Sermersheim (c), Robert Wagner, and Mary Lou Wigand.
1946: Gerald Bonifer, Alan Brescher (c), Arnold Heim,
Laverne Hilgeman, Robert Hoffman, Charles Jerger, Linus Mehringer
(c), Loretta Miller (c), Marjorie Pfaff (c), Clemens Renner, Leroy
Schnarr, Leo Schnaus, Leola Schuler (c), Fredrick Sendelweck,
and Marian Sermersheim.
1947: Irene Ackerman, Arthur Bonifer, William Burger,
Mildred Eskew, Lee Albert Gress (c), Larry Hauser (c), Thomas
Hohler, Kenneth Morgan, Helen Murry, Ellen Ragle, Betty Jean
Rees, Kenneth Schitter, Mary Schitter (c), Laverne Schmitt, Betty
Ann Sermersheim (c), Linus Stenftenagle (c), Robert Terwiske,
Minnie Jean Toler (c), Thomas Wagner (c), Lenora Wehr (c), Theresa
Wehr and Lewis Weisheit.
1948: Edward Bartley, Elmer Bleemel, Joyce Bonifer, Eugene
Burger (c), Virginia Burger, Wilfred Buschkoetter, Anthony Goeppner
(c), Lee Etta Goeppner, Robert Hupp (c), Ruth Jerger, Betty Marie
Mehringer (c), Orville Mehringer, Mildred Merkley, Bernice Miller,
Henry Neukam, Charles Ragle, Magdalen Renner, Wilma Renner (c),
Melvin Schitter, Edmund Schmitt, Patrick Schmitt, Richard
Schmitt, Daniel Schnarr, Lou Anna Schuler (c), Emma Schwenk, Dorothy
Sermersheim (c), Catherine Steinhart, Sylvester Terwiske, John
Weidenbenner and Anthony Wigand.
The old gym (Presbyterian Church) was torn down during the following
students' year. The basketball team of that year used the
Otwell High School gym for their home games.
1949: Charles Durcholz, Wilfred Gress, Opal Hilgeman
(c), Opal Hochgesang (c), Claretta Hoffman, Erwin Hoffman, Louis
Pfaff (c), Albert Schnaus (c), Mary Ann Schwenk, LaVerne Sendelweck,
Rosemarye Wagner, Herman Wehr (c), Bernard Weidenbenner, Bette
Weidenbenner, Kenneth Weisheit and Ferdie Weyer.
During 1949, the township was building it's first building in
34 years. The 1949 Ireland High School regulation size gymnasium
was finished for the 1949-1950 season. Also in the new building,
for the first time ever, Ireland had indoor plumbing and restrooms.
Some of the other uses of the building besides basketball were
band, choir and physcial education. The first basketball
game was played in the gym in November of 1949.
1950: Margie Ackerman, Robert Bartley, Donald
Bonifer, Mary Buschkoetter, Rita Durcholz, Wilbur Edwards, Bernice
Fleck, Patty Goeppner (c), Hazel Mae Himsel, Valeda Jahn (c),
Betty Leinenbach, Rosemary Mehringer, Ray Merkley, Lawrence Miller,
Edna Rees (c), Maurice Rohleder, David Schmitt, Amos Schnaus,
Ollie Schnell (c), Arlene Schuler (c), Bernard Schwenk (c), Rita
Sermersheim (c), Mary Terwiske, Lenora Vonderheide, Leroy Weisheit
and James Wigand.
1951: Rosemarye Blessinger, Alfred Burger, Lillian Goeppner,
Raymond Goeppner (c), Edwin Hopf (c), Mary Jahn, Millie Mehringer,
Patricia morgan, Robert Murry (c), Frank Schmitt, Anna Mae Schnaus,
Robert Sermersheim (c), Marcella Stenftenagel (c), Tony Terwiske,
Carol Wagner, norbert Wehr (c), Raymond Werner (c).
1952: Raphael Ackerman, Betty Armstrong, Leland Durcholz,
Viola Goeppner, Mitzie Gress, Mildred Hulsman, Leroy Hupp (c),
Randy McCain (c), Norbert Mehringer, Robert Mehringer (c), Mildred
Miller, Betty Rohleder, Paul Schitter, Julianna Schuler (c), Mary
Ann Schwenk, Alma Sendelweck, Tom Sermersheim, Alice Stenftenagle
(c), Morris Weidenbenner and Norma Werner (c).
1953: Esther Bartley, Mary Catherine Bonifer, Jerome
Buschkoetter, Eleanora Gehlhausen, Delbert "Junie" Himsel,
Thomas Hoffman, Anna Mae Hopf (c), Donald Johnson, Thomas Kellams,
Donald Malan (c), Ronald Malan, Bettye Ann Mehringer (c), Jeanie
Murry, Gladys Ragle, Martha Schnaus, Betty Marie Sermersheim (c),
Helen Sermersheim, Melvin Sermersheim, Jerry Wagner, James Weisheit
and Lucille Weisheit.
1954: Shirley Brescher, Lavonne Dillon, Dale Durcholz,
Mary Lou Durcholz, Emil Goeppner (c), Jack Hayes, Geraldine Hoffman,
Joe Jahn (c), Linus Jahn (c), Charles Mehringer, Frances Mehringer,
Thomas Mehringer, Charles Mendel, Victor Pfaff (c), Sylvester
Rohleder, Davis Schitter, Gladys Schitter, Donald Schuetter, Marlene
Vonderheide and Virginia Weidenbenner.
1955: Camilla Ackerman, Rosalie Ahrens (c), Margie Blessinger,
Jo Ann Durcholz, Anna Freyberger (c), Mary Lee Gehlhausen, Daniel
Hopf (c), Phyllis Hubster, Joseph Jaent, Beverly Leinenbach, Arnold
Mehringer (c), Linda Schitter, Betty Schnaus, Urban Schwenk, Thomas
Sendelweck, Linda Sermersheim (c), Patricia Stenftenagle (c),
Monica Terwiske and Donald Werner (c).
1956: Charles Armstrong (c), Phyllis Armstrong, Bonnie
Dillon, Marilyn Durcholz, Richard Freyberger, Ruthie Freyberger,
John Gehlhausen, Richard Gress, Hazel Haycox, Norma Hayes, Kenneth
Hoffman, Arnold Hopf (c), Vincent Hopf (c), Martha Jane Hulsman,
Mary Ann Kieffner, Shelba Lampert, Kenneth Mendel, Albert Miller,
Dolores Pfaff, Gary Schmitt, Michael Schmitt, Genny Schnarr, Joan
Schnarr, Jacquelin Sermersheim, Eileen Wehr (c), Helen Wehr (c),
Allen Weisheit, Delores Weisman and John Weisman.
1957: John Allen, Jerry Bartley, Dave Bonifer, Linus
Buschkoetter, John Crutchfield (c), Edward Durcholz, Richard Durcholz,
Jo Ann Gehlhausen, Bill Hopf (c), James Hopf (c), Mary Jane Hopf,
Russel Jaent, Jo Ann Kellams, Martha Sue McCain, Evelyn Mehringer,
Ricard Mendel, Lillian Merkley, Sylvester Mundy, Irma Rohleder,
Richard Rudolph, James Schmitt, Mary Ann Schmitt, Kelly Schnarr,
James Sermersheim (c), John Sermersheim, Beverly Small, Alan Small
(c), Clara Mae Stenftenagel, Kenneth Stenftenagel, Shirley Temple,
Elvira Vonderheide, Donna Wagner, Dorothy Weisheit (c), Kasper
Weisheit, Charles Weisman, Gerald Werner (c) and Patsy Whitsitt
1958: Gloria Bellner, Neil Dillon, Dorothy Durcholz, Rich Freyberger, Robert Gehlhausen (c), Gary Hayes, Larry Hochgesang
(c), Fred Hopf, Joan Hopf, Rose Ann Hopf, Kenneth Hulsman, Kenneth
Hurst (c), Sierra Kelley, Ralph Keusch, Robert Kieffner, Thomas
Mendel, Clara Mae Merkel, Eddie Schitter, Joe Schitter, Bibiana
Schmitt, Gloria Schmitt, Linus Schnarr, Doris Schuetter, Louis
Schwenk, Florence Sermersheim (c), Shirley Sermersheim, Lucille
Stenftenagle (c), Kenneth Voegerl and Jerome Weidenbenner.
1959: Loretta Allen, Judith Armstrong, Laverne Bartley,
Carol Bellner, Ardella Bonifer, Glen Dillon, Ronald Dodson, Leroy
Gehlhausen, Patrica Heim, Donald Hurst (c), Ronald Keusch, Mona
Leinenbach, Kenneth McCain (c), Eugene Mehringer, Ronald Mendel,
Lucinda Renner, Mary Rohleder, John Rudolph, Amos Schmitt (c),
Sue Schroeder, Richard Sermersheim (c), Donna Small, Helen Stenftenagel,
Richard Stenftenagel (c), Gilbert Voelkel, Mary Vollmer (c), Martin
Weisman and Jerry Whitsitt.
1960: Linda Braunecker, Ernerst Brown, Jr., Cletus Durcholz,
Carol Heim, Mary Catherine Himsel, Mike Hochgesang, Ralph Hopf,
Ruth Ann Hurst, Faurest Jeffries, Rebecca Kelley, Marilyn Kiefner,
Carol Klem, Donna Lampert, Dennis Leinenbach, Harold Lents, Joan
Mendel, John Merkley, Eddie Joe Meyer, Ruth Ann Popp, Ellen Rasche
(c), Viola Reinbold, Agnes Rohleder, Othmar Sander, Constance
Schroeder, Darlene Schuetter, Jerome Schwenk, John Schwenk, Ronald
Stenftenagel, Joan Voegerl, Helen Sue Voelkel, Marilyn Weidenbenner
and Shirley Weisheit.
1961: Cleo Ackerman, Ronald Ahrens, , Sue Bleemel, Raymond Bonifer, Ronald Brown, Brenda Burress,
Richard Edwards, Donald Fowler, Gary Frank, Sandra Freyberger,
Leroy Goeppner (c), Diane Gress, Donna Grooms (c), Kenneth Hopf
(c), Steven Hubster, Frances Hulsman, Philip Jeffries, Euene Keusch,
Kathleen Keusch, John Mann, Luther Mann, Cyril Mundy, Reginald
Schitter, Rosemary Schmitt, Larry Schnaus, Lawrence Sermersheim,
Martin Sermersheim (c), Donald Steinhart, Ronald Steinhart, Anna
mae Vollmer, David Weisman and Richard Weisman.
1962: Robert Allen, David Baer, William Englert, Larry Freyberger, Kenneth
Hochgesang (c), Judith Keusch, Maurice Keusch, Lela Lampert, Allen
Leinenbach, Donald McCain (c), Helen Mehringer, Uili Oser, Richard
Pfaff, James Popp, Doyle Reinbold, Eugene Reinbold (c), Marilyn
Renner, Barbara Rohleder, Mary Ann Sander, Jerry Schroeder, Kenneth
Schwenk, Donna Sermersheim, Bill Small, Hubert Stenftenagel, Kathleen
Temple, Ronald Vonderheide, George Walker (c) and Radius Weisman.
The class of 1963 and some of the underclassmen (below) achieved
something that seemed impossible. The basketball team
of 1963 not only won the first sectional (in single class basketball)
but went on to win the first regional that the Ireland Spuds ever
won. That means Ireland became a member of the "Sweet Sixteen"
(16 teams in the state left out of over 300 + ). Ireland
Spuds were in the semi-state of the IHSAA in 1963. Due
to the Evansville Semi-State being on "slow time", all
of the other regionals in the state had been played. Ireland
lost to Bosse in the Evansville Regional. However, due to
the aforesaid time differencial; Ireland was actually got
to the final 10 teams in the state.
Quite an accomplishment for the Ireland Spuds!!
Esther Armstrong, Jeanne Bonifer, Fredrick Brown (c),
Ruth Ann Durcholz (c), James Eck, Sheryl Eskew, Ronnie Gehlhausen,
Rosie Goeppner, Virgil Gress, Ethel Haycox, Ronald Heim, Patricia Hopf, John
Jeffries, Dennis Keusch, Euline Kieffner, Connie Leinenbach, Joe
Lents, Gene Mehne, Kenneth Mehringer, Henen Meyer, Mary Ann Meyer,
Vince Mundy, Elaine Popp, Gary Rasche, Marjorie Schmitt, Ambrose
Schwenk, Martha Jane Sendelweck, Sylvia Sermersheim, Veronica
Sermersheim (c), Dave Small, Judy Wehr, Frances Weidennbenner
and Eugene Werner (c).
1964: Stephanie Ahrnes (c), Betty Bellner, Judy Braunecker, Kenny Breitweiser,
James Brown, James Burress, Edward Freyberger (c), Carol Goeppner,
Phanalphia Hayes, Karen Hoffman, Mary Alice Hurst, Laverne Keusch,
Roasaleen Keusch, Ronald Klem, Bonnie Kunkel, Sandra Lampert,
Judy Lorey, Paul Mann, Beverly Mehne, Linda Mehringer, Arnold
Renner, Mary Jane Rudolph, Patricia Schitter, Becky Schroeder,
Frederick Schwenk, Sue Schwenk, Louise Sendelweck, Sam Small,
Sylvia Stenftenagel, Eileen Stenftenagel (c), Belinda Voegerl,
Allan Voelkel, Charles Vollmer and Charlotte Vollmer.
1965: Linda Armstrong, Janet Brown (c), Micheal Bueltel,
Gary Burress, Wayne Dittleberger, Jessica Fowler, Gloria Goepfrich,
Ralph Goeppner, Judy Heichelbech, Kerrylynn Hobbs, Mary Hochgesang,
Stanley Klem, Eugene Kluemper, Thomas Kunkel, Darrell Leinenbach,
Kenny Leinenbach, Rodger Leinenbach, Sharon Leinenbach, Stanley
Leinenbach, Susan Leinenbach, Bill Linette, Debra Mehne, Patricia
Mehringer, Veronica Mehringer, David Mendel, Melvin Mundy, Douglas
Padgett, Gay Padgett, James Sander (c), Patrick Schitter, Thomas
Schmitt, Gerald Schnaus, Raymond Schuetter, Carol Schwenk, Marilyn
Schwenk, John Stenftenagel, Sam Voelkel, Carolyn Wehr, Marilyn Wehr, Nancy Wehr,
Elizabeth Werner (c) and John Wigand.
1966: Albert Auffaurt, Richard Bleemel, Joan Breitwieser,
Richard Brown, Rosie Durcholz, Mary Freyberger (c), Linda Fuhrman,
Larry Goeppner, Robert Harris, Gerald Hayes, Martha Hochgesang,
Betty Hopf, Doug Hulsman, Grace Keusch, Diane Kuczynski, Irene
Kuczynski, Donald Kunz, Judy Kunz, Myron Lampert, Jeff Leinenach,
Phyllis Leinenbach, Donna Mehringer, Daniel Mundy, James Mundy,
Dennis Popp, Fred Popp, Martha Popp, Gary Pride, Glenda Reinbold,
Janet Renner, Donna Rohleder, Patricia Sadowski, Charles
Schmitt, Mary Jane Schmitt, Patty Schwenk, Marilyn Seitz, Dorothy
Sendelweck, Reggie Sermersheim, Stan Sermersheim, Michael Stenftenagel,
Bill Wehr, Linda Wehr, Larry Weidenbenner, Ken Weyer and
1967: Joseph Auffaurt, Ron Bellner, Linda Bleemel, Patricia
Boehm, Debbie Braunecker, Judy Burress, Jeff Eckert, Mary Jane
Frank, Barbara Gardner, Diane Goeppner, Doug Heim, Ron Hulsman,
Charles Hurst (c), Dennis Kempf, Norma Kempf, John Keusch, Debbie
Leinenbach, Steve Leinenbach, Joe Lorey, Linda Mann, Larry
Mehringer, Martha Lou Meyer, Betty Mundy, Elizabeth Mundy, Ron
Neukam, Edward Oser, Tom Padgett, Dennis Rohleder, Donna Schitter,
Virginia Schmitt, Mike Schwenk, Sam Schwenk, Jane Sendelweck,
Dave Sermersheim, Gary Sermersheim, Gerald Sermersheim, Mary Ellen
Small (c), Steve Wagner, Roger Wehr, Leo Werner (c), Marge Werner
(c) and Larry Zehr.
1968: Joan Auffaurt, Sarah Bleemel, Mary Braunecker,
Larry Breitweiser, Gail Bueltel, Dianne Dittelberger, Judy Gardner
(c), Kathy Garland, Cletus Goeppner, Tom Goeppner, Ray Harris,
Jane Heichelbech (c), Wanda Heim, Mary Hester (c), Charles Hochgesang,
Sylvia Hopf, Larry Jeffries (c), Leon Jerger, Pat Kluemper, Judy
Kunkel, Michael Kunz, Brian Leinenbach, Duane Leinenbach,
Lauren Leinenbach, Rick Linette, Linda Kay McCain, Jenny McGowen,
Linda Mehne, Connie Mehringer, Janet Mehringer, Joan Miller, Bill
Mundy (c), Tim Padgett, Jeanie Sadowski, Patricia Schmitt, Ken
Schnaus, Stanley Schroeder, Ruth Schwenk, Carol Seitz, Herman
Small, Jr., Becky Terwiske, Martha Vollmer, Ruth Wagner, Kay Weber,
Ken Wehr, Doug Weyer and Judy Weyer.
1969: Karen Bachman, Linda Bickwermert, Barbara DeKemper,
Paul Dischinger, Sue Eckert, Linda Gardner, Judy Goeppner, Carla
Gress, Mary Heim, Emma Hochgesang, Marilyn Hopf, Oma Sue Hubster,
Linda Hudson (c), Leon Kempf, Dennis Kunkel, Margaret Kunz, Greg
Leinenbach, Marsha Leinenbach, Tim Leinenbach, Melvin Linette,
Martha Miller, Kenneth Mundy, Gayle Pfaff, Bill Rasche, Evelyn
Renner, Steve Rohleder, David Rudolph, Lucinda Schmitt, Stan Schnaus,
Richard Schwenk, Ted Sendelweck, Connie Sermersheim, Steve Stemle,
Terry Wagner, Robert Wehr, Thomas Werner (c), Antoinette Wigand,
Toni Wigand and Patricia Young.
The following class, the class of 1970, was the
last year of high school in Ireland, Indiana. Ireland High
School was consolidated into the Greater Jasper School system.
From then on all high school students from the Ireland area went
to Jasper High School.
1970: Margie Auffart, David Bachman, Joyce Bachman,
Sandy Bartley, John Buetel, Randy Durcholz, Danny Gardner, Wilma
Goeppner (c), Becky Gress, John Hester (c), Martha Hopf (c), Cheryl
Hulsman, Brenda Jerger, Stephen Keusch, Tim Klem, Stan Kunkel,
Mark Leinenbach, Charles Mehringer, Randall Mehringer (c), Martin
Miller, Tom Mundy, Ken Sander, Theodore Schmitt, Linda Schnaus,
Jim Seitz, Bonnie Sermersheim, David Stenftenagle (c), Myron Temple
(c), Stan Terwiske, James Wagner, Randy Wehr, Mary Jane Weidenbenner,
Ted Weidenbenner (c), Kathy Weyer and Chery Zehr.
The other students that were attending Ireland, in the last year
for high school to be held there in 1970, were as follows: Junior
Class: Doris Bachman, Rich Bickwermert, Charles Boehm,
James Braunecker, Jane Burger, David Burress, Betty Fleck, Barbara
Garland, Betty Goeppner, Lee Goeppner, Linda Gress, Steven Gress,
Karen Hoffman, Eugene Hopf, Donna Hudson, Mary Jane Keusch, Michael
Kluemper, Conrad Kuczynski, William Kunkel, James Kunz, Linus
Mann, Sandy Mehringer, Karen Mendel, Mary Mendel, Eugene Miller,
John Miller, Sharon Mundy, Dean Pryor, Pam Pryor, Ken Rasche,
Kathy Sander, Pamela Schitter, Ann schmitt, Sonya Schroeder, Don
Schwenk, Duane Sermersheim, Steve Snyder, Barbara Stenftenagel,
Roland Terwiske, Micheal Wagner, Randall Wagner, Bonnie Weber,
Allen Wehr, Gerald Wehr, Greg Wehr and Debbie Weidenbenner. Sophmore
Class: Bill Armstrong, Marilyn Auffart, Jacob Bachman,
Marilyn Boehm, Mark Braunecker, Charles Buetel, Ann Burger, Greg
Burger, Kenneth Durcholz, Richard Eckert, James Hardin, Doris
Hopf, Cindy Hudson, Micheal Jerger, Harvey Kempf, Andrew Kuczynski,
Marion Kunkel, James Kunz, Bonnie Lechner, Shelia Leinenbach,
Micheal Linette, Keith Matheis, Cathy Mehne, Stephen Mehringer,Yvonne Miller, Stephen Rasche, Michael Schitter,
Randall Schmitt, Deborah Schnaus, Gail Schnaus, Kenneth Sendelweck,
Michael Snyder, Patrick Stemle, Michael Stenftenagel, Brenda Voegerl,
Eugene Vollmer, Kathy Wehr and Marilyn Werner. Freshman
Class: Jackie Braunecker, Mark Brescher, Carol DeKemper,
Pam Dick, Marianne Dischinger, Donna Goeppner, James Goeppner,
Duane Gress, Terry Gress, Stan Heichelbeck, Steve Heichelbech,
Monica Hochgesang, Gary Hopf, Wanda Hudson, Earl Hulsman, Daryl
Jerger, Dennis Kluemper, Tom Lechner, Pat Leinenbach, Margaret
Miller, Jane Mundy, Ronnie Pfaff, Yvonne Pryor, Ken Renner, Daniel
Schmitt, Ron Schmitt, Wanda Schmitt, Robert Sendelweck, Jeff Sermersheim,
Shiela Sermersheim, Sharon Stenftenagel, Duane Temple, Randy Voegerl,
Donald Wagner, Marilyn Wagner, Dennis Wehr, John Wehr, Kathryn
Wehr, Jean Weidenbenner and Karen Weidenbenner.
to Staci Apple, Aaron Beard, Jay Bohnert, Joe Crutchfield, Laura
Evans, Tricia Herbig, Heather Himsel, Brenda Jahn, Courtney Heichelbech,
Chris Rasche, Anthony Wigand, Wm. Rudolph, Myrtle Greene, Mike
Schmitt and Mary Ann Hayes. Others have helped make corrections
after seeing the above listings.)
If anyone out there has any history of the school to share please
e-mail, Delbert Himsel.
Greater Jasper Schools created an award known as "Alumni of Distinction" for former selected students of Jasper & Ireland High Schools. They are selected by an unknown committee. Selected to date from Ireland High School were: 1925-Willa Roudenbush,1929-Ariel Green, 1942-Curtis Eskew, 1945-James Schwenk, 1947-Arthur Bonifer, 1948-Anthony Wigand, 1950-Wilbur Edwards, 1952-Raphael Ackerman, 1953-Delbert "Junie" Himsel and R. Thomas Kellams. 1961-Eugene Keusch.
On display in the atrium of the present
Jasper High School are many items of Ireland & Jasper High Schools. There are pictures
and arifacts. This display was requested by the Ireland
Historical Society and approved by the Greater Jasper School Board. Assembling the display were John Fierst, Mary Ann Hayes, Tom & Esther Kellams and Delbert "Junie" Himsel.
The above report of the Ireland High School is as of 5-8-2017 This year 2017 is the 47th year since the Ireland High School was consolidated with Jasper. The school corporation is now called "Greater Jasper". Thus it was that the little town of Ireland was responsible for making Jasper greater!
to be continued