About This Place
Jasper is a city in Dubois County, Indiana, United States. The population was 15,038 at the 2010 census. The city has been the county seat of Dubois County since 1830, succeeding Portersville. In 1970, the school system of Ireland, a hamlet west of Jasper along State Route 56, was consolidated into that of Jasper . On November 4, 2007, Dubois County returned to the Eastern Time Zone, after having moved to the Central Time Zone the previous year. The land uses are mainly agriculture.
Jasper was the birthplace and home of Major League Baseball player Scott Rolen of the Cincinnati Reds. Rolen has played in MLB since 1996, and has been selected to MLB All-Star Team as a third baseman seven times. Rolen also won National League Rookie of the Year in 1997 and has won eight National League Gold Gloves at third base; he won a World Series Championship in 2006, with the St. Louis Cardinals. Supercentenarian Minnie Kearby, once the oldest resident of Indiana, was also one of Jasper's best-known residents; born in Ireland, Indiana, on April 14, 1893, she moved to a Jasper care facility in November 2004. She died the following winter. It is also the hometown of William J. Schroeder, who lived the longest on a Jarvik-7: 620 days. The current Roman Catholic Archbishop of Indianapolis, Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B., also hails from Jasper.
The town of Jasper is a regional center in southwestern Indiana, noted for its heavily German Catholic ancestral roots. Jasper has often been called the "Wood Capital of the World", boasting a large number of furniture companies, including Kimball International and Masterbrand Cabinets. It has an unemployment rate that hovers around 2.5 percent, making it one of the lowest in the state. Jasper is also home to the Southern Indiana Education Service Center (SIEC), Jasper Engines & Transmissions (largest remanufacturer in the market), and to a satellite campus of Vincennes University.