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Preserving and sharing Howard County's unique heritage.
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Along the Panhandle RR, the Hemlock, IN depot and telegraph station ca1905. #HCHistory
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What to do with old photos? Learn how to examine, interpret and preserve on April 8th at HCHS http://ow.ly/QFPx30abonh #HCHistory

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Photos from late March of 1913 - the Great Flood of '13 along the Wildcat Creek in Kokomo. The flood was a national disaster that affected millions of people in the heart of America. http://ow.ly/i/smQ2n
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Photos from March 22, 1943: Haworth Gym at Kokomo High School destroyed by fire. http://ow.ly/i/smOMu
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At 5 p.m. today (March 3rd), Kokomo officials will dedicate a new historical marker, recognizing the life and suspicious death of the city’s sixth mayor.
The Mayor Henry C. Cole marker will be located on the site of Dr. Cole’s house at 519 N. Main St. (now the site of radio station WWKI). The marker includes the text:
“On the night of Monday, September 19, 1881, Mayor Henry Cole was fatally shot by a sheriff’s posse at Styer’s Flour Mill. Howard County Sheriff James DeHaven had deputized armed men to guard the mill based on information it would be robbed and a fire set to conceal the crime. After dark, they were joined by William Styer, who later testified he saw Mayor Cole stealing sacks of flour.
The posse claimed finding Mayor Cole’s body with a revolver in or near each hand.”
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March 2 entry from the 1859 diary of Kokomo storekeeper Frank Kennedy:
"Got a notice from a Bank in Cincinnati that my note for Ten Thousand dollars was due the 9th inst. and the money would be expected. The firm to whom I have given the note got hard up for funds and discounted it in Bank, hence this notice. This makes me scratch my thinking bumps and reflect where is the money to come from. must come from those who owe me. have four times the amount due me but my customers have not got the money. Therefore I do not know what I will do. Cash $18.00."
(The final reference is to the day's receipts in the store. Kennedy owned a dry goods store on Buckeye just north of Walnut.)

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In better times: image of Continental Steel ca1950. The plant closed on this day in 1986, with devastating economic repercussions #HCHistory
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TBT: Seiberling keyhole window ca1971. Come see it now - and see why we need to Save Our Seiberling. http://ow.ly/tuGd308ol4w #HCHistory
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"Little Orphan Annie came to our house" to play..... James Whitcomb Riley appeared at the Kokomo Opera House on this day in 1878. #HCHistory
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