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Fulton County, Indiana collection

 Collection — Folder: S1665
Identifier: S1665

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of "Indian Mills in Fulton County, Indiana," a one-page typewritten transcription of information regarding John Lindsey, his wife Elizabeth, and his son, Tipton, taken from correspondence of William H. Matthew, a former attorney in Gary, Indiana and dated April 23, 1931.


  • 1931

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In 1827, the United States government constructed a grist mill for the Potawatomi Indians under the terms of an 1826 treaty. To obtain water power, a dam was built and the flooded area around five lakes formed Lake Manitou in what is now Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana. A blacksmith shop, trading post and a house were built near the mill. John Lindsey was one of 22 white men hired to help build the dam and corn mill and he took charge of the blacksmith shop. The dam, mill and village fell into disuse following the forced removal of the Potawatomi to Kansas in 1838.


Lake Manitou Association. "Lake Manitou History." Manitou Facts and History. Accessed November 12, 2021.

Willard, Shirley. "Shields Family Was First in Fulton." The Rochester Sentinel (IN), October 29, 2004.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/12 by Laura Eliason.
Fulton County, Indiana collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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