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Howard County collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1673

Scope and Contents

This collection contains several items regarding the Howard County Orphans' Home, including reports ranging from 1893 to 1903; an indenture placing Richard A. Neff with William Decker dated November 18, 1897;, an October 26, 1883 trustee's order placing Robert and Wilson Turner in the home signed by Center Township Trustee C.C. Sollenberger; a June 25, 1903 letter from Liberty Township Trustee Amos Powell placing Earnest Frewa in home; a July 25, 1903 letter from Union Township Trustee Theo. H. Hawkins placing Clarie Rill in the home; and clippings of Kokomo newspaper articles regarding annual meetings of the Orphans' Home Association from 1895, 1896 and 1902.

This collection also includes an undated advertisement card for Johnnie MC's Light-Guard Band, an undated card with an image of the former plant of the Haynes Automobile Company printed by the Pioneer Automobile Club's Haynes-Apperson Chapter, and part of a pocket notebook with some entries regarding payments and notes about electorial votes for Harrison and Cleveland.


  • 1883-1903, undated

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 1844, Richardville County, Indiana was estabished and named to honor Jean Baptiste Richardville (Peshewa), the last akima (civil chief) of the Miami people. But a few years later, the legislature changed the county's name to Howard in honor of Congressman T. A. (Tilghman Ashurst) Howard. Kokomo, the county seat, was also founded in 1844.

In January 1873, the Orphans' Home Association of Howard County was founded to take care of the county's children rendered homeless for various reasons. Prior to the founding of the Association, orphaned and homeless children had been cared for at the county's poor asylum. A two-story home was built in 1875 and housed the children until 1903, when the need for repairs and improvements to the building and equipment and lack of adequate funding resulted in the closer of the home and the children being transferred to the White Institute near Wabash, Indiana.


Howard County, IN. "About Howard County, Indiana." Accessed November 24, 2021.

Morrow, Jackson. History of Howard County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen amd Co., 1909.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/24 by Laura Eliason.
Howard County collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.