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Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company minutes

 Collection — Folder: S2719
Identifier: S2719

Scope and Contents

This collection includes the minutes from stockholder and Board of Directors meetings of the Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company ranging from 1886 to 1890. Also included is a December 1, 1889 clipping from American Manufacturer regarding natural gas rates in various towns in Pennsylvania and Ohio.


  • 1886-1890


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.

Biographical / Historical

In the spring of 1886, Indiana businessmen A.Y. Comstock and D.C. Spraker organized the Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company and held a subscription drive to raise capital to drill for natural gas. On October 6, they struck gas near Wild Cat Creek and Kokomo became one of the gas boom towns of East Central Indiana. On October 25th, the Kokomo City Council enacted an ordinance granting the company and its successors a perpetual franchise to sell and distribute gas in the city. Kokomo, along with other communities in Indiana’s gas belt, experienced a rapid growth in industry, commerce, and population. This led to a depletion of the natural gas supply and the gas boom came to an abrupt end in 1901. The Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company transferred all its property and rights to the Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company on June 4, 1917.


"Gas Co. Wants to Surrender its Franchise." The Kokomo Daily Tribune (IN), February 4, 1922.

Glass, James A. "The Gas Boom in East Central Indiana." Indiana Magazine of History 96, no. 4 (December 2000),: 313-335.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Kilgour on 1945/02/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/10/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/09 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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