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Fulton County, Indiana

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FULTON COUNTY HISTORY
(Transcribed from the book A History Of The State Of Indiana published by DeWitt C. Goodrich and Charles R. Tuttle in 1876)

    This county was created in 1835 and was named in honor of Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. The surface of the county is level, with the exception of a range of hills along the north bank of the Tippecanoe river. The north and east portions of the county were originally covered with a dense and valuable forest. The soil is generally very rich and fertile, and well adapted to the growth of wheat and corn, and other grains. The county is well watered by the Tippecanoe River, and by Mill, Mud, Owl and Chipwamune Creeks.
    Rochester, the county seat, is located near the center of the county, in direct railroad communication with Indianapolis and Chicago. It is a thriving town of about two thousand five hundred inhabitants. It possesses fair public improvements, good schools and churches, and shows the effects of a liberal spirit and enterprise on the part of its citizens. About two miles east of Rochester is located the famed Lake Maniton, or Devil's Lake. It covers an area of about thirteen hundred acres, and is about two and one half miles long. Many tales are told by some of the most substantial and reliable citizens, of an immense fish, or devil like monster being seen at various times, in the night, and at a spot in the lake where bottom has never been found, although many efforts to reach it have been made. A legend has been handed down through several generations, by the Indians, to the effect that a party of their people, encamping on the east side of the lake, were surprised during the night by this monster, and after a desperate encounter, were all destroyed and dragged into the lake. Ever after this event, no Indian could be persuaded to go onto the lake. A fine mill stream flows from this lake  being fed by springs  which affords power for several large flouring mills in the town of Rochester. The county has made considerable advance in the several industries.

Cities, Towns & Communities of Fulton County include:

Akron, Athens, Bruce Lake, Delong, Fletcher, Fulton, Grass Creek, Green Oak, Guise Park, Kewanna, Lake Bruce,
Leiters Ford,  Marshtown,  Pershing, Richland Center, Rochester, Talma, Tiosa, and Wagoner.

Places to find information in Fulton County Indiana

Fulton County Public Library

320 W. 7th Street
Rochester, IN 46975-1332
Phone: (574) 223-2713

Akron Carnegie Public Library
with searchable indexes to Births, Marriages & Deaths
205 East Rochester Street
(P.O. Box 428)
Akron, IN 46910-0428
Phone: 574-893-4113

Bell Memorial Library of Mentone.
Kewanna-Union Township Carnegie Public Library
210 East Main Street,
P. O. Box 365
Kewanna, IN 46939-0365
Phone: (574) 653-2011

Fulton County Public Library
1650 Wright St.
Fulton, IN 46931
Phone: (574) 857-3895.
has online obituaries

Fulton County Health Department
(For Birth & Death Records from ca.1882)
1009 W. 3rd Street
Rochester, IN 46975-7119
Phone: (574) 223-2881

Fulton Circuit Court Clerk
(For Marriage, Divorce and Probate Records)
815 Main Street 
Rochester, IN 46975
Phone: (574) 223-2911


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