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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:
Athens, Bruce Lake, Delong,
Fletcher, Fulton, Grass Creek, Green Oak, Guise Park, Kewanna, Lake
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
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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