POLITICAL NOTES: On Wildcat Creek

Kokomo, Ind. is located 125 mi. southwest of Kalamazoo, Mich, and 100 mi. southeast of Kankakee, Ill. In 1842 a trader named David Foster bought for a few dollars from Chief La Fontaine several hundred swampy acres in the Miami Indian reservation. Two years later Trader Foster donated 40 acres and built a log courthouse for a townsite on Wildcat Creek. The village took the name of Kokomo from an Indian who frequented the settlement. History sometimes describes Indian Kokomo as an honorable and courageous chief, sometimes as a common coon-hunting, root-digging,...

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