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Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company minutes 1886-1890

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S2719 (Text) 00000106200801 Manuscripts Available -

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2018/10/09 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/09 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Kokomo Natural Gas and Oil Company minutes, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
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 or Historical Data:
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. Sourcs:"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.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids Note:
Finding aid online.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Kilgour on 1945/02/01.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Natural resources > Indiana.
Oil industries > Indiana.
Natural gas > Indiana.
Kokomo (Ind.)
Genre: Minutes (Records)

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