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Noble County Jewish History A rumor may have enticed the first Jews to settle in Noble County, specifically Ligonier. In 1854 newspapers announced that the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad would pass through Ligonier, a village with 300 residents. Recent German immigrants Frederick William (F. W.) Straus and Solomon Mier recognized the potential economic opportunities a railroad offered and relocated to the small northern Indiana town from Fort Wayne or Auburn. Although the railroad company never installed a line through Ligonier, Straus and Mier indeed created and capitalized on multiple economic opportunities for themselves and their Jewish relatives.