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Kokomo, the county seat of Howard County, was laid out in 1844. The Wabash and Erie Canal brought an economic boom to the county. Most of the settlers were farmers; a great many of them were Quakers. Like many of the other counties in this area of Indiana, natural gas was found in 1886, leading to another economic growth.

While as early as 1845, Samuel Rosenthal settled and opened a store, the Jewish population never boomed and became a community until the twentieth century. At this time, Jews became members of the large community and eventually came together to promote their Jewish life.