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Kendallville history honored

The Indiana House on Monday honored the 150th anniversary of the founding of Kendallville.

Rep. David Ober, R-Albion, offered a resolution on the matter, and welcomed Mayor Suzanne Handshoe as well as several members of the City Council and planning committee.

Handshoe told the group that the community will be celebrating with several events the first week of June, and handed out commemorative coins to House Speaker Brian Bosma and Ober.

The resolution notes that William Mitchell of New York settled in Kendallville in 1836 and platted the town in 1849. Kendallville was incorporated as a town in 1863 and as a city three years later. It was named after Amos Kendall, postmaster general of the United States under President Andrew Jackson.

Some of the products manufactured in Kendallville include vanilla and caramels, as well as water pumps, plastics, machine tools, bed springs, machine parts, electrical magnet wire, textbooks and cereal boxes.

Kendallville is now the largest city in Noble County, with nearly 10,000 residents.

Some renowned citizens include Arthur Franklin Mapes, author of "Indiana" the official state poem adopted by the General Assembly in 1963; Rep. Laurence D. Baker, who was instrumental in adopting the peony as the state flower in 1957; and Dr. Harold C. Urey, a scientist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1934 and who later took part in the research leading to the production of the atomic bomb, which led to the end of World War II.

"The Indiana General Assembly wishes to pay tribute to the unique contributions of this rich and vital region of our state, and wishes to congratulate Kendallville on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of its funding," the resolution said.

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