Howard County, Indiana
Local History by Carl Leiter 


Historical research and writing have been Carl Leiter’s serious hobbies  since the early 1950s and his articles have appeared in the Kokomo Tribune, the Kokomo Morning Times, and other newspapers published in Howard County.


Carl Leiter, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, attended Indiana Central College until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1942. Carl mustered out of the Navy in December 1945 and returned to college under the G.I. Bill. He graduated from Manchester College in 1950, and earned a Master of Arts degree in History from Ball State College in 1954. Carl taught Social Studies at Howard School from 1950 to 1952; and in the Kokomo-Center Schools from 1952 to 1984 at Central, Elwood Haynes, Maple Crest, and Kokomo High School.


Carl married Martha McKain in 1943, and they reside in Kokomo and are both retired from Kokomo-Center Schools; they are members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Leiters have three children: Richard is a psychometrist with the Connersville Public Schools, Susie Killingbeck is a teacher in the Kokomo School System, and David has been employed in California since his graduation from Indiana University. The Leiters also have six grandchildren living in Indiana and in California, and three great-grandchildren.


Carl’s articles found their way to the vertical files in the Genealogy & Local History Department at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library. The articles were recently scanned from the original news articles and appear in the Howard County Memory Project. To browse Carl Leiter’s articles and learn more about Howard County’s history, click here.



Closely associated with much of Carl's research is the "Treaty between the United States of America and the Miami Tribe of Indians, concluded October 23, 1834 and ratified December 22, 1837." Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, is a historically significant multi-volume work first published in 1903-04 by the U. S. Government. In 2001, funds were made possible to digitize the original text found in the Oklahoma State Univeristy Library Special Collections. Both the text images and the transcripts for the 1834 Treaty with the Miami can be found on the Oklahoma State University's website.


 Local historian Carl Leiter writes about the early days of Indiana and Howard County:



Indian Treaty of 1826



Chief Kokomo




Carl Leiter's Collection



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