Kokomo unveils marker commemorating 19th century mayor killed by sheriff's posse
Kokomo officials on Friday, March 3, at 5 p.m., will dedicate the city’s newest historical marker. It will observe the accomplishments and suspicious death in 1881 of the city’s sixth mayor.
The Mayor Henry C. Cole marker will be located on the site of Dr. Cole’s house in downtown Kokomo at the time he was mayor. The location at 519 N. Main St. is now utilized by radio station 100.5 FM WWKI.
The historical marker, titled “Dr. Henry C. Cole,” includes the text:
“On the night of Monday, September 19, 1881, Mayor Henry Cole was fatally shot by a sheriff’s posse at Styer’s Flour Mill. Howard County Sheriff James DeHaven had deputized armed men to guard the mill based on information it would be robbed and a fire set to conceal the crime. After dark, they were joined by William Styer, who later testified he saw Mayor Cole stealing sacks of flour.
The posse claimed finding Mayor Cole’s body with a revolver in or near each hand.”