From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 741


Charles Clink was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, in 1838, a son of George and Catherine Clink.  He was reared and educated in his native county, remaining there till twenty years of age when he came to Steuben County, Ind.  He lived in Steuben Township about three years, and then returned to Ohio.  In the spring of 1861 he came again to Steuben County, and Aug. 25, enlisted in Company A, Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry.  After serving two years he was discharged with his regiment at Chattanooga, for the purpose of re-enlisting, and then served till Sept. 14, 1865.  He served in the ranks about three years and then was promoted to Sergeant.  He participated in all the battles of his regiment except Shiloh, when he was on the sick list, although he was on the field part of the time.  Among the more important of the battles of the regiment were Fort Donelson, Stone River, and Chickamauga.  After his return to Steuben County he married Catherine Ritter, daughter of Henry Ritter, of Steuben Township.  They have five children-- Mary C., Jennie E., Carrie M., Mattie L. and Nellie.  One daughter, Laura E., died in her seventh year.  In April, 1869, Mr. Clink bought a farm of 120 acres, eighty acres on section 14 and forty acres on section 23, Salem Township, where he has since lived.  His residence is located on section 14.  He learned the carpenter's trade in his youth, and has always given his attention to it in a greater or less degree.  His farm is one of the best in the township, and his improvements are neat and substantial.


Submitted by Kim Davoli