"History of Northeast Indiana,
LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties"
Vol 2. p. 281
"DANIEL J. SHANK has spent all his life in Indiana and for
nearly forty years has been a resident of Steuben County, and for the
past thirty years has been poroprietor of a large and flourishing
lumber business in the City of Angola. He grew up around his father's
grist mill and acquired a knowledge of the milling business and was
connected with milling operations for some years.
Mr. Shank was born in Adams County, Indiana, April 9, 1849, a
son of John R. and Mary (Linzer) Shank. His father was a native of
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and his mother of Centerville, Wayne
County, Indiana. John R. Shank went to Ohio in 1841, and soon afterward
to Indiana. A miller by trade, he followed his occupation in Adams
County for many years, but in 1890 moved to Steuben County and operated
a mill at Hamilton for several years. He finally retired to Angola,
where he died in 1900, at the age of eighty-two. His wife, who died at
the same age, passed away in 1912. John R. Shank was a democrat and a
member of the Methodist Church. He and his wife had four children;
Michael, who died about 1852; Kansas B., who died in 1865; Daniel J.;
and Henry who for a number of years was a druggist in Angola.
Daniel J. Shank acquired a good public school education in his
native county. After several years of work with his father in the
milling business he moved to Angola in 1880, and acquired an interest
in the local grist mill and lumber yard. In 1887 he bought the lumber
yard near the depot, and for over thirty years has supplied the needs
of a large surrounding country with lumber and building materials. For
about ten years of this time he also sold coal. Mr. Shank has been a
director in the Steuben County State Bank for twelve years, and has
prosecuted all his business interests with much vigor and corresponding
He has been a member of the City Coucil, is a republican, is
affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, and is a member of a very
interesting local social club known as the Scavenger Club. This club
evidently has strong fraternal ties among its members, since it holds
only one stated meeting being on February 2, "ground hog day." Mr.
Shank's mother was a devout Methodist, but he is a member of no church.
His family are all members of the Christian Church.
In 1873, at Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana, he married Miss
Malinda C. Dague, of that county, though a native of Ohio. Mrs. Shank
died January 18, 1918, at the age of sixty-four, after they had been
married forty-five years. She was the mother of four children: Emmet E.
is associated with his father in the lumber business and by his
marriage to Ella Goff has three children, named Adelbert, Editha and
Anna Malinda. Nora V. is the wife of Joseph Brokau and has four sons,
Austin, John, Richard, and Robert, the last two twins. Myrtle P. is the
wife of George G. Niehous and has one child, Mary Malinda. Mildred Mary
is the wife of John Bakstad."