From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 718


Norman C. Shank is a son of Cornelius Shank, who settled in Jackson Township in

(18?)50, a native of Maryland, and removed to Seneca County, Ohio, with his parents and thence to Steuben County.  Norman was born in Seneca County in 1846.  He enlisted in 1861, when but fifteen years of age, in the Forty-fourth Indiana Infantry.  He participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, and was a witness of the battle of Lookout Mountain.  He was injured at Pittsburg Landing while assisting in unloading a boat and was unfit for duty at the time of the battle but at his own request was permitted to accompany his regiment to the field and was wounded twice, in the left arm and in the left hip.  He has recovered from his wounds but still suffers from his injury and receives a pension.  After the battle of Mission Ridge his regiment was stationed at Chattanooga where they were on provost duty till the close of the war.  Since the war he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits.  His farm is located on section 10, Jackson Township, and contains 270 acres.  He has been twice married.  His first wife was Emaline Bowerman, daughter of Michael Bowerman, and to them were born three children.  His present wife was Emma Davis, daughter of Horace E. Davis.  They have three children.


Submitted by Kim Davoli