Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
July 2, 1954
World War II Veteran Succumbs in Michigan
William F. Shank, 55, died Saturday, VA Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Native of Fountaintown, born June 16, 1899, s/o  William A.  and  Cora Keaton Shank.
Veteran of World War II.
Lived in Detroit, working for Ford Motor Company for 28 years.
Member of the Fountaintown Christian Church.
Survivors:  sisters, Mrs. Harmon Boles  and  Mrs. Anna Harvey, Indianapolis,  Miss Grace Shank, Los Angeles, California,  Mrs. Hubert Johnson, Morristown;  one niece;  four nephews.
L.V. Hauk Funeral Home, Morristown, with Rev. Robert Reeve officiating.
Burial:  Fountaintown cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday July 25, 1946
Page 1 column 2
Funeral Services Friday For Native of County
          Mrs. Mollie Shank, 85, native of Shelbyville and the widow of  Charles Shank, died at her home in St. Louis Crossing, Bartholomew county, where she had resided since leaving Shelby county when a small child.
          Funeral services for the aged woman will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Crossing Methodist Church, which was purchased and presented to the Methodist congregation in 1871 by her grandfather, Henry Drake.  The church originally was built in 1863 by a Presbyterian society.  Mrs. Shank was a member of the church and served as a Sunday school teacher and communion stewardess for many years.  She also was a member of the Royal Neighbors lodge at Hope.
          She was born in this city April 7, 1861, the daughter of  Sarah  and  Joseph Rogers, and was one of six children.  Two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Lorts, of Hope, and  Mrs. Mattie Wright, of Edinburg, and a brother, William Rogers, of Columbus, survive.  Also surviving are four foster daughters, Mrs. Mary Ensley  and  Mrs. Dorothy Shinn, of Indianapolis, and  Mrs. Eva Franklin, of St. Louis, Missouri, and  Mrs. Homer Essex, of Hope.
          Burial will be made in the Moravian cemetery at Hope.  Friends may call at the late home in St. Louis Crossing.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Bob McKenzie

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
February 15, 1915
Page 4
Mrs. Cora Shank Passed
Away Saturday Afternoon
From Heart Trouble.
          Mrs. Cora Shank,  36 years old, one of the highly esteemed matrons of the northern part of the county, wife of  William Shank,  died at their home in Fountaintown, Saturday afternoon at four o'clock, from heart trouble.  The death came most unexpectedly to her relatives and many firends, as she had only been ill four days and her condition was not at all considered serious.
          La grippe was indirectly the cause of the untimely death, as she fell a victim to the disease Wednesday.  As la grippe is quite common in this state, nothing seriously was thought of the ailment and only home remedies were applied.  Saturday afternoon she suffered from an attack of the heart and death followed almost immediately.
          Mrs. Shank was born and reared in Shelby county and was widely known thruout the northern part of the county.  She possessed a true christian character and was loved by all who knew her.  She was a member of the Fountaintown Christian church and was ever faithful to the teachings of her Master.
          The death is an extrememly sad one, as she leaves six small chldren, the oldest of whom, a son,  William,  is only fifteen years old.  The other children are five daughters, the youngest being two years old.  They are  Carol,  Mae,  Anna,  Grace  and  Pauline.  These little ones with their father, her mother,  Mrs. Elmira Keaton,  of Fountaintown; two sisters,  Mrs. Elmer Rafferty,  of Fountaintown, and  Mrs. Henry Wood,  of Greenfield, and one brother,  Carey Keaton,  of Maxwell, survive to mourn the loss.
          The funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, the Rev. Ernest Addison officiating, and the interment will be made in the Fountaintown cemetery in charge of Herlich & Son.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 18, 1878
Page 3, column 5
          DIED---Charley Shank, at Alpine, Colorado, of lung fever, on the 2nd day of July, 1878.  The deceased was well known in this county where he lived many years.  He was a brother of  Mrs. S. L. Vanpelt, and moved to Missouri several years ago.  Charley, while here, was quite popular and possessed of a heart full of humane and generous impulses, and the sad news of his death will cause many a pang of regret to those who knew the gentleness of his disposition.  He served as a soldier during the Mexican war and participated in the battle of Buena Vista.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  National  Volunteer
May 26, 1853
          Died - - - On Thursday the 19th instant of consumption at the residence of her mother in this township, Miss Nancy S. Shank, aged about 24 years, daughter of the late Col. Jacob Shank of this county.
Copied by Sherry Ryan Badgley; abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelby County, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts 1853 - 1895

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