I am the son of Allen A. Norris, M.D. of Elkhart and
was born in that city in 1907.
My father taught one-room schools in Marshall county and later (1898-1902) was principal of the high school at Syracuse. This was before he became a physician and surgeon in Elkhart. He maintained a great interest in Indiana history and the New England Branch of the Norris familyin America.
The youngest child of the immigrant Norris to Marshall county was Lafayette Norris who was a four year old when his father John S. Norris cleared land one mile wast of Lake Maxinkuckee and built his log cabin on what is now the Whitney Kline farm. That was a year before the Indians were removed to Kansas. In his later years Lafayette wrote many interesting letters to my father regarding his boyhood years from 1837 to 1850 in our county. Having inherited these and similar old letters I have maintained my inetest in Marshall county history where I lived from 1956 to 1970. My home amd medical office was at the south end of East Shore Drive, Culver , where my grandparents had operated the resort hotel known as the Maple Grove House.
One of the most rewarding moments of my life was in 1950 when I found the grave of my paternal great-great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Norris, soldier in the Revolutionary war, at Cornith , Vermont. It was his son, John S. Norris, who served in the War of 1812 and who is honored by a memorial plaque in Pop ular Grove cemetery, State ROad 10, east of Culver .
For many additional details regarding early history of Green and Union townships I refer the reader to articles in the Culver Citizen written in the 1940's by my father or write to me at my present address: 1614 Locust Street, Apartment 102 Elkhart. I will glady share genealogical and historical reocrds that I have. Ernest B. Norris, M.D.
History of Marshall County Indiana Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986 -, Taylor Publishing Co., 1986, Publication # 357 of 1422, Marshall County Historical Society pg. 328-9