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Transcribed biography of E. N. Norris


The industries pursued in the city of Valparaiso, Indiana, are numerous, and few of them are of more importance than the business followed by Mr. E. N. Norris, abstractor, of the firm of Norris & Jones. Both are men of strict business integrity and richly deserve the success which has followed their efforts. Mr. Norris is a product of the Buckeye State, born in Seneca County, October 24, 1857, and is a son of E. D. and Nancy A. (Wolf) Norris, natives respectively, of Maryland and Ohio. The father, who served his country as a private soldier in the late war, and has followed farming all his life, and he and wife are still residing in Bloomville, Ohio. He is retired from the active duties of life, and he is a man highly esteemed by all who are acquainted with him. During his boyhood and his youth our subject assisted his father on the farm, and was there taught habits of industry and perseverance which have remained with him through life. He is one of the young men of Porter County who have carved out their own fortune, and left the impress of their industry and energy upon the prosperous city of their adoption. He secured a good practical education in the public schools and Normal of Valparaiso and in Heidelberg College of Tiffin, Ohio. When twenty years of age he left the farm and in 1876 came to Valparaiso. For several years he taught school in Porter and LaPorte Counties, and then for three years he was Deputy Recorder under W. C. Wells. In 1886 he was elected City Clerk and re-elected in 1888, holding the office for two terms, thus proving his popularity. He started in the abstract business while Deputy Recorder, and has built up a lucrative business, taking in as a partner R. C. Jones. Mr. Norris also deals in real estate and loans, and is thoroughly familiar with his business in all of its branches. He is well known in the county as a Republican, and is a hard worker for his party. Mr. Norris was married November 2, 1879, to Miss Lucetta Jones, of Valparaiso, and four children have blessed this union, three sons and a daughter: - Edith V., John G., Gordon B., and Eli N., Jr. Mr. Norris is a member of the I. O. O. F. - Encampment, Uniformed Rank, and has passed all the chairs. He is also a member of the Royal Arcanum, and has passed through all its offices. Mr. Norris is the architect of his own fortune and deserves much credit for his perseverance and industry.

Source: Goodspeed Brothers. 1894. Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana. Chicago, Illinois: Goodspeed Brothers. 569 p.
Page(s) in Source: 566-567

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