Frank E. Norton

Frank E. Norton, manager of the Shank Fireproof Storage Company, of Grand Rapids, was born in that city in June, 1898, the son of Charles E. and Julia (Martin) Norton, the former of whom is a prominent business man of Grand Rapids where he is engaged in the investment banking business and is vice-president of the Richards Fireproof Storage Company, and the latter of whom comes from a family whose names are listed among the pioneers of Grand Rapids. Frank E. Norton received the education afforded by the St. Andrews parochial school and then attended the Catholic Central high school of Grand Rapids, graduating from that school with the class of 1916. The ensuing seven years he spent on his fatherís farm in Ottawa county where he took great interest in the raising of pure bred Holstein cattle. In 1923, he returned to Grand Rapids to join his father in business. In June of the following year, he was made secretary and treasurer and general manager of the Shank Fireproof Storage Company, a position which he still retains. He is also secretary of the Richards Fireproof Storage Company. The tutelage of his father combined with his own innate ability have won him recognition as one of the able young business men of the city. In May, 1921, Mr. Norton was united in marriage with Miss Hazel Fleming, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fleming, of Grand Rapids, and to this union have been born two children, Barbara, born March 21, 1923, and Charles, born November 11, 1924. Mr. Norton is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is affiliated with the church of St. Stephenís.

Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 24 March 2005