The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 232, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"ISRAEL NORDYKE is of Dutch extraction and was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, June 10, 1824. There were born to his parents, ROBERT and ELIZABETH (SHAW) NORDYKE, a family of eleven children, seven of whom still survive. In 1830, the parents came to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and here ISRAEL NORDYKE was reared to man's estate. He received schooling as was common in that early day, and in 1844 came to White County, Indiana for the purpose of making it his future home, followed by his parents two years later. Both parents and son settled in Princeton Township, and shortly after their arrival the father died, his widow following him in 1861. ISRAEL NORDYKE farmed until the spring of 1859, when he sold his farm in Princeton Township and embarked in mercantile pursuits in Pulaski, Pulaski County, Indiana. He remained only one year, when he removed his goods to Seafield, White County, and from there to Wolcott two years later. He there enjoyed a profitable trade until 1873, when he removed to Monticello, White County, Indiana, to fill the position of County Treasurer, having been elected to this office the preceding fall. Mr. NORDYKE served two terms of two years each as Treasurer of White County, and at the end of his second term left the office with an established reputation of honor and ability. Since that time he has been engaged in the hardware trade in Monticello, and the firm of which he is senior member and his oldest son junior, is one of the well established business houses of the place. MR. NORDYKE, in politics, is a Republican; he is a member of the F. & A. M., and has been twice married. His first wife, JEMIMA STEWART, to whom he was married in 1848, bore him four children - ALBERT S., ELLIS (deceased), THEODORE (deceased), and MARY E. L. The mother died in 1859, and in 1862 he married his present wife, ELIZA KAHLER. One son is the result of this marriage - JOHN P. NORDYKE."