Elias Shook was born around 1843 in Wisconsin. When he was 21, he entered the service in Dakota City, NE. Elias served in the 2nd Nebraska Cavalry from December 17th, 1862 until November 19th, 1863. Elias’s parents were from Pennsylvania. His son, Amos Shook, lived in Kadoka, South Dakota, where Elias worked as a farmer for a time. At one point, he served as marshall in Kadoka. He also moved in with his son-in-law, James Clark, after he was widowed. He entered the U.S. National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at age 68 in 1911, was discharged in 1914, then admitted back into Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs and died of a cerebral hemorrhage on March 15th, 1915.