|J. F. Fisher
Born October 15, 1858
|J. F. Fisher, one of the leading farmers of Rome township, was born in Colombian county, Ohio, October 15, 1858. His parents were William and Alice (Brogen) Fisher, the former a native of Pennsylvania, the latter of Ohio. On the 5th of November 1873, they abandoned their old home in Ohio and came to Iowa to try their fortunes in the county that was rapidly becoming one of the important agricultural centers of the state. Here they lived until the death of the father, which occurred in 1904. The mother, at the advanced age of seventy-five, still survives and enjoys seeing her three children comfortably established in life. J. F., the eldest is the subject of this sketch. Amy has become the wife of S. D. Easterly and lives in Olin. Maggie, the youngest, is the wife of Ed. Jeffries and lives in Onslow, Iowa.
J. F. Fisher was reared at home and from the district schools of his native county received his training in the fundamental branches of English instruction. Until he became of age he worked for his father on the farm, and then on attaining his majority, was admitted to a partnership in its management. At the age of twenty-four he married and, being desirous to establish a home of his own, left the paternal roof. In his undertakings he has prospered and he now possesses one hundred and eighty acres of land on sections 25, 27, and 34, Rome township. A hard working man, he has followed the difficult work of the farm with persistence and can feel that his labors have not been expended in vain.
In 1882 Mr. Fisher was united in marriage to Miss Mary Saum, a daughter of J. D. and Anna (Flaugher) Saum. She was born in this county where her father is still living and where her mother died some years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher have become the parents of three children: Harry A., deceased; Frances; and Barbara, at home. On the 1st of September, 1901, Mrs. Fisher passed away when only thirty-seven years of age and was sorrowfully laid to rest.
Mr. Fisher is a republican in his political affiliation, takes an active interest in public affairs and has served the township as trustee. He is particularly concerned for the welfare of the schools for during eight winters he devoted himself to teaching and is fully conscious of their shortcomings and anxious to improve their standard. He enjoys pleasant fraternal relations with the Masons, has taken many of the degrees and has also been admitted to the order of the Mystic Shrine in which he has occupied several chairs. His life of industry, his public spirit and attractive social qualities have gained him the esteem and warm regard of all with whom he has come in contact.
Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 599.
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