The great-grandparents of Mr. Ulrich came from Germany long prior to the American Revolution and settled in that part of Huntingdon county which has since been erected into the county of Blair in Pennsylvania. There the paternal grandfather of subject married Susan Urench, who bore him six children, namely: Joseph, Susan, Catherine, Mary, Stephen and Samuel.
Stephen Ulrich, father of Joseph, the subject of this sketch, removed from the Keystone state to the Buckeye state soon after his marriage and bought two hundred and eighty acres of land near the city of Dayten, in Montgomery county, but after farming there for some years sold out and came to Kosciusko county, Indiana. In October, 1835, there had been a land sale at Fort Wayne, at which Stephen entered a large tract in Jackson township, Kosciusko county. Joseph, the subject, and a brother, although they owned nine hundred and sixty acres, were desirous of securing six hundred and forty additional acres, and on Monday, January 3, 1836, started on foot from Dayton, Ohio, for Laporte, Indiana., bent on making further purchases. Their route was by the way of Muncie, Indiana, and thence to Marion, where there were only three log houses at the time, and thence to LaGro. At this point they were overtaken by darkness and could find no means by which they could cross the Wabash river and felt themselves to be in good luck when they found shelter in a shanty in the neighborhood for the night. The two brothers had on their persons seventeen hundred dollars and for a long time sat by the fire, but eventually retired to bed, but not to sleep. The following morning the brothers crossed the river in a skiff and forged on to Laporte, via Manchester. They entered three hundred and twenty acres of government land in Jackson township, Kosciusko county, and then went on to Logansport, Lafayette and Indianapolis, all at that time small towns. They walked all the way, a distance of five hundred miles, and were about five weeks on the trip, crossing swollen streams on logs and following Indian trails through the woods. Finally Stephen Ulrich returned to Ohio.
To Stephen and Anna (Christian) Ulrich were born six children, viz.: Joseph, subject of this sketch; Samuel, who married Sarah Ulrich, but is now deceased: Soloman; Stephen, who first married a Miss Heeter and secondly Susan Overhultzer, a native of Wabash county, Indiana; Jacob, who also married a Miss Heeter and likewise resides in Wabash county; and Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Heeter, of the same county.
Joseph Ulrich learned the shoemaker's trade in his early clays and followed that calling for thirty-five years. He had attended school about nine months, and had learned to read and write, hut acquired some considerable knowledge when he was united in marriage, August 9, 1838, with Miss Elizabeth Swihart, who was born September 21, 1819, in Ohio. Six years after marriage he came to Kosciusko county, Indiana, and in 1844 settled in Jackson township on twenty-two acres of woodland, the farm on which he now lives, which land he cleared up and improved with a comfortable dwelling and other necessary structures. In the winter of 1846 he taught the first school in the township and received forty-five dol1ars for his sixty days service in this capacity.
Joseph and Elizabeth (Swihart) Ulrich have been blessed with five children, namely: Gabriel, born December 26, 1839, taught school several terms, married Mary A. Kreider, and lives in Jackson township; Stephen A., born July 22, 1842, married Rachel Bear and also resides in this township; Aaron, born April 11, 1844, married Mary J. Mil1er and died in 1875; Anna E., born September 2, 1847, is the wife of Levi Miller; Joseph, born July 1, 1850, married Elizabeth Miller, and these two families likewise live in Jackson township.
In 1848 Mr. Ulrich built a saw-mill in which he sawed many thousand feet of lumber and also destroyed many thousand feet by fire, as he owned a half-section of forest land in one body and an eighty-acre tract besides.
Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich are devout members of the German Baptist church, of which they have been communicants since 1840, and which they have liberally aided in supporting financial1y. This body was organized in 1837, and it will be seen that the subject and wife were among its early members. Since 1860 Mr. Ulrich has been a deacon and for over thirty years was sexton; he witnessed the church's many struggles in the earlier days, but has lived to see it thrive and increase until the original Eel River district, as it was called, had been subdivided into several districts, a schism having occurred for some reason in the congregation in 1881.
Mr. Ulrich has never interfered with or taken any active part in politics, but his proclivities are with the Republicans. He and wife have journeyed over the path of life hand in hand for sixty-four years and are in all probability the oldest couple in Kosciusko county; certainly none are better known nor more highly respected for their many amiable personal characteristics. Mr. Ulrich has ever been a truly public-spirited citizen and has done as much, in a monetary sense and otherwise, for Jackson township as any man living within its boundaries, and in consequence stands as one of the foremost in public esteem.
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ELIAS A. STONEBURNER.
This gal1ant ex-soldier, ex-teacher and capable civil official and prominent citizen of Sidney, Kosciusko county, Indiana, was born in Hocking county, Ohio, October 19, 1842, and is a son of James and Julia A. (Souder) Stoneburner.
Andrew Stoneburner, paternal grandfather of Elias A., was born in Germany and was a single man when he came to America. In 1808 he settled in Hocking county, Ohio, and worked by the month for some time and then purchased eighty acres of woodland, which he at once began to clear up, and on which he erected a log cabin. In 1810 he was united in marriage, to which union were born two boys, William and James. Of these sons, William conducted a saw-mill in Ohio, and when he sold out he came to Indiana, locating in Wabash county, where he lived until 1887, when he returned to Ohio and there passed the remainder of his days.
James Stoneburner was reared on the home farm and received but a limited education. He married Miss Julia A. Souders, of German parentage, and this union was crowned with nine children, namely: Amos, Elias, James, William, Mary, Rebeckah, Julia, Jesse and John. Of these, three are deceased. From Ohio James Stoneburner came to Indiana in 1867 and located near Liberty Mills, Wabash county, purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres of land and realized a competency. In religion he was a German Baptist.
Elias A. Stoneburner was a young man of nineteen years when the clouds of civil war gathered over the southern horizon and anon burst into a deluge of devastating fire. Young Elias, seeing that every able bodied man with a partic1e of spirit would fly to arms to protect the flag and save the integrity of the Union, and his own soul being fired with patriotism, offered his own service, and life if need be. He enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Fourteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Captain H. S. Beery, and was mustered into the United States service at Circleville, Ohio, whence his company was sent to Memphis, Tennessee, to join Sherman's army, in November, 1862. While in the service Mr. Stoneburner took part in nine regular battles and thirty-two lesser engagements, and among those may be enumerated Chickasaw Bluffs, December 25, 1862, the three days' fight at Arkansas Post, under fire around Vicksburg one hundred and five days, again at Vicksburg, June 16, 1863, Indianola, Jackson, Champion's Hill, Grand Gulf, Bruce's Lake, Magnolia Hill, in the Red River expedition, in which he was in several skirmishes, Mobile, April 9, 1865, during the eight days' battle. He was honorably discharged and was mustered out at Houston, Texas, August 31, 1865, and paid off at Columbus, Ohio, long after the close of the war. His only casualty was a slight wound in his first battle, and as a recompense he now receives a pension of eight dollars per month.
On his return from the army Mr. Stoneburner attended school a year and qualified himself for teaching, an ambition which had commendably been cherished before he entered the army. He secured his license in Wabash county, Indiana, in 1866, and taught until 1891. During this period he was principal of the Laketon, Indiana, schools for eight years and the Ijamsville, Indiana, schools three years. Among his first pupils was Samuel Flora, now himself a teacher in Kosciusko county.
Mr. Stoneburner has been twice married, first April 7, 1867, to Miss Alsada Arnold, and to this union were born two sons, Joseph O. and Henry, the latter of whom died in infancy. Joseph O., who was a telegrapher, is married to Maggie Nealy and now lives in the state of Washington. Mrs. Alsada Stoneburner was called from earth in 1876, and Mr. Stoneburner next married Miss Sarah M. Grisso, a daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Grisso, of German descent and born in 1848. Five children have come to bless this marriage. namely: J ame~ A., born August 26, 1882, is married to Verbal Torrence and lives in Sidney, this county; Charles S., born April 8, 1888; three who died when small.
Elias A. Stoneburner came to Kosciusko county in 1889 and settled in Sidney. He is a Republican in politics and has always borne an active part in the work of the party, has been very influential in its councils and extremely popular with its rank and file. He was township assessor while residing in Wayne county, Illinois, was assistant assessor in Wabash county, Indiana, for two years, and was highway commissioner two years and clerk of the board. In 1894 he was elected a justice of the peace for Kosciusko county, was re-elected, and is still serving in this capacity. During his incumbency of this office he has performed thirty-one marriage ceremonies, and of the one hundred and fifty-seven trial cases brought before him only one of his decisions has been carried to a higher court for reconsideration. As a teacher Mr. Stoneburner was on active duty twenty-five hundred and sixty-seven days and collected for his services five thousand, one hundred and twenty-eight dollars and sixty-five cents, and many of his pupils became prominent in various professions.
Mr. and Mrs. Stoneburner are members of the United Brethren church, in which Mr. Stoneburner has been superintendent of the Sunday-school and church clerk since its organization; for the past two years he has been teacher of the Bible class. He is also a member of Post No. 199, G. A. R., at North Manchester, and the Patrons of Husbandry in Illinois. He has been popular, useful and prominent wherever he has resided and no family in Sidney stands higher than his.
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This well-known citizen was one of the boys who forty years ago, went out to fight for the preservation of the Union when the slaveholders undertook to separate the slave states from the free states and establish a slave republic in the southern half of the United States. Everyone knows the result - how their attempts failed after four years of bloody warfare and after filling the land with cripples and lamentations. He was born in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, May 22, 1830, and is the child of John and Anna (Ray) Jamison. The Jamison family had settled in the Keystone state many years before and were of mixed descent, in which German and Irish predominated. The Ray family claim a Germanic descent. John and Anna Jamison were reared in Pennsylvania, and there met and were married, and some time afterward they came to the West. Five children were born to them, as follows - Samuel, the subject, born in 1830; Mary Ann, born November 30, 1831, died in 1834; George W., born February 26, 1834, died in 1836; Daniel, born November 19, 1835, died in 1837; John, born January 10, 1838. John Jamison in youth learned the shoemaker's trade, which he worked at in the summers and at the pilot's profession in the winters. His life was spent without noteworthy event. His son Samuel, at the age of eight years, was bound out to learn the hatter's trade, and after having served his apprenticeship worked at that trade for over eight years. In 1846 he left Pennsylvania and came to Kosciusko county, Indiana, walking most of the way, and located himself in Clay township; he remained with his uncle during the succeeding winter. In the spring of 1847 he went to work at the carpenter's trade, and assisted in building the old Pelton Hotel, the first hotel building in Warsaw. During the following winter he worked for Thomas Popham for fifteen dollars per month and continued for him three years, laying aside his earnings. On October 24, 1854, he was united in marriage with Miss Sylvia A. Calkins, a native of New York, and to this marriage four children were born: Florence M., born August 11, 1855, is the wife of John Roberts and resides in Arkansas; Aleth E., born June 19, 1860, became the wife of Emanuel Rowen and lives in Lordsburg, California; Charles E., born June 300, 1867, married in the South and resides in Louisiana; Franklin U. R., born March 9, 1872, who also married a Southern lady, lives in Louisiana. He was born in Nebraska and all the others in Iowa. After his marriage Mr. Jamison worked a year for Mr. Popham at the carpenter's trade, and then removed to Iowa and entered forty-eight acres of land. Later he sold out and followed the carpenter's trade two years, and then moved to Johnson county, Iowa, and continued his trade, and while there he bought forty-eight acres in Ringgold county, Iowa, and was living there when the Rebellion broke out. At its commencement he enlisted in a company of scouts for three months, and saw severe duty scouting through southern Iowa and northern Missouri. Succeeding this he returned to his family and moved to North English and while there enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Iowa Infantry, under Thomas H. Benton, colonel, and Andrew Johnson, captain, and was sent down on the Red River expedition, fighting an the way. After that he returned to Little Rock, Arkansas, and was transferred to Mobile and was in the battle and siege of that name. He next fought at Blakely, and then was transferred to the West and sent to the Ri0 Grande. At the close of the war he went to Mexico and then to New Orleans and was there mustered out in August, 1865. He fought in eleven hard-fought battles, and was always ready for duty. He draws a pension of six dollars per month. He returned home and went into the huckster’s business, continuing thus for two years. Later he sold out in Iowa and removed to Nebraska and bought a tract of one hundred and sixty acres near Lincoln and remained upon the same for twelve years. While living there his wife died, May 29, 1873. He returned to Kosciusko county, Indiana, and soon afterward married Miss Silena, daughter of Samuel and Minerva C. Ball, the marriage occurring in October, 1874. The Balls came to this county from Knox county, Ohio, in 1849. They came through in wagons and all were required to assist in clearing away the heavy timber that covered their land. Mr. Jamison is a Republican, was at one time a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a member of Kosciusko Post, No. 515, G. A R., Warsaw. In Nebraska he served as deputy sheriff. He lived in Claypool township, this county, for sixteen years, but eleven months ago bought sixty acres in Clay township, where he now resides. He is prominent and is highly thought of by all who have the p1easure of his acquaintance.
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PETER J. HARDMAN
Peter J. Hardman, one of the venerable citizens of Warsaw, came to Kosciusko county when but a young man. He is of German descent, his grandfather having been born in Germany. His father, John Hardman, was born in Virginia, but lived in Lewis county, West Virginia, the greater part of his long life. He married Elizabeth Wagoner, a native of West Virginia. He was a gunsmith by trade, was a pioneer and held radical opinions concerning slavery. He refused to own slaves and strongly opposed tbe custom. He died in Lewis county, West Virginia, in his eighty-ninth year. P. J. Hardman was born in Lewis county, West Virginia, October 31, 1819, and spent his boyhood years with his parents on the farm. He received the benefit of the subscription schools of his neighborhood, by which he greatly profited. Upon coming of age he started out to make his own way and, equipped with a horse, saddle and bridle, the gift of his father, he came to Champaign county, Ohio, where he found work in a woolen-mill. The factory employed about thirty hands, and he began at the bottom, learning every detail and working up until he was entrusted with the most careful work, that of finishing and fulling the cloth. These were successful and happy days for him. In this mill he met Hannah C. Finley, a young girl tending a loom, who became his wife. She was born in Champaign county, Ohio, September 13, 1825, the daughter of Joseph M. and Mary M. (Millice) Finley. Mr. Hardman remained in the mill about six years and by that time, having saved some money, he and his wife, in the spring of 1851, decided to remove to Koscinsko county, Indiana, where they had friends. He had no definite idea, in coming to the county, as to what he would do, but felt sure of a livelihood. He had not enough means to buy a farm, but did buy a house and about eleven acres of land for four hundred dollars on time and without interest. He was willing to work and was soon busy with small jobs, cutting wood, etc. Then he began to deal in real estate. He sold his property and traded in land until he had secured more land. After a time this land, owing to its proximity to Warsaw, became more valuable and he laid out Hardman's addition to the town. Next he built houses, some of which he still owns. Most of his present means has been gained by the prudent management of this tract. The location was good and he held the lots, selling only as they increased in value.
At the opening of the war Mr. Hardman heard and answered his country's call and served almost three years in the Seventy-fourth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. He was in the battles of Chickamauga and Mission Ridge, marched with Sherman to the sea and was in the grand review at Washington. He became a corporal and although he served in the fighting ranks and there were bullet holes in his clothing, fortunately he was never wounded. He has been a lifelong member of the Republican party and has been content with private affairs, willingly allowing others to attend to public duties.
He and his faithful wife have lived quiet lives for many years in their pleasant home in Warsaw, which they have built and improved in accordance with their own tastes and comforts. On October 24, 1897, they celebrated the happy occasion of their golden wedding. They reared two children, both of whom are married. Joseph is a jeweler at Rensselaer, Indiana, and Mary is the wife of John Stewart, of Denver, Colorado. One of the great comforts of Mr. Hardman's life has been his religion. He is a faithful member and attendant of the Methodist church and is highly regarded as one whose life is true and consistent. He has been a class leader in the church for twenty-five years and a member of the official board for nearly sixty years. His wife is also a consistent member of the same denomination, having joined the church when about twelve years of age.
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The subject of this biographical sketch is one of the most widely-known citizens of Jackson township, Kosciusko county, Indiana, and is also one of the most active and respected business men whose energy and public spirit have placed him in the foremost rank of the prominent residents, who universally recognize in him an acknowledged leader in social as well as public affairs. He was born in Paulding county, Ohio, August 20, 1842, the sixth child in the family of fourteen that crowned the marriage of John and Liza (Clemmer) Musselman, natives of Virginia and of German extraction.
John Musselman, father of Cyrus, was reared to the calling of a tanner and was also taught shoemaking. While sti1l a young man he left his native state and located in Dayton, Montgomery county, Ohio, where he married Miss Clemmer, who was of Irish descent. Shortly after that auspicious event he removed to Paulding county, where he purchased a tract of timbered land, erected a dwelling and such other buildings as were needed and converted the tract into a first-class farm. He later started a tanyard and a shoe shop, and more over practiced medicine to some extent, being a gentleman of most versatile qualifications.
Mr. Musselman was very active in politics and was one of the leading Democrats of Paulding county, where he served as a justice of the peace for many years. He was widely known and universally respected throughout the county. He lost his wife in 1880, and his own death occurred in 1893. Their six sons and eight daughters were named as follows: David, Amos, Diana, Mary, John, Cyrus, Eliza, Jane, Wil1iam, Minerva, Ira, Ida and two who died in infancy.
Cyrus Musselman, the subject proper of this sketch, the more important events of whose interesting and useful career are here but feebly portrayed, was reared to agricultural pursuits on his father's farm in Paulding county, Ohio, and also attended the district school until old enough to be able to handle a "kit," when he was taught shoemaking. He remained with his father until he had attained his majority and then, in 1863, decided to see something of the great West. He started for Missouri, where he had a brother, with whom he intended to journey onward to California, but funds not being over plentiful with him he made a ha1t when he had reached Kosciusko county, Indiana, and accepted the position of head sawyer in a lumber yard and was so well satisfied with the situation that he retained it seven years. Although he had never received any training to the business he had probably inherited something of his father's versatility. Again there may haw been something more attractive in Kosciusko County than saws, saw-logs and saw-mills, for on October 1, 1863, the year of his arrival here, he led to the altar, as his first bride, Miss Maria C. Clemmer, whose parents hadcome from Ohio to Kosciusko county, Indiana, several years previously and had entered from the government the farm on which Mr. Musselman now resides. Four children came to bless the union of Cyrus and Maria C. (Clemmer) Musselman, namely: Albert E., Ida V., Laban C. and Cynthia E. Of these, Albert E. was born in 1865, acquired a sound English education and was also graduated from Musselman's Commercial School at Quincy, Illinois. He followed teaching as a vocation for a number of years and taught in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and California, and in the last named state married a Miss Carter; he is at present bookkeeper for a lumber and furniture company in the Golden state. Ida V., born in 1867, is the wife of Ira Tillman and resides in the Indian Territory. Laban C., born in August, 1872, received a good common-school education, is still single and is farming the homestead for his father. Cynthia E., who was born in 1876, was an accomplished young lady, taught two terms of school in Kosciusko county, and was called to her everlasting home in 1895. Mrs. Maria C. (Clemmer) Musselman died in 1896, and in June, 1897, Mr. Musselman married Mrs. Frances A. (Lenwell) Beason, a highly respected widow of Jackson township, whose maiden name was Lenwell, but this union has not been blessed with offspring. However, Mrs. Musselman was by her former marriage the mother of two children, Charles A., of Chicago, and Frederick, who lives with his mother.
When Cyrus Musselman first married he was not in good condition financially, but he was abundantly supplied with a capital consisting of energy, industry and confidence in his ability to make his way through the world. He was temperate and frugal and after a few years labor in the saw-mill, mentioned in a foregoing paragraph, purchased a tract of land in the woods. He subsequently sold that tract and bought the old Clemmer homestead of one hundred and forty-four acres, where he is now engaged in fanning and stock raising. Mr. and Mrs. Musselman are members of the Church of God, otherwise known as the Adventists church. Mr. Musselman is deeply read in the Scriptures and is a profound thinker, fully capable of forming just and logical conclusions from such literature as he studies. In politics Mr. Musselman is a Democrat, but has never been much of a partisan and has invariably refused to become a candidate even for township offices, although he has frequently been solicited to place his name before his fellow citizens as a nominee for various positions of honor and trust. In his fraternal relations Mr. Musselman is a member of Sidney Lodge, No. 579, F. & A. M., in which he has filled the honorable office of worshipful master, and has represented the lodge in the grand lodge; he cherishes this order as second only to his church.
Mr. Musselman is a citizen with broad views and of public spirit, and one who takes pride in the progress of his township and the enhancement of the public weal. Well knowing the value of good roads and bridges to the husbandman especially, as well as to the general public, and knowing the vital importance of nearly every kind of public improvement, he readily aids with his purse and influence all projects designed to bring about substantial yet economical additions to such works as undoubtedly tend to the convenience and add to the comfort of the community. He is a warm friend of the public-school system and an advocate of the employment of the best teachers that the school fund can possibly compensate, and also favors the erection of modern school edifices when new ones become necessary. He was a constant reader, has an excellent library for a gentleman residing in a rural district, and this is connected by wire with the Sidney Telephone Company's headquarters, in which company his son, Laban C, is a stockholder. Jackson township residents may well feel gratified in having in their midst a gentleman so advanced in thought, so public spirited, so liberal in monetary matters and so interested in the welfare of the township in which he has passed so many years of his useful life. Although he began with no capital in a pecuniary sense, he is now among the most substantial men of his township, and his life's record is well worthy of study by the rising generation.
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JAMES FISHER, DECEASED.
This genuine representative of the agricultural development of Jackson township, Kosciusko county, Indiana, was born in Wayne county, Ohio, June 8, 1817. His parents, Stephen and Elizabeth (Newhouse) Fisher, descendants of old German families who were represented among the colonists of America, and who were among the bravest of the brave in the struggle for American independence. The paternal grandfather of subject settled in Virginia, whence he removed to Ohio in the early period of its history, bringing with him Stephen, who had been born in Virginia, and the other members of the family.
Stephen Fisher was a blacksmith in his early days and was also engaged in farming. He settled in Wayne county, Ohio, and carried on a blacksmith shop in connection with agriculture until 1834, when he removed to Seneca county and bought a tract of forest land, which he developed into a first-class farm. He came to Jackson township, Kosciusko county, Indiana, and here purchased a section and a half of land, or nine hundred and sixty acres, a considerable portion of which he cleared up, and when he retired was worth about fifteen thousand dollars, which in those days was considered to be quite a fortune. To the marriage of Stephen Fisher, in 1800, to Miss Elizabeth Newhouse, of Kentucky, were born five sons and five daughters, namely: Nancy, Susan, Sarah. Elizabeth, James, Stephen, Edward, John, Lucinda and Robert.
James Fisher, the subject of this sketch, came to Kosciusko county, Indiana, in 1836, and was one of the earliest settlers in Jackson township. He was then a single man, and in June, 1841, married Miss Sarah Royer, a native of Berks county, Pennsylvania, and of German descent. The following year he brought his bride to Jackson township, Kosciusko county, with the Ulrey family as their only neighbors, and Liberty Mills, in Wabash county, the only town within many miles, their grist being ground at the latter place.
James Fisher was handy with the ax and one of the best choppers in his neighborhood and within a few days after his arrival on his farm he had his house ready for occupancy. The winter was very inclement, but he succeeded in clearing off two hundred acres of his own homestead and two other tracts of forty-seven and twenty acres respectively.
To the marriage of James Fisher and Sarah Royer there were born children, namely: Elizabeth, Anna, Stephen, John, Lydia, Samuel and James. Mrs. Sarah (Royer) Fisher was called from earth in 1893, and Mr. Fisher next married Mrs. Katie Sipes.
Mr. Fisher was a very industrious farmer and an enterprising business man, and at one time had accumulated twenty-six thousand dollars without any extraneous aid. About twelve years ago., however, he engaged in mercantile trade at Packerton, this county, but on this occasion failed to meet with his usual success, as he became involved to the extent of five thousand dollars, all of which he honorably liquidated or made arrangement to do so.
In politics Mr. Fisher was a Democrat, cast his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson, and voted for every Democratic presidential candidate from "Old Hickory's" time up to Grover Cleveland's candidacy. He was undeviating in his political faith and was ever active and faithful in his efforts to promote the success of his party, and himself served it in the capacity of justice of the peace for fourteen years. In religion he was a Presbyterian, but it was somewhat late in life that he united with the congregation at Packerton, whose teachings he faithfully adhered to and to the support of which he was a liberal contributor. His morality, however, was never questioned, even before he became a communicant in the church, and his word was never in any way questioned.
Since 1860 Mr. Fisher had been a member of Lodge No. 87, F. & A.M. He was widely known throughout Kosciusko county, and was recognized as one of the model farmers of Jackson township. He was public spirited and was always ready to aid in every way all projects designed for the promotion of the general weal, and no citizen was more sincerely respected. Mr. Fisher's death occurred on the 7th of February, 1902, and his remains were interred in the Packerton cemetery. The estate is being managed by his son, Samuel, who resides on the homestead.
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