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Biography of Henry C. Fisher

The subject of this sketch was born in March 1862, the second son of William Fisher, of Fishertown, a sketch of whose life will be found in this volume. Henry first attended a neighborhood school until he was fourteen years old, at which age he was so well advanced in his studies that when he went to Franklin High School, at Clinton, Missouri, he immediately went into the classes that contained many of the country teachers of that county. Remaining at Clinton for two years, he went from thence to Drury College, Springfield, Missouri, which college sends a number of scholars annually to Harvard and Yale. In this institute Henry remained three years, leaving one year before graduating, not seeing the necessity of taking in the extra branches. But it may be here added that nothing is wanting to complete the polish and education of this young man, who is everything that might be desired. After leaving college he went into business with his father, who is owner of an extensive mercantile house at Fishertown, which is now under the management of Henry. The young man has also a good-sized ranch of his own, comprising one-mile square of pasture, 1,200 head of steers, and about 300 acres of good farmland, in excellent cultivation, close to Checotah, where he also owns several buildings and lots. His home residence, in Fishertown, is one of the neatest and most elegant homes in the country, ornamented by beautiful pleasure grounds, which are supplied with varied assortments of the very choicest flowers and shrubs; also a garden and orchard, complete in every respect. Mr. Fisher married Miss Lucy Willison, February 23, 1882, the fifth daughter of J. D. Willison and Hettie McIntosh. Her father was a white man, well and favorably known in this country, while Hettie McIntosh was a daughter of General McIntosh, of historical celebrity. By his marriage, Mr. Fisher has three children, Carrie, Ollie and Eloise Belle. Mrs. Fisher, whose photograph is in this book, is now possessor of the knee-buckles and a punch-spoon owned by George Washington. She received them through her family on the McIntosh side, who were related rather closely to Martha Washington. Of a handsome and pleasant expression is the subject of our sketch, while his height (six feet one inch) and his weight (175 pounds) command general respect. His complexion is exceedingly fair (though one-third Indian). His education is uncommonly good, and he deserves the popularity which he enjoys among his people. Henry Fisher’s wife was teacher for four years in the Creek public schools previous to her marriage. She has no superior as to high connections, as will be seen by those who read the history of the Muskogee people.

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