H. M. FISK.
One of the well known residents of Pella is H. M. Fisk, who has built up a large business as a ditch contractor.
He was born in Jefferson county, Iowa, in 1844, the third of a family of six children, whose parents were Henry
C. and Julia A. (Stites) Fisk. The father was born in England in 1809 and the mother in Ohio in 1814. They were
married in the Buckeye state and in 1840 removed to Jefferson county, Iowa, where they remained until 1859, in
which year they established their home in Marion county. Mr. Fisk died in Pella in 1893 and his widow passed away
in that city in 1895.
H. M. Fisk became a student in the district schools of Marion county and at the same time received valuable training
under his father's instructions, learning the methods of practical agriculture. In 1861, when but a youth of seventeen
years, he enlisted in Company I, Tenth Iowa Infantry, and was at the front for three years and two months. He was
wounded in the battle of Champion's Hill and took part in numerous other engagements. When peace had been made
he returned to this county and farmed for a few years, after which he turned his attention to other lines of work.
He built the first tile factory in this state and conducted it successfully for several years. After selling out
he went into the tile ditch contracting business and has since concentrated his energies upon that line of endeavor.
He invariably fulfils his contract and the work is well done and completed in good time.
In 1865 Mr. Fisk married Mrs. Mahala Grover, the widow of James W. Grover. She was born in White county, Indiana,
in 1844 and when a girl of twelve accompanied her parents to this state. Mr. and Mrs. Fisk have three daughters:
Mrs. Caroline Bell Haven, of Sheridan, Wyoming; Mrs. Emma Clutter, who lives in Pukwana, South Dakota; and Mrs.
Edith Amburn, of Lenox, Iowa.
Mr. Fisk purchased his present residence in 1906 and has since much improved the place, remodeling the house and
building barns. The property includes thirteen acres of fine land, which he cultivates and which adds quite a little
to his annual income. He is a democrat in politics and his religious faith is indicated in his membership in the
American Secular Union and Freethought Federation. He is a director in the Citizens National Bank of Pella and
his business ability commands the respect of his fellow citizens.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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