Biography of Josephus Fisher



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

No citizen of Sodas township is more closely allied with all its interests than the subject of this sketch, Josephus Fisher, who was born in Portage Co., Ohio, Oct. 14, 1828. His educational advantages were limited. Schools of that day were not good, and if they had been of the best, farmemí sons were then needed at home, and usually went to school only a few months in the winter. On July 4, 1850, Josephus married Miss Phebe Ann, daughter of John and Jane Gano. They have had six children, the first-born dying before being named; John, at this time clerk of Sodus township; Usania, Alice, George, and Edna. Four are living, two married and two ]iving at home. After his marriage, Mr. Fisher farmed in Ohio four years on a farm given him by his father. In January, 1854, he moved to Sodus, purchasing ninety-six acres on section 24. He found some difference in farming this land and the cultivated farm he had left in Ohio. His first home here was such as all the early settlers had, a log house. He has made an addition of one hundred and eight acres to his farm, and many improvements on it.

In 1861 he was elected supervisor of Sodus township, and filled this position ten sand a half years and resigned. He was elected treasurer, which office he filled five years. In 1879 he was elected highway commissioner. He is a member of the Grange Lodge, No. 123, of Sodas township, and was Master one year. At this time he is Treasurer of the lodge.

He is a Republican in politics. He has been a member of the Disciples Church for twenty-six years, serving as elder of this body for ten years. His fatherís family consisted of nine children, six girls and three boys, all living in different States. Mrs. Fisherís father was one of the early settlers of the county. Her fatherís family consisted of six children, three boys and three girls,ófour of whom are living in Sodus township.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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