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Fisher, W. A., of the firm of W. A. Fisher & Co., dealers in furniture, wall-paper, and undertaking, was born in Theresa, N. Y., June 1, 1857. His father, Elbert V. Fisher, is a son of Gen. Archibald Fisher, who was born at Lebanon, N. H., in 1795, and was educated in the common schools and at Watertown, where he came in 1811. He was in the war of 1812. He taught school for several years, and also worked at the mason's trade. In 1821 he moved to Theresa, on the place now known as the N. D. Yost farm, and afterward went to the village of Theresa. In 1824 he built the brick hotel that stood where the Getman House now stands, and was for many years its proprietor. He became a general in the late militia. He was a charter member of the Theresa Lodge, No. 174, F. & A. M., and a charter member of Theresa Chapter, No. 149, R. A. M. He was a Democrat in politics, and was supervisor in 1844-45, but became a Republican upon the organization of that party. He was in the lumber business for many years, and in 1855 sold to his son, E. V. Fisher, and moved on his farm, but returned to the village, where he was justice of the peace at his death, which occurred January 30, 1864. November 18, 1821, he married Sallie W. Rogers, who was born February 26. 1802, by whom he had these children: Mary A., born April 15. 1823, married January 13, 1841, and died April 3, 1843; Cordelia E., born January 25, 1825, married March 20, 1844, and died January 13, 1897; William A., born December 10, 1826, married January 3, 1855; Esther Ann, born January 25, 1831, married Feburary 14, 1850, died March 19, 1852; and Gilbert L., born August 4. 1834. March 14, 1835, Gen. Fisher married Deborah M. Dodge. She had one daughter, Lydia M., born May 4, 1829. Elbert V. Fisher, father of our subject, was born in Theresa, N. Y., March 25, 1829, and was educated there. He engaged in the manufacture of lumber, and in 1852 went to California, where he engaged in prospecting for gold. In 1855 he returned to Theresa, where he engaged in lumbering. He afterwards became station agent at Theresa, and held that position until 1889, when he went to California, where he is engaged in manufacturing raisins. In politics he is a Republican. January 3, 1855, he married Cordalia, daughter of Andrew Stone, by whom he had three children: W. A., the subject of this sketch; Mary M., who died in California in 1876; and George, (deceased). W. A. Fisher was reared and educated in Theresa. He assisted his father as station agent for some years, and from 1875 to 1879 spent his time hunting with the Abanakah Indians in Canada. After returning to Theresa he again assisted his father at the station until 1881, when he became express agent, and was thus employed until 1887, when he engaged in the furniture business, in partnership with L. W. Tyler. In 1887 Mr. Fisher married Alice P. Peck, who was born in Theresa, N. Y., December 9, 1863, daughter of William and Ellen (Ryan) Peck. Mr. Peck was a native of England, born November 22, 1830, and came to the United States with his parents, James and Mary Peck, in 1831, and settled in Theresa, N. Y., where they both died. William Peck died February 23, 1878. Ellen (Ryan) Peck was born in Ottawa, Canada, July 14, 1832, daughter of Patrick Ryan. She now resides in the village of Theresa. She is a member of the Episcopal church, in which she is very active. To Mr. and Mrs. Fisher has been born one son, Howard W., born June 23, 1888. Mr. Fisher is a Republican in politics, and was town clerk for several years. He is a member of Theresa Lodge, No. 174, F. & A. M., of which he has been master. Mrs. Fisher is an active member of the Episcopal church, and is an enthusiastic Sunday-school worker. Mr. Fisher takes an active interest in the church, and has been a member of the choir for some time.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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