Biography of George A. Fisher
North Central Ohio Biographies

George A. Fisher. As president of the George A. Fisher Granite Works and director of the Wayne Building & Loan Company, Mr. Fisher is numbered among the representative business men and substantial citizens of Wooster. He was born in this city, May 26, 1865, the son of Philip and Maria (Stephens) Fisher.

Philip Fisher was born in Frankfort, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1842, settling at Hagerstown, Md., where he spent two years. He then came to Wooster, where he continued to reside until his death in 1893, at the age of 73 years. By occupation he was a bricklayer and following that occupation until 1852, when he was employed by the Wooster Cemetery Association as sexton. He held that position for a period of 37 years, and assisted in clearing the grounds for the present Wooster Cemetery. His wife was also born in Germany in 1827, and died July 6, 1888. Both are buried at Wooster. They were the parents of 13 children, seven of whom survive: Amelia, married Daniel A. Brown, lives at Toledo, Ohio; Edward S., lives at Mansfield; Henrietta, married Joseph H. Prentiss, lives at Toledo; Emma T., the widow of John Healey, lives at Chicago; Harvey D., lives at Missoula, Mont.; and George A., the subject of this sketch. Mary, Ida, Charles, Franklin, James and Flora are deceased.

George A. Fisher attended the public schools of Wooster and assisted his father in caring for the Wooster Cemetery. At the age of 18 years he became a marble and granite cutter and manifested a decided liking and skill for this type of work. He soon engaged in business for himself, being founder of the George A. Fisher Granite Works in 1899. Under his able and judicious management the business has continued to grow in size and importance until it is now the largest establishment of its kind in the city, and one of the most successful to be found among the northern counties of Ohio. Mr. Fisher deals in all types of monumental and cemetery work and at all times carries a complete stock of marble, granite, and other stones used in this particular trade. In addition to an extensive retail business, he commands a large wholesale trade, and supplies numerous customers in various parts of the state. He is also a director of the Wayne Building & Loan Company, and the Wayne County National Bank.

In 1893 Mr. Fisher was united in marriage with Miss Catherine H. Rockey, of Wooster, the daughter of Charles Rockey. They are the parents of five children: 1. George P., who is serving as assistant county treasurer of Wayne County, lives at Wooster. He served in France during the World War and is now commander of the local American Legion Post. He married Miss Nellie Flannery of Orrville, and they have a daughter, Margaret Ann. 2. Mary M., a graduate of Wooster College, married Joseph Cohan, who is identified with the Holmes Construction Company of Cincinati as construction engineer. 3. Charles Harold, a graduate of Wooster College, who is associated in business with his father. 4. Ethel Josephine, a graduate of Wooster College. She married Alden Winter, who is identified with the College of Agriculture, Ohio State University. 5. Ralph Edward, who is associated in business with his father in Wooster. He is a graduate of Ohio State University, class of 1926.

Mr. Fisher has always been a Republican. He has been mayor of Wooster and during the World War served as Wayne County food administrator. He and his family hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the official board. He is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Rotary Club.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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