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William Franklin Fisk
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Birth: May 13, 1851
Death: Nov. 2, 1945

EARLY PIONEER IN COUNTY DEAD AT AGE OF 94
W. F. Fisk Died at the Home Of His Son, Ora, South of Centerville Friday Night

W. F. Fisk, 94, died at 11:35 Friday night at the home of his son, Ora F. Fisk, Centerville Route 1, after an illness of five weeks. Mr. Fisk, an early Appanoose county pioneer, was one of the active and well known citizens in this county, and his passing marks the last of one who knew considerable of early day history in Centerville and area.

Came Here In 1858
He came to Appanoose county in 1858, and lived on the same farm for a period of 72 years, a unique record by itself. Mr. Fisk also knew considerable about local history, having come here when Centerville was a small country town, full of mud roads, and consisting of only a few houses.

In an interview with him several years ago, he stated that there were barely a dozen homes when he first arrived.

The deceased man could also recall the civil war days and the various raids conducted into this area by the Confederate army.

Born In East
Mr. Fisk was born on May 12 (13), 1851, in Herkimer county, New York, but left there when he was two years old and came to Jefferson county, near Libertyville, Iowa.

In 1858, still a small lad, he came to Appanoose county with his parents, and remained on the same farm for a period of 72 years.

Married In 1884
On September 23, 1884, he married Cassie McKeehan and out of this union two children were born, a son, Ora Fisk, of Centerville Route 1, and a daughter, Mrs. Esta McFarland of near Centerville.

Two grandchildren survive, they being Roy McFarland of Centerville, and Cecil McFarland, of Moline, Illinois. Four great grandchildren include Karley, Valerie, and Katheleen McFarland, of Centerville, and Larry of Moline.

He leaves the following nieces, all of whom are very elderly: Mrs. Nancy Ellis, of Centerville, Mrs. Lavonia (Livonia) Hileman, of Centerville, Mrs. Beatrice Coffee (Coffey), Keokuk, Mrs. Emma Streepy, of Centerville, and Mrs. Emma Gradwell, of Exline. Four nephews survive: Grant Ruby (Rubey) of Shenandoah, Henry Ruby (Rubey) of Dayton, Ohio, Frank Ruby (Rubey) of California, and Herbert Ruby (Rubey) of Minnesota.

His wife died several years ago.

Another fine trait of Mr. Fisk was his strong Christian character. He was a very good church man, and always took an active interest.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p. m. Monday at the Johnson funeral home. Rev. Harvey C. Miller of Oskaloosa, formerly of Centerville, will officiate. Burial will be at Oakland cemetery.

Centerville Daily Iowegian And Citizen, Centerville, Iowa, November 3, 1945 page 2

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 Parents:
  William Robert Fisk (1808 - 1895)
  Hannah T. Tompkins Fisk (1809 - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  Catherine Cassandra McKeehan Fisk (1858 - 1932)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Esta Fisk McFarland (1886 - 1969)*
  Ora Frank Fisk (1891 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mahala Ann Fisk Gibson (1835 - 1925)*
  Catharine H. Fisk Turk (1839 - 1903)*
  Sarah E. Fisk Rubey (1842 - 1896)*
  William Franklin Fisk (1851 - 1945)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakland Cemetery
Centerville
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Del Huggins
Record added: Apr 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13915948
William Franklin Fisk
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