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Irving Minot Fisher
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Birth: 1839
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 1915

Civil War Veteran
Co B 7th Iowa Infantry
Co C 14th Iowa Infantry

Fisher, Irvin M.
Age 23.
Residence Nashua,IA
Nativity Massachusetts.
Enlisted July 8, 1861.
Mustered July 24, 1861.
Discharged for disability March 22, 1862, Pittsburg Landing, Tenn.

Reenlisted in Co C 14th Iowa Infantry.

Service of the 7th Iowa Infantry during his enlistment included the battles of Belmont,MO (Nov 1 1861), Ft Donelson,TN (Feb 1862), Shiloh,TN (Apr 6-7 1862).

IRVING MINOT FISHER.

Iowa leads the country in the production of corn and is scarcely second to any other state in the Union in the growing of other cereals and in stock-raising. Among those who have added to the fame of the state in the production of fine stock is Irving Minot Fisher, owner of the well known, historical and renowned Iowa Central Stock Farm, situated a mile and a half southwest of Allison, in West Point Township, Butler County. It is without doubt one of the finest farms in the state. Upon the place are two large dwellings, one being the country home of the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher, while the other is occupied by a tenant. There are several large barns, cattle sheds, a hog house, machinery houses and other modern equipments and improvements upon the place. The big white barn is a notable feature in the landscape and is the finest in the county. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher came to this farm January 6, 1875, after he had entered into an agreement with its owner, Hon. H. L. Stout, of Dubuque, who was one of Iowa's best men and millionaires. Mr. Fisher accepted the position of superintendent of this farm, then comprising more than twenty-five hundred acres and recognized as the finest stock farm in the country, where the best horses and finest shorthorn cattle were kept that could be obtained in Europe and the United States. Through all the intervening years Mr. Fisher has been connected with the management and improvement of the farm and upon its division he purchased the tract of three hundred and twenty acres which he now owns.

A native son of New England, he was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, his parents being Minot and Mary (Austin) Fisher, who were likewise natives of the old Bav state. The Fisher family was one of the old Colonial families, its founders in America being among the Puritans who settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, where they owned large estates. Representatives of the name also became founders of the Dedham Bank. One of the ancestors in England had a coat of arms bestowed upon him and this seal Joshua Fisher, the first member of the family to come to America, used on his will and also used in connection with the bank. The ancestral record of the family is one of which Irving M. Fisher has every reason to be proud, the line being traced back as far as 1585.

Having lost his mother when five years of age, Irving M. Fisher then lived with an uncle and aunt for two years, after which his father married again. He attended school in his native state until twelve years of age, when he went to Bennington, Vermont, in order to secure employment on a farm. He worked on the farm of Colonel Baker and at the same time was granted the privilege of spending some time in the public school. In the fall of 1857 he came to Iowa with Henry Baker, a son of Colonel Baker, who brought his family to the Midwest, settling at Bradford, Iowa. Mr. Irving remained with them until July, 1861, when his patriotic spirit could no longer be content to remain at home while the country was engaged in civil war, so he enlisted as a member of Company B, Seventh Iowa Infantry. He continued to serve until honorably discharged because of disability at Pittsburg Landing in Tennessee, March 22, 1862. With his regiment he participated in the battle of Belmont and the sieges of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson. After recovering his health he assisted in recruiting work and reenlisted October 12, 1862, as a member of Company C, Fourteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in which he was made a sergeant. He acted in the ordnance department under General A. J. Smith, participating in the battle of Shiloh, the siege of Vicksburg, Tupelo, and then in the Red River ex23edition and was always on active duty, proving his loyalty to his country in many a situation that demanded marked valor and bravery. He was mustered out November 16, 1864, at Davenport, Iowa.

Mr. Fisher was married on the 1st of January, 1867, to Miss Mary J. Biggar, a teacher in the public schools. The wedding was celebrated in her father's home in the presence of a few friends by the Rev. John K. Nutting, pastor of the Congregational church. The bride was the third daughter of William and Elizabeth (Simpson) Biggar, of Franklin county. New York, and was born in Huntingdon, Huntingdon county, Quebec. She was a descendant of a family of educators of Scottish origin. They were also landowners and the town of Biggar in Lanarkshire was named in honor of the family. Mrs. Fisher was most carefully educated in a Christian home, received instruction in an academy and taught for a number of years in some of the best schools in Chickasaw count}^, ranking high as a student and always holding a first class teacher's certificate. She acquired a business education and possesses rare executive ability, which was greatly appreciated by Mr. Stout, the former owner, during the term of years in which Mr. and Mrs. Fisher were managing the farm. Mrs. Fisher is a lover of books and literature and her writings are valued by the press as well as by her many friends. She is and always has been a worker for the best interests of the public schools and her influence has been a potent force in promoting educational progress.

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher spent two years on a stock farm near Charles City, Iowa, previous to coming to the Iowa Central Stock Farm in Butler County, then owned by the late Hon. H. L. Stout. For seventeen years they superintended this farm, or until Mr. Stout decided to divide the large area of land, at which time they purchased the home place, consisting of three hundred and twenty acres. They have always maintained the same high standards in the control of the farm and in stock-raising and the property is unsurpassed by any stock farm in the state. Mr. Fisher handles only the highest grades of pure-bred stock and there is ever}^ equipment and convenience for the care of the animals and the improvement of the farm. Mr. Fisher is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and thus maintains pleasant relations with those with whom he was associated as a wearer of the blue. He has been a lifelong republican and has enjoyed the acquaintance of a number of men prominent in public life, including Senator W. B. Allison, Speaker D. B. Henderson, Governor Gear and others. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are members of the First Congregational church of Allison, of which they were virtually the founders. They have always contributed liberally toward its up building and support. Mrs. Fisher is the founder of the Benevolent and patriotic Society, which was organized in 1898 and is still doing good work. In fact, their influence is always on the side of progress, reform and improvement and they hold to the highest standards of citizenship and of conduct as well as of business honor.

Source: History of Butler County
(Courtesy of James Tomlinson #46926553) 
 
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 Parents:
  Minot Fisher (1807 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Jane Biggar Fisher (1843 - 1940)*
 
 Siblings:
  Irving Minot Fisher (1839 - 1915)
  Anna Lester Fisher (1858 - 1863)*
  Albert Chauncey Fisher (1863 - 1871)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Nashua
Chickasaw County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Lot 3 BLk 23
 
Created by: K L Bonnett
Record added: Apr 29, 2012
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Irving Minot Fisher
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Irving Minot Fisher
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