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Charles Fisher
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1820
Fauquier County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1888
Illinois, USA

Charles Fisher, druggist. Mr. Fisher was born near Front Royal, Fauquier county, Virginia, October 23, 1820. His parents were Joseph and Evelina M. (Hunter) Fisher. Joseph Fisher, lived in Putnam, Ohio, where, in a ripe old age of near fourscore years, he was an active member of the Baptist church, and contributed largely to all charitable interests. In 1830 the father of Charles Fisher moved his family to Muskingum county, Ohio, not being willing that his children should grow up in a slave State. Being constantly engaged in surveying, after allowing his son Charles a few years of common school education, he devolved upon him the management of the farm, and this was his business until 1841. When Charles was about twenty-one, he came to Peoria, where he commenced his independent life without a friend, without any but the simplest knowledge of business, and with but one dollar and a half cash capital. His first work was as steward in a public boarding house. His first engagement in this capacity was for two months, with A. O. Garrett, at six dollars per month; his second with John King, for two years, at no time receiving more than twelve dollars per month. In February, 1844, he engaged with William A. Herron as apprentice in his drug store, receiving only fifty dollars per year for his services. So diligent was he, however, in learning his business, that at the end of a year and a half he went to Galena, Illinois, to be clerk in the drugstore of Dr. Augustus Wierich, at twenty dollars per month. At the end of seven months he returned to Peoria a druggist, and here he remained in this business ever since. His first partnership was with H. I. Rugg, which was dissolved January 1, 1854. His second was with Dr. J. A. Troup (1857 to 1864), and it was then that he began the wholesale business. Since 1864 Mr. Fisher was without a partner in business. In 1854 he commenced the first cash business in Peoria, naming his house The Cash Drug-store. From such a sketch of his career it is easy to see what he is himself filling to say have always been his rules and principles in business. One is: Be busy; any work is better than no work; small pay is better than expense without pay. Another is: Mind your business; do not mind appearances; do not mind pride; wish well to everyone else in their business, and do not interfere with them in it, but mind your own. Another is: Be security for yourself alone, and not for anyone else. These, with strict honesty, and with the largest, most liberal charity, gave to Mr. Fisher his success and his good name. Mr. Fisher was originally a pro slavery man; but, having changed his views on this subject, he voted for Mr. Lincoln's second election, and remained active with the republican party. In December 1864, he made a profession of religion, and was baptized by immersion, though he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of which he became one of the elders. His piety is of a very marked type. He was very earnest in personal consecration to Christ; was much given to the study of the Bible; made everything a matter of prayer, and favored a severe simplicity in religion. Mr. Fisher was married at Circleville, Ohio, October 1, 1851, to Jessie McQueen, daughter of James McQueen, former manager of a large distillery located in Ireland, but owned by Murray and Stein, of Scotland. They had nine children - six sons and three daughters. Bio by Bruce Hicks.

The burial place of his wife Jessie McQueen Fisher has not been located.
The will of Charles Fisher's father, Joseph Fisher, who died on Dec. 21, 1890 and is probated in Muskingum County, Ohio, lists all of his children, including Charles Fisher, who moved to Peoria, Illinois. The Application for Letters of Administration also lists these grandchildren of Joseph Fisher, who are believed to be the children of the said Charles Fisher:
Eugene Fisher, Peoria, IL
Charles M. Fisher, San Francisco, CA
Wm. A(?) Fisher, Peoria, IL May be Memorial# 140340638
Herbert Fisher, Princeton, NJ
Howard Fisher, Peoria, IL
Jessie Fulton, Peoria, IL (married?)
Mary Fisher, Peoria, IL
Eva Fisher, Peoria, IL
Note by Ronald Decker, second great grand nephew of Charles Fisher.

Family links: 
  Joseph E. Fisher (1798 - 1890)
  Evelina M. Hunter Fisher (1802 - 1834)
  Jessie Fisher Fulton (1860 - 1938)*
  Herbert Herschel Fisher (1868 - 1934)*
  Charles Fisher (1820 - 1888)
  Elizabeth Fisher Ross (1826 - 1912)*
  Samuel Dunlap Fisher (1827 - 1847)*
  Martha Fisher Richardson (1828 - 1901)*
  Mary Ogilvie Fisher Denison (1830 - 1916)*
  Harriett Broadus Fisher (1831 - 1917)*
  Joseph D. Fisher (1836 - 1925)**
  Presley Q. Fisher (1837 - 1925)**
  Elias Fisher (1839 - 1923)**
*Calculated relationship
Springdale Cemetery and Mausoleum
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Prospect Hill Section
Maintained by: DrDX
Originally Created by: Bruce Hicks
Record added: Mar 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49884553
Charles Fisher
Added by: Bruce Hicks
Charles Fisher
Added by: Greg Kimberley
Charles Fisher
Added by: Greg Kimberley
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