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 Eleazar Fix

Eleazar Fix

Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Mar 1906 (aged 81)
Juliaetta, Latah County, Idaho, USA
Burial Juliaetta, Latah County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 34028598 · View Source
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Eleazor was born in 1825 in Colombus, Ohio. His father David and mother Jane, moved their family to Clark Co. Illinois where they lived the rest of their lives.

In 1855, there was an outbreak of influenza, which swept through Illinois, killing over 20,000 people in less than three months. By this time, Jane had passed away, and David succumbed to the epidemic.

In 1849, Eleazar Fix married Susan Curtis, but since no other record of her exists, it is presumed that she died, either in childbirth, or in the epidemic.

Eleazor took his younger brother A.J., and in 1856 they crossed the plains to California to make their fortune. While on the way, near the head waters of the Humboldt River, a wagon train ahead of theirs was attacked by Indians. All but four people were killed.

Two men escaped by taking flight and seizing one child,which was carried until exhaustion set in, then the child was thrown into some sagebrush, and left, thus saving its life. A woman was shot with arrows through the body. The Indians then pulled out the arrows and stabbed the woman repeatedly. They scalped her and left her for dead.

Eleazor, A.J. and the rest of their wagon train found her alive, along with the child and two other men, and rescued them. They then chased the Indian band in an attempt to recover the livestock. A bloody battle took place, but the Indians, having the advantage among the rocks, escaped with the stock and only one dead warrior.

The dead were buried and the survivors taken by the wagon train on to California. The woman survived for a number of years but eventually lost her mind and committed suicide.

Eleazar and A.J. eventually made their way to the Walla Walla area of Washington where they both homesteaded farms. A.J. lived out the rest of his life in the Walla Walla area. Eleazar met and married Catherine Whetstone Taber, a widow with three sons who had crossed the plains in a covered wagon. In the fall of 1877, Eleazar homesteaded a place on what is now Fix Ridge. They chose a spot four miles from Juliaetta, now bearing the name of these first settlers and widely known as Fix Ridge. He built a log cabin and left his step-son Louis Taber and Tom Pettijohn (a family friend) to batch in it until spring when he moved his family up. Homestead rules required that the land be occupied continuously for the homestead to prove up. After the construction on a one-room log cabin, the family moved to the homestead in 1878. Their son, Ira Fix, was the first white child born in the vicinity and many months their only neighbor were Indians.

Ira Fix remembers fleeing to a fort at Genesee for protection during an Indian uprising. Had few convenience in those days, but were healthy and happy. The cabin was crowded and they had to roll out bunks on the floor. But were thankful for their shelter. There was no well on the place and had to haul water for many years. One winter had nothing to wear on their feet but gunny sacks. and there was no ration board denying us stamps.

We got along well with Nez Perce. and only fleed to Fort at Genesse because they feared other tribes might overrun this section. He then began hauling freight through Lewistone, Idaho.

There were no roads or bridges, so they had to come through Genesee and nearly to Moscow (a very round about route) to find a place to cross the Potlatch River and get on the Ridge a Fix was born in 1879, the first white child born on Fix Ridge.

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  • Created by: Nick Fix
  • Added: 20 Feb 2009
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Eleazar Fix (14 Mar 1825–18 Mar 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34028598, citing Fix Ridge Cemetery, Juliaetta, Latah County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Nick Fix (contributor 47096857) .