Fisher, David A. (1840-1911) — of Ashland, Boyd County, Ky. Born in Clearfield County, Pa., August 14, 1840. Served in the Union Army during the Civil War; sawmill operator; ice business; builder; livery stable owner; railway conductor; mayor of Ashland, Ky., 1889-92. Died in Ashland, Boyd County, Ky., January 19, 1911 (age 70 years, 158 days). Interment at Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Ky.
David A. Fisher (August 14, 1840 – January 19, 1911) was the mayor of Ashland, Kentucky. Beforehand, he was a native of Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, though he also served in the American Civil War for the Union, and was reported as living in Rockford, Illinois on September 3, 1861, when he enlisted as a Private. During the War, Fisher was promoted to a full first sergeant.
Fisher came to Ashland in 1867 and operated a sawmill and lumberyard at the foot of 17th Street. He had his men cut ice from the Ohio River that winter, when it froze over, packed it in sawdust and dispensed it to Ashland residents, who made ice-houses for storage. He was also a contractor and house-builder, operated a livery stable on Greenup Avenue, opened and operated the first dime store in the city, served as a conductor on the A. C. & I. Railroad, and was overseer of a poor house.
The 1880 Census lists David as living with his wife, Mary Anne, and children Edwin, Nellie, Harlan, and Raymond. By 1900, David had been married to a Trescot Fisher ("Trescot" was possibly a maiden name) of Ohio for thirty-two years, and was living with his children, Nellie and Raymond Fisher.
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