OBITUARY – George A. Fisher
East Liverpool Tribune
George A. Fisher, the venerable father of Mrs. W. T. Norris, died yesterday morning (January 20, 1904) in a Cleveland hospital. The body will arrive here today at noon and will be taken to Long’s Run church were funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Swan, of East End. Interment will be made in the cemetery adjacent to the church.
Mr. Fisher was 70 years of age and many years ago was a school teacher in St. Clair township. He attained high rank as a scholar and educator and before the war went to the South where he purchases a large tract of land. When the Rebellion broke out he refused to serve in the army because all his training and inclination was in sympathy with the North. His land was confiscated and he was compelled to take up arms in defense of the South. At the earliest possible moment he left the army and making his way North arrived at his old home. The privations he suffered in his brave attempt to regain his freedom made him very ill, and it was a long time before he recovered. His experiences are embodied in “The Yankee Conscript,” which he wrote after his illness, and which was among the most widely read books of that time.
Five years ago Mr. Fisher was stricken with paralysis, and he never fully recovered his health. He resided at that time in Wellsville, and was later removed to the hospital in Cleveland, in the hope that he would recover.
Mr. Fisher was married to Miss Elizabeth Bough, and of this union there were four children: Mrs. M. A. Parkinson, Beaver Falls; Orion P. Fisher, Cleveland; Otis G. Fisher, Chicago; Mrs. W. T. Norris, this city.
Eight years ago Mr. Fisher was married to Mrs. Harriet Irvn, of Wellsville, who survives him. Mr. Fisher was strong in his convictions, and one whose work in life was well done. A wide circle of friends is left to mourn his death.