Among the sturdy pioneers who nearly a century ago entered land in Shelby county, were the ancestors of Michael Fisher, and the modern appliances that are now used in the cultivation of the soil were not even dreamed of. Mr. Fisher was born in Hendricks township, February 21, 1846, his parents being Michael and Mahala (Webb) Fisher. The father was a native of Germany, while the mother first saw the light of day in the state of North Carolina. They both met early in life in Kentucky, and later moved to Clark county, Indiana. They remained there but a short time, eventually taking up their above in Hendricks township, where they were married, and where they settled upon eighty acres of government land, and lived until their death. During their residence there they acquired six hundred acres of land. A large portion of the inhabitants of Indiana at that time were Indians, and the country about Shelby county was very wild. Twelve children were born to them in the following order: James H., George W., John, William, Zachariah, Malinda, Nancy J., Willis C., Jacob M., Michael T., W. J. and Amanda A. Zachariah and Malinda died while children, having been burned to death in a sheep shed.
Michael Fisher was industrious from his earliest boyhood days, and has worked hard all of his life. He was educated in the typical log cabin of the pioneer days, and being an apt pupil accumulated sufficient knowledge to enable him to teach school for several terms, although the greater portion of his life has been devoted to farming. He has spent his entire career in the township, and holds a high place in the estimation of his neighbors. In 1874 he married Emily Scott, the daughter of Robert and Mary (Hayes) Scott. The following children were born to them: Jonathan Ora married Carrie Tucker, has two children and lives in Missouri; Lulu J., wife of Thomas Stansfield, Bartholomew county, three children; Mary Myrtle is single and living at home; Willis S. married Dora McClure and has one child; Noah R. married Emma McClure, three children; Zella May, wife of Marion Harrell, two children; Grover T., dead; Henry E., single, living in Franklin, Indiana; Blanche J., dead; Jesse C., single, lives at home; Anderville, dead.
Mr. Fisher early in life cast his political fortunes with the Democratic party, and has been an unswerving follower of that political organization ever since, being ready at all times to lend his aid to its advancement. The the present time he is a member of the local Advisory Board, having served thereon continuously for the past nine years. He is a man of high character in both social and business life, and has a happy faculty of making friends. He is the owner of a farm that ranks among the best in the county, and he gives it very close attention. It consists of ninety-two and one-half acres, and is well equipped with modern agricultural machinery, Mr. Fisher being of that class of agriculturists who insist on keeping abreast of the times.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local
talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, pg 607-608.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming