Biography of Ernest W. Fisher
Benton County, Oregon Biographies





ERNEST W. FISHER.-We have here in the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this sketch an example of what a man with energy and perseverence combined with business ability can do. On entering the confines of Benton county Mr. Fisher was almost destitute and his first night, spent on the banks of Mary's river, his small stock of provisions was stolen from him, but coming from a country where there is known no such word as failure Mr. Fisher concluded to seek his fortune in the gold fields of Yreka, reaching the latter place in the fall of 185t. There he followed mining for one winter and then, in the spring of 1852, returned to Corvallis where he opened a saddle and harness shop, having learned the saddlers trade previous to his leaving Germany. He then manufactured the first harness and saddles ever made in Benton county. He continued at his trade until 1856, when he returned, via. Panama, to the East, where, after a sojourn of three months, he again come to Oregon and opened his former business in Corvallis, and one year later, married Miss Amelia, daughter of Joseph Dillard, and at that time purchased his present farm where he now resides, two and one half miles north of Corvallis, consisting of four hundred and eighty acres. A view of his residence will be found in this work. He also owns the well known Fisher block in Corvallis, together with other valuable property, until now he is the second largest tax payer in Benton county. Mr. Fisher was born in Saxon Germany, May 25, 18i5, emigrated to America in 1849 and crossed the plains to Oregon in 1851. He has a family of eight children, viz: Annie, Lena (now Mrs. R. Caber), Charles, Frank, Emma, Mollie, Clara and John.

From:
History of Benton County, Oregon
Published by: David D. Fagan
A. G. Walling, Printers, Lithograohers, Ect.
Portland, Oregon 1885


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