Lee County Biography

William H. Fiscel
Nachusa Township


William H. Fiscel deceased, is numbered among the early settlers of Lee County, of 1849, and here he made his home for forty years or until his death April 23, 1889. A native of Adams County, Pa., he was born May 14,1832, and came of old families of the Keystone state. . His ancestors, were farming people who re­sided in York and Adams Counties. His parents were David and Mary A. (Herbst) Fiscel, natives of Adams County, where after their marriage they resided for some years. Later tlmy removed to Washington County, Ill., and in 1849, with teams, started overland for Lee County, Ill. The three years succeeding their arrival were spent in China Township, after which Mr. Fiscel purchased a traet of land from the government on section 32, Nachusa Township, where, devoting his attention to agricultural pursuits, he spent the remainder of his days. His death occurred in 1865 at the age of forty-nine years. He was a successful farmer, who by his industry, perseverance and good man­agement accumulater a handsome property. In his political views he was a Democrat and with the German Baptist Church he held membership. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Fiscel has resided with her children and is now living with the wife of our subject. Although she has reached the allotted age of three-score years and ten, she yet retains her health in a remarkable degree and her mental faculties are little impaired. t

William H. Fiscel was the eldest in a family of four sons and three daughters, and his brother and sisters are all yet living, five being residents of Iowa. With his parents he came to Lee County, in 1849, and with them removed from China Township to Nachusa Township in 1852. He aided in the laborious task of developing a new farm and at length became the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 32, where he had a comfortable home. The many improvements there to be seen stands as monuments to his thrift and enterprise, for he was an energetic and progressive man who labored untiringly in whatever line of work he undertook.

In the township where his widow still resides, Mr. Fiscal was united in the holy bonds of matri­mony with Miss Elizabeth Stambaugh, a native of Adams County, PA., born December 25, 1846. She was a young maiden when she came West with her parents, George and Christina (Wolf) Stam­baugh, the family settling in Naehusa Township, Lee County, where the father and mother spent the remainder of their days. They were only a little past middle life when called to their final rest. In politics Mr. Stambaugh was a Democrat and his wife was a member of the German Baptist Church. Their union was blessed with six sons and four daughters, and the family circle is yet unbroken. The children are now all married and have families.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Fiscel were born three children, E. Franklin, Ray W. and Leroy, who are still at home with their mother. Our subject was a life­long member of the German Baptist Church, and in politics was a stalwart supporter of the Republican Party. He lived a quiet, unassuming life, taking no prominent part in public affairs, content rather to devote his energies to his business and spent his leisure time in the enjoyment of home, In his death the county lost one of its best citizens and his family a loving and faithful husband and father. Mrs. Fiscel manages the farm which is located on Section 32, Nachusa Township, and in its care displays considerable executive ability. She is a lady of high social standing and, like her husband, has been a member of the German Baptist Chruch from her childhood.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 228

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