Home Built by Pioneer Father Burns as Children and
Their Children Gather in Reunion

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

On Monday morning about 10:30 o'clock fire destroyed the old homestead on what is known as the Jacob Fisher farm south of Rochelle. The house was one of the oldest in that part of the county and had been standing for no less than fifty-seven years. The financial loss is not great as the old house was out of repair and uninhabited, but as a sentimental calamity it was notable, as the fire took place at the time of the assembling of the family in its first real reunion in many years at which all the surviving children of the pioneer who built the place were present. Mrs. Jonathan Rutt of this city, a niece of the owner of the place, with her husband were present and saw the fire break out and the old place tumble to ashes before their eyes in spite of the efforts made to save it. In a measure the burning of the original home of the family was a calamity and a feeling something akin to the sorrow that comes to those who see the burial of a very aged man was with the party throughout the day. There are but three surviving who spent the days of their childhood beneath the roof of the old place, namely, Jacob, who now owns the farm; Joseph, who resides in a Colorado city, and a sister, Mrs. Ella Pierce, whose home is in Iowa. The brother and sister from their distant homes were among the party when the fire broke out.

The fire is supposed to have been caused by a spark from a passing locomotive which passed the house. The railway runs very close to the site of the old building and it was for this reason, at least in part, that the present owner built another home some years since near by. He could not bear to tear the old home of his parents down or move it away and so it stood growing a bit more decrepit from year to year until its dramatic end came before the eyes of the children, of the man who built it more than a half century ago. There is a bit of pathos in the incident for the sentimental and those who were on the ground at the time of the incident say that it was felt by every member of the party.

Additional Information on the Fisher family compiled by myself (Christine Walters)
Provided by various sources on Rootsweb - World Connect

Jacob B. Fisher born 6 October 1810 Muskingum Co OH, died 9 January 1857 in Lee County IL. Jacob was married to Ruth Carleton 28 January 1833 in Ohio. Ruth was born 2 May 1812 in Chester Co PA. She died 21 April 1888 in Lee County. It would be Jacob and Ruth who lived in the home in this story.

The children (all born in Ohio except James who was probably born in IL) of Jacob and Ruth were:

Martha E. Fisher, died young.

Mary Jane Fisher born 28 June 1835, married Patrick Daugherty.

Thomas Carleton Fisher born 23 Jul 1836, married Avis Moore 7 April 1867 in Dixon, Illinois; died 11 April 1907 in Tobias, Saline County, Nebraska.

Sarah Ann Fisher born January 1838; died 26 April 1898; buried Fillmore County, Nebraska. Married John Hickey.

William Fisher, died young.

Aurelia Adeline Fisher born 16 February 1841, died 08 July 1907 buried Belvidere Cemetery, Bruning, Thayer Co NE. Married William Dow.

Margaret Fisher born 04 July 1842 married Benjamin Webb Noe 23 April 1865 in Lee County IL, they were divorced in 1898. He was born 15 June 1842. Margaret died 27 March 1901 in Big Grove Twp. Garrison Co Iowa

Hannah Fisher, died young.

Lydia Fisher, died 4 February 1857 shortly before her 12th birthday; buried at Flagg Center Cemetery (Ogle County) with Jacob and Ruth

Adolphus Fisher born 02 October 1847, married Dollly Siglin who was born 2 November 1846, Ohio; died 22 February 1895.

Phebe E. Fisher born 17 February 1848, married in Lee County 15 February 1868 to John C. Grove; died 9 Oct. 1901 in Franklin County, Nebraska.

Eleanor Fisher born 5 July 1849; married Clayton Pierce 25 September 1889 in Brandon, Iowa; died 4 DEC 1921 in Mt. Auburn, Iowa.

Jacob Fisher, born 1 October 1851; married Elma J. (Alma) White in Lee County 13 November 1879; died in Scarboro, Illinois 18 August 1914. He was the owner of the Fisher homestead when it burned.

James A. Fisher born 1853 probably Illinois; married Myra Estella Conklin 25 December 1880 in Lee County, Illinois

Aurelia Adeline Fisher born 16 February 1841 in Franklin Co OH, the daughter of Jacob B. Fisher and Ruth Carlton. Aurelia died in Nebraska 8 July 1907. Aurelia married William Henry Dow 15 December 1858 in Lee County, the son of Richard and Mary (Albaugh) Dow. William Henry Dow was born 16 October 1831 in Alleghany Co NY - he died 26 May 1914 in Nebraksa.
Their children all except the last one were born in Lee County. Ernest was born after they moved to Nebraska.

1. Ella E. Dow born about 1859

2. Anna Margaret Dow born 9 August 1861

3. John H. Dow born about 1863

4. Milton R. Dow born 11 May 1866

5. William Jacob Dow born 16 July 1868

6. Franklin Evans Dow born 13 March 1870 - married Madge Graves - his children were Esther, Arthur and Neil,

7. Arthur L. Dow born 2 November 1871

8. Bertha A. Dow born 28 September 1875

9. Ernest H. Dow born 29 June 1886

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