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Obituaries - Abel FISHER

Blandinsville Star-Gazette, August 7, 1924 - Death of Abel FISHER
    Blandinsville mourns the loss of one of its oldest and best citizens in the death of Abel Fisher who fell asleep in his residence in the south part of town at 8:50 p.m. on Monday August 4, 1924, aged 79 years, 2 months, and 11 days.
    He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Brown Fisher who came of an old and prominent Pennsylvania family and moved to the LaHarpe neighborhood on a farm nearly a century ago. Sixty years ago when about twenty years of age Abel came to Blandinsville, where he has since lived.
    On January 5, 1864 he enlisted and entered the Civil war as a member of Co. D 28th Illinois Regiment and served for two and a half years in the thickest of the fighting. He was a brave and dashing soldier, who served his country with courage and distinction.
    He married Miss Ellen Peck Dec. 2, 1872 and to their union were born three children, Orville B. Fisher and Mrs. Myrtle Bissell of Blandinsville and Mrs. Olive Kling deceased.
    Funeral services were held in the Christian church at 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday August 6, the Reverend F. W. Leonard officiating, and the interment was in Glade City cemetery.
    The above is a short account of the life of one of the kindliest souls that ever lived. He loved the woods, and flowers and children. He was a noted hunter and trapper and would quit his work to bring a squirrel or quail for a sick neighbor and no time was too inconvenient and no task to difficult for him to do a kindness for one who needed help. In his last illness, which extended over two years, the last one spent on a bed of sickness, he suffered as few invalids have done, but never a word of complaint or impatience passed his kindly lips.
    In life he was a carpenter. He worked in Hopper's mill and did many other things, but charged so little that his means were always modest. He planted the big trees around the lawn where the writer now lives and the great green trees in the school park stand as monuments to his public spirited industry. Blandinsville mourns for him.

Contributed by Stephen Fisher

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