Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 152
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
E. C. FISHER, M.D.
In an analyzation of the character and life work of Dr Fisher we note many of the characteristics which have marked the English nation for many centuries – the perseverance, reliability, energy and unconquerable determination to pursue a course that has been marked out. It is these sterling qualities which have gained Dr Fisher success in life and made him one of the substantial and valued citizens of Lyons, where he is actively engaged in the practice of his profession.
A native of England, the Doctor was born in New Castle on the Tyne April 25, 1844, and is a son of John Fisher, whose birth occurred at Newcastle on the Tyne, in 1816. He represents a well-known and prominent English family. After coming to America he was for many years engaged in mining on the Ohio river, but now he is living in retirement, at the age of eighty-five years, making his home with his son, the Doctor. In early manhood he wedded Ann Combie, and for many years they traveled life’s journey together, the labors of one supplementing and rounding out the work of the other. Mrs Fisher was also born and reared in Newcastle on the Tyne, and it was after their marriage that they crossed the briny deep to the new world, becoming residents of the Buckeye state. Her death occurred at Middleport, in Meigs county, Ohio, at the age of seventy-three. In his political opinions Mr Fisher is a Republican, and in the Methodist Episcopal church he holds membership, as did his wife, who was an earnest Christian, kindhearted, true and loyal. This worthy couple were the parents of four children, namely: E C, of this review; Joseph, who is living in Braman, Oklahoma; Mrs Ann Beiler, of Buffalo, New York; and John, who is connected with mining interests in Seattle, Washington.
Dr Fisher was reared in the county of Meigs, Ohio, and completed his literary education by a high school course in Middleport, Ohio, but put aside his text-books in order to respond to his country’s call for aid. He volunteered on the 12th of May, 1862, as a member of the Fifth Ohio Cavalry. This was a noted cavalry regiment, under command of Colonel Judson Kilpatrick, and with that organization he served for three years, being with General Sherman’s army. He took part in the Atlanta campaign and went with Sherman on the celebrated march to the sea. All through the war he was loyal to the cause which he espoused, faithfully following the old flag upon the battlefields and proving his loyalty both upon the picket and the firing lines. When the war was over he returned to his home and resumed his studies in Athens College, the oldest college in the state of Ohio. Believing that he would prefer professional life, he took up the study of medicine in the State University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and on the completion of the prescribed course was graduated with the class of 1871.
Dr Fisher then returned to Middleport, Ohio, opened an office and was a representative of its medical fraternity until 1874, when he visited Europe. While there he was married, in 1876, to Miss Stella Reichenau, a lady of highly cultivated mind and many natural graces of character and disposition. She was born on the Rhine, in Germany, and was a daughter of Charles Reichenau, who belonged to one of the distinguished families of that country. She obtained her education at Deitz, Germany, and was a popular and successful teacher in Scotland at the time when she formed the acquaintance of the Doctor. Returning with his bride to his native land, Dr Fisher became a resident of Racine, Ohio, in 1876, but on the solicitation of his parents he returned to the old home in Middleport, where he remained until 1884. In that year he came to the Sunflower state and took up his abode in Lyons, where he has since remained. His broad knowledge and his marked ability have secured for him a liberal patronage, and his name is enrolled among the representatives of the medical fraternity in this portion of the state.
The marriage of the Doctor and Mrs Fisher has been blessed with six children, namely: Charles A, who is now a student in Lawrence University, of Kansas; Anna Florence, who received a good musical education in Cologne, Germany, where she was a student for six years, attaining high proficiency in that art; Wilhelm and Thekla, both of whom are students in the high school of Lyons; and Elsie Nancy, who completes the family. The Fisher household is celebrated for its gracious hospitality, and the doctor and his wife occupy a very enviable position in social circles. In his political views and affiliations he is a Republican, and is now serving as president of the school board of Lyons, his labors proving of value and benefit to the cause of education here. He has also been a member of the city council and takes a deep interest in everything pertaining to the progress and material advancement of his adopted county. A valued Mason, he has passed all the chairs in the blue lodge, and he is likewise a member of the Lyons Post, No. 20, GAR. The family attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church. His fine personal appearance is an indication of his character. He is easily approachable and his unfailing courtesy wins him friends wherever he goes. Today he stands among the valued and respected citizens of central Kansas and is well worthy of mention among the representative residents of the state.