Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mid-Week Historical Newsbreak: Lost and Found Department

For this week's Historical Newsbreak, we'll keep it shorter and lighter. It comes to us from the August 2, 1904 edition of The Washington Times.

Yes, not particularly historically notable, especially in a week that sees major anniversaries of the Gettysburg Address and the Kennedy Assassination. Still a cute little story, though. The lucky farmer was Richard S. Fisher (1848-1925), the son of English immigrant Richard G. Fisher (1809-1885). I don't have the portion of the 1893 map that would show him, but I'd assume that his farm was the same one his father had owned since at least 1868. It was located east of Old Wilmington Road, south of Brackenville Road. The farmhouse does not appear to have survived, but I believe the property is now a part of the Mt. Cuba Center. The Fisher family is interred at Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church.


  1. Rich Morisson, you are slipping a little bit. The Richard Fishers mentioned here are also in your tree! Also, The ruins to Fisher's house are still there. I'm not sure about this but a couple of years ago I was told that the house was originally a summer home belonging Jacob Broom. The land is (was) owned by a non-profit called Red Clay Reservation, Inc.

  2. Hugh, You're right. Richard S. Fisher's daughter Edna married my Shakespeare cousin William Shakespeare. Rich