Edited by William Henry Perrin, History Of Crawford And Clark Counties, Illinois 1883, (O.L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building, Chicago 1883), Part III Biographical section p.111-112 Martinsville Twp.
S. A. FASIG, druggist, Martinsville, was born in Richland County, Ohio, February 2, 1846, to William and Elizabeth (Hibschman) Fasig. They were born in Lebanon County, Penn., he, March 13, 1801, and she August 24, 1803, and died February, 1882, and he is still living in Martinsville with our subject. They moved from Pennsylvania to Wayne County, Ohio, 1824. From Wayne County, Ohio, they moved to Richland County, 1834, and remained there till 1847; going first to the state of Missouri, but returned to Clark County almost immediately, and settled near Martinsville. By trade he was a weaver and brick-mason. In the winter time he would weave, and during the fall lay brick, and frequently farmed during the summer. He is father of twelve children. The oldest, a daughter, was born in Pennsylvania, before their removal to Ohio. Our subject is the youngest of the family. Only three are now living Mr. Fasig and two sisters. When first coming here, Mr. Fasig bought 100 acres of improved land, within half a mile of the present incorporation, paying $3.25 per acre; but afterward entered other land in the neighborhood. Of the 100 acres, about forty of it was cleared when he bought it. Our subject was educated at the public schools of Martinsville. At the age of seventeen, he started into learning the saddlery and harness-making trade, and followed his trade in Martinsville for fifteen years, and then went into his present business of drugs and groceries in 1877. In his business he is in partnership with Harrison Black, now County clerk. They carry a stock of about $4,000 and have an average yearly sale of about $12,000. He was married in Martinsville, 1865, to Miss M. E. Shaffner. She was born in Ohio August 20, 1847, to George and Susan (Curtis) Shaffner. She was a native of Virginia, and he of Virginia also, and died in 1851, and she in 1863. Mr. And Mrs. Fasig have one child Oscar- born June 1, 1866. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. and a Republican in politics. He has held various township offices, Supervisor, Clerk, and has been Township School Treasurer for eleven years. From 1847 to 1856, Mr. Fasig lived in a cabin, 16x18, built of logs and covered with split boards three feet long; not having nails, these boards were held down by poles laid on top across the roof; but when the wind would blow it would make openings large enough to allow the snow to drift in. This cabin had its garret, and the boys had to sleep up there; and many mornings, when waking up, they would find the bed covered with snow, and also the floor; there was then a scramble to get clothes on and down to the open fire place as soon as possible. In this house (there were five children at the time) they would hold meetings, entertain ministers and other guests. For use during the meetings, they had a number of benches made, which they would carry in when the meeting was held, but would be piled up on the outside when not in use. When first coming to this county, there were no grist mills in reach; so they had to depend on the uncertainty of the horse mill. Many times Mr. Fasigs two older brothers would fill up two bags of corn and put them across a horse each and start to mill before daylight in order to get there first, and would then often have to come home late at night with no meal. In this way they frequently were left without any meal in the house at all, and their bill of fare would be lye hominy, pork, milk and potatoes.
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