JOHN G. FISCHER
Died - At his late residence in this city, Sunday, May 30, 1886, John G. Fischer, aged 52 years 11 months and 17 days.
Deceased had been in bad health for several years, brought on, no doubt, by too close attention to business and overwork. About a year ago an attack of paralysis affected the use of one of his lower extremities and he went to Hot Springs and New Orleans in hope of finding relief. A few months after returning home his speech became affected and he gradually grew worse. Latterly it was with difficulty he could talk so as to make himself understood, or to take nourishment, especially liquids. Yet, with the energy that was characteristic of him during nearly thirty years of business life in this city, he continued to come to his store until within the past fortnight, when he had become too weak to leave his room.
The funeral occurred on Tuesday. Impressive religious services were held on the shady lawn in front of the family residence at 2 o'clock p.m., the Rev. Dr. Easter, of Jacksonville, officiating, after which Clinton Lodge, A.F. & A.M. took charge of the services, escorted by the members of Salem Lodge, I.O.O. F., and Roland Lodge, Knights of Pythias, to which orders he also belonged, and conveyed the remains to Rose Hill cemetery, where they were buried with Masonic honors, the Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias forming circles around the Masonic fraternity, in the presence of a very large concourse of relatives and friends.
Brother John G. Fischer was born in the village of Wortfleet, in the kingdom of Hanover, Germany, on the 13th day of June, 1833, and was the son of Diedrich and Dorthea E. Fischer. He emigrated to America in 1848, at the age of 15 years, and lived in New York City until June 15th, 1854; then to Chicago and remained there until August 2d of the same year. He then came to Springfield, Ill., and remained there until the year 1857; thence to Petersburg, where he spent the rest of his life.
Brother John G. Fischer was made a Mason in Clinton Lodge No. 19, A.F. & A.M., on the 19th day of July, 1869, and was passed on the 25th day of September, 1869, and raised on the 14th day of April, 1870.
Was admitted by card to Salem Lodge I.O.O.F., in this city, February 21, 1861. Became a member of Roland Lodge, Knights of Pythias, in 1878.
Was married to Bertha D. Wright on Sept. 1, 1869. A wife and eight children, three sons and five daughters, survive him. Deceased had managed to get his business affairs in good shape and leaves his family, including $18,000 life insurance, nearly $15,000 in money and the homestead where he lived.
The floral tributes of love and respect were many. Among them may be mentioned three large pillows, one with the word "Papa:" one with the letters J.G. F., and one plain; three crosses, one sickle, two baskets, one large wreath, two large five pointed stars, anchor and cross, and a large figure 5, emblem of the club which deceased and four other friends and citizens organized many years ago and kept up until death in this instance broke the number for the first time.
The procession of lodges and carriages was among the largest ever seen here.
The business houses generally closed up during the funeral services.
John G. Fischer was a devoted husband, a loving father, and a kind friend. His friends were numbered by the extent of his acquaintances. He had no enemies.
Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.