Biographical sketch of WILLIAM Q. FISH from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
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WILLIAM Q. FISH
This respected farmer, residing on Harsen Island, Clay township, St. Clair county, was born on Walpole Island, Canada, in 1842 and is a son of George and Mary Jane (Rattaray) Fish, the former of whom was a native of England.He came to America in 1835, two years before Michigan was admitted to the sisterhood of states and was one of the pioneers who lived on Walpole Island until driven off by Indians but a few years later, when he took up his residence on Harsen Island for many years in peace and comfort on his farm of one hundred and twenty acres.He was, besides being a farmer, a sailor for about ten years and was known as Captain Fish.He eventually moved to Port Huron, Michigan, where he passed the remainder of his life, dying April 1, 1898, honored and esteemed by all who knew him.To George and Mary Fish were born eight children, in the following order:Mary J., William W., George, Eliza, Ellen, Thomas, John and Emma.
William Q. Fish was but two years of age when his parents located on Harsen Island, and this has been his own home ever since.For fourteen years he sailed the lakes, beginning as pot-washer and ending as captain.On withdrawing from sea life, Captain Fish engaged in farming and now owns eighty acres on the banks of the St. Clair river.He has sold forty-five acres to the Tashmoo Park Company, which park borders on the south and east part of his own place, making the latter a very lovely and desirable home.
Captain Fish was married April 22, 1876, to Ruth C. Lee, and this union has been crowned with one child, Eleanor L., a student in the Detroit high school.The Captain raises the usual crops indigenous to the latitude in which his farm is situated, carried on dairying to a large extent, and also sells large quantities of ice during the camping season.Mr. and Mrs. Fish are members of the Christian church at Algonac.Fraternally the Captain is a member of the United Workmen, and in politics is a Republican.He and family are highly thought of in Clay township and surrounding country and his word is regarded as good as his bond.
He has always been a hard worker, but has met his reward in his present pleasant home.He has surrounded himself with all the comforts of life and many of its luxuries, and is now living in comparative ease, in contrast with his former condition.He has no longer to brave the perils of the deep, and he can congratulate himself that his opulence is of his own creation, and that he has no one else to feel under obligation to or who can claim his thanks.
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