Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa, (Lewis Publishing Company (1887)), pp.: 690-91: "JOHN T. FISHER is one of the well-known pioneers of Decatur County, and resides on section 12, Morgan Township. His farm lies on sections 12 and 13. When he settled here, in March, 1852, settlers were very scarce. There were then living on the north side of "the creek," John E. Logan, J. F. Jewett and Stephen Vaughan. J. D. Wasson came the same spring. All was then wild and unimproved. Mr. Fisher was born in Richland County, Ohio, September 15, 1827, where he was reared to manhood. He was a soldier in the Mexican war, serving in the Fourth Ohio Infantry, under Generals Taylor and Scott. He participated in all the battles from Vera Cruz to Pueblo. June 20, 1851, he came to Mercer County, Missouri, his brother, Hiram, having preceded him. The latter is now in California. Mr. Fisher was married in Mercer County, to Nancy Sarver, a native of Virginia. Her father, Andrew Sarver, was one of the first settlers of Eden Prairie. Later he removed to Missouri, where he passed the remainder of his days. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher have had nine children, six of whom are living. Great changes have taken place in the development of the county since Mr. Fisher came here, thirty-five years ago. Deer, wolves, and wild turkeys were abundant. The people lived in the simplest style imaginable. The ox-team was used for all purposes of travel. Their bread was made from corn which was converted into a coarse meal by the method known as "grating," a process which the early pioneers well remember. Mr. Fisher first settled in Garden Grove Township. With the exception of six years spent in that and High Point townships, he has lived in Morgan Township."