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Genealogical and Personal History of Centre and Clinton County, Pennsylvania, 1912

Rev. Peter S. Fisher Biography

Rev. Peter S. Fisher, was born near Reading, Pa., Oct. 11, 1804, studied divinity under Rev. Dr. F. L. Herman in 1823, and was licensed in 1825; ordained Sept. 26, 1826. His first charge was at Linglestown, Dauphin Co., whence he removed in June, 1832, to Centre County, where he spent twenty-five years, earnestly and faithfully in the service of his Master.

For some time his charge included the whole of Centre County. He was almost constantly in the saddle, preaching the gospel almost every day.

Upon entering upon his pastoral duties here Mr. Fisher found the Sabbath at some places disregarded, and selected as a day for hunting, fishing, etc. This he resolved to change, and he used to relate an incident which aided in bringing about a change for the better. From the pulpit of one of his churches he frequently saw through the windows people passing with their guns, and could hear them shooting in the woods near by.

One Sabbath morning a farmer living in that neighborhood sent his son, a young lad, to bring his horses from the field. The boy saw a chestnut-tree loaded with nuts, and forgetting his duty for the moment clambered up the tree, when a hunter happening that way saw the boy and mistaking him for a bear discharged his rifle with fatal effect. This event was interpreted by Mr. Fisher in the funeral sermon, preached to hundreds assembled at the funeral, as a warning on account of their profanation of the Sabbath.

"From that time," said he," I noticed a marked change in that neighborhood. The people commenced to attend church, and not long after the old church becoming too small was torn down and a new and comfortable one erected upon its site."

The fruits of Mr. Fisher's arduous labors are exhibited in the general history of the Reformed Church in this county, in increase of churches and multiplication of ministers, and his extensive usefulness in the Reformed Church outside of the limits of his charge is only proper in a history of the denomination at large.

No minister who ever lived within the bounds of Centre County did his duty more faithfully than Mr. Fisher. No one was more highly respected by all classes of people, and the memory of none is more deeply seated in the affections of the people of our valley. His farewell sermon, preached to his congregation and friends at Boalsburg on the last Sabbath of September, 1857, with the accompanying scene, will never be forgotten by those present.

From Centre County he removed to Bucks County, where he took charge of a congregation, and on the 22d of May, 1873 (Ascension Day), he ascended, as it were, from the altar of the church on earth to the church of the Most High in the heavens.

He was married April 7, 1829, to Miss V. Heckert, who survived him.

They left seven children, among them Gen., B. F. Fisher, a prominent member of the bar of Philadelphia; Dr. P. S. Fisher, of Zion, in this county.

Lieut. John H. Fisher, of the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Pennsylvania, fell on the 6th of May, 1864, at the Wilderness, while gallantly leading the advance skirmishers in a charge upon the enemy's lines, shot through the heart.

Another son, Calvin P. W. Fisher, M.D., was assistant surgeon of the One Hundred And Forty-eighth Pennsylvania, 1862-63, and now practices in Boalsburg.

Alfred I. Fisher, M.D., Mr. Fisher's oldest son, has long been a physician at McAllistersville, Juniata Co.

Source: History of Centre and Clinton Counties, Pennsylvania; John Blair Linn; Philadelphia; Louis H. Everts; 1883

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