James Lee Fisher (1895-1987)
Generation No. 6
Tree Outline of Fisher Generations
Ancestral line: Thomas Fisher | A1 George Fisher | B3 Jacob/Jacobus/James Fisher | C1 George Fisher | D1 James Wilson Fisher | E4 George Elmer Fisher

Margaret Ethel Zellman (1897-1981) James Lee Fisher (1895-1987)
Margaret Ethel Zellman
Robert Ross Fisher
F2 Dr. James Lee Fisher, born August 14, 1895 in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, died December 24, 1987 in Mahoning County, Youngstown, Ohio. Married Margaret Ethel Zellman on March 15, 1919. Ethel was born May 6, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died January 2, 1981 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio. Both are buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Boardman, Ohio. Three children.

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The memoirs of Dr. James Lee Fisher, This one is on Me, can be viewed in its entirety on the Web. The complete title is: "This One Is On Me, The life-story of an old doctor who saw many changes in medicine, in industry, in social customs, and the world in general." The memoirs of his wife, Margaret Ethel Fisher are also now Online. The title is: "Days of My Years."

In regard to his motivation for writing his memoirs, his intro states:

"Every man should leave some record of himself. I do not remember my Grandfather Fisher and never saw Grandfather Goff, but I would like to know how they lived, what they believed in and how they met the problems of their day. They left no record.

Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote, "Every man is an omnibus in which all his ancestors ride." Being something of an ancestor now, it seems proper to put down some things about me so that my descendants will know how I lived and perhaps thus know themselves better."

January 3, 1981

Mrs. Fisher; Active In Garden Club

Private services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Davis-Velker Funeral Home for Mrs. Ethel Fisher, 83, former trustee of Youngstown State University and past president of the Garden Club of Ohio and the Youngstown Garden Forum, who died of complications of a fractured hip at 2 a.m. Friday in South Side Hospital.

Mrs. Fisher and her husband, Dr. James L. Fisher, most recently had made their home at the Ron Joy Nursing Home. The family home formerly was at 116 Mill Creek Drive.

From the time Mrs. Fisher came to Youngstown following her marriage to Dr. Fisher March 25, 1919 in Philadelphia, she became active in many organizations with flowers and birds being her special hobbies. She had met Dr. Fisher when he was a medical student at Jefferson Medical College and they returned to Youngstown where he completed his internship with the Youngstown Hospital Association.

Mrs. Fisher was born May 6, 1897, in Philadelphia, a daughter of Robert and Lillian Bell Zellman.

Mrs. Fisher was an organizer of the South Side Child Conservation League and served as its president and also was active in Wimodausis and Adrem clubs.

Pursuing her interest in flowers, Mrs. Fisher joined the Mahoning Garden Club, taking a course in Cleveland on flower judging and became a life member in the Accredited Flower Show Judges of America. She also joined Ikebana and studied Japanese flower arranging at the O'Hara School. For many years she traveled extensively lecturing on flower arranging and bird recognition.

Mrs. Fisher served as president of the Youngstown Garden Forum, then went on to become president of the Garden Clubs of Ohio, Inc., recently being presented a life membership in that organization. She also served as national awards chairman in 1961 for the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.

In June, 1967, Gov. James A. Rhodes named Mrs. Fisher one of the nine original trustees following creation of Youngstown State University. She served two years, the second as chairman of the board, taking an active part in establishing new programs. She completed her term as trustee May 1, 1969.

Mrs. Fisher was also active in other areas, including the William Holmes McGuffey Memorial Association which she served as a vice president and took part in restoration of [this] famous teacher's birthplace in Coitsville Township.

She was involved in the establishment of the Garden Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens and was honored by the Youngstown Garden Forum when it established the Ethel M. Fisher Bluebird Trail on the Kyle Farm "Loghurst".

Mrs. Fisher was also noted for her lavish Christmas parties and gourmet meals. One of her favorite recipes was for escalloped oysters, obtained from the old Travis House in Williamsburg, Va.

She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. In recent years she also was a member of the League of Women Voters and had served as recording secretary for the Youngstown Federation of Women's Clubs.

Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Dr. Robert Fisher of Youngstown and James L. Fisher of Akron; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret E. Stephan of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours.

Children of James Lee Fisher and Margaret Ethel Zellman: Upper left: Margaret, right: James Lee Fisher, Jr., Bottom Robert Ross Fisher Children of James Lee Fisher and Margaret Ethel Zellman:

The George Fisher Family History is a compilation of information gathered by Eric & Liz Davis. The html version was created by Eric and Elizabeth Fisher-Davis beginning in 2001.
Tree Outline of Fisher Generations