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Rushden Echo, July 13th 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins
Mr. C. M. Fisher Passes Away
Rushden Resident’s Death – A Well-known Clockmaker

Clock now in Rushden Museum
Clock made by C M Fisher
Courtesy of Rushden Museum

Biographical Notes: Charles Mason Fisher, born at Hargrave, married Jane Rootham of Yelden. Whilst living at Grantham LIN, their son Charles Rootham Fisher was born in 1862. He later taught music in a public school and eventually became the Faculty/Head of the University of Iowa in 1911. He died in 1932. Another son, Albert Arthur was born in 1868 but he died aged 12.
(see Baptist Church MI no. 81)

It is with regret that we have to record the death, which took place on Friday last, of Mr. Charles Mason Fisher, clockmaker, of Wellingborough-road, Rushden. Deceased, who was a native of Hargrave, had reached the advanced age of 84 years. For nearly half-a-century he occupied a conspicuous and honourable place in the life of Rushden, and had won the genuine esteem of the whole of the townspeople.

After his marriage to Miss Rootham, of Yelden, he and his wife went to live at Grantham, Lincolnshire, but that part of the country did not suit his health, and he and Mrs. Fisher returned to Yelden, where they remained for a brief period. Removing then to Rushden, Mr. Fisher commenced business as a clock-maker in High-street South at the bottom of South-terrace and afterwards removed to High-street, where Covington's shop now is. Subsequently Mr. and Mrs. Fisher removed to the shop now occupied by Mr. F. Betts, florist, High-street. Twelve years ago Mr. Fisher took a house in Wellingborough-road, where he resided until his death. His wife died about ten years ago. The deceased leaves one son Dr Charles R. Fisher, a professor of music in America and one daughter, Miss Beatrice A. Fisher. Until failing health prevented, the deceased was a regular attendant at the Park-road Baptist Church. He was an ardent Liberal, a member of the Independent Order of Rechabites, and a member of the Rushden Temperance Society.

Most of the public clocks in the district were under the charge of the late Mr. Fisher. He commenced the winding and repairing of St. Mary's Church clock, Rushden, on April 23rd 1870, and on the new church clock on September 19th 1879. Shelton Parish Church clock was placed under his supervision on November 17th 1872. On August 4th 1876, he took charge of the church clock at Wymington, and on March 9th 1880, he commenced attending to the church clock at Yelden. From June 22nd 1889, to March 25th 1893 he had charge of Podington Church clock. The clock at St. Mary's Church, Higham Ferrers was under his care......

In his notebook 1916 J E Smith notes:

Mr Fisher died this day, Friday July 6th 1917, only 6 days after he retired from attending to Church Clock although he has been ill some time.

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