Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     ELI C. FISHER is not only a pioneer of Douglas county, but is also a pioneer in fruit raising in the county.  He commenced early in the industry and has been a careful student and active worker along those lines until the present time.  The wise effort put forth during these years has not been without result as the present holdings of Mr. Fisher, which will be mentioned later, will abundantly testify, as will, also, the excellent results achieved by those in the county who have followed his suggestions.  It was in 1886, that Mr. Fisher settled on his present place, three miles north from Riverview.  He has added to the estate until it is now of the generous proportions of five hundred and sixty acres.  He has done general farming as the years went by, but his main attention has been directed to the culture and production of first-class fruit.  He has now over two thousand trees of the leading varieties of apples, peaches, pears, plums, quinces and apricots as well as five hundred vines of grapes and many nut trees, as Black and English varieties of walnuts, almonds, chestnuts, and so forth.  Mr. Fisher has a fine large fruit dryer, a cider mill and also a winery and handles these products commercially.  A steamboat landing is on the place which renders transportation easy and he is well situated for comfort in life and for commercial advantage.  The estate is irrigated by a current wheel which supplies all the water from the Columbia needed.  Mr. Fisher has experimented well and skillfully and although he uses irrigation, he makes this statement, after long years of careful study and experimentation: "Fruits raised without irrigation are better flavored, will hang on the trees longer and will ship better."
     Speaking more particularly of the personal career of our subject we notice that he was born in Monroe county, Ohio, on June 24, 1846.  His parents were Barak and Susan (Carmichael) Fisher, natives also of the Buckeye State.  During the youthful days of his life he studied in the log cabin school house near his native place and when seventeen stepped forth into the world for himself.  The following five years were spent in Illinois and later he dwelt in Arkansas, after which he journeyed west to Oregon.  From that state he came to Douglas county and here he has remained since.  Part of his land was taken under the old timber culture act and the remainder was purchased.  Mr. Fisher has two brothers and one sister, John, who fought in Company D, Seventeenth Iowa; Bennett L., and Mrs. Mary A. Crains.
     In Spokane, this state, on February 15, 1886, Mr. Fisher married Miss Charlotte S., daughter of Christian and Helen (Laman) Myer, natives of Norway.  Mrs. Fisher was born in Bergen, Norway on March 22, 1862, and has one sister and one brother, Ferdinand, a veteran of the Rebellion; Mrs. C. E. Helsen.  To Mr. and Mrs. Fisher there have been born four children, Elisa H., on September 24, 1887; Francis L., on July 16, 1890; Eli J., on February 16, 1895; Susan C., on November 17, 1897.  All were born on the farm in this county.  Mr. Fisher and his wife favor the Christian church but are not members.