Mrs. Elizabeth (Fisher) Fitzgerald, one of the honored pioneers of Sacramento county, resides on the old Fitzgerald homestead near Mills, where she has made her home since 1860. This farm contains three hundred and seventy-three acres of rich and fertile land, which is devoted to general agricultural pursuits. She was born in Germany, near the river Rhine, September 10, 1839, a daughter of Jacob and Annie C. (Etsel) Fisher, both also natives of the fatherland. When fifteen years of age Mrs. Fitzgerald accompanied her parents and the remainder of the family on their emigration to America, the home being established in Butler county, Pennsylvania, where the parents both spent the remainder of their lives. After a residence in that county of two years Mrs. Fitzgerald came with a sister and a cousin, the latter being Gabriel Etsel, to California, crossing the isthmus, and landing in due time in the Golden state. She went at once to the home of her uncle, Conrad Etsel, in Eldorado county, and subsequently came to Sacramento, where she has ever since maintained her home.

Two years after the arrival of Mrs. Fitzgerald in this state she was married to Joseph E. Fitzgerald, the wedding being celebrated in 1859. He was a native of Missouri, born on the 17th of May, 1830, and was also numbered among the early pioneers of Sacramento county, having crossed the plains in 1852 and followed mining for several years. This union was blessed by the birth of nine children, seven of whom are now living, namely: Annie C., the wife of George H. Manke, a prominent farmer of this county; Elizabeth, the wife of John Maxfield; Charles, Joseph, George W., all of Sacramento county; Louise, at home; Josephine, the wife of William B. Giles; and Sarah C. and John T., deceased. In his political associations Mr. Fitzgerald was a Democrat, but never sought or desired public office. For a number of years in an early day he was the proprietor of a hotel on his ranch, and in addition thereto carried on general agricultural pursuits. His life's labors were ended in death April 16, 1877, and the community thereby lost one of its valued citizens, his neighbors a faithful friend and his family a devoted husband and father. Mrs. Fitzgerald is numbered among the representative and well known pioneer women of her locality, enjoying the good will and esteem of her many friends. Her son, George W. Fitzgerald, is a member of the American River Grange, P. of H., No. 172.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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