Fisher County, Texas

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Fisher County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 4,344. It is named for Samuel Rhoads Fisher, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a Secretary of the Navy of the Republic of Texas. Fisher County is one of 30[1] prohibition, or entirely dry, counties in the state of Texas. The seat of the county is Roby[2].

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History Timeline

  • 10000 b.c. Paleo-Indians first inhabitants. Later native American inhabitants include the Pawnee, Wichita and Waco, Lipan Apache, Kiowa and Comanche.[3]
  • 1876 The Texas legislature forms Fisher County from Bexar districts. The new county is named after Samuel Rhoads Fisher.[3]
  • 1880 The census reports 136 inhabitants, 24,164.[3]
  • 1881 The Texas and Pacific Railway routes an east-west branch through Eskota.[4]
  • 1885 Town of Fisher is registered. Swedish immigrants found the community of Swedonia.[5]
  • 1886 Town of North Roby is registered. Roby eventually wins the county seat election over Fisher, but it is later discovered that one of the voters, a Mr. Bill Purp, is actually a dog whose owner lives near Roby. [6]
  • 1920 Fisher County is among Texas leaders in wheat production.[3]
  • 1926 Cotton becomes king, as 48,000 bales are ginned in the county.[3]
  • 1928 Oil is discovered in the county.[3]
  • 1970 The county's average annual farm income is evenly divided between livestock and crops.[3]

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