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Fisher, Oneita Griggs, 1912-1999



  • Existence: 1912 - 1999


Oneita Griggs Fisher was born October 15, 1912, in Washington County, Iowa. Oneita Fisher was a columnist for the West Branch Times, the Washington (Iowa) Journal, and the Van Buren County Register. She also wrote for the Des Moines Register for a number of years. A book of poetry, To My First Martini, was published (in a run of 25 copies) in May 1962 at the Typographic Lab, Iowa City, Iowa, by her son, Ronald Fisher. She also wrote "Life in a Log Home," an article that appeared in Annals of Iowa in the Spring 1965 issue; it was later reprinted in book form for the Explorations in Iowa History Project, Price Laboratory School, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. Her entry, "The Journals of George Henry Yewell," was published in Books at Iowa in 1966. Oneita Griggs married James Richard Fisher; they had two children, Lola Kathleen and Ronald. In 1973, the Fishers purchased an historic brick home and the surrounding 13 acres in Van Buren County for $13,000. Their restoration of the Abner Martin House, built between 1856 and 1858, was featured in the Des Moines Register Picture magazine on February 7, 1982. In 1984 the home was added to the National HIstoric Register. Oneita Fisher died April 8, 1999, in Keosauqua, Iowa.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Oneita Griggs Fisher papers

Identifier: IWA0855

Newspaper columnist and writer from Washington County, Iowa, who was interested in conservation and historic preservation.

Dates: 1932-1967