…." it is all I have to study about now from early till late, and I hope I will make a change soon....I can not stand it....I am not the same boy anymore. I am now all alone in this wide world for I had but one friend and that was Mother." From the November 19, 1902 letter of Fred Marion Fister to Nettie Stuntebeck
These are the words that started the research into Anna Mary Grosser. The matriarch of our family was deeply loved by her eldest son, and soon you will read, by many others.
Anna Mary Grosser Fister
"Mrs. Fister was perhaps one of the most widely known women in this county. She came to Fayette county from Hamilton county, O., twenty-eight years ago and since that time has endeared herself to the thousands with whom she had come in contact.
She was a woman of superb Christian character and all who knew her love her, and her kind words and generous deeds have been so numerous that no one can estimate the great and good influence and usefulness of her life.
Mrs. Fister married after her residence here and with her husband began the cultivation of a small truck garden. Perseverance in all her efforts, ever frugal and industrious, she gave her many excellent characteristics to her children and in the course of time, became one of the largest land owners in Fayette county."
excerpt from Obituary, Lexington Herald, Nov, 14, 1902
Today, among older Lexingtonians, there are still remembrances of Anna.
Those stories match one particular tale from our family folklore.
They credit Anna with the reason for the success of the Fister farms.
It was she who took the market wagon into town everyday. Some in town thought it scandalous that she was always sitting up on the front seat next to her "colored" helper. It was Anna that heaved the potato barrels into and out of the wagon.
We are told that her ability to heft barrels of great weight brought John to love her. Now you know a likely source of the strength of character and perseverance so prevalent in our family tree
Anna Mary Grosser was born June 1851 in Hamilton County, Ohio of Bavarian immigrant parents Margaret Hauptner and John Grosser. She married John N. Fister on February 9, 1875, with him had 11 children of whom 9 survived her. She died on November 13, 1902 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lexington.