Bio: Fischer, Herman (1840 - ?)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Fischer, Findorff, Wisnewski, Berres, Morse

----Source: 1880 - 1980 Rietbrock, Marathon Co., Wis. Centennial, pg. 56

The Fischer Family

The Fischer family arrived in Town of Rietbrock in 1898. Coming from Burlington, Wisconsin their first home was purchased from Ludwig Findorff. It was located in the center of Poniatowski, and is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Wisnewski. With farming being the way of life for people in the town of Rietbrock, the Fischer family built a large barn in 1904 and a home in 1917-which is now the property of Sanford Morse. As time progressed, Herman Fischer purchased the Tom Berres farm located across the road from the 160 acre farm. The town Municipal Rietbrock Building is on a parcel of the former Fischer farm.

Old Findorf home was later purchased by the Fischers who were unexpected hosts to bank robbers who robbed the Athens Bank, Sept. 22, 1909. Miss Lena Fischer thought the men were her brothers returning from milking in the barn a distance away-opened the door to the robbers. They placed themselves near a stove and were not about to be moved. Later, when Herman and his brother arrived home, they still refused to move. Not knowing who they were, Herman and his brother sat watch all night. Early in the morning the strangers left. Later the sheriff's department rode up with the horses, looking for the bank robbers who had robbed the Bank of Athens of eight hundred pennies. Herman's sister Lena wore wooden shoes at the time; when she saw the sheriff, she ran up the stairs almost scaring the sheriff away with the clatter of shoes.

Herman Fischer was also one of the men who helped construct the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in 1900. With sadness he also helped again in the destruction which took place in 1955.

Family Notes

1900 Federal Census, ED 22 Burlington town (excl. Burlington city), Racine, Wisconsin, pg. 1, family 14

Herman Fischer, white, male
years married: 30
estimated marriage year: 1870
birthplace: Germany
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
immigration year: 1847

Household Members
head Herman Fischer M 60 (Nov 1840) Germany
wife Louisa Fischer F 54 (Aug 1846) Germany, 11 Children - 8 living
daughter Magdalene Fischer F 29 (Apr 1871) Wisconsin
daughter Mary Fischer F 28 (Jun 1872) Wisconsin
son Theodore Fischer M 18 (Mar 1882) Wisconsin
son William Fischer M 15 (Nov 1885) Wisconsin
daughter Catharine Fischer F 12 (Aug 1888) Wisconsin

1905 Wisconsin State Census, Rietbrock, Marathon, Wisconsin, pg. 594, family 14, line 64

Herman Fischer, white, married male
place of birth: parent 1: Germany
place of birth: parent 2: Germany

Household Members
head Herman Fischer M 65y (1840) Germany
wife Louisa Fischer F 56y Germany
daughter Magdeline Fischer F 34y Wisconsin
daughter Mary Fischer F 33y Wisconsin
son Herman Fischer M 30y (1875) Wisconsin
son Theodore Fischer M 23y (1883) Wisconsin
son William Fischer M 20y Wisconsin
daughter Catherine Fischer F 17y Wisconsin

Wisconsin Death Records

Theodore Fisher
event: Death
event date: 27 Feb 1959
event place: Wisconsin
residence: Wisconsin
gender: Male
age: 76

Herman Fischer
birth date: 4 May 1875
social security number: 399-52-4726
place of issuance: Wisconsin
last residence: Marathon, Wisconsin
zip code of last residence: 54401
death date: April 1971
estimated age at death: 96



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