August G. Fischer


Family History


August Fischer, a retired lumberman of Georgetown, Clay County, Minnesota, was born in the province of Ontario, Canada, December 14, 1854, a son of Fidelias and Cecelia (Gould) Fischer, both natives of Germany, where they spent their earlier years. Fidelias Fischer was a Civil Engineer and was very proficient in his line. He immigrated to Canada when a young man, establishing his future home in Ontario, where he spent the rest of his life. His family consisted of eight children, namely: August, Mary, Pauline, Lucas, John, Lena, George and Eliza.


August Fischer grew to manhood in his native community and there attended the common schools. As a young man he learned the carpenter’s trade, becoming an expert in the same, and he followed that vocation until he was 28 years old.  He left Canada in 1881 and came to Minnesota, locating at Georgetown, Clay County, and has been there ever since. He has seen the country develop from a sparsely settled and little developed stretch of wild plains to its present state of cultivation and improvement during his residence here of 36 years.


He was local manager of the W. H. White Lumber company for 27 years, his long retention in the responsible position indicating that he gave eminent satisfaction to his employers, being able, faithful and reliable. He carried on an extensive trade with the people of this section of the state and kept an up-to-date and well equipped lumber yard. He resigned his position in 1915 and retired from the lumber business, and soon thereafter opened a billiard hall in connection with a soda fountain and owns the fixtures and building. He has met with success in this new venture and his place is very popular. He is living practically retired and merely oversees his business.


In 1883, Mr. Fischer was married to Mary Hoffman, a native of Michigan, who was reared in North Dakota, where she attended the common schools. She is the daughter of John and Grace (Schuler) Hoffman, natives of Germany. John Hoffman was a brewer in Germany for about 15 years. He moved to North Dakota in 1877 and took up a homestead. Both he and his wife are now deceased.


To Mr. and Mrs. Fischer the following children have been born: Clara, Mary, Edward, August Jr. Fred, Frank, Herbert, William and Claude.


Mr. Fischer is a Democrat. He served as Justice of the Peace for 4 years, as Village Treasurer for 4 years, as Health Commissioner for 6 years and as Clerk of his school district for 13 years. He has been active and influential in public affairs since locating at Georgetown and as a public servant he has discharged his duties in an able and conscientious manner. He is a member of the Catholic Church, in which he was reared.



History of Clay and Norman Counties Vol. 2. by John Turner and C.K. Semling pg. 292.

Publishers: B.F. Bowen & Company- Indianapolis, Indiana

Year of publication: 1918


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