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Herrman Wilhelm FISCHER (known in the USA as William Herman)
Knights of Malta
(contributor/contact: Cari Thomas,  western37@cox-dot-net, April 2014)



McQuaid1780:  5 from left middle      William H Fischer      Knights of Malta
    [13 Jul 2013, Found in shipping box #6, full of memorabilia from 37 Western Ave., Aspinwall, PA. All kinds of ephemera, including photos, newspaper clippings:
     A surprise to me! Grandpa in Knights of Malta regalia? As I understand it, the K of M is a Roman Catholic group. Grandpa was baptized evangelical (in GER) and raised Lutheran in the US and married a Lutheran; and had all of his children baptized Lutheran. Then again, Grandpa's father, Herman Clemens/t Fischer (1845-1931) and all HCF's ancestors were RC. Did this have something to do with Grandpa Fischer joining this group? SEE also McQuaid1781.]







McQuaid1781:   3rd from right      William H Fischer       Knights of Malta
    [13 Jul 2013, Found in shipping box #6, full of memorabilia from 37 Western Ave., Aspinwall, PA. All kinds of ephemera, including photos, newspaper clippings:
    SEE also McQuaid1780. I've just explored the international "Order of Malta" website, and found this page, which talks about groups which imitate the real thing: http://www.orderofmalta.int/history/813/mimic-orders-of-malta/?lang=en So is that a possibility? Looks pretty real to me. Wish I could find out!]


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    Herrman Wilhelm FISCHER (known in the USA as William Herman) was born 26 Jul 1873 in Massiefen, Kr. Solingen, Rheinland, Pruessen, Deutschland. He, his mother Augustina (GERHARDS) Fischer, and siblings August, Hugo, and Catharine immigrated on 7 May 1891 into Philadelphia onboard the SS Switzerland, to join father/husband Herman Clemens Fischer in the Stanton Heights area of Allegheny County.

    Wm H married Anna Marie BAUER at St. Peter’s E & R Lutheran Church in the East End area of Pittsburgh on 25 Jul 1895, and was naturalized in the Federal court of Western PA (in Pgh) on 6 Sep 1896. In their first 12 years of marriage while Wm H. was a landscape gardener and yard man in the East End, Annie birthed 3 daughters and 4 sons. Elsie and Mayme were identical twin daughters (1896-1987 and 1896-1975), followed by Herman (1897-1986), Lillian (1900-1989), Bill (1903-1979), Dick (1905-1964), and George (1907-1977).

    In 1908, W. H. was hired as Sexton/caretaker of Tree of Life (Jewish) Cemetery on Kittanning Pike, O’Hara Twp. He and/or his sons continued in this position until 1967. William and Annie lived in the caretaker’s house on the cemetery grounds and Annie bore their last 4 children: Anna (1910-2009), Raymond (1912-1912), Esther (1915-2009), and Bob (1919-2005).

    In 1924, the Fischers built a greenhouse complex beside the Kittanning Pike entrance of Greenwood Cemetery, and began the Wm H Fischer & Sons Landscape Gardeners: Flowers [and] Nursery. The core Fischer family moved to their new “homestead” beside the greenhouses; while a progression of the children with their own young families moved in and out of the Cemetery house as my uncles took over the Sexton duties. The Nursery/Landscape/Flower business would operate until 1976 when the heat was finally turned off in the greenhouses

    William H Fischer was known to have been both a member and Fire Chief of the Pleasant Valley (O’Hara Twp) Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Allegheny (Co.) Fireman’s Association, and an honorary member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars. His son Herman J. served in the United States Navy on the USS Pennsylvania in WWI; and in WWII. two sons Herman and George served, and at least seven grandsons or grandsons-in-law. 

    William Herman Fischer died at age 71 on 30 Aug 1944; his wife Annie lived almost 4 yrs more, dying at age 73 on 13 May 1948.


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