Early in 2017, I was invited by Luke Havel to meet with him and a man named Jim Fischer at the Stone Spiral Cafe. Jim brought with him a box containing many historic items either related to Maplewood or to his family. The box and contents, he gave to us. I scanned everything and put the images in a file called Jim Fischer’s Box.
I tried to do the right thing with the items in the box. Some I added to the collection at the Maplewood Public Library. There were a few newspapers. The Post or Globe on earth shaking events, i.e.: the Kennedy assassination, landing on the moon, Nixon resigning, etc. There was a copy of the 1904 Christmas Edition of the Suburban Journal which featured Maplewood but we already have a couple of copies of the same.
Jim Fischer was just the nicest guy. Plus his family story was very interesting. He was related to Adolph Fischer who was executed for his part in the Haymarket Riot in Chicago in 1886. As the article in Wikipedia puts it, “No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair.” The history of labor is very important to me. I have been a member of the United Auto Workers since January 2, 1968. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Go unions!
Jim’s ancestors operated a meat market in Maplewood. Two of the Fischer brothers married two of the Ziegler girls whose family owned a hardware store just steps away from the Fischer market.
Family descendant, Bradley S. Ziegler has done a remarkable job of recording the Ziegler part of this story. We’re very lucky to have this information in our archive. Brad and Jim, we can’t thank you enough.
Whew! Have you had enough Ziegler for awhile? I know I have. This is not all of the information that I have on these two families but we need to take a breather. I’ll do a followup in the near future.
All of this, of course, is the work of Bradley S. Ziegler and we thank him. I’ll include some of what Jim Fischer donated in the followup.
Well, the Ukraine war drags on. Those poor folks have my deepest sympathy. At this moment, the nuclear power plant is in jeopardy. Pray that we get safely past this global threat.
Summer is winding down. Fortunately for us heatophiles the temperatures are staying in the high 80s and low 90s. It’s atmospheric bliss, I’m telling you. All it takes is a little adjustment in your expectations and sweat.
Doug Houser September 1, 2022