Clarence J. Fischer gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. September 3, 1912 in Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL
D. September 12, 1990 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Rudolph Fischer born about 1884 in Mendota, LaSalle County, IL son of Carl Fischer and Sophia (Black) Fischer; married (1) Margaret Gielow; married (2) Louise Baker (1884-?) on March 17, 1926 in Clinton County, IA daughter of Carl Schultz (1857-1937) and Johannah (Krohm) Schultz; According to the Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon IL) Friday, March 19, 1926, page 2:

“Baker-Fischer Wedding Celebrated – Rudolph Fischer and Miss Louise (Schultz) Baker, both of Dixon, Ill., were united in marriage at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. J. S. Leamer, who read the ring ceremony.  Mrs. Will Aument of Dixon was their attending witness. – Clinton Herald.”

  • Mother: Margaretha “Margaret” Caroline Wilhelmena (Gielow) Fischer Blacker by born September 25, 1885 in Germany daughter of Henry Gielow and Sophia (Ritter) Gielow; married (1) Rudolph Fischer; married (2) Percy E. Blackorby (1888-1966); Margaret died July 11, 1942 in Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL; Percy and Margaret are buried in the Coloma Township Cemetery, Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL
  • Wife: Esther Louise (Hildebrand) Fischer born March 25, 1923 in Dixon, Lee County, IL daughter of Christian “Chris” Hildebrand (1878-1960) and Hattie Bell (Johnson) Hildebrand (1894-1984); married Clarence J. Fischer on October 31, 1943 in Sterling, Whiteside County, IL; Esther died May 15, 2002 in Arlington Heights, Cook County, IL (See section pertaining to Esther Louise (Hildebrand) Fischer buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Gregory E. Fischer born December 10, 1948; Gregory died August 5, 1964 in McHenry County, IL (See section pertaining to Gregory E. Fischer buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
    2. Denise (Fischer) Simon; married Thomas Simon
    3. Clarence J. Fischer; married Esther; married Hope
  • Siblings:
    • Heinrich “Henry” Ludwig Fischer born June 28, 1906; married Gladys M. (1906-1997); last residence in Sterling, Whiteside County, IL; Henry died August 1977
    • Harold Carl Fischer born February 12, 1908 in Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL; married Helen Farley (1905-1984) on June 6, 1929; Harold died June 23, 1974 in Dixon, Lee County, IL; Harold and Helan are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Lee County, IL; According to the Dixon Evening Telegraph (Dixon IL) Monday, June 24, 1974, page 4:

“Harold C. Fischer – Harold C. Fischer, 66, 947 Dement Ave., was pronounced dead on arrival at KSB Hospital Sunday.  He was born in Rock Falls on Feb. 12, 1908, the son of Rudolph and Margaret (Gielow) Fischer.  He married the former Hellen Farley on June 6, 1929.  Fischer was a resident of Dixon for the past 35 years, was an employe of the Dixon State School and a member of the St. Anne’s Catholic Church.  He was preceded in death by one brother.  Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Nancy) Walls, Aurora; three brothers, Rudolph, Rock Falls; Henry, Como, and Clarence, Grays Lake; one half-sister, Mrs. Tracey (Jean) Jones, Sterling, and two grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home, and 11 a.m. at the St. Anne’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Donald Ahles officiating.  The wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held after 2 p.m. Tuesday.”

    • Rudolph Lawrence Fischer born January 18, 1914; Rudolph died January 20, 1987; buried in Coloma Township Cemetery, Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL
    • John Wilfred Fischer born April 8, 1916; died November 29, 1930 in Nicols, Muscatine County, IA; buried in Coloma Township Cemetery, Rock Falls, Whiteside County, IL; According to the Sterling Daily Gazette (Sterling IL) Friday, December 5, 1930, page 8:

“JOHN FISCHER – John Wilfred Fischer was born near Rock Falls, April 8, 1916, and passed away in the late home at Nicols, Iowa, Saturday morning, Nov. 29, at the age of 14 years, seven months, and 21 days.  On May 7, 1906 (sic 1916), he was baptized into the name of the Tribune God and thereby made a child of God.  He lived near and in Rock Falls until several years ago he moved with his mother to Iowa.  He was a diligent and dutiful child.  In his school work he was exceptionally bright and diligent. During the years, that he attended Sunday school in the Rock Falls Lutheran church he was always an honor scholar, in attendance as well as in his work.  Thus he was in everything he was asked to do, punctual and reliable.  During the last several years he began ailing with a lingering and evil illness. All that could be done for him was done, loving care and medical aid but to no avail.  Bravely did he bear it all and continued in his school work always expressing his assurance that he will soon be alright again, but after two days in bed he was called suddenly and unexpectedly to his rest.  He leaves his sorrowing parents, four brothers, his grandparents and a host of other relatives and friends.  May ne now rest in peace and enjoy the blessing of his heavenly home.  The body was brought overland to Rock Falls Sunday afternoon.  Funeral services Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the home of John Geiger.  Seventh Avenue, and 10:15 in the Rock Falls Lutheran church.  Rev. W. E. Krebs in charge.  Pall bearers, four brothers and two former schoolmates.”

  • Half-siblings:
    • Jean Loris (Fischer) Jones born August 12, 1926 in Dixon, Lee County, IL; married Tracy L. Jones (1908-1990); AKA Jean Loris Heaton, Jean Loris Start (August 1942), Jean L. Fischer (February 1946), Jean L. Jones (March 1993); Jean died September 26, 1996 in Madison, Dane County, WI; Jean and Tracy are buried in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery, Sterling, Whiteside County, IL; According to the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison WI) Sunday, September 29, 1996, page 48:

“Rockford Ill. – JONES, Jean, 70, in Meriter Hospital, Madison, Thursday.”

Additional Information:

According to the 1920 U.S. Census for Montmorency Township, Whiteside County, IL the household members were: Rudolph Fischer, head, age 34, married, immigrated in 1884, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, occupation: farmer – farm; Margaret Fischer, wife, age 33, married, born in Germany, parents born in Germany; Henry Fischer, son, age 13, single, born in Illinois; Harold Fischer, son, age 11, single, born in Illinois; Clarence Fischer, son, age 7, single, born in Illinois; Rudolph Fischer, son, age 5, single, born in Illinois; John Fischer, son, age 3 9/12, single, born in Illinois.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Miles Town, Iowa Township, Jackson County, IA the household members were: August Kuhl, head, age 47, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Iowa, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: plumber – private shop; Meta Kuhl, wife, age 48, married, highest grade completed: 8, born in Iowa, lived in same house in 1935; Clarence Fischer, lodger, age 27, married, highest grade completed: H-1, born in Illinois, lived in rural, Whiteside County, IL, occupation: barber – private shop; Beulah Fischer, lodger, age 50, married, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Illinois, lived in rural, Whiteside County, IL.

According to the U.S. City Directories: 1822-1995, 1946 Sterling IL City Directory:
“Fischer Clarence J (Esther L) saw mill h910 Avenue A (RF)”

According to the Northwest Herald (Woodstock IL) Thursday, September 13, 1990, page 14:

“Clarence Fischer Sr.

   GRAYSLAKE – Clarence J. Fischer Sr., 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 1990, at St. Therese Medical Center, Waukegan, following a brief illness.
   He was born in Rock Falls, Sept. 3, 1912, and made his home in Grayslake over 38 years.
   For 38 years he owned and operated Fischer’s Barber Shop.  He retired in 1976.
   A charter member of Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Grayslake, he served as president of its Senior Shepherds and was a former member of the Grayslake Grammar School Board of Directors.
   Survivors include his wife, Esther (Hildebrand) Fischer; a daughter, Denise (Thomas) Simon of Johnsburg; a son, Clarence J. (Esther) Fischer Jr. of League City, Texas; six grandchildren, Rhonda, Ruth and David Fischer and Michelle, Aimee and Peter Simon; a great-granddaughter, Samantha MorningStar; and a sister, Jean Jones of Rock Falls.
   A son, Gregory E. Fischer, preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 1964.
   Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake, and at the church one hour prior to the service.
   The Rev. Ross Zeller will officiate at the funeral at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church, Washington Street and Route 83 in Graylake (sic).  Interment will be in Fort Hill Cemetery in Round Lake.”