F. W. Fischer.
Though one of Oklahoma’s younger
attorneys, F. W. Fischer has already accomplished much in his
"profession, and his general ability and standing are well
illustrated in the position he now holds as
attorney for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad Company.
Mr. Fischer has been a member of the Oklahoma bar for six years, and
has always practiced in Oklahoma City.
F. W. Fischer was
born on a farm near Clarington, Ohio, in 1888, a son of John and
Eliza (Davis) Fischer. The Fischer family as the name indicates are
of German stock, and one of the most
notable characteristics of the family through successive generations
has been military service. The great-grandfather of the Oklahoma
attorney was Capt. Conrad Fischer, who was commander of a company in
one of the Prussian regiments that arrived under General Blucher on
the field of Waterloo in time to save the day against Napoleon. Mr.
Fischer’s grandfather had participated actively in the revolutionary
struggles in Germany during the decade of the ’40s, and it was his
activity in behalf of the liberalism and the democracy that caused
his removal to America. He died shortly after coming to this country,
and his oldest son carried forward the military proclivities of the
family by serving in the war between the States.
John Fischer, father
of F. W. Fischer, was born in Germany, and came to the United States
with his parents in 1860. After the death of his father he was the
head of the family consisting of his mother and five children. Though
quite young, he enlisted in the Union Army and saw active service
during the entire period of the war under General Custer and General
Sheridan. In the company in which he served were three brothers,
natives of Ireland, named Davis. They all became great friends during
the war, and all three of the Davises gave up their lives as
sacrifices to the Union cause. In response to a promise made to these
brothers, after the close of the war, John Fischer visited their
family. He thus became acquainted with the sister of his comrades,
Eliza Davis, also a native of Ireland, and they were subsequently
married and settled on a farm at Clarington, Ohio. John Fischer is
still living, but his wife died in July, 1914.
F. W. Fischer grew
up on a farm, and as a boy received only the advantages of the
district schools. At the opening of the Kiowa and Comanche country in
Oklahoma, though still a lad, he came into this section of the
Southwest, located near Lawton, and spent several years working on a
farm. In the meantime he took up the study of law, reading his books
at night and at any leisure moments he could secure, and under the
direction of several lawyers at Lawton studied with such good results
that he was admitted to the bar in 1909. As soon as admitted to
practice Mr. Fischer removed to Oklahoma City, and entered upon a
general civil practice. His success in handling litigation is
evidenced by his employment in 1914 as general attorney for Oklahoma
for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad Company, the office
to which he gives most of his attention. Mr. Fischer is a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with Lodge No. 417
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Oklahoma City. He
is unmarried and resides at 1411 West Fourteenth Street.