The Fischer family
John Fischer was born in Munich, German in 1884. After going to school to become a butcher, he decided to relocate to Argentina. But along the way, America caught the fancy of the 21-year-old meatcutter.
He worked in hotels in New York and San Francisco, and came to this area just by chance. Fortunately for Issaquah, he remained here. He bought a meat market in Maple Valley in 1910, and a short time later bought a store in Issaquah that is still known as Fischer’s Meats. His two sons ran the business from 1949 to 1982, and continue to work there part-time with the new owners.
In 1915, John married Agnes Jarobek Ewert. She was born in Michigan and came to Gilman as a young girl in 1905. The couple were well-liked and very involved in the community. He served as mayor from 1928-30, and was a member of the Kiwanis, Masons and the Nile Temple. Mrs. Fischer was a 56-year member of the Eastern Star Century Chapter #66.
Their descendents include Eleanor Connole of California, Lorraine Hansen of Mercer Island, and John Jr. (Nick) and George Fischer of Issaquah. There are also 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.