Maplewood History: The Fischer Bros. Meat Market.

A few weeks ago I published an article titled “All Ziegler and a bit of Fischer”.

Well, thanks to the generosity of Brad Ziegler, by the time I had posted all of Ziegler, I had run out of time and energy, so I promised to post my Fischer material in a follow-up. That’s it.

As I mentioned, Jim Fischer gave Luke Havel and me a box that contained a large number of items. Many articles were interesting but had no connection with our beautiful city. I forwarded some to my neighbor, Adam Kloppe, who works for the Missouri Historical Society. You may have heard it on the radio. He and some of his colleagues produce some very interesting audio clips on Missouri history. I hear them on KDHX. Anyway, I figured Adam would know what to do with these random historical bits of the hard copy. After all, he is a professional.

Jim Fischer also gave us a wonderful digital gift… a high resolution copy of a historic image of his family’s first meat market. We had this picture in our collection but it wasn’t very good. So here’s that picture and some other stuff. In a future post, I’ll share some of the other quirks that were in Jim Fischer’s box. Thanks again, Jim.

This is the image of our collection that we had before Jim Fischer’s donation. It’s not very good. Obviously came from a slide.

This is the much better version that Jim gave us.

Charlie Fischer cutting meat. Courtesy of Maplewood Public Library.

It was their father who was executed for his part in the notorious Haymarket Ri0t in Chicago. Having been a member of the United Auto Workers for the past 54 years, I take my hat off to this gentleman. He paved the way. The image is from Wikipedia.

Now I would like to show some of the images from the Ziegler collection again, because these two families were so closely related. Thanks again to Brad Ziegler.

Hope you can read this one on your phones.

We don’t want to leave out the Post-Dispatch.

A nice group photo to finish.

I thought you might be curious about the locations of the two stores these families owned, the Fischer Bros. Meat Market and Ziegler Bros. Hardware. So using Photoshop…

Ziegler Bros. Hardware is very visible in this image from the 1904 Suburban Journal. Thanks to Joellen McDonald.

This is the image the Ziegler brothers placed in their 1904 Suburban Journal ad.

They were only steps away from each other during their working days. Image courtesy of Maplewood Public Library.

Here is a look from the opposite direction. I believe this image is courtesy of Donna Ratkowski.

Ziegler Bros. hardware store. did exist in 1904, but it does not appear in the 1912 Maplewood directory.

It’s a fascinating story. There are a few other avenues I would like to explore. As I’ve mentioned in the past, posting on this blog is like a job in that it stretches to fill the time allotted to it. I will end here. If I discover other interesting elements, I will certainly publish them in the future.

It’s still summer. 97 degrees today. Atmospheric happiness as far as I am concerned but a drop is coming. Tomorrow the high will be right in the 70s. I know, I know, some of you are cheering.

Doug Houser September 21, 2022

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