The following biograpy is from "LINCOLN The Capitol City and Lancaster
County, Nebraska" Published Chicago, Illinois
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1916
Wilhelm Fischer is successfully operating a farm of one hundred and sixty acres on section 1, Centerville precinct, and has accumulated more than a competence. A native of Germany, he was born in the grand duchy of Olden burg, on the 21st of April 1854, a son of John Henry and Annie Sophie (Renkin) Fischer, both of whom were born in the fatherland, where they passed their entire lives. The father was a farmer. Wilhelm Fischer received a good education in his native land and farmed there for a number of years after attaining his majority.
In May, 1881, he emigrated to America and landed at Baltimore, whence he came direct to Lincoln, Nebraska. He and his wife worked one year for John Dunbar, who resided in Centerville precinct, near Roca. Later Mr. Fischer was employed for two years in the stone quarry at Roca, and in 1884 rented a fifty acre tract of land in Centerville precinct. After operating that place for a year he leased eighty acres belonging to Adam Heuple, in Saltillo township, north of Hickman. He farmed there until 1888, in which year he rented the southwest quarter of section I, Centerville precinct, where he followed agricultural pursuits for six years.
In 1894 he invested his savings in forty acres of that place. In 1897 bought another forty acres, in 1900 purchased forty acres more, and subsequently bought the remaining forty acres, making his holdings one hundred and sixty acres. He has remodeled the residence and otherwise improved the place, and derives a good income from the cultivation of his land. He not only raises the usual crops, but also feeds cattle and Poland China hogs for market, and has found both branches of his business profitable. In addition to his home farm he owns one hundred and sixty acres of section 7, Saltillo township, which his son William is operating.
On the 7th of June, 1881, at Lincoln, Mr. Fischer was married to Miss Cathrina Otjenbruns, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on the 2nd of October 1858. She and her husband were natives of the same place and went to school together. Her father, Frederick Otjenbruns, passed his entire life in the fatherland. Mr. and Mrs. Fischer have become the parents of eleven children, as follows : John, who was born on the 3rd of October 1882, and is farming in Lancaster county; Margaret, born December 24, 1884, now the wife of David Berry, also a farmer of this county; Kate, who was born March 29, 1886, and is the wife of Ed Berry, a farmer of this county; William, whose birth occurred on the 9th of September, 1888, and who is farming in Lancaster county; Frederick, born on the 20th of February 1891, assisting his father; Annie, whose birth occurred on the 10th of January 1893; Lena, who was born on the 18th of December 1894, and is now the wife of George Crabtree; Lizzie, who was born on the 23rd of February 1897, and married Harvey Werger, at Martell; Johanna, born April 6, 1900, at home; Sophie, who was born on the 21st of April 1902; and Rosie, who was born May 27, 1906, both in school.
Mr. Fischer casts an independent ballot as he refuses to follow the dictates of party leaders. He is a communicant of the German Lutheran church and seeks to conform his conduct to the teachings of that organization. His life has been one of well directed activity and the prosperity which he enjoys is fully deserved.