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Fischer Hall
Fischer Hall
1 Fischer Hall
Fischer,TX 78623
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Fischer, TX History:
However you get there from here (Wimberley) -- heading west across Devil’s Backbone on RR 32 from the “junction” at RR 12, or simply down Fischer Store Rd. from FM 2325, Fischer is wonderfully unpretentious --little changed in the past 100 years -- an admirable quality these days. Seeds of the community were sown in 1876 with more than 3,000 acres acquired by brothers Herman and Otto Fischer. Herman claimed and stuck with 160 acres, building a small 3-section “dog trot” cabin -- part of it becoming the original Fischer’s store and the hub of “Fischerdale.” Otto, however, thought 3,000 acres would be more suitable for a livestock operation. It makes sense, then, that Herman became known as “Store” Fisher, and Otto known as “Stock” Fisher. Over the years, Fischer’s store expanded far beyond its mercantile role to also become the community’s post office, “bank” and saloon -- the original 3-section cabin giving way to a larger frame building. At about 1900 it became the frame and tin structure we know today. Never one to miss a business opportunity, “Store” Fischer established a thriving cotton gin across the road at a spot now marked by two cedar trees in the open field. Progress also brought name changes to Fischerdale, which quickly became Fischer’s Store. However, with the post office came a forced name change to simply Fischer, so the postmark wouldn’t “advertise” the store. Meanwhile, Otto “Stock” Fischer was building a thriving horse-breeding operation and selling his stock to the Army. In 1886, he deeded 40 acres to help establish a community school (now serving in its second “skin” as a community meeting hall), a bit of land for the town cemetery (a little east of the Fischer Store Road/RR 32 intersection), and a couple of acres for the now famed Fischer Hall. The hall was built the hard way just before the turn of the century, but it’s lasted. It became a necessity when Fischer townspeople found it too difficult to get along with their neighbors at the dances in nearby Cranes Mill. They organized an Agricultural Society to oversee the effort and brought in Al Kloepper, a one-eyed master carpenter from New Braunfels, who was known for crafting the kind of strong and graceful arches which soar across the hall’s open ceiling. Adding to the community’s recreational assets was the nine-pin bowling alley, built shortly after the hall and in its ample shadow. The open field directly across the road from the buildings was for many years -- up until the late 30’s -- the village rodeo grounds. Much of “Store” and “Stock” Fischer’s legacy survives and is very visible. The hall is still a popular special place for dances, weddings and parties, and was featured in Willie Nelson’s film “Honeysuckle Rose.” The bowling alley is a favorite for its local members (and others who are welcome Fridays). But it’s near impossible to find anyone who approves of the new U.S. Post Office which came on the scene a few years ago after residing happily in the store for more than 100 years. It’s good to know, too, that the store has reopened (afternoons Wed. -Sun.) and is owned and run by Charlene Fischer, a Herman “Store” descendant and that just up the road toward Wimberley Merle Jean Fischer, a descendant of Otto “Stock“, is still working the family ranch.
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