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Fred Fisch, one of Vallejo's leading merchants, proprietor of a well appointed clothing store there and a well established tailor, specializing in naval uniforms, is of European birth but has been a resident of the United States since the days of his boyhood and of California for more than thirty years, engaged in business at Vallejo since 1897, and is thus thoroughly familiar with conditions here. Mr. Fisch was born on a farm in the Toki district of the kingdom of Austria on October 25, 1872, and is a son of Bernard and Ida (Seuveter) Fisch, also natives of that country, who spent all their lives there.

Though reared on a farm, Fred Fisch did not incline to farming as a vocation and upon leaving school became apprenticed to the tailor's trade and before he was seventeen years of age had become a pretty well qualified cutter. It was when he was seventeen that he came to the United States and became located at White Plains, New York, where he became employed in a tailor shop. In 1894 he came to California and at San Francisco became employed at his trade, the details of which by this time he had thoroughly mastered, and after awhile opened a tailoring establishment of his own in Oakland, where he remained until in 1897, in which year he closed out his business in Oakland and moved up the bay to Vallejo, where he opened a tailoring establishment at 311 Georgia street and started in business, making a specialty of naval uniforms, a specialty he ever since has maintained, and is now regarded as the oldest continuing manufacturer of high class naval uniforms in the state. In the meantime he also was developing a fine business in the general clothing trade and men's furnishings and when in 1922 he and A. J. Higgins erected the Fisch-Higgins block, a modern five-story commercial and office building at 325 Georgia street, he occupied the lower floor of this building with his store and tailoring establishment and has since been doing business at that number, one of the best established merchants in the city.

In 1903, at Vallejo, Fred Fisch was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Dickinson of that city and they have two daughters, Muriel and Dorothy. Mrs. Fisch is a native daughter of California, born in Grass Valley in Nevada county, daughter of Asbury Stephen and Alice Dickinson, but was reared in Vallejo, to which city her parents moved with their family when she was but a child. Mr. and Mrs. Fisch are republicans and take a proper interest in the general civic and social affairs of their home town and of the community at large. Both are members of the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Fisch is a Scottish Rite (32) Mason and a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Aakmes temple at Oakland. He also is affiliated with the local society of the Sciots, with the local lodges of the Knights of Fythias and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, with the local tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men and with the local branch of the Young Men's Christian Association.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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