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BIOGRAPHY OF EDWARD MCMILLAN FISCHER

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society, Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 188:

EDWARD McMILLAN FISCHER is one of the successful and popular exponents of floriculture and business in the City of Youngstown, where, in partnership with Carl G. Burkland, he conducts one of the largest and most important enterprises of this kind in Mahoning county. Mr. Fischer was born at New Castle, Pennsylvania, in the year, 1869, and is a son of William D. and Ellen (Leslie) Fischer, both likewise natives of the old Keystone State. William D. Fischer was born and reared in the vicinity of New Castle, and became a successful representative of the market-gardening industry in that locality, his death having occurred in September, 1923, after he had attained to the patriarchal age of ninety-three years. He whose name initiates this review is indebted to the public schools of Pennsylvania for his youthful education, and at the age of seventeen years he was admitted to partnership in his father's market-gardening business and also in the florist business, his brothers likewise being associated with the well established and prosperous business long conducted under the family name at New Castle. In the year 1906 Mr. Fischer came to Youngstown, Ohio, where for the ensuing three years he was in the employ of John Walker, florist. He then formed the partnership with Carl G. Burkland, and, with modern and well equipped headquarters at 3514 Market Street, they now control a large and flourishing business in the handling of all kinds of cut flowers and decorative plants, their greenhouses having an area of 50,000 square feet of glass and the business being now the most important of the kind in the city. The enterprise is almost exclusively of retail order, and the clientage of the firm is of representative and appreciative order. Mr. Fischer is a liberal and progressive citizen and substantial business man, is a republican in politics, is prominently identified with the time-honored Masonic fraternity, in which he has received the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, and he and his wife are active members of the Evergreen Presbyterian Church. The year 1900 recorded the marriage of Mr. Fisher and Miss Mollie Cromwell, who likewise was born and reared at New Castle, Pennsylvania, and who is a daughter of John Cromwell. Mr. and Mrs. Fischer have one son, Edward, who was born in June, 1911.