Meet our 85-Year Member!
Brother Wilfred Albert Fischer is the only DeMolay ever to be a member for 85+ years. He was initiated as a member of the charter class of Albert Pike Chapter on June 30, 1921, shortly after his 16th birthday. Brother Fischer was a DeMolay longer than anyone in history. Jerome Jacobson, one of the original nine DeMolays, was born on March 7, 1902, and was initiated into the Mother Chapter on April 1, 1919, at the age of 17 years and 25 days and died on May 10, 2002, having been a DeMolay for 83 years and 40 days. Wilfred Albert Fischer was born on March 23, 1905, and was initated on June 30, 1921, into Albert Pike Chapter No. 58 in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 16 years and 99 days. On his 100th birthday, he has been a DeMolay for 83 years and 266 days. He attended the 50th Anniversary of Albert Pike Chapter No. 58 in 1971 and other DeMolay functions subsequent thereto. He received the DeMolay Legion of Honor in 1980. At his death on November 7, 2006, Brother Fischer had been a DeMolay for 85 years and 130 days.
He was born in Dallas, Texas, on March 23, 1905, when our United States of America consisted of only 45 states. He graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in June 1923. He then worked as a salesman for two years for the Pittsburgh Glass Co. in San Antonio before entering Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.
Brother Fischer received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M in June 1929. His major was architecture, and scholastically he ranked third in his class. At Texas A&M, then an all male ROTC college, a man's best friend was his horse. That's right, the ROTC was the horse calvary, and Wilfred also earned a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Calvary Reserve.
This dashing young calvary officer with brown hair and eyes of blue courted the charming Tomye Hazel Hall of Georgetown, Texas, and they married on 15 September 1931 in San Antonio. She was a charter member of San Antonio Assembly No. 3, Order of Rainbow for Girls, at its institution on November 4, 1922, and a charter officer holding the color station of Blue or Fidelity.
Mr. Fischer, a registered professional engineer, began his career of 43 years and 9 months with the "Corps" in the U.S. Engineer Office in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June 1929 as an inspector of materials and construction. Engineering, drafting, estimating, and design of structural steel and reinforced concrete structures became subsequent assignments.
He transferred to the U.S. Engineer Office in Little Rock, Arkansas, in December 1937, where he worked as a design engineer on reinforced concrete structures and multipurpose project planning.
In September 1940, he transferred to the U.S. Engineer Office in Nashville, Tennessee, where his first efforts were devoted to hydroelectic power studies and definite project reports. These reports were the forerunners of what are now operational multipurpose projects. Brother Fischer worked for 30 years as an assistant to the Chief of the Hydroelectric Design Branch, the esteemed Fred H. Wolf, in planning, designing, and coordinating the construction of eight major hydroelectric powerplants in the Nashville District. After Mr. Wolf's retirement in December 1970, Brother Fischer served as Chief until his own retirement in 1973.
Albert Pike Chapter No. 58, Order of DeMolay, is the oldest continuous DeMolay Chapter in existence in the state of Texas and is sponsored by San Antonio Council of Kadosh No. 5 of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
San Antonio Assembly No. 3, Order of Rainbow for Girls, is the oldest continuous Rainbow Assembly in the state of Texas and is sponsored by San Antonio Commandery No. 7 Knights Templar of the York Rite of Freemasonry.
Albert Pike Chapter No. 58 and San Antonio Assembly No. 3 both meet on Monday nights at 7:30 PM in the Scottish Rite Cathedral at 308 Avenue E at Fourth Street in downtown San Antonio, Texas.