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Fisher Family Tree Charles D. Jr., Col Marilyn Lola Edmond L. Ella Lucile Rockwell Charles Douglas Fisher Rockwell Travis Mika Ruff Fisher Ella Lucile Rockwell Fisher Fowler was born in West Pullman, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her father, Larkin Rockwell, who graduated from the Methodist Theological School (the first school west of the Mississippi River) was raised in Lebanon, Illinois. Her mother, Ella Ruff, met Larkin at college where she took courses in drama (appearing in college plays) and the arts. Ella's sister, Eva Ruff, taught music and eventually had a school of music in Los Angeles, California. Larkin started preaching in Chicago. After marrying Ella, their son, Raymond Clarence, was born and two and a half years later 1896, Lucile was born.. Her name was inspired by the poem "Lucile" by Owen Heridith (pen name of an English Lord). Ella suffered complications and died. a short time after child birth. Larkin, after the death of his wife, became disillusioned with the ministry. He placed an ad in the newspaper for a housekeeper. Hattie McClellen, a widow with a daughter, Myrta, answered the ad. Hattie's husband had been killed in a train accident. Larkin, searching for new ways to make money became interested in silver mining in Colorado. He joined partnership with a Mr. Christian who was known for being a winner in business deals. Mr. Christian, recognizing Larkin as an honest man, set the "Little Minister" up as his "front man" in selling mine shares. Unfortunately, Larkin came out with the short end of the deal. When Lucile was eight, the family lived in Detroit on West Minister Avenue. lt was a happy time for Lucile, who remembers roller skating, "Pom­pom pull away" games and she loved playing paper dolls with her chums, Marion Miner and a Canadian girl, Dorothy Bastedo. Lucile remembers her first ride in a Ford car and viewing her first theater play, starring Von Glaser and Faye Courtney, from a box seat. Larkin's next venture was learning the contracting business, building homes. He traveled frequently out west and Lucile remembers Chinese gifts that Larkin brought home for the family. At the age of twelve Lucile moved to Yazoo, Mississippi, where Larkin began construction on an opera house. During the year stay in Yazoo, Lucile recalls her mom cooking breakfast and lunch in a fire-place. Lucie's first day in school brought giggles from the class, because of her northern broad B's and crisp speech. Lucile felt she got even as a manner of speaking, when she went north a year later "I affected a southern drawl and dropped a few syllables so that all the boys thought I was a real doll", recalls Lucile. However, when the family moved to New York everyone -said, "You certainly have a western twang." She also remembers seeing the hanging of a black man who was falsely accused of stealing mules. Later it was reported that a cougar and cubs had been disturbing the animals. Larkin, ever the Christian humanitarian, found this incident upsetting. He had always encouraged his family to be kind to people of different racial backgrounds. So Lucy happily shared a grape vine with other black and white children swinging over the ole Mississippi bayou.

The next move was to Kansas City where Larkin's sister, Eva and brother in-law, Ashley and their daughter, Esther Mae and son, Rockwell lived. Across the street from her own house, Eva rented a house for Larkin's family. This house had a tall cupola. (in New England this tiny upstairs porch was called a "widow's-watch") and Lucile had fun perching on it, seeing the people pass by below. Our Lucy also suffered a sprained ankle when she stepped off a trolley into a hole. In a nearby park, huge slippery pipes lay across a gully. Local boys dared Lucy and her cousin, Esther Mae to walk across them. Lucy said, "We did it but I was terrified all the way. It was worse then coming down Pike's Peak." Larkin constantly moved his family around Kansas City during this period, His "modus operandi" was to build a new house, furnish it and then have his family live there until a sale was promoted. Unfortunately, the family had moved into one newly constructed home where the-windows had no screens and the road was not yet paved. Lucile remembers she was sixteen years old when late one afternoon, while helping put supper on the table, a typical Kansas cyclone began to blow. Larkin went to the basement to close windows and her mother, Hattie, was bringing in chairs from the front porch. Suddenly strong gusting winds were upon them, windows began cracking and as Lucile ran toward the kitchen with her arms held out to push open the swinging kitchen door, a window broke and flying glass cut her arm in two places. Lucile remembers running to the sink and putting her arm over a pan and screaming. Larkin placed a tourniquet on Lucile's arm, but failed to see the second cut on her wrist. Having no car at the time, he ran six blocks to a friend's home for help. The two men put Lucy on a mattress, covering her with a tarpaulin and rushed her to the Catholic Hospital. Lucy passed out as they were going up the elevator. The nurses pumped saline solution into Lucy's chest to replace the blood she lost (there were no blood donors then as there are today). Lucile recovered but remained yellowish all summer from the loss of blood. Her name appeared in the paper and she received a lot of attention from the boys.

In fact it was lucky that throughout her teens, in spite of the many moves, Lucile was able to attend the same high school. Lucile's high school days were filled with pleasant moments, partly because she had four beaus. For one special party, her ambitious mother Hattie, wanting her pretty daughter to be a hit, made her a pink dress trimmed with marabou. Lucile worried it might even be too ornate for the occasion but she did appreciate her step-mother's talent to sew a fine seam (she won a prize for her sewing) and could draw. Lucile recalls an unpleasant moment in those teen years (she was a rather sensitive, shy teenager). The principal of the school died and the students were required to attend the funeral. Many students felt squeamish as they walked by to view the body. Brother Ray was working for Humble Oil of Texas. He was employed as a gentleman farmer with pecan trees and cattle, but the opposition drove him out of business. He was elected head of the Rose Society during this time and had a beautiful garden. Although Lucile's brother Raymond and his wife Rose, from Houston, had no children, they kept busy collecting early American furniture from all over the south. When Lucile visited their home she recalls the hand woven rugs and curtains, a spinning wheel, a Bible stand, a grandfather clock, heavy wood-framed pictures and many candles. When Ray died in 1970, the art museum in Houston bought almost everything. Rose kept a few pieces to furnish an apartment, which included Lucile's mother's picture and many of Ella's oil paintings. Lucile asked for her mother's picture, Rose did not give it to her, replying, "maybe when I die". Eventually Rose did send a duplicate photo which was torn and dirty. Luci1e's son, Doug, surprised her with a beautifully framed picture which he had had restored at the Smithsonian Institute. Doug flew to Florida (because of the picture's size) with the picture beside him on a specially engaged seat next to him to present the picture to Lucile. The picture is valued greatly by her. Ella was young and talented, a loss to Lucile, for she never knew her mother.

Sister Myrta graduated from Chicago University with seven years of Latin. She attempted to teach, but the students, who had no interest in Latin, proved too unruly for her, so she went into business. Myrta retained her interest in the classics, especially Greek mythology and was later able to visit Europe. Lucile entered the University of Kansas and was there for one semester. The fami1y then moved to Chicago. In Chicago, Larkin began to make good money so he rented a nine-room apartment. The apartment came furnished and had beautiful Wedgwood china on the shelves. Lucile attended Francis Scheimer School, a prep school for girls, because she did not have enough credits needed to attend Chicago University. While there, Lucile remembers frying an egg on an iron turned upside down, and getting a very painful splinter between her toes when visiting friends down the hall without permission. She had a charming favorite outfit too- a navy blue velvet suit with a white fox collar and matching fox muff and fox pom-pom on her hat. There was a melodramatic event which caused whispers. Crete Hamilton, a lesbian at the school, pursued another pretty classmate and made the poor girl's life miserable. Crete was expelled and the unhappy victim of her attentions went home ill. There also was an English teacher who loved to read poetry by Robert Browning and would invite special students to her room to listen. It amused Lucile to recall how much she enjoyed the enchanting poems but that the teacher who read them had body odor- what a combination! About this period in her life, Lucile recalls meeting Larkin's father on a farm in Alhambra, Illinois. She experienced cultural, shock when she had to use an outdoor privy for the first time.

Charles Fisher and his wife Rose both were born in Wisconsin. His father came from Czechoslovakia. He became a inventor and a partner in the Automatic Recording Safe Co in Chicago with Lucile's uncle, Edmond Lucius Hoche (one of the directors of the Chicago world's Fair). Edmond and his wife, Louise, who was a cousin of Lucile's real mother, lived at the South Shore Country Club in Chicago. The Hochos planned a dinner to introduce their niece, Lucile to Charles Fisher's son, Charles Douglas Fisher Jr.. The dinner party, however, was almost a disaster because the father and son arrived late. They were out buying a table cloth and napkins. Meanwhile, the meal and the guests were all getting somewhat tired waiting. when Lucile and Chuck finally did meet, they only had eyes for each other­ so it seems love can conquer all! Young Charles Douglas started courting Lucile. He gave her a diamond pin, but her- mother didn't approve and she had to give it back.

Chuck, a graduate of Illinois University, was then attending Steven Institute of Technology. The USA declared war in April 1917 and Chuck enlisted in the Fifth Field Artillery Cavalry. He was sent to St. Louis, taking along his golf clubs as he thought his training wouldn't take up all of his time. He had a rude awakening! He was next sent to the hot city of El Paso, Texas. Happily, Lucile discovered she had a cousin living there who invited her to stay. Chuck was glad to be able to visit Lucile on weekends, naturally. Ella Lucile Rockwell He was also grateful to be able to take a good shower as he was assigned to clean stables back at camp. His outfit was then shipped to New York by cattle car. Chuck's family, grandpa "Dede" Fisher, his wife Rose "Baba" and his two sisters, Blonnie and Lola, all decided to visit their soldier boy in New York but were not permitted to see Chuck as he was being shipped overseas. However, the troop ship was rammed and sunk by the Siboney in New York Harbor and the men were put ashore again. The troop was quartered at Fort Totten, New Jersey for three weeks to await new supplies. Dede took liquor to give the guards so the family could visit Chuck during this waiting period. The troop was then sent to France. Chuck was eager to be at the front fighting, but was held back to teach in artillery school, because be had been second highest in the exam. Back in Chicago, Lucile was working at Con Edison, first operating a machine and then moving up to an office job. Because Lucile rode the subway to work, exposing herself to potential danger (muggings even then) her mother worried so Lucile took a job as an acccountant and receiving clerk at the University of Chicago. She was actively involved in knitting and selling Red Cross bonds.

Within a year, Chuck was sent to the German front. He came down with pneumonia and stayed with a German family while recovering. His family never heard from hlm during this illness and worried. Blonnie went to Washington to demand his where-abouts. When Chuck was completely recovered from his illness he was sent home a First Lieutenant. He was then stationed in New York and popped the question to Lucile by long distance. Naturally Lucile accepted. She quit her job and began to prepare for a quick wedding. Chuck was given five days leave and went to meet her in Chicago. On March 21, 1918 they were wed. After the ceremony, the young couple took the "Quivers" Railroad car back to New York; our little Lucy riding on the top birth and Chuck on the bottom. Some honeymoon! The bride and groom stayed with his sister, Blonnie, until their own apartment could be found. Chuck returned to work for Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers. He had worked for Otis before the war and had also been a shoe salesman for awhile. Eventually the newly weds bought supplies from Hammaoher Schlemmer and spent a two week delayed honeymoon at Indian Lake, enjoying nature in the raw with a canoe and tent. A year later their first born, a bouncing boy, Charles Douglas Jr. come along. The couple then moved to a more spacious house in New Rochelle on Bettner Place, only a few doors from the famous Clare Briggs, a cartoonist and friend. Marilyn was born two years later. Chuck, following his father's bent, got the bug to invent things. They moved to Beacon, New York. Chuck had found a house that was IOO years old, a mansard type with brick siding and I6 rooms, seven fire places and located on a 23 acre lot. It had been modernized with four and 1/2 baths and an extra furnace was added. Lucile recalls the long windows (glass to the floor) in the main rooms. She went to Wanamakers in New York and bought I25 yards of material which she sewed into draw curtains. Later she stenciled the curtains for the breakfast room.

One day Doug and his friend Jack Stearns (neighbors and close friends) were playing Indians in the large basement (the basement was used for storage and holding place for the huge barrels of furnace oil). The boys found enough excelsior in the barrels to make a bonfire. Lucile recalls smelling the smoke and rushing down the basement stairs just in time to see the fire creeping toward the trail of oil from the furnace. She screamed at the boys and they quickly formed a bucket brigade and put out the fire. Chuck's parents lived with them off and on, so Chuck moved his home office into the small town. It was an old carriage house, where carriages had been made for our presidents. The name of his business became "Toy Krofters" and was successful for seven years. Chuck's inventions ranged from wheeled push toys to Bookie-Blox, a clever folding wooden hinged book with colored pictures on four sides which could be used as building blocks. Blonnie designed the pictures. She drew an original Alphabet series with cute stick figures.and also, after careful research of old English costumes, drew two sets of a Mother Goose series. Her illustrated book, "The Real Mother Goose", published by Rand McNally, has been reprinted for over 60 years. These original pictures are used on calendars, gift cards and toys. Unfortunately she never collected royalties which all went to Rand Co.. Chuck and Lucile employed a wonderful Czechoslovakian housekeeper, Anna, who they had brought from New Rochelle. She had a little girl, Clara, who was Marilyn's age. Chuck later sent Clara to school in Tarrytown. Anna was a great cook. Her favorite specialties were yummy noodles, Sour Braten, potato pan cakes, and tongue with sharp raisin sauce. A man with five children wanted to marry Anna but Chuck and Lucile advised against it. Anna made one trip back to her town in Europe. She took a Victrola and played it for the wondering village. Upon returning to the USA she brought back bottles of wine as gifts. Not wanting to pay duty, she hid some in a false bottomed trunk and hung two bottles under her full skirt. No wonder Chuck asked, "Are you lame Anna?" when he met the ship.

The Fishers experienced the joys and dangers of country living in Beacon. The backyard of their house had not yet been completely fenced in, so Anna and Lucile kept a cautious eye on the children. Beyond the fence was a brook and a hill sloped down to the railroad tracks and the Hudson River. One day little Marilyn disappeared with Arno, a pet dog. After calling and searching frantically through the neighborhood, the two women alerted the police and two upper grades of school children were released to help hunt "a little girl in a pink dress and a police dog". Hours passed, when suddenly a neighbor cried, "I think I see a bit of pink in the field". It was Marilyn, with a livid face, covered with burrs and weeds, hanging on to Arno's collar, so mad because he ran away. Mother was ready with a cold drink and wash cloth but Daddy made her start picking off the burrs. Chuck built a swimming pool at the top of the hill big enough for the children to learn to swim. The pool could be drained each evening down the hill and refilled the next morning. During this time two babies arrived. Lola (named after Aunt Lola, who was an actress in New York) and Edmond (named after his great Uncle). The family's first Christmas in Beacon was memorable. Chuck had an 11 foot Blue Spruce cut from the forest and Grandpa Dede had bought a grand electric train for Doug. Chuck and Lucile were up till four A.M. putting the final touches on the play store he had built for the girls. Lucile made a scalloped awning and the front wall was covered with deco pages from a food magazine. There was a cash register, a small cider barrel and other miniature equipment. Lucile made a Chef's hat, aprons and baskets for the girls. In the winter after a good snow, Chuck and Lucile would pile snow around the edges of the tennis court and the obliging fire department officers would come and flood the court for ice skating. Chuck later built an outside grill and many a good meal was shared over the coals with friends like Veda and Vincent Stearns, solid citizens of long standing in Beacon. He was a lawyer and ate shredded wheat every morning of his life for breakfast. Their son, Jack, lives in Connecticut with his wife and two sons. One winter the children received a sled. Doug and Jack found it stiff to steer so they gave it to Marilyn. They took the old "glider" to the hill in the orchard. Lucile heard a scream and saw Marilyn trudging up the hill, one arm hanging lifelessly, while the boys laughed at her Yes, she had hit a tree and broken her arm! Lucile phoned Chuck, who was working in the village. He rushed home to take her to the hospital. Another activity the family enjoyed in Beacon featured a vehicular train which carried people back and forth up a steep hill. It was at a forty-five degree angle and was a lot of fun to ride. There was a station at the top with some small houses. One night there was a spectacular fire which burned for several hours, but luckily did not reach the entrance of the tramway.

When the Great Depression hit, Chuck returned to Otis Elevator Co. to keep bread on the table. For two years he suffered commuting to New York City. The men played cards on board the train to relieve the boredom. Lucile rose early each morning to drive him to the train station where he could catch the six-thirty train. One morning Lucile was watching the sun rise when a tawny, sleek wild cat leaped over a bush in front of her and made for the mountains. Later the evening paper reported a cougar had been shot while stealing someone's chickens. On other occasions Lucile would see a deer and two fawns nibbling at the trees and beautiful pheasants parading on the lawns. The spacious house and grounds in Beacon was a perfect setting for entertaining guests. Aunt Lola appeared in plays on Broadway with well-known actors like Walter Hampden, William Gillette, Minnie Maddern Fiske and Hedda Hopper. Both Lola and Blonnie introduced Lucile to celebrities such as Helen Hayes, Neysa McKein and Spring Byington, among others. For one dinner, Lucile roasted a baby pig with a traditional apple in it's mouth, in honor of William Gillette, only to find out that he was on a diet of fish and lettuce. Lola arranged for Chuck and Lucile to spend a weekend at William Gillett's lovely castle, built of native limestone} in Connecticut on the Connecticut River. They brought along little Doug, who was then two years old, and Lucile worried about having clean diapers. She was relieved when Osaki, the Japanese houseboy and cook, came to the bedroom door and bowing, said "The baby's handkerchief, pleez." Mr. Gillette lived on a houseboat on the river while his castle was being built. He designed many things for his unusual home - a chair that would slide in and out from his desk; for each room there were hand-carved locks and handles, each with a separate design; and a miniature railroad which carried guests around his estate. When he died, a New Jersey Amusement Park bought it to use for public display. Although the Fisher family enjoyed these happy times, the reality of the Depression affected them, along with all Americans. Lucile, ever the good helpmate, started a nursery school in her home, using Chuck's original toys and Blonnie's books.

Finally, the family moved to Rockville Centre, Long Island, twenty miles outside New York City, to a smaller, rented house and where the public schools had a good reputation. Lola (named after Aunt Lola who had died before her niece was born) was six years old when the family moved, it was at that age she took her first step in acting. She was asked to bring a costume for a little school play and Lucile, being busy with her nursery school which she continued in Rockville Centre, hastily gave Lola a fancy apron to wear. Later Lucile was reprimanded by the teacher for not cooperating with the school's desire for authentic costuming, The next play Lola was in Lucile made sure she looked like "Little Bo Peep" with an adorable ruffled white dress, from her Aunt Lola's costumes, which was embroidered with blue butter-flies. Little Lola also wore Aunt Lola's blonde hair piece of long curls (sister Marilyn did her hair and make-up) and carried a shepherd's crook. She was a hit. The school teachers encouraged her to develop her singing voice. Lola did pursue an acting career inspired by stories Lucile liked to tell about her Aunt Lola. Her "big break" came when she was chosen as understudy to Julie Andrews in "My Fair Lady" and got to play the lead opposite Rex Harrison many times. Lola worked to achieve the cockney and English accents but joked that she got the role because she fit into Julie's costumes without alterations. Her career gave her the opportunity to see some of the world - Russia, Africa and other countries. She married, acquired two step-sons who are fine young men, divorced and still is friendly with them all as they live near each other in Los Angeles, California. Lucile continued running her nursery school-as her own babes began to leave the nest, although there was close competition from Woodfield Nursery School, just two blocks away. She had worked in that school before opening her own group. Using her own Initials, she called her business the ELF Nursery School. The school lasted for twenty-five years because of Lucile's energy, ideas and devotion. In those Rockville Centre years, shades of a "Harper Valley ETA" soap opera emerged. Lucile, wanting to show off her growing family to her "best friend", Cora from Chicago, invited the lady out to dinner at her home. Cora proceeded to flirt with Chuck but Lucile's quick thinking and intuition nipped that in the bud. One Fourth of July, the Fishers bloomed as red, white and blue Americans. There was Doug in his Air Force uniform, Chuck with the Veterans of World War I, Lola with the Girl Scouts, Ed with the Boy Scouts and Lucile with the Red Cross Motor Corps, all marching in the local parade like the Spirit of '76. Marilyn was in a dramatic play on radio that day at Pratt College. The family endured at 260 No. Village Ave. until Chuck, who had been a heavy smoker, died of TB in the Veteran's Hospital at the age of 56. Doug was in Florida, in charge of information for his outfit, and was allowed to come home for his father's funeral.

Doug had been sent to various Air Force bases around the country. He was an Air Force Lieutenant when he met and married Eloise from Panama City, Florida. They had a military wedding. They were blessed with three great kids and hold the record for the longest marriage of the Fisher clan. Marilyn was pursuing an art career in New York City, Ed was doing underwater photography in California when Lucile moved to 36 Lenox Road in Rockville Centre with Lola who was commuting to her theater work. Lucile contlnued her "ELF" schoo1 for another ten years after she met Dr. Robin Fowler. Lola got her own apartment in New York and Marilyn, now a single parent, moved back home with her daughter, Sharon. Lucile was happy to enroll her granddaughter as the youngest pupil in ELF. Marilyn eventually bought ner own home nearby, continuing her career in commercial arts. While in her teens, she nad won $75 for drawing mittens that looked like fur. She, too, followed in the steps of her Aunt Blonnie and graduated from Pratt Institute. Marilyn won prizes for her work with firms she was associated with.

Lucile's after-notes to Lola
September 26, 1981

Dear Lola:

You asked me whatever prompted me to start a Nursery or Preschool and the odd part is I was about to add such information to the saga.

When the old depression hit us all in 1925 to 1930s your Dad had to give up the growing Toy Krofter business and return to Otis Elevator which meant two hour commuting to New York City.

I truly wanted to earn some money and thought of a way. We had a large home, big playground, I had four children, the two youngest could be pupils. I had a small car, to pick up any that could not deliver. At the time Parents Magazine was running articles on how to care for young children and Vassar C. was near, where I observed (at that time, however, the teachers there hid behind curtains and wrote down what they saw the pupils do, never guiding them).

Everything was in my favor. We had many toys, I had Blonnie's lovely books, Chuck made little nursery school chairs and two long tables, seating eight. We had converted the large dining room into a playroom when we first moved to Beacon.

Also, a private hospital had opened nearby with several young doctors, with families in residence. There were no rules at the time - later doors had to open out, number of toilets, fire hazards, etc. were noted.

In our front hall someone had built a long, padded bench with a telephone on a stand at one end. I posted pictures (each different) on the wall so that each child could re-organize and place his coat and hat neatly there. So - I plunged in! Called on people with preschoolers and tried to convince them why it was beneficial to mothers, children and all. I gathered a dozen and ran into some interesting objections. Mostly - fathers couldn't understand why. Mothers loved it.

I ran it for two years and then we moved to Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York on Village Avenue (to be nearer to New York) and better schools for our children. Unfortunately, another school had just opened two blocks down the street, Woodfield School, with two graduates from Maine. I tried. We put play equipment in the big backyard and there was a large porch and two playrooms. During the War Woodfield became so crowded (I drove and taught for a period there when Ed was operated on for Mastoids - one of my pupils was to blame) so many mothers begged me to open the ELF (my initials) school again. I did and ran it for 20 years or so. We lived next to wooded lots and the area was taken over for a new public school. We had rented only.

It was hard to find a new place as there were now zoning laws and objections. I was in and out of court, but finally bought an old house with fine grounds with the promise from an old friend that he and his brother, roofers, would put it in fine shape. They did, even lining the stairwell to basement with metal and building on a huge, covered porch, screened and vinyl clad in winter. We had extra sidewalks around the fences (for bikes and wagons) and three portable pools for summer. I had dear teachers, two station wagons and two other cars available (by then all loved transportation) and we spent 13 happy years there - until the whole street went into condominiums! I had 55 children enrolled - morning, afternoon, all day, etc., very flexible. After we moved some children had to be driven by to be assured their Happy School was no more. We had all varieties, but only one genius! He left for brighter pastures. We cried! End Lucile's After-Notes

Robert Henry Fowler 1974 Dr. Robin Fowler (Robert Henry Fowler 1884-1980) was retired from his profession as a throat specialist in New York City. He was also a fine artist and living in Maine when he met Lucile. She had been a widow for twenty years when they met. After the death of Robin's wife, the good doctor, needing more personal care in his eighty-fifth year, invited Lucile to be his traveling companion. Lucile was then seventy-five years young. Within a short period he asked her to become his bride. He often said he was lucky to have been married to two "angels". Robin and Lucile spent a wonderful six-month honeymoon traveling in Europe, lingering most happily in Greece. They shared ten loving years together and finally settling in Stuart, Florida after trying apartments in Coconut Grove and Winter Park. While together in 1974 Robin published his memoirs - Memories of a Lifetime

Update by Lola Fisher, 2011

My memory of Lucile's account of her meeting Dr Robin: Lucile was at a hearing at the local courthouse in RVC - opposite the LI RR station -asking for a permit to have a pre school at her home at 36 Lenox Rd, Rockville Centre, LI. NY. Neighbors were complaining that they didn't want a noisy school on their street and were trying to deny her a permit. Dr Fowler, visiting a friend in RVC, decided to wait for his train by sitting in the rear of the Court House and was disturbed by the attack - "on this woman who was merely trying to make an honest living and providing a needed service for working mothers"! Lucile went up to him, after her appeal, to thank him for his kind words and a friendship began. Robin made regular visits to see his old friend and confided to Lucile that his wife, in NYC, was ill with cancer. He phoned and wrote to Lucile after his wife passed away and invited her to become his travel agent and companion on his art painting trips to Mexico. As a proper lady in the '70s -she sought the approval of her grown children, who all applauded this offer for travel (which she had never had much of - taking care of 4 children and a lifetime continuously running the nursery school) and urged her to respond to him as her heart commanded! - after all - this was after "The Beatles" rage! They had a sweet wedding in Portland, Maine, his family home, and enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon to England, France, Spain, Italy and Greece - where DR painted their travels. They lived in Maine, but realized the winters were too cold and moved to Florida. Ed thought they would enjoy the ambience of the art community in Coconut Grove and rented them one of his houses in North Grove. Dr was used to strolling about his neighboorhood in Yarmouth, Maine and one evening walked over to the nearby commercial district to get a take out at the local White Castle. Tragically, a couple of thugs spotted him as an easy target and jumped him as he returned home. Lucile found a dazed Robin at her front door with blood streaming from his head from his brave effort to fight off his attactors. Fortunately Robin fully recovered but felt insecure in the Grove so the couple relocated first to Winter Haven and finally to Cedar Pointe condominiums in Stuart, Florida.

Update by Sharon, 2012

Lucile sold the house on Lenox road and moved up to Maine to share the separate half of Robin's house in Yarmouth Maine. The first summer I went up to visit her up there they found a girl scout camp in Litchfield that they had me go to for at least a month if not longer. I visited up there several summers. It was when Robin wanted to travel to Europe that they decided to get married and make it a long honeymoon. They were in Greece during an earthquake and stood in a doorway for safety. Robin had a sister who lived in Connecticut that they stayed with often. she has a palamino older horse which she let me ride on my visits there. The horse was trained to voice commands. You only had to say, 'trot please', or 'canter please' and the horse did so. He had an extremely smooth canter. The house had a lot of property with many fields and woodsEnd Sharon Update

Update by Lola Fisher, 2011 (cont.)

After his illness, Robin stayed at the Stuart Nursing Home where Lucile visited him almost daily. He died at the age of ninety-six. He is remembered as a sweet man who rarely complained. One could say he was a true gentle man - a fitting companion for our sweet Lucy. By the way, we Fisher kids sometimes called our mom Little Lucy' (after the comic strip) as she is cute and small and we are all tall. Lucile says she was nick-named "Pickaninny" as a child as she was so brown from the sun. Later, Aunt Eva dubbed her "Lucy Lee". A dear neighbor baby-boy called her "Lucid" and so "Cid" or "Ciddy" became her handle.

Family Reunion Florida 1984 The melding of the Fisher and Fowler families makes a long list of relatives, too many to mention here. Most of us from both families have enjoyed visiting Lucile and Robin over the years and meeting their many nice friends in Stuart. Now that Lucy Lee is alone, her four children, Doug and Eloise from Washington D.C., Marilyn from Long Island, Lola from California and Ed from Miami and various grandchildren and many of the Fowler clan all hope to visit her as often as possible. Ed, the youngest son, has had a varied career which has allowed him to travel extensively. Fortunately for Lucile, he has settled in Florida and is able to visit her frequently. Ed has returned to his first love, photography, but no longer does underwater photography or diving.

Since we four Fisher kids had a good-looking and talented dad and a pretty and versatile mom, I feel we were all lucky. And since our mother, whose many interests kept her excited and occupied with events going on in the world, who is a loving and warm person, who was always strong through any period of suffering, who because of her real feeling for people has managed to keep up a large correspondence with many relatives, I feel very grateful that I had a wonderful model to look up to and helped me develop into an independent woman.

Update by Lola, 1988 In 1988 at age 92 our beloved "Lucy" passed on - embraced in the love of her heavenly family. We children - now all officially "Elderly Seniors" look forward giving our dear mom and all our kin big hugs when our time comes. End Update by Lola Fisher, 1988

Update by Lola, 1999 On August 4, 1999, Lucile's eldest son, Charles Douglas Fisher, Colonel, United States Air Force (Ret.) died of cardiovascular arrest. He is survived by his wife Eloise Tiller Fisher and children, Bruce, Barbara and Katy.
End Update, 1999


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