Alfred (Fritz) Rohr

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Alfred (Fritz) Rohr was born in Antonio, one of 10 children to bless the union of Peter and Mary Rohr.

A few years after his birth, the family moved close to Pfeifer along the Smoky River. As a child, Fritz remembers hand fishing and trapping animals along the banks of the river.

Fritz attended school in Vincent, completing the eighth grade and playing catcher on the baseball team. In lieu of high school, he went to work on the family farm. When he was old enough to drive, he got his first car, a 1920 Ford.

The family made it through the tough times of the Dust Bowl, and when Fritz turned 18 he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he served for three years. Those in the CCC camps worked for the U.S. government and repaired fields and forests around the country that farmers and families could not maintain while they were off fighting in the war. Fritz worked mainly in the fields, keeping them in good condition and replacing straw that blew away so the fields wouldn't lose their moisture.

When he returned home, he married Ann, and the couple's union was blessed with six girls and six boys. Sadly, two of the boys died in infancy. The family moved back to Pfeifer where Fritz got a job working on thrashing machine and loading wheat. After a short time, he went to work in the oil fields setting up oil wells. Fritz said he had some of his best times working in the oil field.

After he retired, Fritz built miniature wooden wagons and horses. He built the wagons with a small saw and a pocket knife. His family had greatly expanded by that time, and includes 40 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Alfred moved to St. John's in Victoria in 2005, where he enjoys listening to the live polka entertainment and watching the antics of the dog across the street.

Alfred said, "St. John's is a nice place and I have had some wonderful times here."


Alfred (Fritz) Rohr



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