Gerald Tischer was born on a farm west of LaMoure, North Dakota. As a young child, he moved, with his parents, to a farm south of Grand Rapids, where he attended grade school. He farmed south of LaMoure for six years, and then moved to a farm east of Grand Rapids.
Violet Zimmerman was born on a farm south of Lehr. She attended grade school there, and graduatd from Ashley High School, then went on to State Normal and Industrial College at Ellendale. She worked for the County Superintendent of Schools at Ashley, and taught school for several years, both rural schools and in Sheldon and Grand Rapids.
Gerald Tischer and Violet Zimmerman were married in 1953, and lived on the farm at Grand Rapids until their retirement in 1972. At that time, they moved to the Ypsilanti Trailer Court, where they lived for five years.
In 1977, they bought a new home and lots on the south edge of town, where they were both living in 1982, when the Ypsilanti Community Centennial Book was published.