FISHER Family History, Part IV
1CA51. Howard Earl Fisher, Sr., was born January 30, 1899, in Forestville, Sonoma County, California, the first born son of Theodoric Leathe Fisher and Cora Ethel Miller. He married Mabel M. Bors on December 2, 1926, in Santa Rosa. They had four daughters and one son:
|1CA511.||Marjorie Ann Fisher||11 May 1928||13 Jun 1967||(39)|
|1CA512.||Virginia "Beanie" Fisher||--||--||--|
|1CA514.||Howard Fisher, Jr.||--||--||--|
|1CA515.||Helen Marie Fisher||30 Jun 1938||8 Oct 2006||(68)|
Earl's father died just days before his 12th birthday. He left school and began working at age 12, and was a Jack of all trades doing blacksmithing, carpentry, pruning, and plowing throughout the years. His mother remarried just days shy of the third anniversary of his father's death to Al Williams, whom he fiercely hated.
Earl, as were many Fishers, was a very tall man, well over 6 feet tall, and was known as a real hell-raiser when he got to drinking.
Earl and Mabel lived much of their life together on a ranch at 3550 Calistoga Road, just past Chalfant Drive in the hills above Santa Rosa.
On April 2, 1932, Earl and brothers-in-law, Dick Hopper and Bud Clarke, were out cutting wood for Earl's back porch alcohol still when the still sparked a fire. Youngest brother Ed saw the fire and called them down but it was too late -- the house burned down. After the fire, Earl and his family moved in with his mother at the 115-acre Gill place just over the Buchi grade. They lived there as late as 1934[Vote 1928-1936] before removing to Knights Valley (Kellog Precinct), at the base of Mount Saint Helena, by 1936[Vote 1936-1940]. The Fishers moved again down into Calistoga, Napa County, before returning to the ranch at 3550 Calistoga Road in 1944. Mabel worked at the walnut plant in Calistoga.
Howard Earl Fisher, Sr., died on January 15, 1966, in Santa Rosa. He was just two weeks shy of his 67th birthday.
Mabel (Bors) Fisher died 21 years later on January 4, 1997, at the age of 89. Both are buried next to Mabel's parents in the Bors family plot at the St. Helena Cemetery in St. Helena, Napa County, California.
"Earl Fisher: Calistoga - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday for H. Earl Fisher, 66, of 3550 Calistoga rd., who died Saturday in a Santa Rosa hospital after a brief illness."
"Mr. Fisher was a native of California and a Sonoma County resident for 21 years. A retired carpenter, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, the IOOF Lodge, and the Silverado Grange, all of Calistoga."
"He is survived by his wife, Mabel Fisher, Calistoga; his daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Cambra, Mrs. Nancy Soekland and Mrs. Helen Klingbeil, all of Santa Rosa, and Mrs. Virginia Thomas, Calistoga; a son, Howard Fisher, Calistoga; by his mother, Mrs. Cora Williams, Richmond; by two brothers and four sisters, and by 13 grandchildren."
"The services will be held here at the Simic Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Helena Public Cemetery."
- Vote 1922: 1922 Register, Route 5, Box 297, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1924: 1924 Register, Tarwater Precinct, Sonoma County, California
- Cen 1930: 16 Apr 1930 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, State
- Vote 1928: 1928-1936 Register, Route 5, Box 256, Tarwater Precinct, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1936: 1936, 1938 & 1940 Register, Route 1, Kellog Precinct, Sonoma County, California
1CA52. Pearl Elizabeth Fisher5 was born on January 7, 1901, in Lockeford, San Joaquin County, California. She married Charles Aurelio Malugani, a Swiss-Italian immigrant, around 1915, at the age of 14 or 15, in San Rafael, Marin County. They had three sons and five daughters:
|1CA521.||Alvin Frederick Malugani||16 Jun 1917||3 Jan 1993||(76)|
|1CA523.||Bertram Charles Malugani||28 Nov 1921||5 Jun 1973||(52)|
|1CA524.||Cora Aurelia Malugani||13 Jul 1923||27 Mar 1990||(66)|
|1CA525.||Aurelia Katherine Malugani||12 Apr 1925||Mar 2003||(77)|
|1CA526.||Beverly Jane Malugani||26 May 1928||4 Jul 2011||(83)|
|1CA528.||Theodric F. Malugani||14 Aug 1932||21 Mar 2001||(68)|
The Maluganis first lived at the Old Gemmet place up Calistoga Road and then moved over the hills toward Calistoga, Napa County, to the Peterson ranch about halfway down the Calistoga grade (Petrified Forest Highway), where their first son Alvin was born in 1917. By 1918, they moved over to the Sonoma County side to Gates Road, just over the "Buchi Grade." It was then that the "Spanish Flu" pandemic struck toward the end of World War I. Pearl, then pregnant with daughter Hazel, fell ill but managed to pull out of it before giving birth in January, 1919.
Later in 1919, by the 1920 census, the Maluganis moved down Calistoga Road to Alpine Road where they lived on Alpine Road (then recorded as "Rincon Hill Road") near Charlie's parents and aunt, Caterina (Malugani) Paroli, who lived at the top of Alpine Road.
By 1922, the Maluganis were given P.O. Box 297 in Rincon Valley. From there they moved to a converted chicken house on Alpine Road where Cora was born in 1923. Later they removed to a plot later dubbed the Derby Ranch, just below where Alpine Road breaks from Calistoga Road and across the road from Charlie's sister Serena (Malugani) Magatelli. The Derby Ranch address was noted as P.O. Box 282 in 1924 and 1928. Charlie farmed the plot and cut firewood along Mark West Creek to take down into town to sell. The rest of their children were all born while living at the Derby ranch, where they were enumerated in the 1930 census near the Hitchcocks, Fechters, Sharps, Magatellis, Stewarts, Parolis, Fishers, and Williams, and on through at least 1932, when youngest son Bud was born. The Maluganis had worked to buy the Derby Ranch place but they lost it when a handshake deal fell through.
In the early 1930s, the Maluganis briefly moved north of Santa Rosa to Healdsburg, near the Madrona Manor (then known as the Madrona Knoll Rancho) at the junction of Dry Creek Road and Westside Road.
In the 1930s, the Maluganis settled in the Fulton area at a fruit orchard at 1689 Fulton Road, on the east side of the road near the creek that cuts through the northeast corner of today's Piner High School. There, Pearl's paternal grandmother, Harriet (Chapman Fisher) Williams, lived with the Maluganis for a while about 1935 before her death in 1936.
Pearl Elizabeth (Fisher) Malugani had a heart attack on October 30, 1941, while preparing a Halloween party for the L. B. Burton family at 300 Doyle Park Drive in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Dr. Alexis Maximov attempted to resuscitate but without success. She was buried the following Monday, November 3, 1941, and inured at the Chapel of the Chimes in Santa Rosa. She was only 40 years old.
- Cen 1920: 17 Feb 1920 Census, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
- Cen 1930: 15 Apr 1930 Census, Rincon Hill Road, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
- Cen 1940: 2 May 1940 Census, Steele Lane, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
1CA53. Mildred May Fisher was born December 27, 1902, in Forestville, Sonoma County. She married Raymond Earl Fechter, Sr., on November 2, 1921, in Napa, Napa County, and had four children. A few years later they adopted Mildred's niece, Carol, when Mildred's sister Carrie died after giving birth:
|1CA531.||Raymond E. Fechter, Jr.||29 Jul 1922||15 Dec 1988||(66)|
|1CA533.||Everett James Fechter||4 Dec 1925||Aug 2000||(74)|
|1CA534.||Milton Oliver Fechter||12 Aug 1933||20 Jan 2006||(72)|
"Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Fechter, Sr. were honored at a reception on October 31st at Butler Pavilion in recognition of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was on November 2, 1921, that they were wed in Napa by a Justice of the Peace."
"Mr. Fechter, born in Sacramento, came to Calistoga with his parents at the age of three weeks. He has been farming in the Porter Creek area for well over 50 years."
"Mrs. Fechter is a native of Forestville. She was eight when she moved to Calistoga with her mother, the late Mrs. Cora Williams."
"The reception was given by the Fechter'S children and spouses: Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Fechter, Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Everett Fechter, and Mr. & Mrs. Milton Fechter...all of Calistoga; and Mr. & Mrs. Charles (Ruby) CAMPBELL Concord."
"The buffet luncheon was served to approximately 450 guests...the five-tiered cake being a lovely work of art by Mrs. Fechter'S sister-in-law, Mrs. Ed Williams of Richmond."
"The hall decorations were under the direction of Mrs. Emma Beckmann of Santa Rosa, a long-time family friend. Len MOORS of Santa Rosa, a cousin of Mr. Fechter'S, provided entertainment with his banjo. Joe Lerner of Calistoga played many selections on the piano."
"Melvin Hull of Eureka, nephew of the couple presented a champagne toast prior to their being presented with a money tree."
"In addition to their children, the couple have 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren."
Raymond Earl Fechter, Sr., died on September 20, 1978, at the age of 83 in Napa, Napa County, California. He is buried at the St. Helena Cemetery.
Mildred May (Fisher) Fechter died 11 years later on April 8, 1989, in Calistoga. Services were held on April 12 at the Morrison Funeral Chapel in St. Helena and she was entombed at the St. Helena Cemetery.
- Cen 1930: 15 Apr 1930 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1932: 1922-1936 Registers, Route 1, Calistoga, Tarwater Precinct, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1944: 1944 Register, Route 1, Box 109, Calistoga, Tarwater Precinct, Sonoma County, California
1CA54. Carrie Truett Fisher was born August 12, 1904, in Sonoma County, California at either the Asti Winery near Asti or the Truett Ranch in Cloverdale. She married Howard John Shelly about 1923 in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. She later married Richard Hopper. Altogether she had six children:
|1CA541.||James Howard Shelly||3 Jun 1924||29 Aug 1992||(68)|
|1CA542.||Jerrold Owen Shelly||28 Aug 1927||8 Sep 1994||(67)|
|1CA543.||Gwendolyn Jean Hopper||2 Aug 1932||10 Mar 2015||(82)|
|1CA544.||Dixie Lee Hopper||4 Nov 1933||13 Aug 1982||(48)|
Carrie remarried to Richard Hopper by 1932.[Vote 1932]
Carrie Truett Fisher-Hopper died August 18, 1936, a few days after her 32nd birthday and the birth of her sixth child, Carol.
- Vote 1930: 1930 Register, Calistoga Precinct, Napa County, California
- Vote 1932: 1932 Register, Precinct 5, Napa, Napa County, California
1CA55. Merle Everett Fisher was born February 23, 1906, at the Asti Winery near Asti, Sonoma County, California. He married Ruby Mae Baker on October 26, 1926, in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California. He was 19 years old, she 18. They had three children:
|1CA552.||Phillip Merle Fisher||4 Apr 1935||Sep 1989||(54)|
After their marriage, the Fishers settled in San Francisco where they resided at 584 Jersey Street in the Noe Valley district by 1930. There Merle worked at a Ford factory as a mechanic.[Cen 1930]
Merle Everett Fisher died on August 18, 1990, in Contra Costa County, California, at the age of 84.
Ruby Mae (Baker) Fisher died on March 28, 1997, in Contra Costa County, at the age of 90. She is buried in Richmond, Contra Costa County.
- Cen 1930: 12 Apr 1930 Census, 584 Jersey Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
1CA56. Sonoma C. Fisher was born December 8, 1907, at the Asti Winery near Cloverdale, Sonoma County, California. She married Patrick Michael Dillon, a native of Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, son of Irish immigrant parents, and veteran of World War I, on April 2, 1925, in Fairfield, Solano County, California. They had two daughters before she and Patrick divorced in the late 1920s. Sonoma remarried to Milton "Bud" Thomas Clarke on November 21, 1931, in Sonoma County. They had another daughter together:
|1CA561.||Patricia Margaret Dillon||9 Feb 1926||(23) Aug 2010||(84)|
|1CA562.||Lois Mary Dillon||9 May 1928||(9) Feb 2005||(76)|
|1CA563.||Clara Joan Clarke||20 Dec 1941||13 May 1989||(47)|
Sonoma C. Fisher got a job as a waitress at the Veteran's Home in Yountville, Napa County, California, when she was 16 years old. There she met SGT. Patrick Michael Dillon, a veteran of World War I who was over 20 years her senior.
Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Army at Fort McDowell (Angel Island), Marin County, on April 16, 1917, and served for two years in Company A of the 21st Infantry Regiment, 16th Division, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was discharged on June 30, 1919, and awarded a disability allowance[Mil 1919].
After the war, Patrick worked as a boiler maker in a San Diego foundry[Cen 1920] and later found his way north to Napa County. They eloped in Fairfield on April 2, 1925--she was 17 years old, he was just two weeks short of his 42nd birthday. Afterward they lived in Livermore, Alameda County[Wed 1925].
After a few years of marriage and the birth of two daughters, Sonoma and Patrick divorced between 1928 and 1930. Sonoma placed the care of her daughter Patricia in the hands of her elder brother Merle and his wife Ruby, who lived in the Noe Valley district of San Francisco in 1930[Cen 1930P]. Daughter Lois, on the other hand, was placed in the care of the Frank and Edith (Temple) Hanson family[Cen 1930L]. Sonoma moved in with the Stephen and Lillian Marenga family at 1690 Washington Street in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco where she worked as a hotel maid.[Cen 1930]
SGT. Patrick M. Dillon died of tuberculosis a few years later at the Veterans Administration in San Francisco on July 26, 1936[Dth 1936]. He was 53 years old. Patrick had worked earlier that year as a hotel clerk while living at the U.S. Veterans Facility in Livermore[Vote 1936]. He is buried at the San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio of San Francisco.
Milton "Bud" Clarke
Sonoma remarried to Milton "Bud" Thomas Clarke, of Yountville, Napa County, California, on November 20, 1931, in Sonoma County, California. After their marriage Sonoma was reunited with her daughters and they lived in Yountville where Bud worked as a truck driver[Vote 1932]. A year and a half later, Sonoma's younger sister Gladys married Bud's brother Bill.
The Clarkes moved up into the hills above Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, by 1942, where they resided at 3675 Calistoga Road.[Vote 1942] They later returned to the Napa valley and resettled in Napa by 1944.[Vote 1944]
Milton Thomas Clarke died on December 23, 1964, in Napa County, California, at the age of 64.
Sonoma C. (Fisher Dillon) Clarke died 28 years later on July 2, 1993, in Vallejo, Solano County. Services were held at the Skyview Funeral Chapel in Vallejo on July 6, 1993.
- Mil 1919: Military Discharge, Serial 858143
- Cen 1920: 2 Jan 1920 Census, 702 First Street, San Diego, San Diego County, California
- Wed 1925: Oakland Tribune, 2 Apr 1925
- Cen 1930: 12 Apr 1930 Census, 1690 Washington Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
- Cen 1930P: 12 Apr 1930 Census, 584 Jersey Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
- Cen 1930L: 11 Apr 1930 Census, 816 Beaver Street, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1932: 1932 Register, East Yountville Precinct, Napa County, California
- Vote 1936: 1936 Register, U.S.V. Facility, Livermore, Alameda County, California
- Dth 1936: Death Record, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
- Vote 1942: 1942 Register, 3675 Calistoga Road, Tarwater Precinct, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
- Vote 1944: 1944 Register, Napa Precinct No. 1, Napa County, California
1CA57. Alta Vivian Fisher was born August 3, 1909, and died six months later on February 21, 1910. She is buried next to her father at the Mount Olive Cemetery, Cloverdale, Sonoma County, California.