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FISHER Family History, Part IV

January 2018

Howard Earl FISHER, Sr. (1899-1966)Top

Howard "Earl" FISHER 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 --  --  -- 
1CA513. Nancy Fisher --  --  -- 
1CA514. Howard Fisher, Jr.Blue Star 1935 2017 (81)
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.

Bors Family
Mabel's family came to Oakville from the Carrizo Plains of San Luis Obispo County, California. Relatives on her mother's side settled in the Oakville area in the mid-1800's, and the family name, Rector, is on a creek, canyon, and dam there. Mabel attended Napa High School.

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

Pearl Elizabeth (FISHER) MALUGANI5 (1901-1941)Top

Pearl (FISHER) MALUGANI 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)
1CA522. Hazel Malugani6 --  --  -- 
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)
1CA527. Barbara Malugani --  --  -- 
1CA528. Theodric F. MaluganiBlue Star 14 Aug 1932 21 Mar 2001 (68)
Pearl and Judy, Sep 1941
Pearl & Judy
GOSS Residence on Barham Ave., September 1941

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

Mildred May (FISHER) FECHTER (1902-1989)Top

Mildred (FISHER) FECHTER 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 Ann, when Mildred's sister Carrie died after giving birth:

1CA531. Raymond E. Fechter, Jr. 29 Jul 1922 15 Dec 1988 (66)
1CA532. Rubye Fechter --  --  -- 
1CA533. Everett James Fechter 4 Dec 1925 Aug 2000 (74)
1CA534. Milton Oliver FechterBlue Star 12 Aug 1933 20 Jan 2006 (72)

1CA546. Carol Hopper-Fechter --  --  -- 

The Fechters settled next to Raymond's father up Petrified Forest Road after they wed.[Cen 1930,1940]

50th Wedding Anniversary, 1971

"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. 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
  • Cen 1940: 25 Apr 1940 Census, Petrified Forest Road, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Vote 1944: 1944 Register, Route 1, Box 109, Calistoga, Tarwater Precinct, Sonoma County, California

Carrie (FISHER SHELLY) HOPPER (1904-1936)Top

Carrie Truett (FISHER SHELLY) HOPPER 1CA54. Carrie Truett Fisher was born on August 12, 1904, in Sonoma County, California, at either the Asti Winery near Asti or the Truett Ranch in Cloverdale, from where her middle name was taken. She married Howard John Shelly about 1923 in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California. She was about 19 years old and he was about 34. They had two sons before their marriage dissolved, after which Carrie later married Richard "Dick" Klondike Hopper and had four daughters. 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)
1CA545. Audrey Hopper --  --  -- 
1CA546. Carol Ann Hopper-Fechter Aug 1936 12 Nov 2016 (80)

Carrie and Howard probably split up by 1930 when Howard worked as road construction surveyor at California Highway Camp 11, in Township 2 of Lake County, California. It was a prison camp, but Howard was enumerated as a boarder (not as one of the 57 inmate laborers).[Cen 1930] January 2018While Howard was recorded as married, Carrie and their two sons have yet to be found in the 1930 census. That same year Carrie registered to vote in Calistoga as a Republican.[Vote 1930]

Howard later moved to Yuba City, Yuba County, by 1942 and worked with the State Division of Highways in nearby Marysville. He died on August 11, 1950, in Yuba County, at the age of 61.[Dth 1950] Howard was buried at Sutter Cemetery in Sutter, Sutter County. His sons were later buried there as well.[Grave]

Carrie remarried to Richard Klondike Hopper, a native of Calistoga, by 1932.[Vote 1932] She was about 27 years old and he about 35. They had four daughters together.

Carrie Truett Fisher-Hopper died on August 18, 1936, a few days after giving birth to her sixth child, Carol Ann. She had her 32nd birthday the week before.

Richard remarried to a woman named Minnie by 1940 and they and his four daughters moved to a rented home at 1009 56th Street in Oakland, Alameda County. There Richard worked as a truck driver for a petroleum company.[Cen 1940A] Daughter Carol Ann was enumerated a second time, weeks later, with Carrie's elder sister, Mildred (Fisher) Fechter, and recorded as her daughter.[Cen 1940B]

Richard "Dick" Klondike Hopper died on July 14, 1961, in Imola, Napa County. He was 64 years old. Dick was buried at Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery in Calistoga, along with his mother and elder sister.[Grave]

  • Vote 1930: 1930 Register, Calistoga Precinct, Napa County, California
  • Cen 1930: 2 May 1930 Census, Highway Camp 11, Lake County, California
  • Vote 1932: 1932 Register, Precinct 5, Napa, Napa County, California
  • Cen 1940A: 5 Apr 1940 Census, 1009 56th Street, Oakland, Alameda County, California
  • Cen 1940B: 25 Apr 1940 Census, Petrified Forest Road, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Dth 1950: Social Security Death Index, Yuba County, California
  • Grave: Calistoga Pioneer Cemetery, Calistoga, Napa County, California, Find A Grave <>

Merle Everett FISHER (1906-1990)Top

Merle Everett FISHER 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:

1CA551. Wayne Fisher --  --  -- 
1CA552. Phillip Merle FisherBlue Star 4 Apr 1935 Sep 1989 (54)
1CA553. Joan Fisher --  --  -- 

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]

By 1935, the Fishers moved to across the bay to San Pablo, Contra Costa County, where Merle worked as a specialist machinist in the shipbuilding industry.[Cen 1940]

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
  • Cen 1940: 4 Apr 1940 Census, San Pablo, Contra Costa County, California

Sonoma C. (FISHER DILLON) CLARKE (1907-1993)Top

Sonoma (FISHER) CLARKE 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)
Middle Initial
When asked about her middle name, Sonoma always replied that the "C" stood for "County." No one has ever been able to prove it otherwise.

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.

21st Infantry Regiment
The 21st Infantry Regiment was transferred from Vancouver Barracks, Washington, to Camp Kearny, in San Diego, California, in April 1917. It was assigned to the 16th Division during World War I on July 29, 1918, and trained units for deployment to France. The 16th Division itself did not go overseas and demobilized the following year in March 1919 at Camp Kearny. Camp Kearny later became Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

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].

Oakland Tribune, 2 Apr 1925
"Soldiers' Home Nurse, Patient
Are Married"
"NAPA, April 2. -- A romance that started at the Veterans' Home at Yountville some few years ago reached its climax when Patrick Dillon, ex-service man formerly under treatment at the home and now a resident of Livermore valley, and Miss Sonoma Fisher, an attache of the institution, eloped to Fairfield and were married. They will reside at Livermore."

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.

Grave of Patrick M. DILLON

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

Alta Vivian FISHER (1909-1910)Top

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.