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Emery Francis Fisher
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1901
Keya Paha County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1983
Oregon City
Clackamas County
Oregon, USA

Born on the first day of the Twentieth Century to Joseph Henry and Mary Ellen (Hollenbeck) Fisher in the village of Pine Camp in Keya Paha County, Nebraska, Emery Fisher spent the early years of his youth on his parents' sparse homestead in Keya Paha County. He began his formal education in Keya Paha County's rural schools. After his father's death in 1908, Emery lived with his mother and his maternal grandparents, Ollie and Emma Hollenbeck, on the prosperous Hollenbeck ranch in rural Keya Paha County.

Beginning in 1911 he resided in the small Keya Paha County community of Burton, where his mother served as the town's postmistress until her untimely death from appendicitis in 1915. Afterward, the four orphaned Fisher children once again made their home with their Hollenbeck grandparents, settling with them at Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Missouri, in 1916. Later Emery and his brother, Robert, returned to Nebraska and worked for a time in a railroad roundhouse in the busy town of Norfolk.

On August 9, 1922, at Madison, Madison County, Nebraska, Emery took as his bride Ruth Rader (1898-1970), a pretty, 24-year-old Norfolk girl of mixed German and Scots-Irish descent. Although a native of the Hoosier State, Ruth had lived in Nebraska with her parents and younger brother and sister since early in her childhood. Following her graduation from the high school in Norfolk, Ruth had worked as an assistant in the offices of a local dentist.

Norfolk, Nebraska---pronounced Nor'fork, or North Fork by the local citizenry---remained 'home' to Emery and Ruth during the first four years of their marriage. During this time their first child, a son, was born. In 1926, following the lead of Jeanetta and Walter Beck, Emery's younger sister and brother-in-law, the Fishers moved to Pasadena, California, making the rough-and-tumble journey to southern California in an aging "Model T" Ford automobile. A short time after arriving in Pasadena, Ruth gave birth to her second child and only daughter. During the family's three-year residence at Pasadena, Emery worked in the municipal sewage treatment plant.

The lure of better job opportunities formed the basis for Emery's decision in 1929 to relocate his family to the Pacific Northwest. His brother, Robert, who several years earlier had settled with his wife at Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon, sent word that Oregon was a good place to live and raise a family. During the first 14 years of their long residence in Oregon, Emery and Ruth lived on small, rural properties near Oregon City. His steady job as a painter for the big Crown Zellerbach paper mill in nearby West Linn provided a good living for the family, even through the difficult Depression years of the 1930s and the war years that followed. Their third and last child, a son, was born in 1934. Emery and Ruth's last move took place in 1943 when, for two thousand dollars, they purchased a ramshackle, two-story house---"with a good, solid cement foundation," as Emery liked to boast---at 116 Center Street in Oregon City from a family named Beardsley.

Travel remained a favored leisure activity for the Fishers. In 1941, and again in 1946, the family enjoyed nostalgic journeys back to Nebraska where they renewed old friendships and visited with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other kinsmen. In later years---even after Emery's retirement in 1966 following a 37-year period of service to the Crown Zellerbach Corporartion---he and Ruth continued their frequent travels. In time, they toured nearly every region of the country.

In her youth and early adulthood, Ruth Rader Fisher had sported a petite figure. Later, after the births of her three children, she gradually gained weight and in time was afflicted with various ailments including diabetes mellitus. But Ruth never allowed her poor health to dampen her devotion to her family, and until the end of her life she displayed a kind and generous spirit. Injuries Ruth sustained in a 1970 automobile collision further weakened her already frail health and contributed to her death from natural causes in the fall of 1970.

Though in his adult life he eschewed religious denominational affiliations, Emery Fisher did become a member of the Zion Lutheran Church congregation in Oregon City with his baptism there on March 28, 1971, some five months after Ruth's passing. Politically, Emery was a faithful Democrat and a staunch union man.

On October 1, 1971, one year after Ruth's death, Emery began an 11-year marriage with Floella (Wilson) Newkirk (1904-1998), a longtime Oregon City resident and the widow of Oliver Lee Newkirk (1901-1963), a local carpenter. The couple continued to live in the old family home on Center Street in Oregon City, and enjoyed an active retirement. Emery and "Flo" shared a mutual enthusiasm for bowling, and, as members of a foursome that also included Robert Fisher and his second wife, Lavina, they enjoyed participating in bowling tournaments sponsored by Oregon City-area senior citizens' groups. Travel, too, remained a popular item on Emery and Flo's retirement agenda. A final 1973 pilgrimage to Emery's native Keya Paha County, Nebraska, during which they were honored guests at a Hollenbeck family reunion, became a special memory for the couple.

For much of his life Emery Fisher enjoyed good health. Though tall and possessing an uncommonly large frame, in his early adult years he generally was slim and, at times, had difficulty maintaining adequate weight. Later, during his working career in Oregon, Emery achieved a more healthful balance in his physique. After his retirement, though, he became rather stout, in contrast to his former, slender condition. The onset of diabetes in the early 1970s marked the beginning of a progressive decline in Emery's health, a situation that became acute in the year before his death in 1983 at the age of 82. 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Henry Fisher (1869 - 1908)
  Mary Ellen Hollenbeck Fisher (1883 - 1915)
 
 Spouses:
  Ruth Lorella Rader Fisher (1898 - 1970)
  Floella W Keithley Fisher (1904 - 1998)*
 
 Children:
  Robert Gene Fisher (1923 - 1986)*
  Mary Ellen Fisher Wagner (1926 - 1992)*
  James Francis Fisher (1934 - 1994)*
 
 Siblings:
  Emery Francis Fisher (1901 - 1983)
  Robert Sylvester Fisher (1903 - 1999)*
  Emma Gertrude Fisher Leabo (1906 - 1999)*
  Alice Jeanetta Fisher Beck (1908 - 1993)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery
Oregon City
Clackamas County
Oregon, USA
 
Created by: EGF
Record added: Aug 17, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75046204
Emery Francis Fisher
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Emery Francis Fisher
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