|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1828|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1900|
George Hicks Fancher was a wealthy rancher and business man who, upon his death, ordered a monument made of solid granite, 68 feet high. It is the highest monument in California. Said to be his tomb, have yet to find an actual grave locally. Located in Tuttle ("Tuttletown") at the corner of Yosemite Parkway aka Highway 140 and Arboleda Drive, 3.5 miles out of Merced, CA, down the road from Plainsburg Cemetery.
Son of Jonathan Waterbury Fancher and Gula Elma Hicks. Brother of Levi Rowley Fancher and Alva Clinton Fancher.
The following was provided by Jack M Fancher, a great grand nephew of George Hicks Fancher:
George H. Fancher's will only calls for a "suitable monument" and that his grave be on his Bear Creek Ranch T7S R15E. He set aside $25,000 for these purposes.
Brother Lee and brother Jonathan W. Jr. had a dispute in court over whether a smaller monument and a free Merced Library were the "suitable monument" or not.
Brother Jonathan won on appeal and the full amount of set aside money was to be spent on a monument that the Court decided would be an "obelisk". The grave site on his ranch, which had been bequeathed to a third brother, Charles W. Fancher, had the monument completed there in 1911. The other 3500 acres of the ranch were sold to Del Monte/Cal Packing in 1919. ps Alva Clinton Fancher was one of George's nephews, that is he was a son of Jonathan W. Fancher Jr.
Jonathan Waterbury Fancher (1802 - 1875)
GulaElma Hicks Fancher (1806 - 1849)
George Hicks Fancher (1828 - 1900)
A Fancher (1831 - 1862)*
Jonathan Waterbury Fancher (1836 - 1926)*
Frank Bradley Fancher (1843 - 1867)*
Levi Rowley Fancher (1846 - 1936)*
GPS (lat/lon): 37.29533, -120.3787
Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Record added: Apr 25, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36345096
For my Great, Great-Uncle George. Brother to my Great-Grandpa Melvin Fancher and Uncle to my Grandma, Julia Fancher-King.|
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