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 Alpha Elizabeth Filcher

Alpha Elizabeth Filcher

Birth
Death 27 Sep 1970 (aged 66)
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Plot Sect D, lot 405, grave 13
Memorial ID 101993511 · View Source
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Per Masonic Lawn records: Alpha is buried in the same section as Thomas Filcher. Her grave is unmarked. She is buried directly west of Cifford F. Mason(bronze marker) a short distance from Thomas Filcher.


Adopted daughter of Thomas and Mary Filcher

Sacramento Bee, 28 February 1930, page 23 - THOMAS FILCHER, OLD SETTLER, IS DEAD - Thomas J. Filcher, who crossed the plains with his parents by ox team in 1859, died last night at the Sutter Hospital, after an illness of two weeks. He was 78 years old. - Filcher had been in the livestock business with his brother in Marysville for a decade before coming to Sacramento seventeen years ago. He was the brother of J. A. Filcher, a former city commissioner of this city, who died in 1925. - He leaves his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Filcher, and two children, Clifford and Alpha Filcher of this city. He was the uncle of George W. Filcher of North Sacramento and Roy M Filcher of Corcoran, Kings County. - Funeral services will be held tomorrow at the Clark, Booth & Yardley parlors. Burial will be made at the Masonic Lawn Cemetery. - (Clifforrd Mason was his wife's nephew and Alpha Filcher was his wife's niece. Clifford's father was W. S. Mason and Alpha's father was Eugene Harrison Bruce. The mother of both Clifford and Alpha was Grace Genevieve Stall who had several husbands. Thomas and his wife Mary reared Alpha as their own child.

The following was written by Josephine Filcher Delmar in 1982:
Thomas Joseph Filcher, 1851-1930, was the third son of Thomas and Eliza Filcher, and the last child born in Burlington, Iowa. He was only one year of age the summer they traveled to American Fork, and eight years old the summer the family came on to California. He is the only son who was a farmer all of his life, and I suspect, stayed on the family farm for many years after the others left. He may have had a financial interest in the property, or acquired a ranch of his own nearby, but for many years before his semi-retirement in Sacramento, I feel sure he lived around Marysville. I, Josephine, remember him well as he visited Joseph(Adams) often. He was a quiet man, not given to talking but sweet and gentle in manner.
His marriage to Laura Shaffer when he was 35 years of age lasted only a few years. She was ill most of that time. They had no children. In 1902, he married Mary Lehman and this is the wife I knew well and remember. Though they had no children of their own, they adopted a niece who was known as Alpha Filcher. Aunt Mary also cared periodically for Alpha's sisters and brothers who came and went as though Aunt Mary were their mother, so there were always young people in the old-fashioned two story home on N street. Filchers from out of town were always welcome there, where they usually landed first, before coming to our ranch. For many years Thomas worked a small acreage farm not far from Joseph's farm, traveling from Sacramento each day, at first by horse and wagon, later by bus, to care for his ranch. At the end of the day's work, he often stopped by here to chat with Joseph.




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  • Created by: David Filcher
  • Added: 10 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101993511
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alpha Elizabeth Filcher (21 May 1904–27 Sep 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101993511, citing Masonic Lawn Cemetery, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by David Filcher (contributor 47546179) .